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Becoming a life coach is not as easy as it seems. And the truth of the matter is, life coaching is not for everybody. A person needs to possess some particular characteristics or traits required before he or she is considered to have the potential of becoming a life coach.
Why A Life Coach
Why indeed do people want to become life coaches? There are two possible answers to this question. The first is that being a life coach is very rewarding when talking about money. If you are an effective life coach with a constant stream of clients flowing in then you can rake in a lot of money.
The second answer on why people want to become life coaches is that life coaches can get a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. As a life coach, you have the ability to make lifestyle changes for your clients. You can help them develop and improve. You become a part of your client's growth and achieve great results in his or her life.
Characteristics of a Potential Life Coach
As have been stated life coaching is not for everybody. A person must have certain qualifying characteristics for him or her to be able to become an effective one.
First and foremost, the most essential characteristic of a potential life coach is the eagerness to help people. In the job of life coaching, a genuine urge to help will be very important for the effectiveness of life coaching. Without this eagerness, life coaches will just easily lose patience and give up on their clients.
Second, a potential life coach must be a good listener. If you are the type of person who talks and talks 24/7 then life coaching is not for you. As a life coach, it is very important to listen to your clients. You will get all the information that you need through your conversations and if you do not know how to listen, then you will not be able to make an effective program for the client.
Third, a potential life coach has the characteristic of the willingness to be trained. A person can't just become a life coach just because of his or her eagerness to become one. A life coach will have to undergo several pieces of training to be able to learn different methods that can be utilized during sessions with clients. The training process takes time and may take a fair amount of money.
Your Future As A Life Coach
If you fit all the criteria above then you have the potential to become a life coach. So what is in store for you when you become a life coach?
Monetarily speaking, life coaching is a good source of income. Being a life coach is a very lucrative business. In fact, a lot of people make a living out of being a life coach. But before taking that leap there some things you should consider:
- Is it worth leaving your current job and become a full-time life coach?
- Can life coaching maintain your current way of living?
- Are you willing to take the risk of running your own business?
These are the 3 questions that matter before becoming a life coach. But if life coaching truly is your passion then by all means do not let anybody stop you and soar high.