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