What the Research Says About Life Coaching

As a professional life coach in New Jersey, Life Coach JB has helped many people to take the next steps in their lives, clarify and achieve their goals, feel more confident, and create positive change. Those who have benefitted from life coaching know how great it is, but for those who have never tried, it can be an unusual concept. Does life coaching really “work?” We’ve scoured the best research literature for some definitive answers—spoiler alert, the research is good!

What Life Coaching Helps
Life coaching can prompt the “aha!” moment that helps clients to link behaviors and goals, promoting more effective changes in behavior (Robinson et al., 2018). Life coaching has proven effective at creating real change in people’s lives, bridging goal-setting and goal achievement (Freeman, 2016). The life coach helps the individual to assess his or her environment, identify realistic goals, and set the path toward achieving those goals.

Specific Problems
For some, life itself isn’t the challenge, it is specific problems or life events that prompt a need for coaching. For example, those who beat cancer often find that they feel less confident in themselves, causing challenges in social and emotional life. Fortunately, just five sessions of professional life coaching helped to improve feelings of self-efficacy, hope, wellbeing, quality of life, and goal attainment, while reducing anxiety, depression, and social difficulties (Wagland et al., 2015). Coaching can also be helpful for work-related issues, such as improving workplace performance, achieving desired skills, wellbeing, coping at work, self-regulation, and attitudes toward work (Theeboom et al., 2014).

Special Considerations
The training your life coach has can affect the effectiveness of life coaching. Executive coaches with a background in psychology, as well as those with more experience in the field, often helped their clients to make better gains and progress toward goals (Bozer et al., 2014). Fortunately, Life Coach JB has plenty of experience, as well as certifications in the life coaching field. To find out more about life coaching and how it can work for you, check out our research sources below, or set up an appointment with Life Coach JB today!

Bozer, G., C. Sarros, J., & C. Santora, J. (2014). Academic background and credibility in executive coaching effectiveness. Personnel Review, 43(6), 881-897.

Freeman, A. (2016). Life coaching from an evidence-based perspective: An interview with Oana David. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 16(1).
Robinson, T., Morrow, D., & Miller, M. R. (2018). From Aha to Ta-dah: insights during life coaching and the link to behaviour change. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 11(1), 3-15.

Theeboom, T., Beersma, B., & van Vianen, A. E. (2014). Does coaching work? A meta-analysis on the effects of coaching on individual level outcomes in an organizational context. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 9(1), 1-18.

Wagland, R., Fenlon, D., Tarrant, R., Howard-Jones, G., & Richardson, A. (2015). Rebuilding self-confidence after cancer: a feasibility study of life-coaching. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(3), 651-659.

How Visualization Can Help You Reach Your Goals in the New Year

As a professional life coach in New Jersey, I work with many people who have wonderful goals. However, they come seeking life coaching because they just can’t make these goals turn into reality! Fortunately, there are ways to help you take this next step. Today’s blog will focus on the technique of visualization, sharing ways that this technique can help you reach your goals in the New Year.

What is Visualization? And what is it NOT?
Visualization is a psychological technique to help you view, imagine, and work toward your goals. To use visualization, you imagine that you are already achieving your goals. Imagine how accomplished you feel, how different your life is, the work you have done to get here, and how your life looks. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you may visualize yourself thinner, exercising regularly, fitting into those pants you love, or eating a reasonable portion at mealtimes. What visualization is NOT is simple positive thinking? If you just sit and visualize forever, you’ll be stuck sitting and visualizing forever!

How Does it Help?
Visualization helps by making goals and the work needed to accomplish those goals clear in your mind. In the example above, one might visualize a healthy relationship with food. What does that look like on a plate? Does the visualization include a change in food patterns? Visualization not only makes goals clear, so you can work toward them, it prepares your mind. Just like rehearsing a song in your head helps you remember the lyrics, mentally rehearsing your goals and the steps you will take to get there makes it more likely that they will happen.

Maximize Your Visualization
Want to get the most out of your visualization? Affirmations can be a great way to keep your progress on track. These are not simple “feel-good” statements such as “I am the best employee ever and will find a job,” but positive reflections on actions taken toward goals, such as “I am preparing myself for my new job by doing research in my field every day.” If you find it difficult to stay focused on your visualizations, try making them more “visual” by writing or drawing them.

Even the biggest goals for the New Year can be tackled bit by bit! To start reaching your goals with the help of a professional life coach in New Jersey, contact Life Coach JB today!

Why You Don’t Need to Feel Happy to Feel Good

Many people seek a life coach to feel better, happier, more fulfilled, or something else. Often, people seek life coaching in New Jersey to feel happier, and come in very frustrated, as they are trying various things to feel happy, that “should” make them happy, but they don’t. This article will talk about good feelings, happiness specifically, and why happiness isn’t always the end goal you should seek!

Positive feelings: A Primer
Ask most people over the age of two to describe a good emotion, and they’ll often respond with “happy.” We like to feel happy, and often seek things that we think will make us happy, such as new products, interesting experiences, time with loved ones, and thrills. But what about those other positive feelings? When pressed harder, most teens and adults can also identify positive feelings such as pride, accomplishment, relief, and gratitude. Sure, you may also feel happiness during these other feelings, but happy is not really the defining factor… which leads us to our next point.

Is “happy” really your goal?
“Of course, I want to be happy!” most people exclaim initially. However, when thinking through it more carefully, being “happy” all the time is not what most people feel the best about. Clients I have worked with in life coaching report far greater enjoyment of getting a project completed, doing a favor for a friend or loved one, or getting a burdensome task off their plate—even if the process was rather miserable.

Accepting your feelings.
Our ancestors defined happy much differently than most people do today. If you ended the day in a safe place, with food in your stomach, and not mauled by a mountain lion—and neither was your family—you were happy. Today, we must find our own happiness, which starts with the definition. People on TV look happy 24/7 because they get paid to. Throughout your life, you get to experience a wide variety of emotions that satisfy and fulfill you in a variety of ways.

To find out how to start feeling more satisfied, productive, or even happy, consider working with a skilled life coach in NJ. You’ll feel better once you take the next step!

Learn To STOP and Make Better Decisions

Part of my job as a life coach is helping people make good decisions. While I am not a judge, parent, or sage wise-woman who knows your inner desires, I have studied the best ways to create and maintain healthy changes. When I work with clients for life coaching, I use a variety of techniques to help you understand, express, and move toward your goals and dreams. I see this as a collaborative process, like working with a skilled mountain climbing guide to scale a mountain. However, sometimes, you just need a quick tool to make a great decision on your own. Today, I am going to teach you how to STOP!

The Importance of Sleep to High Performance

Could you use a nap? If so, you’re not alone: Up to a third of Americans report that they don’t get the sleep they need to feel rested. But this is just a part of normal life, right? Think again! This week, we’ll be talking about the importance of sleep for high performance in your life—whether that’s making important decisions at work, being there for your family, or just feeling great about yourself. As a life coach, I have seen plenty of people who are sick and tired—of not sleeping!

Spring-Cleaning For Your Life

With spring finally arriving, many of the clients I see for life coaching are pleased to escape the cold, snowy winter. A time-honored spring tradition is cleaning, and nothing makes you want to clean your house more than the fresh scent of flower blossoms blowing in the window. While cleaning your home is a great spring activity, you can expand this process and “spring clean” your life. Read on to find out how!

Top Tips for Motivation When You’re Feeling Stuck

As a life coach, one of the things that many of my clients come to me with is a feeling of being “stuck.” They ask “how can I take the next step?” or “how can I get out of this slump?” While the best way to get motivated and start making the changes you need to make in your life is by working with a skilled life coach in New Jersey, there are also plenty of DIY options that you can try yourself! Here are my favorite “quick tips” to boost motivation when you’re feeling stuck.

Upcoming Event: It’s All About You!

Do you dream of a day when you don’t have to answer to anybody, take anyone else’s preferences into account, or put on a good face? If so, you may be interested in our “All About You” event, coming up on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018, from 9-2:30. This great event focuses all about you, asking the question, “what’s next for me and how do I get there?” What will you learn at this event? Read on to find out more!

What is Life Strategy Coaching?

Welcome to the Life Strategies Coach blog! We are so happy to see you here, and hope that this will lead you toward your highest levels of achievement. As a certified Life Strategy Coach, I know all about life strategy coaching—but many people have no idea what it is! Read on to get a quick introduction and find answers to some of the most common questions I’ve heard about life strategy coaching.