Looking for a new career? Not satisfied with your current role? Or perhaps you are happy in your job, but you are looking for something more. A career that allows you to make a difference in the lives of those around you. For some people, helping others is a way to help ourselves feel accomplished. It might be time to consider becoming a life coach.
Generally speaking, a life coach helps people make important changes in their lives and reach their personal and professional goals through guidance and practice. Life coaching is about helping people unlock people’s talent so they can achieve what they want in their lives. Life coaching techniques can be applied to all aspects of life including personal, work, business, social, sports, school, performance, and many more. Virtually every aspect of our lives can be touched by life coaching. How about becoming a life coach? To be successful you have to want to become a life coach because you’re passionate about reaching out to others and helping them.
If you are interested in becoming a life coach, here are a few ways to start:
Do Your Research
Like any other endeavour, the first thing you need to do is get the lay of the land. To find your place in it, you need to learn what the life coaching world is all about. What would be expected from you as a life coach? What are potential clients looking for? Where can you apply coaching to your current sphere of expertise? What kind of job and business opportunities are in life coaching? And most importantly, where can you get accredited? Before you get started, you need to find the answers to all of these questions. We recommend that you start with the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF will have all the information you need to become a life coach.
Decide Your Goals
Once you have your information, you need to decide what you are going to do with it. Where would you like to apply your life coaching talents? A good place to start is with what you know. If you have experience in boardrooms, the natural start point would be executive coaching. Are you a small business owner? Become a mentor for novice business owners. A teacher? Apply your life coaching skills to troubled teens. You might be satisfied with your current job and opt to use your coaching skills to help others as a fulfilling part-time career. Or you might decide to create a coaching business of your own. Each person will have their own reasons for becoming a life coach.
Find Your Own Mentor
Just because you want to coach others, doesn’t mean you can coach yourself. Everyone can use a guiding hand. Browse the ICF website and find a life coach that can help you reach your goals so you can help others do so as well.
Join an Accredited Coaching Institute
The last step is hardest, but the most important: learning how to be a coach. You might have natural coaching talent, but it needs to be cultivated. A good coaching program will not only give you skills, but also the credential you need to attract potential clients. Look no further than the FLOW Coaching Institute, the premier executive coaching certification program in Toronto. Using the exclusive FLOW Coach Method, our talented instructors will guide your throughout our five modules and the final supervised practicum to help you become a successful coach. The FLOW Coaching Institute is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Contact us today and find out how you can make a difference!