Checklists are so powerful because of their simplicity and capacity to do two things:
- Provide a sense of security/safety (like a pre-flight checklist or recipe ingredients list)
- Measure progress/completion of a goal (like preparing for a business trip or vacation)
Although this life coach checklist is capable of both, it’s primarily designed to help you visualize your next steps and encourage you to take action!
Here at Brave Thinking Institute, we’ve honed coach training down to a science. Over a decade plus of training over 3700 coaches, we’ve seen the most successful life coaches have a consistent five things in common.
These 5 things form the foundation of a proven, repeatable checklist to launching, growing, and maintaining a successful life coaching business. And we have examples of people from all walks of life to show you that anything is possible regardless of your circumstance, situation, or condition!
So let’s cut right to the chase with the 5 things every life coach needs to succeed, and the life coaches who prove it’s possible!
Why A Life Coach Checklist Will Save You Time And Money (And Boost Your Confidence, Too)!
The same way scientific researchers set up hypotheses and test them, most successful coaches had to undergo countless moments of trial and error before they finally discovered what works to create consistent results – and what doesn’t.
All of us here at the Brave Thinking Institute have gone through that struggle, and learned step-by-step how to build a successful, thriving coaching business. And everything we’ve learned along the way, we’ve developed into a repeatable process that produces the same high-levels of results time after time.
So if there’s one big take-away from this life coach checklist, it’s this:
While you CAN start from scratch and build a successful coaching business on your own, the faster, easier option is to work with the formulas that have already been tried, tested and proven to work for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.
And that’s what we’re here for!
To help you gain confidence and feel inspired, we have paired each of the 5 things you need to be a successful life coach with solid testimonials that will empower you to overcome any remaining doubt, criticism, or fear holding you back!
But before we officially dive in, let’s go over some of the coaching programs you’re going to be seeing throughout this post: The Dream Builder Coach Program and The Life Mastery Consultant Certification.
This 12 week program helps aspiring life coaches build a profitable, high-impact coaching business using the fastest, easiest and most reliable system in the industry. Students get access to:
- A proven, transformational curriculum led by world-class Brave Thinking Institute Faculty
- Cutting-edge tools and templates everything you need to attract, enroll and serve high-paying clients you love working with!
- A proven business building structure
- And more…
You can learn more about this program here: DreamBuilderCoach – Brave Thinking Institute
In this fast-track program, we develop advanced life coaching skills for both aspirational coaches and current coaches looking to grow their business and strategies.
Students get everything they need to succeed with:
- Everything included in the DreamBuilder Program
- Access to 4 full transformational training programs
- Life Mastery (Empower people to change their lives through mastery of the 6 key areas of life: Intention, Health, Abundance, Manifestation, Love and Transformation.)
- Working With The Law (Based on the teachings of Raymond Holliwell, this program merges the 11 Universal laws with quantum science to produce powerful results.)
- Into Your Genius (Everyone is born with 6 extraordinary “superpowers” – this program teaches people how to use these powers to create lives they love, stress and struggle-free!)
- Standing Firm When Your World Is Shaking (Help clients conquer seemingly impossible setbacks, challenges or failures, and transform despair into rock-solid confidence.)
- 6 months of live group coaching calls
For the full list of tools and resources, as well as a detailed overview of this program, click here: Life Mastery Consultant – Brave Thinking Institute.
Know that you have more context, let’s begin – starting with the most fundamental, core characteristic that lays the foundation for everything else:
- The Beginning Of The Life Coaching Journey Starts With A Passion And Genuine Desire To Help People
“I resigned from corporate America and I’m doing what I love: speaking and inspiring people to live their passion”
Life coaching is a sacred calling, and people who are compelled to answer it do so out of their sincere desire to help others.
Their passion serves as their compass, so no matter what distractions arise, they will always be led back to their life mission.
Let’s take our first coach as an example of how important it is to let passion and desire guide your way forward…
Joseph Drolshagen grew up with a very traditional paradigm:
The most important thing in life is to be responsible, get a job and support his family and then (maybe) go after his dreams…
And this paradigm worked beautifully for him!
As the VP of Sales in his organization, he had a successful career. But after attending a Unity service led by Jack Boland, a seed of inspiration for serving others was planted inside him and he longed for a career change.
But he didn’t nurture that seed at first. He spent decades in his job, fighting back his discontent and longing to transition into a career that would empower him to live out his dream career.
As he climbed the corporate ladder, he realized that his real desires, passion, and love for life were being replaced by an overwhelming addiction to alcohol, food, and gambling.
Eventually, he broke down and desperately sought a way out of the situation he was in.
A week later he met a Life Mastery Consultant at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. Finally, after decades of unfulfilling work, he decided to become a DreamBuilder Coach!
To his surprise and delight, within 45 days, he:
- Earned a 5-figure income
- Paid his certification in full with extra income on top
- And moved into his dream cabin!
Joseph proudly shares that leaving corporate America was the best decision he ever made, because now he wakes up every day knowing that he gets to do what he loves: speaking and inspiring people to live their passion!
Joseph’s story shows us that even after decades in a draining career, making a successful pivot to life coaching is not only possible, but well worth the leap!
2. Build Your Confidence In Creating Proven, Repeatable Results For Your Clients
“I was hearing from that part of myself that said, “Who do you think you are, that you can actually do work that makes a difference and that’s fulfilling?”
Need a confidence boost?
Have a plan.
Ideally, a plan that hundreds of people before you have used to create reliable, repeatable results for their clients time and time again.
Because when it comes to becoming a successful life coach, the well-worn path – the path of least resistance – is the best way forward.
Consider Jessica Kerske as a perfect example of the transformative power of a proven, reliable system in your life and the lives of the clients you serve!
Jessica was a corporate employee who felt like she had to check her soul at the door before work – day in, day out. She was working over 60 hours a week and 90% of the time she was stressed out of her mind!
Her job was draining, unfulfilling, and unaligned with her dream life. She neglected herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually as a result.
She had a deep desire for more, but had no idea where to start, much less begin to trust herself to make her dream a reality.
But when she attended DreamBuilder LIVE, she knew she wanted to become a life coach. And while her vision was clear, she wasn’t sure how she would afford the program, worried about what others would think of her new career, and questioned whether she could coach others effectively.
Her inner critic kept pushing her away from her dream by asking “Who do you think you are, that you can actually do work that makes a difference and that’s fulfilling?”
But when her Dad was diagnosed with cancer, that moment helped push her out of her comfort zone and led her to immediately sign up as a DreamBuilder coach.
The gap in her confidence was bridged by the repeatable, proven system of results that we teach here at the Brave Thinking Institute.
As a matter of fact, she was so confident in its ability to transform lives that she enrolled her father as her first client!
From that time forward, she continued to act in faith.
She presented to an empty room despite no one showing up to her first vision workshop!
By her next one, 40 people showed up.
And 7 workshops later, she successfully fulfilled 60 strategy sessions, enrolled 24 clients, and made a total of $45,000 all in her first 6 months!
Jessica encourages others with this message:
“I went from working over 60 hours a week and earning a healthy six figure income to now working 30 hours a week, replacing my income and doing work that I love. It’s amazing. And so, if you think that you have to sacrifice abundance to do work you love, let me tell you, you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it.”
3. Accelerate Your Growth With An Easy-To-Follow, All-In-One Life Coach Business System
“I said, ‘No Mary…I don’t have the money. And I have no idea how I would get that kind of money.’ And she replied, ‘I will see you in September.’”
A life coach training program should always set you up for long-term success.
To be more specific, it should not only provide the coaching skills and methods you need, but also a solid, well-structured plan that will help you build your business from the ground up.
Imagine how valuable it would be for you to have your business up and running faster so that you can devote all your attention and energy to transforming more lives!
For this example, we’ll turn our focus to how Ricardo Gonzalez went from being a starving life coach to running a thriving business.
Before he was a DreamBuilder coach, Ricardo ran his own life coaching business for 4 years.
The problem was that no matter what coaching strategies or coaching tools he used, he would cap out at $25,000 year after year.
It’s not difficult to imagine how frustrating it would be to invest time and effort on books, training programs, and courses, just to get the same lackluster results over and over again!
Still, Ricardo knew life coaching was his dream, so he kept looking for “something different” that would finally create real, measurable results.
In his search, he met Mary Morrissey, founder of the Brave Thinking Institute.
While attending his first DreamBuilder Live, he made it a mission to share his dream of becoming a successful life coach with Mary.
He remembers Mary responding with excitement and telling him that she looked forward to seeing him that upcoming September for the DreamBuilder Coach Certification training.
Wracked with doubt, Ricardo had no idea how he was going to afford the program –
“I said, ‘No Mary…I don’t have the money. And I have no idea how I would get that kind of money.’
She replied, ‘I will see you in September.’”
So he borrowed from Mary’s belief and signed up anyway.
The courage he demonstrated in the face of fear inspired him to dig deep during the training, which reflected in his exponential growth!
Within his first month after training with us, Ricardo made $7000…
The second month, $8000 more…
And his third month…?
He generated $25,000!
Ricardo’s unwavering commitment to his dream paired with the Brave Thinking Institute’s system helped him replace his annual income in record time!
It’s no coincidence that many coaches who complete our life coaching certification program achieve similar results – it’s because we provide not only the skills and tools you need to coach others effectively and transform their lives…
But you’re also equipped with proven methods and systems for growing a profitable, thriving coaching business that gives you the freedom to live the life you love!
4. Achieve Long Term Coaching Success With Lifelong Friendships
“I allowed myself to experience support and have ‘partners in believing’ to make this a reality. And it also helped me craft the business that I love so much today.”
The fourth point on our life coach checklist is also one of the best things you can do for your career and beyond: surround yourself with supportive, like-minded individuals who will believe in you no matter what!
So on the days it’s difficult to believe in yourself, you can borrow from the belief of others!
You can be confident that the friendships you create along your life coaching journey will be among your favorite successes as they challenge you to dream bigger and brighter with every victory!
For David Norris, it made all the difference…
David was the picture-perfect representation of the “dream life”. For over 25 years, he served as Chief Operating Officer of one of the largest banks in Texas and earned an impressive living.
But despite his remarkable success, he felt like he was working for someone else’s dream. This discontent was paired with physical disease, mental exhaustion, and an overly active inner critic.
He kept thinking,
“You are just being ungrateful. There’s something wrong with you. This is just the way it is.”
But after attending DreamBuilder LIVE, he pushed past the doubt and self-criticism and enrolled as a Life Mastery Consultant.
Fast-forward to four years after becoming a life coach, David generated over $1.8 million in revenue and shares: “I allowed myself to experience support and have ‘partners in believing’ to make this a reality. And it also helped me craft the business that I love so much today.”
With more time and money, he was able to pour into his family and friends instead of pushing them away. And this support system of belief, love, and confidence kept him going and continues to empower his success to this day.
At its very core, the life coaching journey brings you closer to the relationships and values that matter most to you, and expands your capacity to give and receive love at a deeper level!
5. The Fast-Track To Successful Life Coaching Is All About Finding The Right Mentor
“I went from being a broke, divorced school teacher, totally down on myself, living at my parents’ house to being a lit-up-in-love, highly successful business owner, employer and coach, making a tremendous impact on the lives that I’m able to reach.”
So let’s say you have endless passion and a sincere desire to help others, but you’re still unsure of whether or not the same awesome results you see in others can manifest in your own life.
In that case, partner up with someone who will show you the way, with the exact results you want.
Lauren Brollier illustrates how a mentor can shed light on your path forward as a life coach:
Lauren had a rewarding career as a school district reading specialist, and she truly felt that she was doing good work in the world.
But the size of her impact did not reflect in her paycheck.
She was filled with so much longing and discontent as she poured her heart and soul into her work, just so she could open up her $3500 paycheck at the end of each month.
Lauren would always worry about stretching her money to pay for her mortgage, car payment, student loans, and other financial responsibilities.
On top of that, she was suffering in all areas of her life – burnt out, overweight, stressed, and lonely. Even her relationships were declining; her husband left her for another woman and took her 2 dogs without letting her say goodbye.
One thread short of falling apart, a friend invited her to DreamBuilder LIVE, where she gained new insights, developed a new perspective, and realized the power she had to change her own life from where she was!
She decided to join both the Brave Thinking Masters transformational life coach training and the Life Mastery Consultants certification program.
After following the Brave Thinking Institute world-class faculty teachings in both programs, she was able to quit her job and begin living her dream life!
Lauren is now a full-time speaker and runs her coaching business that took her from $45,000 a year to $400,000!
And she’s just getting started.
Fortunately, the ability to commit and be mentored is possible for all of us, including you!
And if you noticed even the slightest resistance to that affirmation – I challenge you to believe in my belief!
And now’s the chance to believe in yourself.
Take this as a direct invitation to join us as the premier training center for transformational life coaching! With our proven business building systems and industry-leading faculty mentorship, you’ll be well on your way to your very own life coach success story.
And as you continue on your life coaching journey, remember to keep an open mind and heart to the people in your life who have the exact blueprint for the life you would love – and take the leap!
Here at the Brave Thinking Institute, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find your inner courage and take the leap…
Like Lynne Harley, one of our Life Mastery Consultants, who shares this final message:
“I AM so glad that I listened to that part of me that said…Go ahead Lynee…take the LEAP. That was two years ago…and the universe continues to affirm that I am on purpose.”
If you would like further affirmation of YOUR purpose, grab our free Thriving Coach Checklist which includes 13 sections full of actionable insights and practical tips!
You’ll save countless hours of trial and error by following the identical process we’ve used to grow 7 and 8 figure coaching businesses in various niches.
This comprehensive and extended checklist will guide you from the inner work of finding your “why” to finally overcoming doubt and seeing your dream through to completion!
To your inner courage,