Melissa Opie is a life and business architect who guides female business owners to success in all areas of life. By helping her clients find clarity and self-confidence, they are able to end the cycle of desperate hustling to build the future they deserve. She specializes in working with goaldiggers and high achievers who desire killer productivity without the burnout. On the fun side of things, she is an INFP and a Capricorn. Melissa has learned, through a lifetime of ballet training, the importance of finding balance and working gracefully.

Why life coaches sometimes get a bad rap (and why it doesn’t matter)

People love to make fun of life coaches. It seems like the more you want to become one, the more people around you will say things like, “What’s that?”, “Is that a real job?”, and “I wouldn’t pay you to help me with my life.”

The thing is, I completely sympathize with where they are coming from.

Having lived in the coaching world since 2013, I can relate to being on both sides of the equation—as a coach and as the one being coached, the client.

Yes, there have been times where my client and I didn’t see eye to eye. There have been times when my fellow coaches didn’t share in my vision. There have been times where I didn’t feel good about what my coach was doing.

As with any relationship, it takes two people being open, honest, and communicating effectively for the smoothest experience.

Coaches are not miracle workers.

All too often, clients hire coaches under the pretense that the coach will solve all their problems. Again, this is simply a case of miscommunication. Think about it. even if you know theoretically that nobody is perfect, you may still subconsciously be looking at the coach as your savior. In actuality, the coach is there to enable you to step into your own power, which is more empowering and sustainable in the long run.

Coaches are not perfect.

Your friends and family might start treating you differently. People may look at you as if you’re supposed to have it all figured out. This is not your problem. As long as you feel you are maintaining integrity with your message, your purpose, and your path, you are not responsible for the way other people perceive you. Lead by example. Even if the people whom you love aren’t supportive of your decisions, the way you handle yourself will show them your resolve.

Coaches ARE real people like you and me!

Have you ever wondered how you go from thinking about becoming a life coach, to actually waking up and taking client calls?

What about the part where you actually get paid for it?

Join the mini coaching apprenticeship series here.

I share my exact coaching tools and techniques so that you can decide for yourself whether coaching is for you.

I will also be sprinkling in lessons learned from my personal journey, case studies from other coaches, as well as disproving myths surrounding the industry, and even take you as a 'fly on the wall' on some real life coaching sessions led by yours truly.

And it's all free.

http://www.coachingapprenticeship.com

 

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