Okay kids, take a deep breath. I’m going to say something that probably won’t make you feel great inside. But keep reading, because there’s a purpose. The instant someone turns to self-deprecating humor, I immediately know a few things about them.
If there was one thing our book club decided on while reading Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, it’s that this book should be marketed as a how-to for business finance more than a way to make profit. Don’t get me wrong, Michalowicz does guarantee you’ll make profit — which he does. But the true benefit of the book is how to set yourself up for financial success from the get to.
I’ll be the first to say it: Not everyone should hire a life coach. Sure, it may seem counterproductive for me to be discouraging people from working with one, but it actually isn’t. If you’re not in a place where you should see a coach, it would be a waste of my time (and your money!) to work with me.
There are a lot of amazing things that life coaches can do to help people. Be their sounding board, someone to hold them accountable, their kick-in-the-pants, a mentor, a friend, someone who has the knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals…the list goes on.
But there are definitely those who shouldn’t work with a coach, at least not in this moment.
And I want to be clear: While self care plays into balance, that isn’t the entire story. When I talk about balance, I mean building a life that you enjoy, that you don’t need to escape from. Where your day-to-day is aligned with who you are more than who you aren’t. Where enjoying a stiff drink after work or winding down with a hot bath aren’t the way you hide from the rest of your day. But how do you do it?
Working with a life coach can literally change your life — I know it did for me. But if you’re not working with the right person, or are struggling feeling like you’re on the same page as your coach, it can be a struggle instead. It’s so important that your coach is someone you trust and respect, and has your best interests at heart. Here are some of the top things to look for when finding the right life coach for you.
If you read my blog post covering the entirety of my entrepreneurial journey, then you’ll know why I became a life coach. But I wanted to further dig down and tell you all why I chose to work with entrepreneurs specifically.
Life coaches can cover a wide variety of demographics. Everything from health coaches to relationship coaches, executive coaches to accountability coaches. It’s not common to hear about a life coach for entrepreneurs. So why not consider myself a business coach? And why only work with business owners?