Generally speaking, a life coach can be anyone who has the will to motivate, inspire and assist other people in achieving their life goals and becoming more fulfilled, happier and more successful, with their careers as well as in their private lives.
Tips on how to become a life coach
It’s important that you carry a “life coach call” inside you – to have that will (or need) to help other people in making their life goals come true. There are many coaching education directions. They are frequently offered by academies and colleges. Self-help gurus have their own certified programs (for example: Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Martha Beck, etc.) and when you finish one of those programs, beside a certificate, you also get their “name” beside your title. So, in that case you’re “Heal Your Life coach” or anything similar.
You can finish these courses online or in person. There’s a general consensus that the course is of higher quality in person, but then again it also depends on the type of course and your self-discipline to go through online course. It can also depend on your learning style and the capability of adopting new information. Some may find the online course more satisfying; others will feel better with live course.
Make sure that you pick the right life coaching course for yourself, not the one that’s popular at the moment. If you’re a practical person and don’t like much theory, then a holistic approach wouldn’t be good for you, which is based on spiritual principles. Instead, a better option would be an NLP school or a business academy, which are more based on acquired principles of success and achieving life goals. On the other hand, if you’re a spiritual person and you want to help your clients find their inner peace and harmony, to live a fulfilled life, love themselves and use affirmations and rules of attraction, then the holistic approach would be ideal for you.
Don’t be in the group of self-proclaimed life coaches. Potential clients will not take you seriously and you won’t learn the basic principles of this profession. In training, you’ll learn how to know which client is the right one for you, how to hold a coaching session, how to set short-term and long-term goals with clients, the legal stuff and basic tools which will really help your clients in achieving their goals, overcoming any obstacles and fears, boost their motivation – all of that so that they can make the right life choices. Motivating friends over a cup of coffee is one thing, but having someone you’ve never met before in session and someone who has given you money is a whole other thing – it’s a big responsibility, so take it seriously.
Experience is important, no matter your proficiency in theory. The best way to gain experience is:
1. Work free for a while (in the beginning, have free sessions with at least 10 clients). In this way, you’ll get better at practical aspects of life coaching.
2. Hire your own coach for some time, 3 or 6 months. You’ll learn a lot!
3. Get a mentor (a successful life coach who has a lot of experience in the field) to guide you from the start of your work and help you avoid rookie mistakes.