Why everyone should be a life coach (Even if it’s just something on the side).
First, let’s get all the misconceptions about life coaching out of the way.
1. I don’t have my own shit together. How can I help others?
Life coaching is like having children. There will always be a million reasons why it’s not the right time. It’s something you just have to decide to do and trust that you’ll learn, grow, and build confidence along the way. If you don’t, you’ll never do it. The truth is none of us have our shit together. We’re all going through something. That’s a part of life. It will never end. You can use what you’re going through to help others. There’s power in your story, as long as you accept it. Life coaching doesn’t mean you have a perfect life. It means you’re a human and going through the same things everyone else is. But you also want to help, guide, encourage, and support others with the tools you have and what you’ve learned through your story.
2. I don’t have a clinical background.
I’m a licensed therapist and a life coach. I’ve been practicing for the last decade. And I can count on one hand how many have come to me for clinical issues. Ninety five percent of the people I see come for relationships, life transitions, break ups, career advice, things we talk to our friends about over coffee. And most have already discussed it with their friends but they need more. A neutral party. A different perspective. You don’t have to have a clinical background to help people because people don’t seek life coaches for their personality disorders. They are coming to you to talk about life.
3. There are life coaching courses that guarantee I’ll make six figures so I’ll quit my day job and become a life coach.
If any course guarantees you’ll make six figures, run the other way. There is no way to guarantee how much you’ll make as a life coach. A lot of what you see on the internet is smoke and mirrors. Like any practice, you must build it and it takes time. So yeah, don’t quit your day job. Have something secure as you learn the craft of coaching and build your practice. There are many scams out there. If you want to be a life coach, make sure you take legit courses. What makes a course legit? First, research the instructors. Who are they? What makes them qualified to teach this course? Make sure it’s not some kid who has learned to hack marketing funnels in his mother’s basement. Look for real instructors who have actually coached before. Second, what is their message? What is the flag they are carrying? Because taking a course isn’t just about the course. It’s about believing in their philosophy. If they don’t have one, the journey will feel very flat. Third, make sure they have some kind of community so you don’t have to do it alone, unless you want this process to feel like traffic school.
Because you’re already doing it. Most people don’t realize they are already life coaching people. Not only with our friends and family but also at work. If you’re a fitness coach, yoga instructor, hair dresser, teacher, or a leader in any position, you are already supporting, encouraging, giving people advice and a different perspective. You’re already having side chats about life, transitions, and relationships.
Because it will make your own life and relationships better. Learning tools on how to coach others will mean you have also have to tools to coach yourself. Life coaching courses can also be life changing courses. It’s a great way to better your own life and relationships that may be more effective than self help books, seminars, and retreats. Kill two birds by learning to help yourself as you help others. Put on your own oxygen mask first.
Because we’re not meant to do life alone. A good life coaching course can be a conduit into a community of like minded people. This can be gold for you to find your tribe and form authentic relationships. A life coaching course can be just as powerful as your hiking club, fitness group, yoga tribe, toastmasters group, AA members, and church. Each life coaching course has real people with real stories who have overcome some real shit. This is great soil to create your own life tribe to have support, encouragement, and friends. Not only for your life coaching journey but for your life.
On the side.
Many think life coaching has to be a full time profession. All or nothing. So we’re afraid to get our feet wet because if we can’t make a career out of it, we might as well not start it. This is the wrong mindset. Life coaching doesn’t have to be all or nothing. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t. Life coaching is something you do on the side and grow it until it tips and naturally turns into something full time. This way, you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself. You don’t have to panic. You don’t have to feel rushed and not ready. You don’t have to see clients you don’t want to. This state will not make you a good coach.
Start it and do it on the side. It doesn’t mean you’re not serious about it. It just means you’re being smart about it. Learn about yourself. Acquire tools. What are your strengths? Your weaknesses? How do people respond to you? Be curious. Practice on your friends. Blog. Make videos. Spread messages you’re passionate about. Build a following. Partner with other coaches. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun. Remember, you’re not signing up to be a doctor. You’re not fixing anyone. You’re guiding, supporting, encouraging, processing, and being a catalyst in someone’s life. Enter it without expectations. Create small achievable goals. Find your voice.
You’re not doing it on the side.
You’re planting a seed.
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