Wow I can hardly believe it has been 5 months since I graduated the Beautiful You Coaching Academy as a life coach and just over 2 months since I officially launched my life coaching business! Insert happy dance!!
I have had the privilege of working with some AMAZING women over this time. And I cannot believe how much I have learnt and grown in this short time. Although I am still learning (and always will be!) I thought I would take this opportunity to share what I have learnt so far. These lessons are not just for life coaches but also for life in general.
Ahhh patience my old friend…Those that know me know that this is something I struggle with…but it is something I am aware of and constantly working on.
I’ve realised that clients will be late, reschedule last minute or not show up at all! This is true in any business I am sure but I didn’t realise this until I started my own business. Sometimes I have gotten up early before my day job or on the weekend or rushed home after my day job to coach, only to have the session cancelled. This has taught me to balance my business “hat”with an understanding that stuff happens. Heck life happens! It has also made me a lot more conscious of being on time myself (something else I am working on!).
Listen to what is not being said
People don’t always say what they really mean and you don’t always know what is really going on in their life. The topic of why people do and say what they do has been one that has fascinated me for a long time.
Compassion is key here.
A previous client was so open and honest in the questionnaire (I get all new clients to complete a powerful and thought provoking questionnaire to help them uncover and get clear on what they really want and what’s holding them back) and I was so excited for our first session. When we got to the first session she was quite the opposite to what she had been on paper, very closed-off and reserved. I realised that there was other stuff going on for her. When I really listened and heard what she wasn’t saying I knew I needed to ask different questions. It turned out she was dealing with A LOT in her life and I was able to understand her a lot more and connect with her and offer her empathy, support and guidance.
Self-care is crucial. Full stop.
I’ve learnt that I need my self-care to be joyful. I need it to not feel like a chore or another thing to tick of my to-do list. This is a common theme among my coaching clients.
For me that means doing what feels good and this varies day-to-day. Generally speaking it’s doing whichever meditation feels good at that moment, not slogging it out at the gym but dancing or doing yin yoga, plenty of hermit time (read more about that here) and not scheduling in my self-care but staying in tune with my body and listening when it is seeking a bit of self-love.
So find what lights you up and do that.
Suck it up
Sometimes no matter how much you love what you do, you will have a day when you are definitely not in the mood to do it. Some times when you have had a bad day or are dealing with your own personal stuff it can be difficult to give to another person. Those are the days I have to just suck it up and get on with it. I am fortunate that I LOVE what I do and these days aren’t too frequent, but when they pop up I remind myself why I do this work and how I with feel after a beautiful coaching session or finishing a blog post. Accomplished. Alive. Fulfilled.
GIVEAWAY TIME – update: Giveaway is now closed
I absolutely love what I do because I see the amazing results that my clients achieve and it makes me want to help as many women as I can. So to celebrate my upcoming 3 months since the launch of my life coaching business I have decided to give away a COMPLIMENTARY 3 month coaching series with me!
This giveaway is valued at $597!!!
The coaching series with me includes:
- A powerful and thought provoking questionnaire to help you uncover and get clear on what you really want and what’s holding you back.
- 6 x 1 hour session (via Skype) every two weeks for 3 months.
- Email support between sessions, as required (and for 2 weeks after our final session).
And because I coach via Skype, entry is open to anyone in the world (over the age of 18 years old)!
To enter all you have to do is…
- Subscribe to my newsletter.
- Comment below which lesson from this blog you resonate with and why.
- Complete a questionnaire which will be emailed to you within 24 hours of subscribing to my newsletter.
Entry closes Tuesday 18 April 2017 at midnight AEST. Winner will be announced on the 3 month anniversary of my life coaching business being 25 April 2017.
Good luck! xx
Choose peace. Choose love. Choose light.