Earlier this week I had a conversation with someone who was thinking about becoming a life coach.
She is a person with a lot of life experience and wisdom. She had, to a degree, obtained personal mastery in some areas of life.
So of course I told her she had the potential to be a great coach.
That’s when the question came up if anyone can become a life coach.
The answer is, yes. Technically, anyone can become a life coach.
Currently, there are no requirements or credentials needed to become a life coach. You don’t even need to have a certification to call yourself a coach.
However, the title itself indicates that you’ve lived life and have potentially overcome (at least some) life obstacles, hence it being called “life coach”.
This is what gives you the authority to be a coach.
A lot of people get a life coaching certification to feel more qualified.
In my opinion, a life coaching certification will not make you a better coach. But it might make you feel like you are better equipped to help people.
What makes someone a good coach is their ability to help the person they are coaching achieve their desired result. If you have gone through a specific life situation and you have the desire to help others get through it successfully as well, you might be a good life coach.
But having the desire to help people is not enough to call yourself a life coach. There must be more to it than that.
So I’ve come up with a list of 6 traits that are a good indicator if you could be a good life coach or not.
While the barrier of entry is currently low in the coaching industry, it doesn’t mean there are a lot of great or successful coaches out there.
The truth of the matter is, only a small percentage actually coach full time.
You may or may not want to be a full-time coach.
But even if you only want to take up coaching as a part-time endeavor, you’ll need to have these traits:
1. Confidence in your ability to help someone
This is one of the most distinct and important traits for a life coach to have.
If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will either.
When I talk to a new, or aspiring life coach and hear the uncertainty of, “I don’t know if I can truly help them”, or, “I don’t know if anybody is going to want to pay me to help them”, I immediately question if this person is going to make it as a life coach.
Why? Because inner doubt is more dangerous than any hateful or negative remark that you could get from other people.
You’ll need to have a lot of self belief and confidence that you’ll be able to show up and get results.
Because the reality is that you’re going to have to sell your solution or program to them.
Without confidence in what you’re able to do for someone, you won’t be able to sell it. Consequently, you’re going to want to give up because you’re not seeing progress.
The way you can increase your confidence is by speaking up and adding value to people whenever you get a chance.
Once you see how your responses enlighten people and help them, you’ll begin to grow more confident in your abilities to create a change.
2. You're action oriented
Anyone can call themselves a life coach.
But to really be one and to make a living as a coach, you’re going to have to be an action taker.
This trait is one that all successful people have.
If you want to be a life coach, you’ll need to just get started somewhere.
The danger that a lot of people fall into, is the danger of procrastinating and trying to get everything to be perfect before starting.
If you wait until you are 100% sure that you won’t fail, you’ll never do anything. So take action and stop putting things off.
This doesn’t just apply to getting started as a life coach. Taking action is always a part of a successful endeavor.
For example, throughout your career as a life coach, you’re going to need to be talking to people, learning new methods of lead generation, creating content and much more.
If you have the tendency to put things off, or to wait for someone to tell you what to do, life coaching might not be for you.
3. You decide on a niche and stick with it
Over the years, I’ve come to see that a coach who is constantly changing their niche will not be liekly to succeed.
If they do, it might take years.
Constantly changing your programs, packages and niche is a big red flag!
Of course, anyone can become a life coach, but the ones that are most likely to succeed are the ones that stick with a plan because they have a good reason for starting it in the first place.
If you are not sure what you want to do in the first place, you first need to get that clear.
Because starting something and then changing it every month is not going to help you build momentum.
Of course, there are times where making changes is important.
But if it’s a habit, it’s a sign that you lack clarity and direction.
4. You understand the importance of sales
Yup, I said it.
If you want to be a life coach, you’ll need to get comfortable with sales.
Because people don’t value what they don’t pay for. But also because you want to make a living off of it.
The best coaches are eager to add value to their clients but they are also not ashamed of getting paid to do so.
Many people want to be coaches and yet they resist charging a decent price for their services.
This is often due to self-doubt, which points back to the first trait we talked about.
If you lack confidence in what you can deliver to people, you need to get sold on your package. Come up with a better offering and add more value.
5. You feel like it's your life's purpose
In other words, you should feel like you can’t NOT do it.
When something you do is a part of your life’s purpose, you will find a way to do it even if and when it gets hard at times.
The best life coaches are the ones that feel deeply connected to their work and enjoy helping people this way.
They generally like to be with people and find great joy in providing solutions to problems.
6. You are assertive and are not afraid of asking the hard questions
Are you okay with making people feel uncomfortable to help them move past mental blocks? Or do you shy away from conflict and confrontation?
As a coach, there are going to be times where you might need to say the things that need to be said in order for the other person to move forward.
If this scares you or makes you uncomfortable, life coaching might not be for you.
That being said, you can increase your assertiveness through practice.
So, can anyone be a life coach?
Anyone can be a life coach. But that does not mean that you should be one or that you’re going to be successful at it.
The good part about the possibility of anyone being a life coach is that you can start coaching right away.
All you need is a program to sell and people to sell it to.
Starting a coaching or consulting business does not have to be complicated.
However, I do recommend that you don’t just decide to become a coach because you can.
Make sure it aligns with who you are as a person.