8 Warnings Signs That You May Fail as a Coach
Whether you are a life coach, business coach, executive coach or any kind of coach there are certain things you shouldn’t do if you want to succeed in the coaching world. If any of these apply to you, you are headed down a dangerous path in your coaching career.
1. You Don’t Play By Your Own Rules
Your life does not have to be perfect. Heck no one’s life is perfect. But you need to live honestly. Life coaches help create an awareness in clients. We help clients attain goals and achieve success. Therefore you have to play by your own rules. If you live in dysfunction it will show. If you don’t have your life together, it will show. As a life coach you must have your own formulated and specific goals that you are trying to reach. So get clear about your life and business goals. Which brings me to my next point.
2. You Don’t Have a Coach
Everyone may not need a coach, however everyone can benefit from a coach. Every coach that wants to be successful should have a coach. It can be a life coach or a business coach. It doesn’t matter. But you should have a coach to assist with organizing your life and/or business. I’m sure, if you are already coach, you may be able to do this for yourself. However, your coach will be able to hold you accountable. They will be able to ask you questions and help you gain clarity in your life and your business. A coach will help you in areas you may not have realized you needed help in.
3. You Are Unhappy
Okay, everyone cannot be happy all time. But if you are not content with your life, how are you going to coach others? I get that we have good days and bad days, I get it. But if you have a coaching session that is about to take place and you are overwhelmed with your own problems to the point where you cannot put them out your mind for the sake of your client, then that will be an epic fail. You either learn how to be “mindful” and actively listen to your client or you may have to cancel your session. On the other hand, if you are totally unhappy with your life in general, then life coaching may not be for you.
4. You Want to Give Advice
Most people think that coaching is all about giving advice and telling people how to live their lives or run their business. In fact, coaching is the exact opposite. The client holds the answers within themselves. Only, the client knows what best for them. Think about it, do you think that someone can tell you how to live your life better than you. No. So, as coaches we must allow our clients to emerge and assist them on coming up with their own answers.
5. Coaching is not Your Passion
I’ve taught many people who thought that coaching was their passion. Until they took my passion test and had a brief coaching session with me based on that passion test. Some people just liked the idea of coaching, some was just looking for a home based business, but then soon realized that coaching wasn’t their real passion. So you need to really figure out if coaching is your passion.
6. You Dred Marketing
Once you become a business owner of any kind you automatically become a marketer. So as a coach you must get into a marketing state of mind. You must develop a marketing mindset. Marketing is not difficult as some would like for you to believe. As a coach you must believe that you will succeed, be positive, and be prepared for challenges along the way. So create some affirmations and become the marketer that you are.
7. You Are Afraid to Say No
If you are afraid to say no to free coaching sessions you will be giving out your coaching skills for free. Do not let clients, friends, and family take advantage of you. You know the ones who “just want some quick advice” that turns into a whole coaching session. I know that you love helping people, but coaching for free is unprofessional and it devalues your coaching skills. Now coaching for free when you are first getting started is okay if you know that it will benefit you in the long run. But don’t make a habit of it. Ahh, which brings me to my last point.
8. Low Balling
Last but certainly not least, not charging what you’re worth. You will fail as a coach if you cannot make enough money to LIVE. Calculate what you want your salary to be and add your expenses associated with your business ie. Web designer, phone bill etc. Then add a business profit goal to that. Next divide that number by the number of (expected) billable hours for the year. The result will be the amount you need to charge per hour to make your salary goal.