How to Build Your Confidence as a Life Coach (You Need to Focus on These 5 Key Areas)

You have what it takes to be an amazing life coach. But maybe, you still need to convince yourself of that fact. Discover how you can boost your self-confidence and live up to your potential. 

You’re struggling to become a successful coach.

And you’re constantly doubting your abilities to help clients get to where they want to go.

Well, let me tell you something:

Successful coaches don’t necessarily know more than unsuccessful ones. 

The truth is that successful coaches can continuously build and rebuild their confidence. And they push through doubt to take the actions that they need to take to become successful.

Fortunately, you can develop those qualities, too.

So, keep reading this article to know how you can build the confidence you need to become a successful coach.

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The Difference Between Confident and Insecure Coaches 

By now, there are two types of coaches you might have noticed:

First, you have the confident coach. 

This is a coach who helps create consistently amazing results for their clients. And they seem to already know so much about how to be a great coach.

Then, there’s the second type of coach – the insecure one. 

You see them struggling to figure things out. And their doubts and insecurities about their work are easily visible.

The truth is that there’s one key difference that sets apart these two types of coaches. And it has to do with procrastination.

See, when confident coaches don’t know how to do something, they don’t waste any time. Instead, they ask for help right away. 

For example, they thoroughly read the manual or watch a tutorial for whatever they’re working on. And if they still can’t figure things out, they outsource the task to a qualified contractor or have a VA do the work for them.

But when insecure coaches don’t know how to do something, they’re more likely to curl up in a little ball. You’ll find them distracting themselves with TV or books, making social calls, or hanging out on Facebook. 

While insecure coaches opt to procrastinate, successful coaches push through the doubts that they may have. That’s why they’re more confident to release a new product, close a sale when talking to a new prospect, and go after a joint venture partner, for example.

But how do they build the confidence to accomplish these things?

Building Your Confidence Through Achievement

When you achieve something, it boosts your self-confidence, right? So, the more achievements you have, the better you can build your confidence.

Here’s the thing:

Your achievements don’t always have to be big. 

They can even be as little as following up with one client. Or going to the gym and having that workout that you promised yourself that you still haven’t done. 

So, how do you ensure you have at least one achievement each day?

One way is to start your week by planning to achieve three things a day, at a minimum. 

For example, you can schedule one small task, one medium task, and one slightly more difficult task per day. And this last one might be the thing you procrastinate about. Then, schedule one big task for the week. Set yourself up to do the smaller tasks first so you can boost your confidence enough to accomplish your big task later that week. 

With this approach, you set yourself up for success each week and consistently build your confidence.

Now, it may be a challenge for you to come up with a list of things to accomplish each day. You can start by focusing on tasks that involve the following five key areas:

The 5 Areas 

Area #1 – Personal

This involves analysing your personal life. So, ask yourself questions like: 

What areas drain your confidence in your personal life? 

Is your marriage sapping your energy?

Have you got a chaotic home life? 

Are there negative voices from the past or the present?

Then, decide what you will no longer put up with. Take action to change some things in your personal life. For example, you can get rid of beliefs and behaviours that no longer work for you.

Area #2 – Financial

It’s really great for you as a coach to help needy clients, especially for free. But you need to have a policy for how, when, and why you will do that because this will directly affect your finances.

The reality is that people don’t value what they get for free anywhere near as much as they value the things that they have to pay for.

That means if you’re offering something to your clients for free, it has to serve a specific purpose. For instance, you can give them a tool they’ll find helpful that will also introduce them to your paid coaching program.

Area #3 – Spiritual

When it comes to spiritual life, it can mean different things to different people. But generally, it’s about taking the time to recharge.

So, you can take the time to meditate and clear your head by going for a walk, for example. In my case, I meditate by getting in touch with myself and turning everything else off. This allows me to refocus and feel ready to move forward.

Area #4 – Physical Health

Being confident means you need to be either at your best, feeling your best, or working towards those things. That’s why exercising and maintaining a healthy body is a key component for this area.

To begin making healthier changes in your lifestyle, you can do small things consistently. For example, you can start your day by having healthy and fresh food for breakfast. Maybe you can also join an online fitness challenge.

Remember, the road to becoming more confident is paved with healthy habits.

Area #5 – Business

The number one way to increase your business confidence is to focus outward. That means actively thinking about your coaching clients and how you can help them. 

For example, you can organise workshops and webinars that they can join in.

Give your clients the world-class service that they deserve – your 10 out of 10. Make sure to do the same with anyone that works for you and with you.

It’s Time for You to Become a Confident Life Coach

You now know that confidence isn’t something that successful coaches were born with. It’s something they built, practised, and mastered.

That means you can do the same.

And you can start building your confidence by aiming to accomplish three tasks or more each day in any of the five areas mentioned above.

Know that anything is possible when you develop self-confidence. This is what will set you apart from the average coach…

And transform you into a life coach who can help clients create the change they want to see in themselves.

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Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.