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In a previous, Mentor Monday, I touched on the subject of perfectionism.
I find a lot of new coaches struggle with perfectionism, and it creates an extraordinary delay in starting their practices if they ever start at all.
I’d like to share 4 quick re-framing statements that you can use to help you avoid this pitfall:
[ult_cornerbox color=”000000″ backgroundcolor=”FFFFFF” bordercolor=”000000″ borderwidth=”1″ borderstyle=”solid” icon=”” ]STATEMENT #1: The worst thing I’ll do is encourage this person.[/ult_cornerbox]
Most people have no one who spends meaningful time with them simply to discuss their goals and strongest desires, much less a person who holds them accountable for their greatness.
Always remind yourself that the worst thing that could happen is that the client walks away feeling encouraged.
[ult_cornerbox color=”000000″ backgroundcolor=”FFFFFF” bordercolor=”000000″ borderwidth=”1″ borderstyle=”solid” icon=”” ]STATEMENT #2: Even bad coaching helps people.[/ult_cornerbox]
That might be a surprising thing to hear coming from a master trainer of the largest life coach training school in North America. All too often, coach training schools and coaching professional organizations are seen as the people who police coaches to make sure they’re doing everything right.
At Life Coach Training Institute, we believe it’s our job to give you a license, throw the keys, and to give you permission to go coach people.
And, because we know coaching is so powerful, we also know that even someone who does it poorly will still help another individual.
I’ve personally seen it too many times.
[ult_cornerbox color=”000000″ backgroundcolor=”FFFFFF” bordercolor=”000000″ borderwidth=”1″ borderstyle=”solid” icon=”” ]STATEMENT #3: I am a professional coach who’s always committed to growing, and most growth happens when I’m working my craft, not when I’m merely studying it.[/ult_cornerbox]
A coaching practice is called “practice” for a reason.
When you coach people, you find out what you know and what you don’t know. Growth is the goal, and not perfection.
[ult_cornerbox color=”000000″ backgroundcolor=”FFFFFF” bordercolor=”000000″ borderwidth=”1″ borderstyle=”solid” icon=”” ]STATEMENT #4: I give myself the freedom to make adjustments whenever I see fit to develop myself, my business, and serve my clients better.[/ult_cornerbox]
The perfect coach doesn’t exist. It’s your belief in the perfect coach that’s got you trapped in a corner. Only you have the key.
Give yourself the freedom to make adjustments and improve. Embrace the fact that your development as a coach as well as your own business must be flexible to succeed.
That means you’ll make adjustments with the style you use, the model, your marketing messaging, the kinds of coaching you offer. Enjoy the fact that, as the world changes, your business will change. And what you enjoy doing as a coach will change as well. You’ll also find new opportunities as the months and years pass.
What you start out with today doesn’t have to be perfect because you know it’s going to change at some point. Be kind to yourself and give yourself some room.
And a final tip-in:
Just because you’re new and trying to sort this coaching deal out does not mean that you should do it for free. So make sure you’re getting paid.
Like I always tell our coaches: free coaching never helps anyone, so don’t hurt your own income as well as your client’s opportunity for transformation.
Paul Dabdoub is a master coach trainer & mentor, speaker, writer, and entrepreneur, and an executive coach who’s literally helped 1000’s of people take practical steps towards their future.
Paul is the founder of Life Coach Training Institute - the largest life coach training school in North America and the #1 life coach certification online program.