3 Reasons it Takes Guts to Become a Certified Life Coach

Life coaching is a true partnership in which a coach empowers a client – this is what you can be part of when you become a certified life coach. Life coaches serve their clients by opening their eyes to possibilities, helping them move past self-imposed barriers, and aiding them in creating life plans.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has found that over 98% of coaching clients thought that coaching was worth the money. Sound like something you want to be a part of?

To get off the couch and make a career change takes some motivation and inspiration. To become a certified life coach takes guts. Following your heart’s desire takes courage and fortitude. But, it won’t happen unless you make the first move and start your journey to becoming a certified life coach.

Got the guts?

3 Reasons it Takes Guts to Become a Certified Life Coach

You Will Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

It takes guts to step outside our comfort zones. We enjoy doing those things with which we feel to venture outside our comfortable cocoons, it takes a lightning bolt of inspiration and it can be extremely nerve-racking! Comfort zones are comfortable; throwing away that comfort and exposing ourselves to something new and challenging takes guts.

You Will be Facing Your Flaws.

Do you lack leaderships skills? You will definitely find out during life coach training. Do you lack good communication skills? If so, it will become evident as you study to become a certified life coach. Do you lack patience? It will be noticeable as you learn how to become a certified coach. What you need to know: everyone has flaws, and you can work to improve yourself while you are training to be a life coach.

Don’t fear your flaws. Face them and work to turn them in to strengths.

You Will be Responsible for the Goals and Dreams of Other People.

Wow – talk about responsibility!

Once you finish your training and get out in the real world, you will be a certified life coach and you will be working with clients who expects results. Will you be able to deliver those results? Will you be able to fill the needs they have and provide outcomes for them. They will be paying you money and spending valuable time with you – they will want, no, they will demand something for that time and money.

Now that you know the three reasons it takes guts to become a certified life coach, do you think you have what it takes? No guts, no glory, the saying goes.

Once you think you have the guts, you should answer one question; I will make it a multiple choice to make it easier.

Why do you want to become a certified life coach?

a) for the possible financial rewards

b) for personal fulfillment

c) a desire to help others

d) for the certifications to hang on my wall

e) a, b, and c.

If your answer was “E”, then you selected the right answer. Though certifications are good, that is not what life coaching is all about. It is a career in which you can earn a good living, enjoy personal success, and most importantly, help others achieve their goals.

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Fred Philips
Business Coach
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Become a Certified Life Coach – What, Why and How

Before you invest the money, time and effort to become a certified life coach, it makes a lot of sense to understand what that really is, why you would want to be one, and how to go about getting there. That is just what we are going to explore in this blog post.

Just What Is a Life Coach?

A well trained life coach is like a doctor as they emerge from their internship. They have a broad knowledge which addresses most of the medical needs of their patients. They can help a lot of different people with different problems because all their patients fundamentally share the same biological systems. And no matter how a doctor may eventually specialize, they never leave behind this fundamental knowledge. So to, life coaching is the basis for all coaching, and is an excellent place from which to build your coaching career. The coach my eventually specialize in business coaching, high performance coaching, relationship coaching, just to name a few, but it all comes back to coaching the life and humanity of their clients.

Why Become a Certified Life Coach?

The previous paragraph gives some pretty good reasons for becoming a life coach, but why become a certified life coach? Going back to our medical analogy, you certainly would want to become a “certified doctor” by getting your license. In fact, it is illegal to practice medicine as a doctor, if you have not both qualified to and formally became licensed. This is because the proper practice of medicine is a matter of life and death. The science and art of medicine are very old and well understood. The process of training to become a qualified doctor is well established and highly regulated. This is all true for the practice of medicine, but not for the practice of coaching. This means that simply being certified does not really prove anything, nor does not being qualified. There are a lot of poor coaches who are certified and a lot of great coaches who are not, so we have to look beyond a piece of paper that says if you are certified or not.

What to Look for in a Great Life Coaching Program

To become a certified life coach is really secondary to deciding that you want to be a coach, and start by learning to be a life coach. What you really want to do is identify a great program, and work very hard to learn as much as you can and master the practice of coaching through that program. Here is the simple criteria that I use in selecting a program. First, are the teachings of the program comprehensive and science-based? Truly effective coaching is based on a broad knowledge of human behavior and it is based on a lot of hard science. If you want to provide really lasting help to a lot of people with a broad range of issues, you cannot be a one trick pony, and you cannot rely on feel-good pep talks. Second, the program must include a ton of mentored coaching. Like medicine, you cannot learn to be an effective coach from a book or from a series of videos. You need to do a lot of coaching and get a lot of coaching all in a structured environment, so you can develop very refined coaching skills. And third, the coaching program should have a clear track record of success for its graduates and their clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of each of these three points. After all, who wants to put in all that money, time and effort only to end up being a life coaching quack?

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Dave Iuppa
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach

How To Become A Certified Life Coach

There are so many different courses to choose from when considering if you want to become a certified life coach that I would suggest you first decide what things are important to you that you want the course to include.

Six Questions to Ask When Considering What Course You Should Take to Become a Certified Life Coach

1. Do you eventually want ICF credentials once you become a certified life coach?

If this is important to you then you would need to be sure that the course you are looking at is ICF approved and that the course will go toward your requirements. Please refer to my post called Looking For a Prestigious Coaching Certification which explains how to know if a school is ICF approved.

2. How much time do you have?

Becoming a certified life coach takes time, and there are a wide range of time frames to choose from–some being as little as 16 hours, and others up to one year. Some courses require you to participate in a certain amount of on line classes, and then you go to a meeting site for an additional amount of days. There are others that require your on-site participation for the entire duration of the course, and others are conducted over tele-conferencing. There are also self-study courses. There is something for everyone so it’s important to consider what you can and can’t do time-wise.

3. What Are The Price Ranges:

There are a wide range of prices of the different coaching courses ranging from $397.00 to $10,000.00, depending on what school you go to and what type of coach you want to become, as well as the length and quality of the course. However, just because the course is expensive does not necessarily mean that it is the best course, and if you can’t afford the more expensive ones there are some excellent ones that are less expensive.

4. Does it have a business program included?

In my life, this was one of the top criteria in choosing the right coach course. However, don’t worry if you are already a certified coach and the course you chose didn’t include a business program, as there are many courses for coaches to help them grow their business.

5. Is it an International course?

To some this may be a mute point, but to me it was very important that the course I took was internationally recognized, as I wanted the option to use my coaching in a global setting.

6. What sort of methodology or philosophy do they teach?

This is maybe the biggest and most diverse question of them all, but an important one. For example, if it is important that the course majors on Neural Linguistic Programming or Strategic Intervention Coaching, or Transformational, or Law of Attraction, or any other type, then it would be important to find that out before investing in your course. I would suggest you research the different kinds and determine what would best suit you before you become a certified life coach.

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are many things to consider when deciding on what course to take to become a certified life coach. And if you have already become a certified life coach then the next step is to become a Master Coach.

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Dana Bosley
Spiritual Growth Coach
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