If you remember the story of the cobbler who had no shoes, then you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say that as a life coach, you’ll also need to coach yourself!

Although you might now have settled on the career you really want to do, areas you might need to coach yourself around include; building a successful business, deciding on a speciality or how to promote your expertise, and having the confidence to believe in your ability.

So it’s a good idea to put some of the coaching tools you’ve learned into practice, to walk yourself into your new occupation. Try and identify the stumbling blocks you’re coming up against, and inspire yourself into action. Establish some clarity on where you want to be in a year, ask yourself what you can do to fix any problems, and set yourself some SMART goals. If, for instance, you’re having trouble with your marketing campaign, could it be that you don’t yet feel ready to coach alone? Once you recognise this, you can start to set goals for your marketing campaign, and move forward with finding clients.

Starting out in any new business can be scary, and most especially when you’re meant to have all the answers. So it’s also worth remembering that your experience can be valuable to your clients. Keep a journal of how you’re feeling, and how you’re moving through any fears, to help you empathise and manage clients in the same position. In one year’s time, you’ll find you’re only looking back for your clients!