Picture this: You’re feeling fulfilled in your work and making meaningful connections with people you actually like every day. You’ve got the freedom to choose your own schedule, the resources to design your own path, and the opportunity to earn an income that supports your ideal lifestyle. Maybe that sounds like a pipe dream. Or maybe it’s your future as a certified professional coach.
The famous and brilliant Albert Einstein once said, “Time is an illusion.” For most of us, however, time is a precious commodity. And when you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t bring you fulfillment or joy, it can feel like every minute is an eternity. That’s why one of the greatest concerns for prospective coaching students is how long it will take to complete a training program and earn their certification. We get it: You’re out there thinking about the future and wondering just how close you are to the goals you see in the distance. As you plan ahead, consider all the factors, and get honest with yourself about whether the journey toward becoming a professional coach is the right one for you; it’s only natural to question the amount of time it’ll take to make your dream a reality.
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Close your eyes and picture your ideal coaching client. Is it a new mom looking to return to work after maternity leave? A young tech executive that wants to reach the next level in their organization? A couple looking for ways to heal their relationship? Someone struggling to adjust after an illness or reach specific health goals? An up-and-coming manager or team leader striving to improve corporate culture? Or is it simply a blank in your mind?
Each day you face thousands of choices… and each one holds the potential to unlock an infinite chain of possibilities in your future. Researching Leadership Coaching Certification and Executive Coaching Certification while you’re on the clock are certainly choices that set you up for a new and exciting future. Sometimes, the smallest step, intentional or not, creates the most significant results in your life. Take Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in Sliding Doors, as an example.
Does your age really matter when it comes to coaching others? I talk to many potential students who are afraid they are “too young” to be taken seriously as coaches. On the other end of the spectrum, I hear from older people who are nervous about being seen as irrelevant and out of touch with current society. Conquering age-related fear is often one of the many self-imposed hurdles students face when they are weighing the decision to become a life coach. But truthfully, age is one of the least important factors when deciding whether to enroll in coach training—for a number of reasons.
Feeling the itch to change your career? You're not alone! A recent study from LinkedIn claims that the average person changes jobs 3-4 times in the first ten years after college graduation. An ordinary job switch probably isn’t that scary, but a full-on career change can fire off a serenade of internal “DANGER DANGER” warning bells. Conventional wisdom says it takes time (and plenty of savings) to get the training and education required to jump the established career path in favor of starting a business.