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How to Be Your Own Life Coach and Save Some Cash

Life coaches aren’t just for celebrities nowadays: lots of regular Joes like you and me have worked with, or are thinking about hiring, a coach. It’s true that a good, experienced life coach can help you turn your life around – whether you want to improve your health, switch career or even overcome phobias.

However, many of us (me included!) can’t afford to pay for life coaching. Should we resign ourselves to sitting on the sidelines, watching friends and colleagues forge on ahead, with their life coaches cheering them on? We could throw our hands up in the air and say, “Well, I’d be that successful too, if I could afford to pay someone to help me.”

We don’t need to miss out. There are ways to get many of the benefits of life coaching … even when you’re broke.

  1. Set Aside an Hour a Week
    One of the reasons that people benefit from life coaching is because they’ve blocked out (and paid for!) time which will be used in serious thought about their goals, dreams, ambitions and problem areas. Typically, life coaches will work with a client for an hour each week.

There’s absolutely nothing stopping you from blocking out an hour in your diary, every Sunday afternoon (or whatever time you pick). I know you’re probably thinking “I’m too busy” or “But what if something comes up?” If you make a genuine commitment to yourself that you’ll keep that hour-long appointment, the time will be there!

There are 168 hours in a week. Surely you can invest just one of those in your own personal development!

When you’re tempted to judge yourself harshly, stop and think how a life coach would respond. Perhaps they’d remind you of the progress you have made, and perhaps they’d help you to look at the reasons why things went wrong.

What could you do to be your own coach? Have you got any tips to add to this article? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

Written on 10/20/2009 by Ali Hale. Ali is a professional writer and blogger, and a part-time postgraduate student of creative writing. If you need a hand with any sort of written project, drop her a line ( or check out her website at Aliventures. Photo Credit: spamdangler
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