When I was growing up I wanted to be an astronaut.
I wanted it so bad that my parents bought me a white all-in-one suit with the NASA logo printed on it, some big clunky boots, a broad blue belt and a really cool bubble helmet that looked just like one the real astronauts wore.
In retrospect, I doubt it would have kept me alive under zero oxygen conditions, but for a 5 year-old more intent on defeating evil lunar-dwelling creatures than reality, it did the job.
As I got older I realized that becoming an astronaut may technically be possible, but it was highly unlikely. And I really shouldn’t base my future on its likelihood, no matter how cool the helmets were.
After all, I couldn’t really afford to build my own spacecraft. At least not one that would withstand the rigors of re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
And as a Brit, the likelihood that NASA were going to admit me to their space program after leaving school at 15 without coming within the same zip code of a degree, were slimmer than a quark on a diet.
I Want To Be A Life Coach
Lats weekend I received an e-mail asking for free Life Coach training.
This is not unusual. I had 4 in the space of that particular 72 hour period, and I probably get on average 5 per week if you include requests for free Life Coaching too.
I even say yes on occasions and have even mentored people for months on end, although my criteria are so strict and so precise (as well as being secret!) that most requests get turned down fairly easily.
This one struck me as unusual however because of one line in the e-mail saying something along the lines that the person didn’t even have $5 to invest in training.
I responded by asking if they didn’t have $5 to invest in training, how could they run a Life Coaching business?
It was a genuine question, but alas, one that as of now I haven’t had a response to.
Talk Is Cheap – Unless You’re A Late Night TV Host
It’s dead easy to shoot off a few e-mails to coaches who you’d like free help from saying Life Coaching is your calling and it’s what you were put on this earth for.
It’s quite another to demonstrate that.
Two or three years ago I put up some free Life Coaching over at A Daring Adventure.
In the original post I told a story about the author of ‘Nothing Down’, Robert G Allen, who offered free help in real estate to anybody who turned up at a room he’d hired in St Louis.
A load of people turned up. He then promptly told them all he’d changed his mind and it was cancelled.
But this was a cunning plan to see who were the people who weren’t prepared to accept defeat, and thus were made of the right stuff, a bit like astronauts.
A handful refused to leave demanding he honor his promise and they were the people he worked with. And by the way, he made some of them very wealthy.
Free Life Coaching Is Cancelled
In my next post I cancelled the offer saying nobody had blown me away.
I took a LOT of abuse via e-mail, even though I’d effectively told people what I was going to do.
Of course some saw through a pretty thin veil and the person I choose to work with for 9 months came from that small group.
Note: This is most definitely NOT a cute way of saying I’m looking for a mentee because I honestly have that covered for at least the next 12 months.
To Be A Successful Life Coach
You don’t have to want to be a Life Coach to be successful.
You don’t have to really want to be a Life Coach and believe it’s your calling to be successful.
You have to want it so bad that are prepared to do whatever is necessary, when it’s necessary and as often as it’s necessary until you achieve the success you desire.
Then you have to keep doing it because if you don’t, there will be a host of eager coaches just chomping at the bit and waiting to take your clients off you when you relax.
Part of that is having the money to devote to building an established practice.
And not just money for training either. You have a business to run that requires ongoing investment if you’re to succeed.
Some of the large training companies have done a marketing job par excellence in fooling people into thinking that all they need to succeed is certification, a phone and a computer.
It’s All A Giant Con
But it’s a con.
You need a lot, lot, lot more than that and one of those things is money.
So are you up for that challenge?
Are you up for long days, lonely working conditions, taking a crappy part time job, rejection, ignored blog posts, low income and an uphill struggle that would make most Tour de France cyclists vomit with fear?
If not, you’re most likely going to fail.
If you are, then good for you because you’re truly made of the right stuff and success is on the horizon.
If you want to know whether you can afford to be a Life Coach, check out this post that details my running costs and then make a sensible decision.
Image’: ‘Final NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch’ Courtesy of Kim Seng