Perhaps the most important commonality clients of trained personal coaches have in common is that they achieve their clearly defined life goals sooner by moving through challenges more quickly.

Many coaching clients enjoy new levels of happiness, improved communication skills, renewed mental and physical vitality, enhanced creativity, more effective time management and personal productivity, heightened emotional stability, improved income, and deeper intimacy in relationships.

They also learn to minimize or eliminate stress, excessive self-consciousness and ego, fear of the unknown, victimization, the drive for revenge, emotional blocks, and the under estimation of one’s own abilities.

The benefits you will enjoy from engaging a personal coach will be strongly influenced by the directions you choose for making changes in your life along with your degree of motivation to make the changes.

The abilities of your coach to inspire you to act upon and achieve your aspired successes also are an important factor. Ideally your relationship with your chosen coach becomes a partnership of deep sharing, trust, support, and mutual growth wherein there is purpose in you taking advantage of all that your coach has to offer so that you learn to choose the best possible solutions for making your life into what you want it to be.

I'm a firm believer in the concept of “Collective Consciousness" for all of mankind. I believe that at our core Soul level we all are subconsciously connected energetically and spiritually. Manifestations of this universal connectedness include our common abilities to feel emotions, to perceive of birth and death, to use our relatively advanced intellect to create a chosen future, to communicate telepathically, and our common drive to do what makes each of us happy in our unique ways.

This connectedness allows each of us to tap into a vast pool of knowledge and experience that we can apply any moment when we choose to "connect". Yes, it sounds a lot like logging onto the Internet, and there are many similarities. Think for a moment about the huge amount of information, ideas, creations, communications, and inspirations you are able to find each day when you are connected to the Internet to browse websites and use email. Now consider all of the content you would not be aware of in your day-to-day life (and were therefore underutilizing or missing completely) if you chose not to go “on-line". I'll bet that you can easily see how becoming connected has greatly expanded your life by facilitating your communications, knowledge, awareness, and productivity.

For me, coaching is the deeply personal way of you logging on to our collective consciousness network with the explicit goal of you furthering your personal growth. As a client, initially you are taping into this network via a trained professional whose mission with you is to expose you to new knowledge and choices that are combined with your existing base of knowledge and choices so that you develop a vastly expanded awareness of the possible directions for your life choices.

Coaches are trained to ask purposeful essential questions that you may not think of (or may even purposefully avoid) asking yourself. Your coach should help you see that the horizon is 360 degrees all around you, not just the former narrow wedge through which you have previously seen only a small slice of life's options. Creative coaches pursue their coaching as a life art as they work as a translator for you to learn of, and from, your personal authenticity.

Ultimately you can move out from under the paid coaching umbrella by becoming your own best “self-coach” after you have learned to master your full awareness and decision-making capabilities.

How many times have you said to your self, "If only I had known that..." or, "I knew that, but why did I overlook it?" These statements can be followed by, "What was I pretending not to know?" or, "I don't understand why I did that", or "That was dumb". Half the time we're standing there kicking ourselves in the butt for making a mistake that we now see we could have avoided had we been more open minded, or sensitive, or self-full, or compassionate, or honest.

It is my experience that people who lack commitment to a set of values (perhaps not yet acknowledged or embraced) and who have weak motivation for change (most commonly caused by some sort of emotional blockage) are the people who unknowingly sabotage their lives by making ill informed decisions. They have difficulty separating fact from fiction and they confuse “Emotional Reasoning” with constructive rational thinking, so they have a tough time learning from their mistakes. Through a lack of awareness (as a result of ineffective connectedness) they miss out on the benefits of logging-on to our already existing vast human resources and into the resourcefulness of a great personal coach.

Trained coaches specialize in helping their clients make permanent shifts in their "completeness of vision" so that you are able to make informed, purposeful, significant, long lasting changes in your careers, relationships, financial affairs, spiritual endeavors, and self-fulfillment. Typically coaches are well-organized reservoirs of diverse experiences from which you may draw “nuggets of wisdom” that you can craft into your own custom-made tools of enhanced awareness, knowledge, motivation, and ultimately personal effectiveness.

A person going it on their own may partially fill out this “tool box of self-improvement", but they will certainly miss out on the huge amount of valuable expertise of others, and the learning curve could be a frustratingly low, long ramp to an uncertain outcome.

People who engage coaches want to accelerate the learning curve so that they become highly energized to achieve their carefully defined goals sooner rather than later. They’ve learned how to stay on target, and they're intent upon creating fulfillment in the immediate future, not somewhere further down life’s road where their remaining years are agitated by the potholes of unrealized dreams.

At this point its reasonable for you to ask about the monetary expense you face with hiring a coach. Let’s look at it from an investment or cost/benefit ratio point of view. Suppose you pay your coach $2,500 over a period of six months for his/her time and expertise to help you plan and build a new, more desirable life style. Also suppose that you gain significant insights and energize your life with newly found enthusiasm, creativity, communication skills, adventure, and overall fulfillment.

If these values stay with you (which is your choice), you could enjoy your newly blossomed life era for another ten years, at an average cost of $250 per year. That’s $250 a year for an up-graded, contemporary life style that’s free of your old antiquated baggage and full of what you choose to manifest. Sounds pretty inexpensive to me! You could earn all of the $2,500 back very quickly with a simple career advancement that results from your new self-confidence and assertiveness! Looking further out, if you enjoy your benefits for twenty-five or even fifty more years, the cost is virtually nothing! Keep in mind that your positive life shifts can easily work for you for the rest of your life.

For $2,500 (or some other figure) are you willing to skip an opportunity to learn how to create your new era of increased life-long happiness? Are you worth the investment?

Also consider the on-going mental and physical costs of maintaining your less than fulfilling status quo. This gets back to one of the hindsight “Ah-ha!” statements I asked above: “If only I had known that… (coaching could return long lasting personal benefits to me that make the cost insignificant)”.

As a coaching client, you will invest time and energy in your coaching sessions, in your “homework”, and in your background preparations in order for you to get the maximum benefits from the program.

You will be investing in the best possible resource - yourself!

But you know what? These times are fantastically rewarding for clients because of the deep explorations and accelerated growth that takes place. “Ah-ha!” moments of revelations come up as wonderful gems of enlightenment, and you raise your awareness to new levels in your Higher Self with every exercise and coaching interaction. Remember, your explorations do not wander aimlessly – your coach is trained to work with you in all aspects of your unique life to bring forth untapped potential that you are missing out on right now.

When you select a coach, you'll be partnering with a person who values your needs and goals (early on he/she will also help you define them). Your coach is trained to guide you through the strengthening of your personal foundation so that you can consistently make choices that empower you in your quest to achieve a wonderfully rewarding life!

Author's Bio: 

Mark E. Gibson. As a certified stress relief and relaxation coach, my passion is to help people like you to feel the wondrous joy of smiling bigger in their hearts and minds. I stimulate my coaching partners to improve their conflict resolution skills, self-confidence, career performance, time management, productivity, goal setting, and emotional stability. At my website you can sign up for a complimentary introductory coaching consultation. Let’s talk!
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