Coaching is an extremely rewarding profession on so many levels, and it’s also one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Through this sequence of short videos, I’m going to teach you the key fundamentals you need to know to get started as a coach, and to create a fun and thriving coaching practice that’s in perfect alignment with who you are, what you value, and what you most want to contribute to others.
In this short video installment, I want to give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a life coach so that you have a sense of how coaches typically schedules our time to create both a thriving practice and a balanced and truly enjoyable lifestyle.
One of the most awesome benefits of becoming a coach is that this line of work – maybe more so than maybe any other profession out there – gives you the freedom to work as much (or as little) as you like, from virtually anywhere in the world, and at a pace that you have complete control over.
As someone who made the decision 15 years ago to walk away from a lucrative job in corporate America to pursue coaching full time, I can tell you from experience that being a professional coach provides a quality of life that most people only dream about: The hours are flexible, the work itself enhances your own personal growth and development, and there is virtually no limit to the amount of money you can make. In addition, you get to be your own boss, set your own schedule, determine your hourly rate – even decide when it’s time to give yourself a raise! – while all the while knowing that you are changing people’s lives for the better.
So, what does a day in the life of a coach typically look like? Well, if you’re like me and most of the people I’ve trained and certified, in the very beginning – as you’re transitioning from your current job to being a coach – there will likely be a period of time when you’re still working at your “day job” and coaching people in the evenings and on weekends. Now, just in case this sounds overwhelming or not workable for you, I want to reassure you that coaching others in your free time is not at all like working two jobs, or putting in two back-to-back shifts in your current position. This is because the act of coaching another person is as uplifting to you as it is to them.
As a coach, you are standing in the highest possibility for each of your clients, and aligning yourself with the fulfillment of the outcomes and goals that are the most meaningful to them. Unlike traditional forms of therapy, where the focus is on what isn’t working in the client’s life and why, coaching is completely future oriented. All of the wealth of tools and resources you’ll learn in the course of your training are designed to support your clients in getting where they are to where they want to be. As a result of this future-focus, you feel uplifted and enlivened after sessions, not depleted or drained.
And this brings me to another really key component of a successful coach’s daily routine: To be successful as a coach, you must build into your lifestyle a generous amount of time that is devoted to your own self-care.
Now, self-care means different things to different people, but some of the practices that I guide my coaches to follow include meditation and visualization, physical exercise, and practicing inner processes that help us to more deliberately alter or adjust our own energy field. A regular practice of self-care is so vital, because as coaches, we are literally holding the space for our clients to bring forth the best version of themselves, and we can’t hold this space unless we are also at our best.
When I was a full time coach, my self-care routine included a morning and afternoon meditation, listening to uplifting music throughout the day, planning out my meals to fuel my energy and metabolism, getting some form of physical exercise, and making sure I carved out blocks of time between clients to spend time with my young boys. Other coaches I know make it a habit of spending time in nature, devoting time to gardening, dancing, or some other hobby that they enjoy. Each coach finds what feels best to them.
Many of the practices we teach in our QSCA training are focused around sourcing ourselves from within, so that we can approach every session – and every interaction outside of work as well – with an abundance of energy and intention.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the day in the life of a life coach! I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions on what we’ve discussed here, so please write to me in the comments below.
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