Uncommon Sense with Glenn Mollette
A growing career industry across the country is life coaching. People are actually going into private practice opening offices and spending hours every week giving customers direction and a listening ear. We have had psychiatrists and other mental-health workers for years but now people are training to help others who have just the most basic problems and questions.
We live in an age in which people are more desperate than ever for somebody to talk to. People have problems from spiritual and financial matters to daily decisions. They wonder about what to do with their lives. They don’t know how to find a job or what opportunities might exist for them. Millions of American kids pass through 12 grades of school and then graduate clueless about what to do next.
More than ever, people need to know that their lives are not in vain. They do not exist just to create social-media postings in hopes that a few people will “like” them. They need to know that, if they do not make a television reality show, they are still OK because every day they exist in their own reality show.
The reality is that each of us in America has an opportunity to forge a real life. Naturally, life is never free from hurdles, work, challenges and, usually, grit and grind. However, there are ways of navigating the maze of living life.
Bad things happen to people. People are brought up in broken homes, by single parents, in poverty and surrounded by domestic violence. The scenarios are endless. This is why, more than ever, we need everyday life coaches who can help people with the simplest of life’s quests.
From their late teens until they are seniors, all adults need guidance. You can find a lot of answers on Google but often people don’t know the right questions to ask.
The questions are almost endless. For example, how do I write a resumé? What do I put on a resumé? How do I dress for a certain job interview? Where do I start to find a job?
What are my career choices? How do I choose a career? How do I know what I am good at doing? How do I save money? How can I make my life better? How can I avoid trouble?
How do I start a business? How do I obtain financial aid for college? What do I have to do to be a schoolteacher, a lawyer, a doctor an engineer or other professional?
My life is bad, so how can I change it? I am unhappy with my physical condition, so what can I do to be a healthier person? And so on.
I understand that not every counselor has an immediate answer to every question. However, answers are available and often a steady mind with a listening ear can help someone find an appropriate answer.
Some people need help from a medical professional, some from licensed clinical counselors. Many today just need some basic common-sense direction.
Churches today are utilizing life coaches. Sometimes it’s a trained minister but on occasions it’s a trained life coach connected to the church whose job is to help its congregants find direction and guidance.
Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Memphis and every other city in America struggling with violence would be well served to plant guidance coaches, mentors or life coaches throughout their troubled communities.
In reality, it’s the job that every parent should do. Unfortunately, though, parents have either dropped the ball, flown the coup or just cannot pull their own lives together.
Sadly, we have so many dysfunctional families in America that life coaches are needed to help mom and dad as much as the young teens struggling to understand life.
More law-enforcement officers, more police dogs and more curfews are not going to solve the hurt felt by so many lost young adults. More than ever, these young men and women need community leaders, mentors and coaches with a listening ear and commonsense advice for living and achieving a better life.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose syndicated column is read in all 50 states.