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!

References
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.

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