Whether you want help to achieve business goals or fitness goals, there is a coach for each. Life coaches and sports coaches are a lot alike. Both specialise in helping you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. But how much alike are they actually?
What is a life coach?
A life coach helps you improve a specific part of your life that you would like to be better at. It can be your relationship, career, finances, spiritual life and more.
What is a sports coach?
A sports coach helps you improve your athletic performance in a particular sport. They are responsible for training you by analysing your performance and instructing you in relevant skills.
What makes them the same?
Both life coaching and sports coaching adopt a solution-focused approach to personal development. They aim to help you make positive and lasting changes in your life.
First, your coach will help you define your vision, what it is that truly drives you and what’s at the basis of your goals. You then work alongside your coach to identify barriers, obstacles or limiting beliefs that have been holding you back. They’ll ask questions like ‘what negative things have you been telling yourself?’ and ‘how have these patterns gotten in your way?’.
They then ask you how you can move past these things. Together, you and your coach will set new challenging, but achievable, goals. It is up to your coach to make sure that you are not settling for limited goals and that you aren’t being too negative as you assess your position.
Review resources and courses of action
You and your coach will then review your resources and all courses of action which are available to you in order to that you can create a plan of action. It is up to you to decide which steps you want to take and when you want to take them. The coach will prepare you for potential obstacles and how to cope with them.
You then need to ensure that each of the steps you have chosen is leading to and supports your end goals. Your coach will assist you with staying on track while monitoring your progress. If the plan needs to be modified, your coach will help you with this.
Life coaches and sports coaches share a common goal to help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself. While a life coach focuses on things happening in your life, such as your relationship and career, a sports coach focuses on fitness and sports goals. Both use a set of techniques to help guide you towards your goal.
If you either becoming a life coach or a sports coach interests you, you should really think about studying our Life Coaching Certification or our Sports Coaching Certification. To find out more about these courses and to register. Please follow this link.