One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How did you become a life coach?” So today I’m sharing how it all began for me…
It all goes back to when I was 12 years old and I picked up one of my Dad’s personal development books and it truly changed my life. The first book opened me up to a whole new world – one where I discovered that you could consciously create your own life. This was how I initially became really interested in personal development and positive psychology.
I decided then that I wanted to do something with my life that helped other people live better lives and I wasn’t exactly sure what that was going to look like, but I decided I wanted to become a psychologist as that seemed like the best way to do that.
So this was where the very first seed was planted for me becoming a life coach, even if I didn’t know it at the time.
I spent the following years reading countless personal development books, experimenting with gratitude and studied psychology at high school.
When I was 19 I moved to Regional Victoria to study psychology at university. Even though at the beginning of my degree I knew I no longer felt like I wanted to become a psychologist, but I did know that I was really interested inane passionate psychology — so I decided to go ahead with my degree based on that.
During my psychology degree the topics I enjoyed the most was positive psychology and mental health. It was also through university that I discovered more about what “coaching” was and I knew that this was something I knew I was meant to do. Based on this I researched different training options to become a coach, but none of them felt right for me so I shelved the idea and kept going with my studies.
Then one day I happened across the Beautiful You Coaching Academy who had just filled their pilot course. And I had one of those moments again… I knew that this was the course for me and that I was going to do it and that it was going to change everything for me.
It didn’t make sense in so many ways for me to enrol in life coach training. I was already studying full-time at university level and I was living away from home and on less money than I’d ever had before as I was receiving student allowance from Centrelink.
I was so afraid of what becoming a coach would mean for me and my life. I had no idea how it was going to all work out, or what I was going to be able to do with it, or how I would use my coaching skills in my life or with my degree. I also was afraid people would think I was “too young” to be a life coach (even though at the time I had been interested in and exploring personal development for nine years!).
I had so much fear about enrolling in the course and also about putting myself out there in the world as a coach on the other side. But I knew that this was something I was meant to do, so I felt the fear and enrolled anyway.
That was five years ago now… And this really was the beginning of how I became a life coach.
∞ Life coach certification with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy (who are accredited with the International Coaching Federation). I’ve written all about what I got out of my life coach training here, but my life coach certification gave me so much more than I thought it would. The biggest thing for me was learning the coaching framework, skills and structure so I was able to support people to create positive change in their lives. I have also undertaken the internal certification pathway with Beautiful You to become a certified coach.
∞ Bachelor of Psychological Science from La Trobe University. I spent three years studying psychology at university and loved it! Through coaching I’ve been able to put a lot of what I learnt in my degree into action in a practical way and I know that the knowledge and learnings from my degree influences my approach as a coach heavily.
∞ My own experiences with personal development. As I mentioned earlier I became interested in personal development when I was twelve. So I bring fourteen years of my own experiences with personal growth and development to my work as a coach. I know what it takes and what is required to go from where you are to where you want to be, as I have do this for myself and my own life. I am committed to continuing to work towards my own goals and I know that walking my talk in this way makes me a better coach.
∞ Experiences working 1:1 with clients. I have been coaching people while I was undertaking my life coach training. I began practicing coaching with my coaching buddy (through my course) and started working with pro-bono clients for further practice as I continued my training. My experiences working with clients over the past several years have helped me to become the coach I am today. There has been nothing more powerful for me when it comes to bettering my skills as a coach than working 1:1 with clients.
∞ I have written a huge review of my experience training with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy and why I wholeheartedly recommend this training school. It includes why I chose this course, what I got out of the course, my thoughts on the Beautiful You coaching community, what I’ve done with my training after graduating and more. You can read it here if you’d like to.
∞ I have a special opportunity to work with me if you’d like to get some extra support as you train to become a coach through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. This bonus offer includes both 1:1 and group support and comes at no extra cost to you. You can get all the details on this offer at the end of the post here. If you’re interested in exploring teaming up with me for your coaching journey all you need to do is reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we chat more about teaming up together in this way.
∞ And finally there is something really exciting happening this month that you need to know about… If you’re considering becoming a coach this year the Beautiful You Coaching Academy are celebrating their 5th Birthday with an EPIC promotion where you can get $500 off the enrolment fee! This is something that hasn’t been offered publically before and is an awesome opportunity for you if you’re interested in enrolling in either the May or October courses. All you need to do to get this promotion is enter BIRTHDAY500 at the checkout when you enrol. This offer is valid until March 29th 2019. If you’re considering enrolling in life coach training in 2019, now really is an awesome time to do so and to take advantage of such an incredible offer.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a coach or not, I hope that this have given you more insight into what had led me to doing the work I do today.
And if you are a dreaming of becoming a coach in the future, I wish you all the best in making it happen!
PS. If you’ve got questions about my experience becoming a coach with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, I’ve created a free Q&A series especially for you answering all kinds of questions I’ve been asked about my training and being a life coach. Enter your details below to get access to the four part Q&A and I’ll also keep you updated on the 2019 Beautiful You courses throughout the year 🙂