Life Coaching…What is it?

I have always been good at giving people advice. I don’t know why, but people always ask for my opinion on different aspects of their lives, and I have always been able to guide them in the right direction. Or at the very least, given them things to think about to help them in their quest towards finding the right path.

For years I always said I would make a good Life Coach and I kept telling people I would love to do that. Everyone said I would be great at it, but I didn’t know where to begin. Until the pandemic hit. Some things are Divine Appointments, right?

I was home doing nothing, like most people were in the spring of 2020 and scrolling through Facebook when I saw an ad. It was for a Master Life Coach certification and the company was offering 90% off as a “pandemic special”. I thought “that’s cool” and kept on scrolling. Then, I saw it every day, multiple times a day, and finally I decided to look at it. For $49 it was a course for 4 different types of certifications and that made a Master Certification. Hmmm…intriguing…I read on.

After going on the website, I found the company to be legit and decided to sign up. I mean for 49 bucks; can you really go wrong? I loved it! It was a go at your own pace course, so I sat in front of the computer for hours a day soaking up the information I would need to help people. I got through the course, received my certification and then, in true Tracie fashion, did nothing. (Life Coach heal thyself.)

What is a Life Coach? A Life Coach will help you figure out how to reach your goals. A lot of people have a hard time figuring out exactly what they would like to do in life both personally and professionally and a Life Coach can help them figure that out and give them strategies to get there. It is NOT therapy, that is something totally different.

If you have been with me for a while, you know I have a problem with follow through. I go round and round between 4-5 different career choices and never follow through on any of them. That is because I am what they call multi-passionate. I want to do it all, but then end up doing nothing. A lot of people fall into this category. Some people can do all 5 things and be great at them. I cannot. I need to choose.

And so, I have decided to choose Life Coaching and Writing. I am good up to two, after that nothing gets done to completion. I have chosen a name for my company and made an email address for it. I am stoked because I always like to help people and can now do it on a larger scale. I had a meeting last year with a friend of mine who does this for a living on a large scale and asked for her advice. She told me I would be really good at it and gave me some tips to get there. Why didn’t I do it then? Because I was scared.

I have never run a business before and that was/is the holdup. I didn’t want the running of the business to be wrong. The helping people part I can do, that has never been the issue. I was listening to a podcast the other day by a big-time network marketer, and she said to just go do it, even if it’s messy. You learn by doing. It’s not going to be perfect at first, but it will get better the more you do it. I am taking her advice, thanks Jessie Lee. I am still nervous about doing it wrong, but I’ve been wrong before and I will be again…it’s all good.

***Question for the comments…Have you ever not done something out of fear of failure? When you look back on it now can you see how it could work, even if you did it messy? Does that make you want to try it again?

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