Have you thought of becoming a life coach and wondered if it’s even possible to have a successful life coaching career? Then this post is for you!
Today, I’m sharing 5 revealing insights about becoming a successful life coach that no one else is really talking about.
These truths about building a real life coaching career come from decades of experience in the coaching industry. These are things that I’ve learned both as a coach and by helping thousands of others launch their own coaching careers.
And most importantly, these are things you’ll really want to know before you decide one way or another whether you’re going to become a coach.
1. It Will Probably Never Be the Right Time
I have a saying I often use with my clients: “Opportunity rarely comes when it’s comfortable or convenient.”
You probably have a list of reasons why you should wait to take the leap into coaching. And, in all honesty, part of you probably finds those reasons very compelling. You might be waiting on your finances, waiting to have enough time, or even waiting for an irrefutable sign.
But the truth is, even if I could wave a magic wand and resolve all of the reasons you’ve put off your dreams up until now…
If you look hard enough, you will always find another reason to wait.
So instead of focusing on all the reasons you think you should wait, I challenge you to ask yourself this instead…
Are you already living the life you want to live and doing the work you want to do, or… do you want to take a real shot at doing something you would truly love?
And if your answer is the latter, the right time is NOW.
I’m not saying you should run out and quit your job tomorrow. But I am suggesting that you can commit to taking real, tangible steps in the direction of really starting your coaching career.
There is always something you can do from where you are and with what you have right now.
2. Coaching isn’t a Quick-Fix Miracle Career
There are a lot of people in the coaching industry these days that make life coaching look like a miracle career.
They tout life coaching as the fast cure for dreadful jobs and a guaranteed ticket to a luxury lifestyle. They can make it look almost impossibly easy. You may have even seen some programs that promise to certify coaches in a single weekend!
If you listen to these sources, you might think that anyone could become a life coach… and it might all sound too good to be true.
But here’s what I believe and what I’ve learned over four decades of helping aspiring coaches become truly successful…
Life coaching isn’t a quick-fix miracle career that just anyone can do in a weekend or two. Life coaching is a sacred calling.
A successful life coach is someone who finds joy in sharing their gifts to help people.
They are passionate about being the guide who helps others see that the answers they seek are already inside of them.
And they’re thrilled about the idea of empowering people to find the courage to create a life they love, even when they want to give up.
The world is full of people who are struggling with stress, financial strain, health issues, relationship difficulties, and SO much more.
And I believe the calling you feel to become a life coach is actually the echo of all of those people you are meant to help!
And if you don’t have that calling, there are probably better careers for you.
3. Coaching Skills Alone Won’t Make You a Successful Coach
There are a lot of skills you can learn to become a great coach.
And developing good, solid coaching skills is an important part of helping your life coaching clients achieve results. Lots of coaching programs will teach you to practice active listening, build rapport, display empathy, and ask the right questions…
But good coaching skills aren’t enough to make you a successful coach.
In fact, some of the best coaches out there are struggling to make the impact and income they want.
Strong coaching skills don’t necessarily help you reach and build relationships with potential clients. They don’t help you know how to market and scale your coaching business. And they don’t ensure you know how to sell and enroll clients into your services and programs.
If you want to become a truly successful life coach, you’ll also want to learn how to start, scale, and run a successful coaching business.
Because many great coaches achieve amazing results in their sessions…
But get stuck in costly trial-and-error, overwhelm, and frustration outside of sessions. Some coaches even give up on their calling and their gifts all together because of it!
The truth is, you can learn how to become a thriving business owner. It’s possible to be wildly confident in your coaching skills and in your ability to run an authentic, aligned business.
But, it requires attention to building those skills in addition to the coaching skills you’ll use with clients.
4. You Can’t Say “Yes” to What You Want Without Saying “No” to What You Don’t
Truly pursuing the life coaching career of your dreams will mean saying “no.”
You might have to say “no” to opportunities, offers, and sometimes even clients that don’t align with your vision.
Saying “no” to what isn’t aligned with the life and business you desire allows you to say “yes” to what is.
But here’s what most people miss… the requirement of saying “no” starts before your coaching career begins!
Saying “no” also means stepping away from things in our current lives that feel comfortable and safe.
You might get stuck thinking about all the things you might lose if you were to fully pursue your coaching career. Things like:
- The comfort and security of your current job or income
- The lifestyle you enjoy
- The approval of your family and loved ones
But consider this…
While pursuing your life coaching career may come with a cost (because it probably will), what is it costing you to stay where you are?
- A career you love that makes a real difference in the world?
- Time and location freedom to work from wherever you want?
- The fulfillment that only comes from discovering your true purpose?
Is saying “no”, stepping outside of our comfort zones, and leaving what’s “good enough” always easy? No.
But is it worth it? Absolutely.
5. Your Fears & Worries About Becoming a Coach Are Valid… But They Don’t Have to Be True
Making big life changes can be scary.
And experiencing fear, doubt, and worry before taking a risk like betting on yourself and starting a new career is normal.
You see, the fear and worry you might feel are valid and real… but that doesn’t make them true.
Understand that your subconscious mind is naturally risk-averse. It’s sole job is to keep you safe. And safety often means staying in what is familiar and comfortable, even if that isn’t what we actually want.
More so, every single human being experiences fear.
The question is not IF you’ll experience fear, but how you choose to relate to it.
Do you treat it as a STOP SIGN, letting it keep you from moving forward?
Or, could it actually represent the death of your old life and the emergence of a new reality?
What if your fear is actually a sign to step forward, over the threshold between what was and what is BECOMING?
Those who consistently win are those who are willing to move forward in the face of fear.
When you focus on redefining your relationship with fear instead of waiting for the moments when you don’t feel it, you can make an advanced decision that fear is friendly. When it arises, you know you’re about to expand.
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