If you’ve been following my journey for some time now, you’ll know that I used to have a blog called Not Quite There Yet, which was paired with an adorable (and slightly debilitating) tagline: “The musings of a wannabe life coach.”

Cute, right?

Wrong.

There’s nothing cute about being a wannabe when all you want to be is something other than what you’re currently being.

What? #tylenolcoldgotmefeelingloopy

Anyway, after four and a half years of living that “wannabe” life and navigating my way through, over and around a quarter-life crisis, I decided to put on my big girl pants and actually do the thing that I’d been wanting to do for so long.

I decided to become a Certified Life Coach!

Yesterday – January 22, 2018 – marked the first page of a new chapter.

If you’re thinking about becoming a coach or want to know how I’ll be spending the next two to three months of my life, here’s some of the basics:

  • I used becomea.coach to find an ICF-accredited coach training program that offers teleclasses (which basically just means I can get trained from the comfort of my couch).
  • I’m currently enrolled in an 8-week foundational coaching program that runs for 3 hours every Monday and Wednesday evening.
  • I also to have to meet with my “buddy coach” for an hour a week. And there’s homework.
  • After the foundational coaching program is complete, assuming I pass with flying colours, I can officially call myself a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).
  • As a CPC, I will be thoroughly trained and qualified to coach anyone on anything, using the coaching process to help people gain clarity, focus, momentum and confidence.
  • As a CPC, I can then pick my niche, which requires some further study.
  • That’s when I’ll enrol in the Certified Life Coach (CLC) program. And perhaps do the Certified Career Coach (CCC) add-on as well, since I’m planning to work with postgrads and twentysomethings who are smack dab in the middle of their quarter-life crises.
  • I can begin – and have already begun – coaching clients before getting the CPC/CLC/CCC titles. This type of coaching is at a reduced rate, with some pro-bono work.
  • I need to accumulate at least 100 coaching hours and work with a mentor coach for at least 10 hours in order to be eligible for an ICF credential.
  • ICF, if you’re curious, stands for International Coach Federation. You don’t HAVE to be in their goods books, but it’s probably a good idea.

So why am I telling you all of this now instead of waiting until I’m fully certified?

Well, first of all, working out loud is my thing. Always has been, always will be. I don’t want to wait until everything’s perfect, until I’m an expert at something, until I need to make a “sale” or promote my services. I pride myself on being authentic and love sharing what I learn, as I learn it.

I truly believe that success is a journey, not a destination. As Earl Nightingale said oh-so-eloquently, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” I repeat: SUCCESS IS THE PROGRESSIVE REALIZATION OF A WORTHY GOAL OR IDEAL.

Why am I screaming?

I’m screaming because I love that definition.

Seriously. The process, the progress, the path forward – that’s where the magic and the learning and the growing happens. So why in the world would I keep all of this good stuff to myself?

As I continue my training and begin to build my badass coaching business, I'm not going to be perfect. There's a good chance you'll stumble across some broken links or notice my brand colours changing at the speed of light or be underwhelmed by a services page that's still "under construction."

That’s all part of the entrepreneurial journey.

What I can promise, though, is that I’ll be open and honest throughout this whole business-building, coach-becoming, badass-bucket listing process. I will continue to work out loud, I’ll share what I learn, I’ll give tips and tricks along the way and – hey – I may even put a call-out to you for some early stage coaching if you’re interested!

To stay up-to-date with my coaching journey, get some freebies and be the first to know about services that I’ll be launching in the near future, I invite you to sign up for my email list. I won’t spam ya, don’t worry. I’ll simply get in touch when there’s something new and exciting happening, or when I feel compelled to share something incredibly inspiring!

Starting something new can be scary, but it’s a lot less scary when you’ve got people to cheer you on every step of the way.

Together, we’ll grow up on purpose.

Newsha

1 thought on “So you think you can coach?

  1. I agree 100% that success is a journey – and everything is in transition.
    You should try out the life transforming course on “Vipassana meditation” as taught by S N Goenka. It is an intensive 10 day course where you learn mind training, purification of the mind, leading to a happier you. The courses are always full and it is suggested that you apply 3 or 4 months in advance.

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