Which led me to think, "Maybe I have a gift for this. Maybe this is my new career. Maybe the wisdom of my years could be used to help others who are where I have been. Maybe I should become [insert fanfare] . . . a Life Coach. (Stop laughing!) So I did a little research (research = Google) into what, exactly, a life coach does. From my detailed analysis involving over one web-site, I learned the following:
- You do not need to know, nor employ, the basic rules of grammar in order to be a life coach.
- A life coach isn't, necessarily, fully prepared to do his/her job. The comprehensive education required for this field can be accomplished in sixteen hours (not credit hours, hours) for less than $400.
- A life coach doesn't actually have the answers to life's questions, but he/she can dance a little side-step* by using lines such as "I believe that you know the answers to every question or challenge you may have in your life. I simply empower you to find those answers within yourself."
- Life coaches "motivate" and "give confidence boosts"
- Life coaches are fond of vague, ambiguous phrases.
- There is actually a national convention of life coaches . . . seriously!
But the light bulb finally came on when I read this description:
Life coaches "deal with relatively healthy people who want to improve their lives in specific ways, such as changing careers, finding a healthy relationship, losing weight, or deepening their self-understanding. They deal with stress management, time management, and goal setting to help their clients lead more balanced lives that better reflect the client's personal values and priorities."
Then I knew - It's not that I have a "gift" for fixing lives, or special qualities that would guarantee my success. The reason I'm so well-qualified for this job is because I, along with millions of other women, have been doing it for years. "Life Coach" is just the new-age name for Mom.
*Bonus points if you can name the movie which included the song "Dance A Little Sidestep". Double your points if you can also name title/artist of the song featured in the title of this post.
** Since I am making fun of their content, I have graciously excluded the names of the actual web-sites from which I took the above statements. If you happen to be a copyright attorney or some such thing, the information is available on request. But does your client seriously want people to know that they wrote this drivel?