1.To be free. No more bosses. No more passive aggressive colleagues block booking the holiday rotas a year in advance or being tied to the same old routine. You call the shots, you work the hours you want to and no more missing of school plays, family celebrations etc.
2. Meaning and purpose. If you have ever wondered how you "just drifted" into what you are doing you will, at last, find that "coming home" feeling. For the first time you can use your life experiences to benefit others - divorce, overcoming depression or knock backs, traumas, weight loss and health gain, your successes and failures are perfect experiences to help inspire and motivate others.
3. Finding yourself. You have always thought you had a special ability to help and support people. You are the natural go-to guy or gal and now you can get paid for it too.
4. Build an empire. No job is for life anymore. If you think you have job security you may be suffering under a delusion and putting your fate in the hands of others. When you work for yourself as a coach you put the hours in, you create your own success and you take control of your life and make it big at last.
5. Be in control. If you are living for the weekends this is a sign you need to think about quitting your job. Knowing your clients are waiting for your guidance, inspiration, support and coaching tools to support them is the most rewarding position to be in. At last you will be valued and living and working within your values.
6. Be inspired. If you are driven to straighten paper clips out of boredom then routine is getting you down. It's like Groundhog Day only without the laughs. Life coaches create their own routine. No two days need ever be the same again. Here's a snapshot of my working days as a coach:
- 9am-10am morning run around park. Two telephone clients in the morning, lunchtime networking club make contacts, coffee with friend and 3 clients in afternoon/evening.
- The next day may be writing, presenting a workshop or seeing my clients face to face.
- I don't work Fridays. You design your working day.
7. No more tolerating. Your health will improve. When we do work that doesn't fit us eventually we pay the price. Migraines, stress, feelings of dread/depression, insomnia, anger and a feeling of futility that you can turn into self blame and disgust "Why am I doing this? If I was any good I would be doing something better. I'm so useless. Is this all there is? I'm stuck here and I didn't want this for my life" - sound familiar?
8. Meet amazing people. You never know who you will meet and where you clients will take you in your own personal development. Those seeking to change their lives are real, authentic people who want to get the most out of life. What a privilege to work with them.
9. Make a difference. Being a life coach means you are a catalyst for good and change in the lives of others. This will make you very happy indeed.
10. Work where you want. You coach from your couch, the beach, a café or from your purpose built empire. No more killer commutes. Your work fits in around you.