Thinking About Becoming A Life Coach?

July 5, 2006

Considering Becoming A Life Coach?

As life coaching is gaining popularity, so is interest in
becoming a life coach. Many people love the idea of working for
themselves and being in a profession that helps others. If you
are thinking about becoming a life coach, there are several
factors you need to consider.

First, decide what type of life coach you want to become. The
word “life” covers a lot of territory so life coaches tend to
specialize in specific areas. These areas include career and
finance, goal setting, relationships, weight loss/fitness and
drugs and alcohol, just to name a few.

What is your passion and how do you want to inspire others to
create success in their lives?
When thinking about what type of life coach you want to be,
examine your career, education and life experience to find your
current strengths.

Once you have an idea of what area you want to focus on,
consider what a life coach does. This is tricky because there
is no one definition or universal standard so several
interpretations exist. You need to develop a format in which
you will teach successful actions to your clients.

A qualified life coach can break down goals into manageable,
easier to confront steps while showing the client effective
techniques for completing them. Just knowing what and how is
not enough because clients often get in their own way. The life
coach will evaluate their progress and motivate them to
implement a plan with consistent action to actually achieve
desired results. Before you begin on this path, know that there
is a difference between understanding what to do and being able
to get someone to do it.

There are three essential elements involved in becoming a life
coach and they are training, skills and education. When it
comes to training, there are many life coaching academies that
offer courses and some even offer accreditation. Many of these
courses have actual and practical value. Please note that there
is no federal or state agency that has an accreditation for life
coaching and schools offering degrees are self-accredited.

If you are considering taking any of these courses first look
into the costs involved. Often an inexpensive introductory
course is offered only to get you started. Since costs can add
up quickly, check into the length of time, the number of
additional courses required and make sure to get referrals from
other students. Another important point to check for first is
whether or not the school provides adequate tools for practical
application when working with clients. This will be very helpful
for beginners in developing step-by-step methods for life

There are a few key skills that are absolutely essential. For
starters, you need to be a good listener, a creative problem
solver and have considerable knowledge of human behavior. You
need to be able to set goals and develop plans of action to
actualize them. Life coaching requires that you are organized
and can keep meticulous attention to detail to monitor weekly

Patience and the ability to deal with frustration are critical.
Clients don’t always do what they agree to do and getting people
to suddenly give up destructive behavior patterns can be a real
challenge. You need to know how to motivate and be creative in
overcoming obstacles and objections. You have to really like
and care about people. You must also be able to accept failure
as not all clients will change. There are a few more skills
involved but these are fundamental.

A life coach should love education in order to stay informed of
current advances and trends. The areas that require consistent
study are psychology, goal setting, motivation, cognitive
psychology, cognitive science, human behavior, habits of
successful people, sleep patterns, relationships, business
principles, principles of success, career development, drugs,
alcohol, leadership, sales and more. A life coach is a
relentless student of these subjects.

Life coaching is a proactive approach to resolving obstacles in
an individual’s life and it requires a clear picture of not only
why and how, but also of step-by-step implementation and the
ability to resolve blocks and setbacks as they come up. You’ll
need to combine these factors into a working platform to assist
your clients in reaching their goals.

Finally, when you are ready to start life coaching, how are you
going to get clients? The idea of working for yourself and
helping people may sound great, and it is but it comes with its
difficulties. You are not going to simply get business cards
made then start filling your appointment book. Schools offering
great careers as life-coaches will only be able to give you
limited assistance in getting clients. After you spend your
time and money either with a life coaching school or developing
your own style of life coaching it will be up to you to get
clients. You are one hundred percent responsible for your
income and success.

You should enjoy networking and self-promoting. You can build a
clientele through friends, networking groups, placing ads,
professional relationships, and whatever other creative ways
you can think of. As you get clients and earn a reputation,
your business will grow through referrals. All this takes time,
so be prepared.

As you are developing your business, you will have to overcome
the obstacle of people questioning what a life coach does. Be
prepared by asking yourself why someone would pay you to advise
him or her and have a good answer. The answer you develop to
that question will be the foundation for your success.

After considering all of these factors, if you decide to become
a life coach you will be entering a dynamic field. Being able to
actually help people create the life changes they want is a
highly rewarding and exciting career. You’ll be helping others
gain success while creating your own!

About the Author: As a life coach, Devlyn has made helping
people find ways to improve their lives his personal mission
and passion. He is a public consultant, a private counselor, an
author and creator of Tools To Life. He has hosted his own radio
shows called “Tools To Life” and “Love beat” and has been a
guest on over 150 various shows. You can read his articles and
advice all over the internet. Devlyn has often been referred to
as “America’s Leading Life-Coach.”

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