Here are three good reasons for wanting to become a life coach. They are not the only reasons but if your reasons don’t jive with these, it might be a warning flag; kind of like wanting to have kids, so you have someone to play with.
First, You really Care about People
Let’s face it: people can be pretty disappointing. They say they want to achieve something special, and then they fail – again and again. That’s life. That’s people. But if you want to become a life coach, you have to look beyond that and understand, that with the right coaching and inspiration and the right internal drive and commitment, your life coaching client can achieve great things and be an inspiration for many. And even if their dreams are more modest, helping them achieve their potential can be just as fulfilling.
Second, You Have Something Serious to Share
To become a life coach, you have to realize that you will have the life of your client in your hands, as surely as if you were a heart surgeon. And while it may be interesting to wander out on to the fringe of reality and embrace quackery for yourself, you have a sacred obligation to care for your client responsibly. Frankly, if you want to drink your own Kool-Aid that’s your business, but you don’t have the right to encourage your client to drink it, particularly if you are their life coach.
Third, to Become a Life Coach, You Need to Be Driven to Master Your Craft
I say this because I have recently run into a new generation of, so called, “life coaches” who know little of life and less of the art and science of coaching. It is frightening when you realize that their coaching is based primarily on the placebo effect. It is enough to make you crave regulation of your profession. And it is certainly nothing to give you comfort. The truth is that if you decide to be a life coach, you are deciding to achieve mastery of both accountability and strategy coaching based on the teachings of a recognized coaching organization and based on established scientific methods.
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach