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So you think you can coach?

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

One 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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