Everyday people decide they want to become a life coach, but few actually achieve their goals of becoming a life coach. In fact, some of the biggest barriers to becoming a life coach arise just after they decide to become a life coach. And unfortunately for most people, these barriers keep them from realizing their dreams. Here are the top five barriers to becoming a life coach, and what you can do about it.
If You Want to Become a Life Coach You Can’t get Hung Up on Money
Barrier to Becoming a Life Coach #1: Money. Or lack of. “I don’t have money to quit my job and become a life coach.” “I’m too busy working to have the time to devote to coaching.” “I want to become a life coach but I don’t have money for training.” Those are not the real reasons. What is under the “Money” excuse that is really stopping you?
Finding the Right Peer Group is Important When You Are Trying to Become a Life Coach
Barrier to Becoming a Life Coach #2: Family and Friends. These people are dangerous in your quest to become a life coach. This is your peer group, and it is hard to go against the tribal instinct to belong. If they don’t think you can do it, you’ll either believe them or you won’t take action. You know that if you fail you will have to face the consequences of failing when they warned you. If this is what you’re facing, you’ll need to find an empowering peer group. I’m not saying to get rid of your family and friends, but you’ll definitely need to find some people who are supportive in your endeavors. At least to balance out the noise from the nay-sayers.
If You are Serious about Becoming a Life Coach You Will Have to Get Over Your Fears
Barrier to Becoming a Life Coach #3: Fear. If are serious about your dream to become a life coach, you’re going to have to face your biggest fears. The best way to navigate around those fears is to hire a coach. Actually pay someone to coach you, so both of you take it seriously. But most people won’t do this, because of barrier #4.
Address Your Belief System if You Really Want to Become a Life Coach
Barrier to Becoming a Life Coach #4: Lack of Self –Worth. The biggest reason why people don’t have what they want is because they don’t feel like they deserve it. Or that they’re not good enough to accomplish it. Which is your own belief system that you need to address if you really want to become a life coach.
Time Management Should Not Prevent You From Becoming a Life Coach
Barrier to Becoming a Life Coach #5: Time. If lack of time is keeping you from your dream to become a life coach, then you will never have the time. If you really want to burst through this barrier, you’re going to need to change your beliefs about time. Start taking action, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there. Do what you can, when you can. And prioritize how you spend money so you can live the life you want.
These barriers to becoming a life coach don’t have to stop you. In fact, most of the time if you are able to identify a barrier you can develop a strategy around it. If you really want to become a life coach, commit and make a plan. Face the barriers with commitment, instead of resolve. In doing so, you’ll be able to live the life that you want.
JTS Advisors Bi-Designated Strategy and Accountability Coach