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How to Become Your Own Life Coach

Follow your own advice and see if your coaching works.


  • Step 1: Ask if your choices are good Counsel yourself on each life question by questioning every choice in terms of your long-term physical and psychic health. Trust your intuition about whether something feels right.
  • Step 2: Examine your values Examine your values and write them down. Be certain that they are served by the choices you make.
  • Step 3: Challenge yourself Challenge yourself to face denials. Be affirmative about your worth.
  • TIP: Ask yourself specifically what you need to do to be happy.
  • Step 4: Prioritize your time Prioritize the demands on your time. Identify what is of greatest meaning and consequence for you.
  • TIP: Read self-help books that relate to your situation or life experiences.
  • Step 5: Avoid trying to control others Ask yourself where the line is between your business and others'. Don’t attempt to control people or make decisions for them.
  • Step 6: Request help Request help, trusting your intuition again to find the right and rational person to engage.
  • Step 7: Make a list of priorities Make a list of priorities for your life complete with changes you want to make. Include deadlines to evaluate progress.
  • FACT: Did you know? Former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, who resigned amid a scandal involving fabrications and plagiarism, reinvented himself as a certified life coach.

You Will Need

  • Intuition
  • Values
  • A pen and paper
  • Affirmations
  • A trusted friend
  • Priorities
  • Self-help books (optional)

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