MY FIRST MONTH AS A COACH
By David O’Connor – MakingLeaders.com.au
When I left my safe and comfortable job of 9 years at the end of February 2010, I had a few options but no firm plan heading forward. I decided to look into coaching because it seemed like a natural fit for me – I’d worked in key leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector in which my main priority was developing leaders, both staff and volunteer to oversee large scale youth and young adult events.
I’ve never been so full of vision for what the future holds! Within a few short weeks I’d enrolled in a Certificate IV in Life Coaching at The Coaching Institute, completed my Starter Kit for Coaches, registered 2 business names, purchased multiple domain names, designed a website, decided on a coaching niche, begun developing coaching programs for my niche, fully articulated my dreams for the next 10 years and so on.
What a wild ride! I’m writing this to share a few things that have helped me in making those first few steps towards running a huge leadership coaching business, and hope that they might inspire you to do the same if you’re up for a change as well.
- Get coached! The thing that has helped me the most is positioning myself to have a few great coaches speak into my life. It’s reaffirmed my decision to step into coaching and my coaches have helped and supported my decisions in so many ways already.
- Get knowledge! Start digesting as many coaching resources (books, downloads, audio, free stuff) as possible. The rabbit hole is deep my friends, and knowledge truly is power to make change.
- 3. Get about it! You’ve got nothing to lose by backing yourself. I’ve had to confront so many limiting beliefs in my journey already, but at the end of the day I could either choose to just get about it, or wallow on the couch while there’s a great business waiting to be built.
My dad was a little unconventional in his fatherhood and I’m told that he taught me to swim by throwing me in a pool as a toddler and grabbing me after a few seconds. Maybe I was built to do things in the deep end, but I want to encourage you to act and learn to swim in whatever pools you want to.Google+