Life coaching can literally transform any area of your life that you want to improve, any problem you feel you have. All you need is the desire to change and the willingness to seek help from a professional. Sounds like a magic bullet, right? You may even be wondering, what exactly is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is still a new profession and one that is growing fast. Most people, just like me when I first heard it described, think it is like psychotherapy. The process is actually closer to any other kind of coaching than it is to therapy. Think of a sports coach. If you are a figure skater that needs to improve their abilities, your coach will direct you in every way possible to assist you in that goal. That is their sole purpose, to help you improve your abilities.
The first sign that you should become a life coach is when you truly have a passion for self-development. The greatest life coaches have an amazing amount of passion for developing themselves as individuals, and they want to use a transfer this passion over to others.
Anybody who you consult with is easily able to see this raw passion that you have, which make it incredibly convincing for them to choose you as their life coach because they know just how devoted you are to self-development. That’s exactly what they’re looking for. Someone who can take action and teach others to do the same.
Just like having a passion for self-development; if you combine that passion with one to help and inspire people. After all, what is the purpose of a Life Coach?
To impact people in such a way that they can learn tools that will take them to the next level.
To do exactly that. To help and inspire people. So if you’re a person who isn’t too bothered about going the extra mile to help change someone’s life, perhaps this isn’t the career for you.
It’s a big help in coaching if when a client presents one of their personal struggles to you, you can relate to it from the past. Maybe you had this exact struggle at some point in your life, and at the time you really felt like you couldn’t get through it. Empathy is also something that you cant learn but rather it is a natural way of feeling and being.
This relation between you and your client only strengthens the amount of help you’re able to give, and the bond that you have with your client. They’re unlikely to search anywhere else for coaching if you can relate with them in one aspect or another.
The passion for self-development, experience clients can relate to and so on is great. However, the icing on the cake is being a motivated individual. That motivation gives you the push to go out, do whatever you want and get whatever you want.
Are you a motivated individual? There's nothing people like more than getting help from motivated individuals that won’t stop until they get what they want, and essentially until their clients get what they want. People want to side with motivated individuals who will propel them to the top. Energy is a such a powerful motivator. You need to continuously project your energy onto your client. They must feel that natural burning desire you have to move them to a better place. Someone with that kind of energy and sincerity is a very sought after individual.
It’s not exactly the best reason to become a life coach. In fact, it’s the worst reason to become a life coach. But it’s still a reason and definitely something to take into account before deciding you want to become one.
Self-employment means that a steady income isn’t exactly guaranteed, and it may take a while before you’re up and running. Although, you’ll be working your own hours, have the opportunity to work wherever you want and the possibility of eventually earning a lot more than the average person in standard employment.
Good people skills are essential for life coaches as you’ll be having deep one on one conversations with others. So it requires you to be able to talk to other people confidently and listen very intensively to what they’re saying.
If you fail to listen and talk fluently in conversation, then the level of help you can actually give to someone won’t be very accurate.
It takes a great deal of patience to listen to multiple people’s struggles and issues on a daily basis. Not everyone that comes to you looking for coaching will be happy to begin with. That’s why most of them will seek out a life coach in the first place.
Which is why it is so important to be a patient and tolerant person in order to continuously listen to people’s problems and not get put off by the pressure and negativity that may be present.
The passion to help others reach their full potential within their lives, but sometimes having a little experience can help greatly. It affects the way you understand things and the advice that you can give to other people.
You might have experience in going from a career you hate to one you’re really passionate about, or from having no motivation in life to finally becoming inspired to make something of yourself.
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