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.
If only you'd give 'practicing' the same amount of time and effort you set aside for 'learning'.
Still busy completing yet another course that you felt like you just gotta have, eh?
Not that you didn't already have a pile of unread books collecting layers of dusts on your bookshelf.
You're obsessed with gobbling up all the lessons. It's not a terrible thing. Not at all.
But when you bury yourself deep into the abyss of learning—coming up for air only when it's time to reheat your cuppa joe—there's something going on inside of you that's worth unearthing.
You intend to put your knowledge into excellent use, you say.
You're even considering adding life coaching to your arsenal.
Of course, you just have to investigate and learn some more.
You're probably thinking...
"I still don't feel adequate enough. I need to keep learning."
In a perfect world, you'd be that Ken guy that won on Jeopardy for 74 consecutive games. Enough is not a word in your vocabulary.
If this is how your brain operates, you may have an intense drive to learn, but you're also predisposed to revert to a fixed mindset. (Yup, both qualities can coexist.)
Totally normal to feel this way, btw.
Here's what we mean by that…
According to Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck... People with a fixed mindset feel the urge to prove themselves over and over.
"Every situation calls for a confirmation of their intelligence, personality, or character. Every situation is evaluated: Will I succeed or fail? Will I look smart or dumb? Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I feel like a winner or a loser?"
On the other hand, people with a growth mindset believe that one's true potential is unknown (and unknowable).
"This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and experience."
The operative words being "grow through application and experience".
And isn't your curiosity about life coaching because of your desire to grow?
Now, all you gotta do is pull the trigger and practice, practice, practice.
How do you do that?
Glad you asked.
You know the major thing you need to master about life coaching?
The art of asking questions.
You don't need to learn how to give advice. You don't have to have all the answers. Life coaching is not about that at all. It isn't therapy either.
As a life coach, you listen actively, understand the situation at hand, and guide people into making the choice that's right for them.
That's it. So keep learning from a place of growth mindset. That means you also have to have the willingness to step outside your comfort zone in order to experience and create something different in your own life.
We'll always have struggles within ourselves. Don't let that stop you from becoming a life coach. As an attentive human who cares about life enrichment, you'll provide a lot of value in the world of coaching.
"It's unbelievably exciting to see where new experiences can take me."
"I'm always learning and working on my personal development."
"I know there isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to coach. I find my own way within all the guidance provided."
Own these traits and you'll undoubtedly become a successful coach. Because being true to YOU is how you make real connections.
"My biggest take away from JRNI Coaching was a wealth of knowledge, which in turn gave me confidence.
After completing JRNI Coaching, I knew with absolute certainty that I could coach someone using the tools and techniques I was taught.
I was so confident in this because I witnessed first hand these theories, techniques, and tools working for myself.
I transformed tremendously while in the Intensive. I went from seeing myself as shy and reserved to seeing myself as wise, introspective and intuitive. I found my true power within. If that’s not an identity shift, I don’t know what is."
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 thinking you're not good enough yet.
Especially when you feel like there's so much to learn. When it comes to life coaching, you may not have everything figured out right now. Guess what? It's okay. Trust the process. There's no perfect time to become a coach.
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 talk and create a plan to take your coaching dreams and make them a reality.