The coaching industry is growing, shifting and changing even as you read this.
So many marketing strategies and sales techniques that were hot just 3 or 4 years ago are no longer valid now.
This leaves many coaches in an endless loop of learning…
They’re constantly searching for new business methodologies to build a successful, profitable coaching practice.
But they’re looking in the wrong place.
The best marketing and sales techniques in the world cannot make up for an amateur coach with weak coaching skills.
Here’s the truth…
If you’re looking to establish a strong reputation, create a successful practice and consistently attract high-quality clients, business tools and technique are only a small part of the equation.
The most important element in the story of your success as a coach is YOU.
These 5 powerful success habits will boost your coaching skills, so you can be the best version of yourself and skyrocket your success in 2018.
Habit #1: Train This
No two people are alike and this means no two coaching clients are the same.
As a coach, you need to think on your feet. You need to adapt and come up with ideas, insights and guidance quickly and effectively.
If you want to bring your A-game to every one of your coaching sessions – and you should – train your brain to think creatively.
There are many ways to accomplish this.
You can study books on creative thinking and implement the ideas and suggestions you find there. You can work through exercises and activities designed to increase creativity.
You can improve creative thinking by learning how to play an instrument.
You can even look at starting a mastermind with other creative types – such as writers and designers – so you’re consistently exposed to different kinds of out-of-the-box thinking.
Great coaches are creative coaches.
Take at least 5 minutes each day to focus on improving your creative thinking skills and you’ll start to see exponential improvements in your overall coaching skills.
Habit #2: Nurture This
When it comes to sharing precise guidance and life-changing advice with clients, your gut feeling – your intuition – plays a significant role.
This may sound a little “out there” for some but that doesn’t make it any less true.
Your intuition works on information from your unconscious mind – the incredibly powerful part of your mind that stores all the data that you take in in your day-to-day experience.
This information is hidden from your conscious thought. It allows you to know without knowing why.
Have you ever met someone for the first time and had an uncomfortable “feeling” something isn’t quite right?
Maybe you got an instant hit the person you’re talking to is unreliable or dishonest.
This unexplained “feeling” is your intuition at work. Your unconscious mind has processed tiny signals such as microexpressions - a fleeting sideways look, an insincere smile – and presented you with a definitive conclusion in less than 3 seconds.
Some of our most celebrated minds – entrepreneurs, visionaries, and artists – regularly admit to using their intuition to solve “impossible” problems with simple ideas or to create outstanding innovations that are way ahead of their time.
So, nurture your intuition. Start to become aware of those “unexplained” feelings.
With time, you’ll be able to rely on your instincts to tell your clients exactly what they need to know, so they can achieve the results they’re looking for.
Habit #3: Become This
You love helping people. It’s one of the biggest reasons you became a coach.
But here’s the thing…
Wanting something is not the same as creating real results.
If you want to become a world-class coach, you need to help your clients get to their goals.
The fastest way to do this? Become a learning machine.
Make it your business to discover the latest and greatest coaching techniques and skills.
Read books. Enroll in programs. Hire a coach.
Do whatever it takes to accelerate your learning so you can rapidly and effectively boost your coaching skills.
Becoming a learning machine will take you to new – even unimaginable – heights of success.
It’s the most powerful habit you can adopt as you move into the new year.
Habit #4: Challenge This
What’s the biggest obstacle standing between you and a successful, abundant life as a coach?
The economy? The environment? The coaching industry? Maybe it’s where you live or where you come from?
Actually, it’s none of the above.
The biggest obstacle standing in your way is your own mind.
Your mindset, which is made up of your thoughts and your beliefs, can make or break your ability to succeed as a coach.
This is why you must look inside yourself and shine the light of awareness on how you think and what you believe.
Challenge your current thinking. Question your beliefs.
Ask yourself, “Is this thought or belief serving me?”
Do this again and again.
This will help you identify and release limiting beliefs and negative thinking that keep you locked in a state of self-doubt that holds you back from achieving success.
Habit #5: Let Go of This
One of the biggest reasons so many coaches don’t get to the level of success they want is because they expect things to be easy.
This isn’t their fault.
Articles, books, programs and even some leaders in the space will tell you that all you need is passion.
This is simply not true and it’s time to let go of this idea.
Wanting something with all your heart is not the same as going out there and doing the work to get it.
As you start the new year, expect hard. Expect tough. Expect difficult.
But you also need to expect the best from yourself. Expect that you will rise to the occasion. Expect that you will find a way.
Know that you can get through anything with persistence, resilience and hard work.
Achieving success, recognition, fulfillment and prosperity as a coach is within your reach but you must be willing to do what it takes to get there.
If you’ve been coaching for a while, these habits and skills will help you elevate your game in 2018.
If you’re a brand-new coach, these essentials will set the stage for extraordinary success in the new year.
Whatever you do, don’t stop here.
If you want to be the best you can be in 2018 and beyond, if you want to serve at the highest level as a coach, you must consistently find and implement success skills, habits and practices that will bring out the best in you.
It’s what the world’s best coaches do…
And it’s what you must do.