7 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Pursue a Career as a Spiritually Inspired Life Coach
Spiritually Inspired Coaches work with the full dimension of human experience: mind, body, emotion and spirit. People who are in major transitional phases in their lives often have trouble adjusting to those changes. That’s why they seek the help of caring coaches who can guide them through the process, giving them support as they plan and take steps to realize their goals.
Does this sound like a fulfilling and meaningful life for you? Then becoming a spiritually inspired life coach may be a good path for you!
To help you decide, we’ve prepared this checklist: 7 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Become a Spiritually Inspired Life Coach. It covers the main areas for you to consider.
- What is your motivation? Most men and women who want to be life coaches have huge hearts and really want to make a difference in the lives of other. If that’s true of you, you’re going to be able to weather the ups and downs of running a coaching business, because your higher purpose will keep alive your vision (the big picture of how you want your life and business to be).
- What are your strengths? Life coaches should be energetic, inspiring, motivating and well-organized. You’ll need excellent listening and communication skills. It requires preparation, training, integrity, and the ability to maintain a professional relationship with clients. It’s not just about being a great motivator. It’s about being a powerful influencer, so your clients take action. You need to be able to look at a client’s life with an unbiased eye and offer a fresh perspective. You’ll also be providing accountability for your clients, so they can continue their forward momentum.
- What is your focus? A spiritually inspired coach must focus on what the client wants and needs, NOT what you think they need. When you’re coaching, your motives and goals are kept out of the picture. It’s not about what you think is important. It’s all about supporting your client in what he or she thinks is important.
- What is your specialty? When you identify your niche or specialized area of expertise, your coaching skills will excel and you’ll attract clients who will benefit most from your skills. Rather than offering a generalized coaching practice, pick a maximum of three very specific topics that you excel in. The more targeted and focused you are, the more focused your clients will be, and the better the results will be.
For example, if you’re coming from a social work background you might want to specialize in coaching people through their grief, divorce, adoption process, and the like. If you’re coming from a business background you might want to specialize in business advancement and excellence. If you’re coming from a health background, you might coach people with specific health issues or physical disabilities.
- What is your education? Successful life coaches realize that a well-rounded education is imperative. Certification and licensing is generally not required to start a life coaching career. However, you’ll want to attend a reputable life coaching program. You don’t want to cut corners on your education. And be aware that having a certificate isn’t the “be all end all”. Because one approach alone will not serve your clients, you’ll want to continue your education by reading, attending events, webinars and seminars. However, the best education comes from working with your clients. So don’t think you need to know everything to get started.
When you become a spiritually inspired life coach, your education doesn’t stop at the services you offer, either. You’re going to become a business owner, so you also need to learn about business skills such as time management, calculating your cash flow, and marketing.
- What are your approaches? Helping each client will be a very individualized process. Methods that work for one may not work for another. Because of this, a spiritually inspired life coach must develop plans based on each client’s strengths, weaknesses, abilities, and limitations. A life coach must also take into consideration each client’s spirituality and core values.
- What are some additional trainings? To become a spiritually inspired life coach, you’ll benefit from studying psychology and persona development. We emphasize mindfulness practice to help our coaches stay in the moment, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to improve your communication skills, as well as centering techniques, breathing exercises, and other approaches to somatic experience to ground your work in the body. These give a well-rounded base of knowledge from which to draw. However, don’t get overwhelmed with the choices. Start at the basics and then you can move on to the next.
If you want to become a spiritually inspired life coach, you’ll need more than just learning and teaching. You’ll want to live it daily, too! As the founders of The Institute for Professional Leadership, we’re committed to helping others live more fulfilling and healthier lives. We believe that the best leaders pursue personal excellence and know how to coach themselves. Get started today by grabbing a copy of our free report, “Why Spiritually Inspired Life Coaches have the best job, and how you can too!”
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