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30/01/2018 Lynne Mclean Brown in Facing Challenges / No comments
19 lessons that I learned in my 1st year as a life coach

19 lessons that I learned in my 1st year as a life coach

January marks my 1st year of being a life coach. I started my business back in early January 2017. I was so full of enthusiasm and excitement. There was a clear and vivid dream for my practice and I couldn't wait to make it a reality. This first year has been a total rollercoaster, full of highs and lows. As I reviewed my first year I decided to put together a list of things that I have learned about having a coaching practice.

I am immensely proud of everything I have achieved and learned over this last year. I am looking forward to building on that foundation with all my lessons to help me this year.

19 lessons that I learned in my 1st year as a life coach
  1. Be prepared for hard work, don’t give up at the first hurdle.
  2. Planning your dreams is fun and exciting and safe. Making them a reality is harder, scarier and more difficult than you can ever imagine when in the dreaming phase.
  3. The reality of your business will look nothing like the dream you had before you started.
  4. A work at home entrepreneurship is lonely. You need time to be sociable like you would if you had colleagues in an office. Timeout aids your business.
  5. A successful business is rarely built alone, you need support. Family, friends paid professionals, advisors and mentors. Work out what you need and get it. [caption id="attachment_1719" align="alignright" width="300"]1st year as a life coach Photo by Denin Williams on Unsplash[/caption]
  6. There is always more to learn, even when you have it all figured out
  7. It is really easy to do what is safe and comfortable. Neither I nor my business seems to grow from this place.
  8. Some things are worth feeling the fear having to be brave, some are not.
  9. It can take time to feel comfortable to describe yourself as a life coach to others. Being ok with people not knowing what a life coach does, also takes practice.
  10. Remembering why you started is the most important thing you can do on a bad day.
  11. Everything looks better after a few deep breaths, failing that a good night’s sleep works too.
  12. Running a business is like having a baby, you need to put a lot of work in to look after it but suffocating it and smothering with love and attention doesn’t work either.
  13. Like parenting, your going to want someone to tell you what to do. Also, like parenting, nobody can really know your business better than you.
  14. If you do not really believe in what you are selling/providing. Do something else.
  15. Try not to make big decisions while panicking about deadlines or money. Being calm and feeling grounded is the best mindset for tackling big decisions.
  16. There will be times when you will wonder why you are putting yourself through all this anguish. See number 9 or number 13
  17. Your family and friends may not always be the right advisors. They are invested in your wellbeing but
  18. Be yourself, be honest. Pretending to be what you think your customers want is a dead end. Being authentic and open about who you are is much more attractive and interesting and it’s a hell of a lot easier.
  19. Nobody notices your typo's or mistakes more than you do. Almost everything can be fixed later.
My Why
If I met someone who was just starting out in their 1st year as a life coach, I'd be incredibly excited for them. I think I would have to hold myself back from gushing about the journey they are away to take and all they are going to learn. The thing is I cannot claim to be an expert or a guru.I have a good part of my journey still to come. There will be self-doubt in the quiet months or when an offering just doesn't appeal to my customers. Ultimately, it all comes down to why I do this job. Why I am prepared to feel nervous and proceed with a new idea. Why I am ok with the strange hours that fit into different time zones. The fear of public speaking and the nervousness of putting myself out there. I became a coach because I want to make a difference. I want to help women who feel how I used to feel every day. Through coaching, I want to help them work out their own next steps so that they can live a life that is happy, fun and free.

Join the Self-Care Sisterhood, a supportive and encouraging community of women on facebook. The group supports each other around the challenges of pressure, guilt and stress involved in being a busy woman. I offer monthly group calls to its members as well as coaching, support and discussion.

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