In recent years, Life Coaching has become a much more common career for people to go into, with many personal trainers often choosing to go on and complete a coaching course to further advance their knowledge and career.
There are some important qualities needed to become a successful Life Coach, since you’ll be working one on one with clients, many of whom will have different ambitions, being going through different struggles and requires different types of help.
8 Signs You Should Be A Life Coach
Here are 8 signs that you have exactly what it takes to become a Life Coach!
1. You Have a Passion for Self Development
The first sign that you should become a life coach is when you truly have a passion for self development.
The greatest life coaches have an amazing amount of passion for developing themselves as individuals, and they want to use an transfer this passion over to others.
Anybody who you consult with is easily able to see this raw passion that you have, which make it incredibly convincing for them to choose you as their life coach because they know just how devoted you are to self development.
That’s exactly what they’re looking for.
2. You Love Helping and Inspiring People
Just like having a passion for self development; if you combine that passion with one to help and inspire people. After all, what is the purpose of a Life Coach?
To do exactly that. To help and inspire people. So if you’re a person who isn’t too bothered about going the extra mile to help change someone’s life, perhaps this isn’t the career for you.
3. You Can Relate to Others Ambitions and Struggles
It’s a big help in coaching if when a client presents one of their personal struggles to you, you can relate to it from the past. Maybe you had this exact struggle at some point in your life, and at the time you really felt like you couldn’t get through it.
This relation between you and your client only strengthens the amount of help you’re able to give, and the bond that you have with your client. They’re unlikely to search anywhere else for coaching if you can relate with them in one aspect or another.
4. You’re a Motivated Individual
The passion for self development, experience clients can relate to and so on is great. However the icing on cake is being a motivated individual. That motivation gives you the push to go out, do whatever you want and get whatever you want.
Are you a motivated individual?
There’s nothing people like more than getting help from motivated individuals that won’t stop until they get what they want, and essentially until their clients get what they want. People want to side with motivated individuals who will propel them to the top.
5. You Like the Idea of Self Employment
It’s not exactly the best reason to become a life coach. In fact, it’s the worst reason to become a life coach. But it’s still a reason and definitely something to take into account before deciding you want to become one.
Self employment means that a steady income isn’t exactly guaranteed, and it may take a while before you’re up and running.
Although, you’ll be working your own hours, have the opportunity to work wherever you want and the possibility of eventually earning a lot more than the average person in standard employment.
6. You Have Good People Skills
Good people skills are essential for Life Coaches as you’ll be having deep one on one conversations with others. So it requires you to be able to talk to other people confidently and listen very intensively to what they’re saying.
If you fail to listen and talk fluently in conversation, then the level of help you can actually give to someone won’t be very accurate.
7. You’re a Patient & Understanding Person
It takes a great deal of patience to listen to multiple people’s struggles and issues on a daily basis. Not everyone that comes to you looking for coaching will be happy to begin with. That’s why most of them will seek out a life coach in the first place.
Which is why you need to be incredibly patient, in order to continuously listen to people’s problems and not get put off by the pressure and negativity that may be present.
8. You Have Some Experience in What You’re Preaching
It’s great having an Official Life Coach Qualification and the passion to help others reach their full potential within their lives, but sometimes having a little experience can help greatly.
It affects the way you understand things and the advice that you can give to other people.
You might have experience in going from a career you hate to one you’re really passionate about, or from having no motivation in life to finally becoming inspired to make something of yourself.
All this experience helps when giving your guidance in life coaching sessions!
I’m going to sign off with leaving you the below video I found on YouTube, that explains in detail the most important traits to have as a life coach.