My entire career has been made up of two service offerings, neither of which actually required being credentialed in order to be successful: Web Design and Coaching.
Now, of course, there are credentials that exist in both of those. You can become certified by various large, widely recognized groups.
BUT, you don’t HAVE to play their game. Turns out that you can be a succesful life or business coach (or web designer) without submitting the required documentation and doing the hours of training.
Life experience and training in other areas may be fine to get you going. And then a good resume or testimonials and referrals may be all you need to keep going and become amazingly successful.
I am not telling anyone to forego getting trained. I see the usefulness of having those systems in place, just like I see the usefulness of having universities. But, a large percentage of the richest people in the world don’t have a college degree! It is not Absolutely Required.
So, you COULD be a great, famous, and wealthy coach just be getting out there and coaching people. How is Tony Robbins doing?
The most important point of what I am saying is perhaps you’re a new(er) coach. You’re not yet certified. But you’re working on getting your training finished, or your calls recorded, or logging the hours that are required for ICF certification.
I know, trust me I know, that sometimes when speaking to a potential client, or your friends, or someone at a networking meeting, the little voice in your head is calling you out as a fraud. “You’re not REALLY a coach, yet!”
Just say, “Thanks for your input. Now watch me coach!”
You are a coach because you know yourself to be. You’ve made a difference and you have a burning desire to do it more.
You know that you have something valuable to offer to people. You’ve helped someone get past something difficult or helped another reach unexpected heights. Good on ya!
You are a coach and probably a damn fine one! Don’t let your inner conversations stop you from having meaningful, powerful real-world conversations.
The credentials will come later… or not. Start working with people now. Give them your best to make them their best!
And thank you for making the world a better place!
I love ya!
Please tell me what you think in comments below. I welcome praise, but will cheerfully accept disagreement, too.