Your archetype is a summary of your personality, style, and current skill set. It’s what gives you a natural advantage as a coach and helps you understand your innate strengths.
Your family and friends reach out to you whenever they need someone to talk to.
In their opinion, you're an excellent listener who always helps them walk away feeling clear and supported.
It comes as no surprise that you may already be working in the field of taking care of others.
Social work, therapy, HR maybe?
You've dedicated your whole life to serving others.
And that's why you're drawn to life coaching.
You either want to get better at what you're already doing.
You're considering having your own private practice.
But you just haven't fully committed yet.
You're probably thinking...
"I crave more freedom, but I'm scared to transition from employee to full-time life coach."
You know you have so much more to give. But what if you fail? What would your family and friends say?
These questions hang over your head as you think about the family you have to feed and the bills you have to pay.
Totally normal to feel this way, btw.
Here's what we mean by that…
You're hardwired to resist uncertainty.
"Our brain prefers a predictable, negative outcome over an uncertain one."
you're curious about life coaching because you're naturally driven to help people.
The good news?
"Our mind is flexible and adaptive—it can be trained to thrive in change."
How do you do that?
Glad you asked.
You know you want to be in the business of helping people figure out their heart’s desires and then chart a path to get there. Dig deeper.
Where are you now?
Where do you wanna be?
What's getting in the way?
Then push through the uncertainty, you fearless you!
There's never been a better time to be a coach. If you know you have something in you that's driven to help other people…
We'll always have struggles within ourselves. Don't let that stop you from becoming a life coach. As a compassionate human who cares about helping people, you'll provide a lot of value in the world of coaching.
"I help make the world a better place one person at a time."
"I love myself enough to trust that I'm worthy of giving and receiving support and love from others."
"I'm centered and self-aware. I'm able to process not only with myself but with others, too."
Own these traits and you'll undoubtedly become a successful coach. Because being true to YOU is how you make real connections.
"I was coming off of a mental breakdown. Life was beyond stressful and I decided to quit my job, pack up and move to a new state. I had some money saved and decided I'd start fresh and figure it out after I moved.
I'm very introspective and I knew that not having time for myself to do meaningful work was a major contributor to my unhappiness.
After some careful consideration, instead of helping others in their personal lives as a hobby, or side goal, making it front and center and to get paid for doing it would open up the possibilities of helping others more often and in a more mutually beneficial way."
I know this might feel like we're moving pretty fast here, but it's crystal clear that you'd make an amazing life coach. If you're ready to move forward and start the process, here's your coaching career game plan.
It's easy to fall into the trap of pleasing people. But your heart (and personal boundaries) is in the right place.
And though you may not have everything figured out right now when it comes to life coaching... Guess what? It's okay. Trust your heart.
The question is, do you have it in you to take the first step and boldly claim that you are, or you want to be, a life coach?
Be hyperaware of the scammy Sammies. There's a lot of B.S. life coaching programs out there, promising certifications overnight. What?! (For comparison, JRNI Coaching Intensive provides certification after a 20-week training.)
You need to make sure you get exactly what you need from the life coach training program you choose.
Finally, pick the training duration that you will realistically stick with and feels comfortable for you. And when it comes to the cost, remember that you're investing in the foundation of a potential career that will serve you for the rest of your life.
Choose practice over perfection and show up as an imperfect human instead of as someone who has it all figured out. Coaching can be natural and intuitive after some training, which makes it a practice. Weave it into your lifestyle by helping, supporting, and coaching your family, friends, and even strangers. Maybe you already have this lifestyle. Keep at it.
I thought I wanted to be a police officer. Or a lawyer. Perhaps a teacher. I assumed all these different careers would help me find that elusive special something. But I still felt broken.
I went into therapy for years, but I never got to the place where I had concrete action steps to cultivate confidence and happiness.
Then I discovered the science of applied positive psychology. And my Professional brain broke in the best way possible.
I thought to myself: "Oh, this is what I've been looking for." It's this life-changing, transformative technique that makes sense of the world and makes sense of who I am.
And I knew I wanted to bring that to other people such as yourself—currently through my work as CEO of JRNI Coaching, and through being a feminist scholar, ICF-certified coach and speaker who specializes in the relationship with the self.
I was meant to lose my way. Because it's only after seeing failure after failure—from career to relationships—that I found myself.
I thought I was going to be a screenwriter. Glad I didn't become one. Instead, I clocked in thousands of hours studying and working in therapy school, rehabs, for-profit and nonprofit centers. And that's when I finally made sense of my story.
I used my Seeker character strengths as my compass in my journey of self-discovery. My love for connecting with people shone through my string of failures. And I stumbled upon that elusive special something that I couldn't have discovered had I not gotten lost: a sense of purpose.
I found a novel way of helping people not only as a licensed marriage and family therapist but as a life coach. And I want to share that with you so you can build a life that you love.
Our shared love of coaching and helping others brought us together almost a decade ago. But the coaching programs we wanted didn't exist then, and so we knew we had to create one that would have resonated to us as humans.
Keep reading, and we'll show you a sneak peek of how we teach the techniques and methods that have helped our clients make progress in their own lives.
Boy, oh boy, are you gonna be rewarded for your dedication! Now that you're part of the JRNI Coaching fam, you'll be the first to know whenever we come up with more ways to serve our community.
Let's connect and create a plan to make your coaching dreams a reality.