Most of us are well aware of the influence of the past. Our personal histories – past jobs, past relationships, past successes, past failures – continue to shape our directions and choices in life. The past works on us in powerful ways, both consciously and subconsciously.What’s more is that it’s common for people having trouble coming to terms with their past to seek help… but what about the future? Is it not equally important, if not more important, than the past? After all, the past is determined. It is what it is and it cannot be changed. The same is not true of the future. The future is limitless, filled with possibility, and can be shaped and changed by the decisions you make today, tomorrow, six months and a year from now.Where do you turn if you’re uncertain about your future? Who do you talk to if you want to take charge of your future but lack the tools and understanding to take action?The answer is simple: a life coach.A common first reaction to that advice is to ask, “What is life coaching, and how can it help me?”You gain a confidant, mentor and motivator. It’s is all about you: what you want, who you want to be with, and where you want your life to go. A life coach helps you take abstract and vague ideas about your future and form them into a concrete, step-by-step plan for achieving your goals and your dreams. Keeps you on track, holds you accountable and supports you along your journey to becoming the best possible version of yourself.This is true regardless of what your life goals may be. A life coach can help you whether you want to lose weight and get fitter and healthier, advance in your career, become more financially successful or find the ideal relationship.Life coach benefits are both immediate and sustained. When you find a life coach who understands you, you’ll notice a difference right away. The people in your life will respond to you more positively. You will become a better communicator. You will be more aware of your choices, and how they guide and shape your life in unexpected and rewarding ways. Piece by piece, day by day and week by week, you will build a better you.The only problem is that most people never take positive action, or even that all-important first step towards changing their lives, and that’s why having a life coach in 2013 is a great idea. It’s still a new year, fresh with possibility and filled with promise. If you want 2013 to be the best year of your life, but you’re still finding yourself making the same mistakes and locked in the same mindset, then bringing a coach into your life is exactly what you need to do.Your life coach will begin by asking you deceptively straightforward, yet powerful and revealing questions. Not only will this help your life coach create a plan tailored specifically to your needs, but it will also help you better understand who you are and what you really want. It seems so simple and fundamental, yet the overwhelming majority of people don’t know, in concrete terms, who they are and what they want, let alone how to get it. That will all change for you when you find a life coach.As the old saying goes: “A year from now, you’ll wish you started a year ago.” Working with a life coach today will help you take command of your destiny and build towards a happier, more prosperous tomorrow – the tomorrow you’ve always wanted.