As a life coach, it’s easy to get caught up in the belief that every moment spent on self-coaching is “work.” After all, most of us became coaches because we love the idea of improving ourselves and helping others do the same.
But here’s the thing: working on yourself and working on your business are two very different things.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the time you spend self-coaching is “work,” but the reality is that this time should be viewed as an investment in yourself rather than a business activity.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – how can I be an effective coach if I’m not constantly working on myself? After all, it’s hard to help others achieve their goals if you haven’t done the work to achieve yours.
But sometimes, the pressure to be an inspiration can leave you feeling like a fraud – who am I to coach someone else on something I struggle with myself?
Here’s the truth: inspiring your clients is just one part of the work you do with them.
It’s okay to struggle with something yourself – in fact, it means that you’re paying attention to and are sensitive to that topic. You can work on it with your clients because you understand what they are going through. It also means that you are more likely to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends in that area.
So yes, you should definitely attribute a portion of your work time to self-reflection and self-coaching. But you need to be mindful of the percentage of time you are spending on self-coaching versus actual business activities.
You don’t want to end up with a coaching hobby rather than a business because you forgot to take action on your business strategy.
Remember, being a successful life coach requires both personal growth and business savvy. So make sure you’re giving both the attention they deserve.
Give yourself permission to spend time on self-coaching and self-reflection. It’s important for your personal growth and can ultimately benefit your clients.
Remember, inspiring your clients is just one facet of the work you do with them. You also need to be taking action to grow your business and reach more people who need your help.