One of the biggest stumbling blocks to success in any field is a lack of confidence. Coaches aren’t immune to this challenge, but they owe it to themselves and their clients to build confidence in themselves so that they can give others the best of what they have to offer. If you are new to coaching or have been long at it without making as much progress as you’d like, you may be low on confidence at the moment. Here are some suggestions that you can implement in order to give your confidence a shot in the arm.
Here are 6 Ways To Build Confidence as a Coach:
1 – Get Training
One of the best ways to grow your confidence is by undergoing training in your chosen field. That training will equip you with the skills, techniques and tools that you need to succeed at your craft.
For example, as you undergo coach training, you will learn that the approaches that you use with an introvert may not be ideal for an extroverted person. Learning these differences boosts your confidence in your ability to help different clients that walk through your door.
Remember that training doesn’t stop at getting your certification as a coach. There is so much more that you can learn in order to boost your competence. For instance, you can learn business management in order to create systems upon which your coaching business will run. Similarly, you can go deeper into the different aspects of coaching, such as undertaking additional training in group coaching as opposed to one-on-one coaching.
With the right training under your belt, you will automatically take your confidence a notch higher. The field of coaching isn’t static, so make continuous learning a habit.
2- Be Focused
It has been said that a jack of all trades is a master of none. This concept holds true in the coaching industry as well. Your lack of confidence may therefore be connected to not focusing on a specific niche that you can master.
Picking a niche and restricting your work to that niche is a great way to boost your confidence in your abilities as a coach. This is because you will select learning materials in that niche and all your experience will be connected to that niche. The net result is that you will be “in the zone” every day at work. Being in the zone is another way of saying you are at the peak level of confidence while performing a task.
3 – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Nothing gives your self-confidence a beat-down like constantly comparing yourself to others. There will always be a coach who charges “insanely high” rates. There will always be coaches who are booked solid for months in advance. In short, if you want to wallow in misery and lose every shred of confidence that you had, keep comparing yourself to others.
However, if you would like to boost your confidence, set your own goals and run your own race. Each goal you achieve (however small it may be) will boost your confidence in your own abilities and you will feel encouraged to aim even higher. The day you stop comparing yourself to others is the day you will put yourself firmly on the path to success as long as you keep pushing yourself to better your previous best performance.
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4 – Focus on the Positives
Closely related to not comparing yourself to others is the advice to focus on only the positives in your work as a coach. This isn’t to say that you should delude yourself that everything is rosy in what you do. Rather, identify your mistakes, learn from those mistakes and quickly move on.
In the same vein, hold dear all the positives that you register. For example, keep a journal of all the successes that you attain with your coaching clients. These positives will unleash positive vibes that will propel you farther along the path to achieving greater positive outcomes. This is unlike dwelling on negatives that make you wallow in negativity (and its attendant attraction of more negative experiences). Your thoughts are a magnet, so make sure that your magnet is filled with positive energy in order for it to attract more positives into your life as a coach. That is the law of attraction at work!
5 – Take Action
A minute of action beats hours of doing nothing. How will you know you can be a good coach if you don’t actually roll up your sleeves and get to work? Make no mistake, planning and strategizing is important, but taking action is far more valuable because it breathes life into your plans and strategies.
Your best bet of gaining confidence will, therefore, come from the experiences that you notch up in the field. Action removes doubts, and action provides learning opportunities from which you can improve on a day by day basis. So, stop getting lost in analysis paralysis and get to work!
6 – Believe in Your Success
Nothing sucks confidence like uncertainty regarding the odds of succeeding at what you do. You should, therefore, invest every effort necessary to make yourself your number one fan. When you believe that you are destined for success as a coach, then you will certainly succeed if you take the right steps to make that a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This may be easier said than done if you are a coach currently struggling with low self-confidence, but the earlier measures discussed, such as undergoing training and setting realistic goals, will gradually inject a belief that you are destined to succeed. Once again, the law of attraction plays a big part here. If you start believing that you are helping lots of people and that you will succeed at helping hundreds or thousands more, you will experience greater confidence in yourself as a coach.
As you can see, your confidence as a coach will arise from a combination of many related factors, such as those which we have covered in the discussion above. Recognize that you may not start out with sky-high confidence, but as you take the steps to learn the ropes your confidence will rise to the level that can propel you to unlimited success. You are not the first to walk this journey, so find someone who has been there before you and let them guide you to the top. This can be a mentor or a coach, so take your pick. Remember that each of the clients that you will be coaching will need help in getting confidence in one way or another regarding an aspect of their life and since you cannot give what you don’t have, it is important for you to build your confidence as a coach. In that way, the springs from which you give will never run dry!
To Your Succes,
Jairek Robbins and Team PCU
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