If success in life is like winning an Olympic gold medal, mentorship is the coach that guided and pushed you through the grueling training. I’ve seen it in my own life. While I had to put in the work, my mentors and coaches helped me find the necessary confidence to ascend to new heights.
Highly successful people we read about today had mentors in the past: Suze Orman and Jillian Michaels; Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham; Larry Page, Michael Bloomberg, and Steve Jobs. The tutelage of others got them where they are now.
This model of mentorship inspired me to pursue a career as a life coach. I believe successful people have a responsibility to relay their knowledge to others and, quite literally, change the world.
Coaching others can change your life.
While it’s the student who receives the slew of benefits from life coaching, the teacher doesn’t come away empty-handed. As a life coach, I’ve learned and grown in ways I didn’t know I could.
Guiding another human being through life requires that you keep your own in order. It exposes overlooked gaps of knowledge, and it refocuses you on helping others.
Life coaching can be mutually beneficial. While the life coach teaches through active listening, the client explores and confronts barriers barring him or her from success. Are you considering a career in life coaching? Here are three benefits you’re bound to experience:
1. Clarity in purpose: Bringing your goals into focus is the most effective way to improve your life. Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to help a person get organized and plot out achievable objectives. These benchmarks lay the foundation for creating a daily game plan.
While coaching sessions aren’t dedicated to my own personal gains, working with a client means I need to get my own life together. It’s nearly impossible to help others live fulfilling, purposeful lives if I’m not doing the same. Therefore, I get the benefit of finding my purpose while helping my clients find theirs.
2. Accountability to grow: Those in a life-coaching relationship have something we all desperately need — accountability. If you report your successes, progress, and struggles, you’re more likely to follow through.
My career has given me a sense of selflessness. It’s easy to get caught up in my own life, and having someone else rely on me helps me keep any forays into self-centeredness in check.
For example, I had the opportunity to teach a 19-year-old young man how to ride a bicycle. Because I learned to ride at such a young age, I’ve always taken that luxury for granted.
I came away from the experience doubly happy. Not only did it give me the chance to share in a moment of joy, but it also allowed me to help my client build confidence and conquer new things — we both walked away smiling that day.
3. A view from 10,000 feet: Life can be so full of clutter that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. A life coach helps craft a game plan tailored for you, your lifestyle, and your level of ambition. Although you are the only person that can work on you, having someone to help develop structure can be a game changer.
Life coaches aid pupils in figuring out who they really are. Having a hand in helping someone realize his full potential is wildly gratifying. Being a life coach lets me help wonderful people realize how awesome they are (and discover their true capabilities). It’s a deeply rewarding feeling, and one I hope I never take for granted.
I won’t compare myself to an Olympic coach, but I will say the experience of helping someone accomplish his or her goals is as rewarding as capturing the gold. I’ve been blessed with an incredibly satisfying career thanks to mentors, coaches, and friends. I hope everyone can experience such a beneficial relationship.
Matthew Arrington is the executive director and co-founder of Forte Strong, the world’s first failure-to-launch program for men who struggle to leave their parents’ homes or find it difficult to become independent. Forte Strong uses a proprietary coaching model to help students find purpose and direction, guide parents and families in empowering their sons, and ultimately create a healthier family dynamic. He is also the founder of Monster Mouthguards and currently resides in sunny St. George, Utah.