Good self-discipline is the first step to a thriving coaching practice. If you struggle in this area, I have very good news -- the skills you need to be a successful coach can be learned! Unlike what most people think, the coaching business isn’t about sitting in front of a laptop, by the beach, idly chatting with people you choose to serve. (Maybe YOUR practice looks like that, and if so, call me because I want to hear all about it.) There’s so much more involved and it takes time and effort to get to the point where you have a wealth of options and choice. And until you begin to master these skills, you won’t really experience the freedom of entrepreneurship -- be it in the coaching realm or other forms of business.
So, if you’ve decided to become a life coach, understand that achieving freedom will be easier if you have solid self-discipline and you’ve developed these skills in addition to getting training in positive psychology and the art of helping people achieve their goals.
Anyone who promises you that this is a quick process isn't telling you the truth. From getting a certification to be a life coach alone, you already need to set a good amount of time for it. If you’re serious about building this kind of business, it’s beneficial to start improving your time management skills as early as possible. That being said, learning and improving this, just like any other skill, is not easy. Beginning to internalize the importance of dedication to your cause can truly help you. If you’re dedicated enough, you will find time. It's not about having enough time, it's about prioritizing the things that matter and putting them in order. You will learn how to juggle things, how to choose which things matter and which can be set aside for now. This is also a great opportunity to start developing your personal coaching skills, by coaching yourself in this area.
Emotional management is another big one, folks. Finding freedom as a coach takes effort and emotions play a major role in this. From the idea of building your own business, to the idea of being connected to your clients, to making your business a priority and handling the rejection and other blows along the way -- it requires a lot of emotional bandwidth to succeed. But once you develop this skill, once you’ve mastered how to deal with emotions, your own and your client’s, you will realize that being a coach has this certain type of freedom attached to it. And that’s priceless. Don’t just focus on becoming a certified coach. Focus on becoming a well-connected coach too, a coach that has support, people to talk to when the going gets tough. Not everyone understands the unique challenges that come with becoming a coach, so finding this community to grow alongside is important for emotional regulation.
This can be a tough one for many people, but this includes everything -- your own actions, your own words, your own choices. Building a business means making choices, and they may not always be the right ones. It takes a strong person to own their actions and choices. To stand by it and be responsible for it. This is a vital skill every coach should develop because this integrity can make or break your career. You can do all the marketing and advertising that you want. You can get certification to be a life coach and enroll in course after course. But if you’re someone who’s not responsible for your actions, who shows up with integrity and purpose, your business is less likely to succeed. And you just missed the opportunity of finding freedom as a coach and becoming your own boss. It's not easy to be vulnerable and own our failures as well as our successes but infinitely more rewarding in the end.
Perseverance may sound like a broad skill, but it is important. VERY. From having the perseverance to developing your own personal coaching skills to growing your coaching career, this skill plays a major role in the world of business. Learning how to keep pushing through takes time. It also requires a good support system because really, it’s not going to be an easy road. Furthermore, it’s also important to note a successful coach must also learn not only how to persevere but also knowing which passions and goals are worth pursuing. Allow yourself to grow and develop this skill. And you will improve as a person.
Courage in taking risk
You've been dreaming about it for years, you know you're a born helper and could make a big impact on the lives of others as a coach. But still, the idea of getting certification to be a life coach can feel exciting, possibly even risky. It is a big step and it requires financial and time investment. So if you’re at this stage, consider yourself already learning the skill of taking risks. Consider yourself learning to be more courageous. Because you are. Growth is impossible without risk, and by spending money and time you are investing in yourself and your future. When you keep pushing, when you keep opening yourself to the possibilities this world could offer, you’ll unconsciously learn to become more courageous in taking risks, huge or small. You’ll slowly learn the best personal coaching skills that will fit you as you build a coaching practice that is uniquely yours.
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