Does Life Coaching Work?

It is worthwhile to question whether life coaching yields positive results. There are many articles and texts with "evidence-based" accounts of its efficacy. Here is a very fair and balanced study, found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website (here), published May 3, 2016. The title is, Comparing the Effectiveness of Individual Coaching, Self-Coaching, and Group Training. The key takeaways from the study are:

  • "As expected, individual coaching was the most effective intervention to facilitate participants’ goal attainment."
  • "Moreover, participants in the individual coaching and group training conditions reported significantly less procrastination compared to those in the control group."
  • "Regarding the reaction criteria, results revealed higher levels of satisfaction for participants in the individual coaching and group training conditions compared with the control group."
  • "Coaches’ transactional and transformational leadership behaviors contributed to coachees’ experience of autonomy support and intrinsic motivation, resulting in higher goal attainment and satisfaction."
  • "Our results on the relative effects on procrastination and goal attainment lend support to the view that individual coaching and group training are effective interventions for developing skills and changing behavior."

Values Clarification Worksheet

A good starting point when clarifying your values (here).

Overview of Defence Mechanisms

This article can help you identify the mechanisms that work (and don't work) for you: (Article).

Workaholism and Denial

The causes and costs of workaholism: (Article).

Louis Schwartzberg, Nature, Beauty, Gratitude:

Brené Brown, Listening to Shame:

Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability:

Sarri Gilman, Good Boundaries Free You:

Youth Coaching Institute

This is where I started my life coaching training. I chose YCI because of the founder's powerful story of transformation and commitment to helping underserved youth. If you are considering becoming life coach, this is the place to go for a thorough education at a reasonable price.