Life coaching is both an art and science that traditionally follows the path of getting certified (then possibly credentialed), mastering a plethora of evidence-based tools and techniques, and continuing education to develop skills. Whew!
Your required investment: time, money, and effort.
It's not as easy as setting up shop in Squarespace and declaring, "I'm a life coach now. Gimme money and lemme gab."
Let us tell you now, the path isn't a piece of cake. There's no shortcut to it. There’s no one-size-fits-all, plug-and-play template to success.
So, you ought to have a tête-à-tête with yourself. Ask about the must-not-be-ignored WHY behind your interest in life coaching.
If your answer is anything short of a deep desire to help transform people's lives and the belief that it can be done...
...sorry, buddy. Life coaching ain't for you (at least not yet).
Your success as a coach cannot—and should not—be measured by how much dolla, dolla bills you'd bank or how many clients you've booked in your calendar.
The bigger barometer?
Whether you effectively helped your clients get unstuck and move towards their unique goals.
Kudos for your curiosity (and the courage to pursue that curiosity). And even if it's not the right time for you yet—it could be someday, who knows!—we hope you don't stop learning.
You can start by watching our free training, so you can learn more about what it REALLY takes to become a coach. No B.S.
In this training, we also discuss:
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.