You say your life coach career is really important to you. You say you want more clients, more income, more success. But what happens when that’s all you do? You say you want these things, you want to make progress in your career. So are you? How long have you been complaining about not making progress while at the same time, not taking action to change what you say you want to change?
Progress in any dimension of life often involves plateaus. Weight loss is a great example. Someone get’s really disgusted with the way they look or feel and loses 10 or 15 pounds. Then they hit a plateau and stop losing. It’s a natural part of the process, but it’s frustrating and unless they find a way to boost their motivation, they will give up. Your life coach career can have the same problem. You push yourself out of your comfort zone and get a few clients to prove to yourself or to someone else that you can do it. But then you’ve conquered that. You’ve met whatever need was driving your original motivation. Now what?
A Life Coach Career Needs Motivation To Progress
Think back to when you started coaching. What was life coaching about for you? What did this particular career choice give you? What needs were you meeting by taking on the challenge? Now think about what’s changed. If you are stuck on a career plateau, chances are you are meeting your basic survival needs for certainty, significance, variety and love at pretty high levels and your motivation has waned. So you need to find new motivation for taking the next steps in your life coach career. Picture what you want in your future. Make it real in your mind and your body. Then dig deep, journal, visualize, work your partner or your coach, do whatever you need to do. Find what you need inside yourself for motivation to take the actions and become the person you need to be to get off your plateau.
The plateau is a common reason that novice coaches end up giving up their life coaching career dream. If that’s where you are, it’s time to make a choice. Find a way to move on to the next level in your professional growth or stop whining and retreat to the comfort zone of your old life.
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Dorine G. Kramer
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach