So you want to become a life coach? Good for you!
As you start your journey, you probably have a million different questions swirling through your mind.
How do I become a life coach?
How do I become a successful life coach?
What area of life do I most want to help others in?
What can I do differently that is going to separate me from all of the other life coaches out there?
These are some of the questions that I have been asking myself, and to be completely honest with you, I have absolutely zero ideas on how to answer any of these.
I am not a life coach, nor is this going to be a step-by-step guide that’s going to teach you how to become a life coach simply because I don’t know all of the ins and outs of being a successful life coach.
Instead, as I start my research into pursuing my goal of becoming a life coach, I want to share what I think separates an average life coach from somebody who is going to be a successful life coach.
My Dreams of Being a Life Coach
Being a life coach is something that I have thought about doing for quite some time, but I just didn’t know how to be a life coach, or how to be a successful life coach for that matter.
There is just something about helping others that I enjoy doing. It is a passion of mine that has made me eager to pursue my goal of someday becoming a life coach. After struggling with various mental illnesses and being at a bad spot in my life, I somehow found the strength inside of me to take ownership of my life and turn it around.
I realize how fortunate I have been in this sense, and part of realizing how fortunate I have been has made me focus on doing everything I can to help others to find that same strength inside of them, or maybe even a stronger one.
Surely I could go on with my life and hold all of my past experiences and struggles to myself, but that just doesn’t sit well with me. Not only do I find it beneficial for my sanity to release my thoughts, but the possibility of changing somebody else’s life through sharing mine is what excites me the most.
This is a goal that I have had for a while but have just recently come to terms with. In everything that I have heard about becoming a life coach, it has made me ask myself if I have what it takes to pursue this goal of mine, or if it is one that I even want in the first place.
The Misconception of Being a Successful Life Coach
We see all of these different articles online and paid promotions for how to be a successful life coach, but the more I see them, the more I question the legitimacy of them.
If it was easy to be a successful life coach just like the internet suggests, wouldn’t everybody be looking into becoming a life coach? Wouldn’t we see and hear of more people becoming life coaches on a daily basis? Wouldn’t life coaching be a more saturated of an industry than it already is?
The truth is, while we see and hear the success stories of those out there who have made a business out of life coaching and make it seem all too easy, don’t let them fool you; life coaching is no easy task.
What It Takes To Be Successful Life Coach
The questions beg; “What does it take to be a successful life coach? What are some of the things that would make me stand out as a life coach in comparison to all of the other coaches out there? What would I most want to see in my life coach if I were a student?”
After a lot of reflection, what I believe would make a successful life coach is somebody who has experience in the area in which they are trying to coach. If somebody doesn’t have experience and can’t relate to what their students are describing, are they really going to be an effective life coach?
Think about it for a moment. Say you were to hire a personal trainer to lose some weight and gain some muscle. If you’re smart, you probably aren’t going to hire somebody who has no knowledge and experience in the world of health and wellness. The same goes for a doctor. You probably aren’t going to feel all too comfortable visiting a doctor who has little schooling and experience in the medical field. So then why would anybody take advice from a life coach who has no experience in the area in which they are coaching?
It sounds so basic and simple, but you would be surprised by how many individuals out there are trying to coach in fields that they have absolutely zero knowledge and experience in. And yet, they wonder why they struggle to become successful.
What Does This Mean For You?
Again, I am not a life coach, nor do I hold all of the answers. I can’t tell you what to do, or how to live your life. What you choose to do is entirely up to you.
This is where self-reflection comes into play. Ask yourself what you would want out of a life coach if you were on the opposite end, and try to be the coach that you would trust.
We all have different strengths, different weaknesses, and different ways in which we can impact the lives of those around us. The key isn’t to be like everybody else out there. The best way to be a successful life coach is to be you, to share your gift and your story with those around you, to relate and connect to others, and to inspire change that is going to provide endless amounts of value to the lives of those to whom you are coaching. That is how you are going to be successful.
It goes beyond just being a successful life coach. Be yourself in every aspect of life. Don’t let others steal your light or control the life that you are blessed to live. Be different. Be unique. Be you. The more true you remain to yourself and to the life that you want to create for yourself, the happier and more successful you are going to be.