If you just started and think that this is a great part time business where you can make lots of money, you need to know that in order to create something new it is going to take work. Work is one of those 4-letter words that’s not very politically correct. But if you really want to know how to become a professional life coach, the simple answer is that you must commit yourself to your own success and work hard. Thinking about having your own coaching business in any other way is like saying you want to loose weight and want to continue to think that food is just about pleasure rather than sustenance. Just look at our society, especially in the snack food department. All these chips and dips that we like to eat during a football game are not going to bring us closer to any health goals. The same for starting a coaching practice. THINKING about your success is much different than DOING what needs to be done.
How to become a professional life coach – step 1
Create your business. If you haven’t already done so, or if you are still looking for the “how to” in how to become a professional life coach, you need to get started in a coaching course. Part of the training should include an evaluation of your own strengths and weaknesses. Assessments such as the DISC and values assessments are great tools. You need to be able to understand yourself and how you react to the world, before you can hope to understand others and remain objective when exploring someone’s personal goals and challenges. Your coaching course should also include one-on-one-mentoring, actual experience coaching others with feedback, and specific information on how to start up and market your own coaching practice.
How to become a professional life coach – step 2
Repeat. Repeat the skills you began developing in step one. Prospecting, providing tremendous value during a single session, refining your coaching strategies, etc. You will need ongoing professional mentors. You need to continue to take coaching courses during this time to stay on track. Starting you own business is much different that working for someone else, and as an entrepreneur you can’t afford to be comfortable.
How to become a professional life coach – step 3
Continue to refine your skills. This means ongoing coaching courses, continuing to take your own advice and receive professional coaching, and staying committed to your own success.
That is how to become a professional life coach. It is not very complicated, but in order to become successful you will need to do what 90% of people who take coaching courses won’t do. Are you in?
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