I have an unfortunate habit that whenever somebody tells me some aspect of their life is going to change for the better of asking them;
“What will you do differently?”
I say unfortunate because it seems to be one of the few areas of coaching where I lose my ability to realize that I haven’t been appointed the Royal Life Coach to the Universe.
As such I will say it to casual acquaintances, friends and even alarmingly, to my wife.
The reason I ask it is because most people never stop to consider that by and large, for change to take place something different has to happen.
Think of how many people you know who have tried to quit bad habits such as smoking, drinking, over-eating etc just by clenching their jaw a tad tighter and saying ‘this time will be different’ with a bit more determination.
It rarely works like that.
It May Not Be Insanity, But it’s close
Think of Einsteins definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Sure as a quote it’s been beaten to death, reincarnated and then beaten to death again many, many times over, but that’s because it’s so true.
You will have clients who decide on change and want you to help them implement it, but you have to know what steps they have taken in the past.
Unless pure accountability is the key, and on occasions admittedly it can be, then you need to be sure that you’re not just helping them replicate patterns of behavior that have been proven not to work.
It’s a really easy way for you to get frustrated, to doubt your own ability to coach effectively and for the client to think you suck.
So always ask the question, “What have you done previously (if anything) to solve this problem?”
Do You Have A Full Life Coaching Practice?
If you’re already a full time Life Coach then I’m guessing that you didn’t have a full practice last year.
And by full I mean every client session you wanted to offer was taken even if maybe some were cancelled and/or rearranged.
I’m also guessing that you’d like one.
Then at least to some small (or even large) extent, what you did last year didn’t work.
Note: I understand there will be exceptions and that it takes time to build up a thriving coaching practice so please don’t think I’m knocking you if you only started coaching in June and have already signed up 10 clients because that ‘may’ mean what you’re doing is working.
So what are you going to do differently this year to ensure you move thing to the next level and leave your competition gasping to keep up with you?
- Are you going to learn marketing?
- Understand how to use SEO to attract clients?
- Utilize social media more effectively?
- Do some offline marketing such as workshops, public speaking etc?
- Hire a Life Coach of your own?
Please share in the comments of the post (please don’t e-mail me) what you intend to do differently this year that will make you unstoppable, and why.
Then I’ll throw the names into a hat (presuming I have more than 1!) and either offer a free hour of my time to help you with whatever it is you’d like help on, or give you a very generous discount for the next training course I’m running.
Speaking of Which – The Next Training Date For Coach The Life Coach
I was hoping to kick off the next course on February 2nd, but that isn’t likely to happen now.
The reason it’s not likely to happen is that I am so busy with clients that I have no idea where I’m going to get the time to do the marketing necessary to fill the course.
However, if I can get 4 people signed up within the next week I’ll commit to starting on Sunday February 16th at noon.
The course price is going to be $1,299, but if you’re prepared to commit to the success of your practice this early, then I’m prepared to give you a large early bird discount, considerably larger than the one being offered on the course page.
If that interests you then if you are reading this via my newsletter hit reply, or if you are reading on the blog shoot me an e-mail via my contact page.