Our Life Coaching Articles

Please have a look through the modules and articles below to find whichever tools, techniques and life coaching advice you need (or just let us know if there’s something in particular you’re looking for and you can’t find it).

From the 2nd article below (‘Can I Be My Own Life Coach?‘), the content is structured so that the articles can be followed in sequence and is provided to genuinely help our visitors as much as we can for free. If you feel you need further one-to-one coaching, let us know via our contact form.

How Much Should I Pay for a Life Coach?

How much should I pay for a Life Coach? Well, that’s a good question. The quick answer is anything between £40 to £250 in the UK or $60 to $300 in the US for a 45 to 50 minute session. Sessions can be in person but are also often given by phone (you generally pay for the phone call too) or via video conferencing. Often, coaches offer packages whereby you can pay in advance for 4 or 6 sessions at a slightly reduced rate or they bill you on a monthly basis. Some coaches also offer a money-back-garantee on the … Read The Full Article …

Can I Be My Own Life Coach?

If you’re reading this page, I assume you have decided to take action and change something in your life – or at least that you’re thinking about it. I can’t recommend life coaching highly enough. Now, obviously this is something we could help you with – as could any Life Coach – but have you considered that it may be something, that with the right approach and the right tools you can actually help yourself with? If you’d like to know more about Life Coaching before you continue, then read this page: More About Life Coaching. Life Coaching is an … Read The Full Article …

The Jar of Life: How Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Can Help You Take Control of Your Time

It’s very easy to live minute by minute, day by day. But are you doing what you really want to do? You still haven’t started your yoga lessons. You wanted to learn Spanish. You did order the book, opened it once and stopped there. You wanted to volunteer but you never, ever get enough time for you and your family, let alone others… Do you know the story about filling up a jar with rocks (well, big stones), pebbles (small stones) and sand? What do you start with in order to fit them all in? If you start with the … Read The Full Article …

Procrastination: Wait for it … How To Avoid Procrastination

I’m writing this article based upon a conversation I had with one of my readers this week, who told me that the thing they struggle with most is procrastination. Procrastination is indeed a terrible thing. It’s evil and ugly, sulky and heavy. It weighs down on you and it gets in the way of all of your plans. I can say with absolute confidence that the reader I just mentioned is far from being the only one with this problem. There are millions of people out there who to a greater or lesser degree have a problem with procrastination, because, … Read The Full Article …

The Pomodoro Technique: How a TOMATO can Change Your Life & Super-Charge Your Efficiency

Being a bit of an efficiency junkie, I’m always up for trying new things. Something I’ve done in patches in the past (without knowing there was a name for it) and something I’ve recently learned more about is called the pomodoro technique. There is even a pomodoro technique .com website, though the technique (like all my favourite models and business concepts) is such a simple idea I have neither read the wikipedia page nor done more than glance at the .com website. I give you these links as references and feel free to look at either but I can tell … Read The Full Article …

The Pyramid Technique: Effective Communication, What It Is And How To Do It

“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Many people if you asked them would consider that they communicate well… …in answering that question, the majority of people are most likely considering how good their spoken and written skills are, how good their grammar and vocabulary are. All important points – but are they the most essential skills for effective communication? It is also important, if not, most important to consider the appropriateness of the message to a given audience, both in terms of timing, structure and content and also to understand not … Read The Full Article …

Cognitive Dissonance: The Lies We Tell Ourselves and How They Can Help Us Change

Have you ever heard of Cognitive Dissonance? Cognitive dissonance sounds like a mouthful but it’s a fascinating concept and one that, unknowingly, you’ve been practicing all your life. When you see something in a shop and you want it but it’s just too expensive and you can’t afford it, have you ever convinced yourself that: it wasn’t that great anyway it didn’t fit you that well you don’t need it anyway because you have one nearly like this at home It might all be true but, often, it’s just a lie. So why do we do this? To downgrade the … Read The Full Article …

Cognitive Dissonance II: How To Influence Others

Do you need to influence others? Then you might want to add this simple and somewhat counter-intuitive method to your toolbox… There are times when you need to be able to influence others (at work, on important issues, your children,…) and not just their actions but their beliefs too. You could use reciprocity, social proof, authority,… There are many ways to influence others. This one is based on Cognitive Dissonance and I particularly like it because it can have positive long-lasting effects on people – if used positively! First, let’s review briefly what Cognitive Dissonance is. We previously talked about … Read The Full Article …

Conflict Resolution: How To Grab The Opportunities Of A Conflict

Do you shy away from conflict? Despite their costs, conflicts have a lot of opportunities to offer and you’ve got to learn to seize them. I’ve seen many conflicts, in my life and at my workplace. Unfortunately, many got out of hand with terrible results: split teams, missed targets, broken relationships. But conflict does not have to end that way. Now, I’m not saying you’ve got to pick up a fight at every opportunity! Read our article on Office Politics to see that conflict is certainly not always the best option. But, sometimes, it’s appropriate to get into a conflict … Read The Full Article …

The Growth Mindset: Can Talent Be Learned?

When faced with a difficult challenge, which of these would you be most likely to say: Would you be likely to say ‘I can’t do this’ or would you be more likely to say: ‘I’ll figure it out’? It may seem like a simple enough question but it points to a deeper issue about our mindset. i.e. is your belief system focused mainly around your innate ability (that you are generally capable or not capable of something and that this is relatively fixed) or around the idea that anything is possible and can be learned (that something you cannot do … Read The Full Article …