How does life coaching differ from consulting, therapy, sports coaching, or a best friend?


Consulting Life coaching and consulting are similar in many ways. The main difference is in the area of expertise. For example, if you hire a consultant to help your shoe business sell more shoes, you’d expect your consultant to have experience in retail sales development. A life coach, on the other hand, specializes in methods rather than industries.    

  • Therapy Life coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychotherapists. If you start the process of life coaching, and have not resolved a past issue, then it is very likely you will be referred to work with a therapist to resolve the issue. 

  • Sports Life coaching includes many of the same principles as sports coaching, such as the pursuit of excellence, pushing past limits, working with a team, and going for the win. But unlike sports coaching, life coaching does not involve competition with others. In life coaching, you’ll often find that what you’re competing with is your own bad habits!

  • Best friend It’s wonderful to have best friends, and the surest way to make those friendships last is by respecting boundaries. While it’s okay to look to friends for advice and support, you don’t want to create habits or burdens that can endanger the relationship. For example, there are times when you honestly want the truth, but getting it from a friend could cause hurt feelings and resentment, putting the friendship at risk. In contrast, a good life coach is willing to risk getting fired for the sake of honesty, especially if it results in the client’s personal growth. So save your friendships, and hire a life coach.