by | May 19, 2020 | Blog, Coach School

How to be a life coach

Clients often ask me ‘How to be a life coach.’ They want to know how long it will take, and of course, I can’t tell them. How long will anything take? It all comes back to the old adage, you reap what you sow. Basically, you get out what you put in. What I can say is that you need to remain focussed and like any new business, a coaching career requires determination and hard work.

 But what I do say is that when I got really serious about my business and knowing truly, deeply that it was how I wanted to live and make my income, I committed to showing up every…single…day for two years. I made a  bargain with myself.  If, after those two years, my business was not the success I dreamed for it, then I would walk away, knowing in my heart that I had given it my best shot.


For some time, I wondered, ‘how do I become a life coach.’ I had had one foot in learning the training requirements, and one foot in my corporate career. Which meant that every time I got the entrepreneur blues (and we ALL get them), I would just shift focus to my career for a while.  Every single time though, I would get restless again and crave my coaching business, my writing, my teaching.

 It’s all well and good wanting to be successful at something, but what they don’t tell you is that it takes time and effort. At first, you won’t even make much money, if any at all.

 Gaining life coach certification wasn’t easy. For me, giving myself those two years to make it work meant that I could release a little pressure of replacing my income and the scarcity mindset that would create. Nobody likes having to get by on so little, but I knew it would all be worth it in the end. It gave me permission to stay in my day job and use the income to invest in my business. It gave me the focus to create my own rules in what would work for me, around my commitments.  And it gave me the confidence to step up because now I had a deadline.


Training to become a life coach takes time and effort. Over those two years I worked hard, I took clients in timezones that meant I could meet them early in the morning before I went to work, and later in the evening when I got home.  I wrote, and wrote and wrote when I was stuck in hotel rooms for work, rather than socialising, and I spent many of my lunch breaks on discovery calls, meeting with my personal coach or listening to webinars.

After the two years, my business wasn’t generating my day job income by a long stretch, but I knew it was time to let it go.   

I had some health issues that my day job was not helping with, and I was likely to need surgery. My parents were also coming over to New Zealand from Scotland and I had no annual leave left to take while they were here for 6 weeks (which would turn out to be the last time I saw my Dad in person).  The internal pull to walk away was immeasurable, but it was so damn hard to walk away from that paycheck. (I used to call my day job my ‘golden handcuffs’. )

I remember making the decision to become a full time professional life coach and sitting in my kitchen just letting the tears come.

That was when I knew things had shifted.

And scary as it was, I am so glad I did. 


Two more years down the track and I am an accredited life coach. My business was thriving. I was working on a couple of opportunities that were also both 2 years in the making and will be the biggest and most exciting offerings that could catapult my earnings beyond my wildest dreams. 

Without the patience and persistence that I had learned from my ‘2 year experiment’, these seeds would never have even been planted. 

I have since shared this with many of my clients and students, and they too have prepared themselves for what seems like the long haul at the time, but often flies by. And I am thrilled to report that many do not need to use the whole 2 years to build the momentum they need for their successful coach training program, but they are prepared for it.

I cannot tell you how long it will take you to be successful as there are so many variables involved, but I can tell you that it takes skills, the right strategy for you, and above all, the right mindset to see you through to success. All of which we provide in Coach School. So what are you waiting for? Contact Lorraine today and find out more. You won’t be disappointed. Watch your dreams come alive, gain financial freedom and be in charge of your own destiny. 

Lorraine Hamilton is an accredited leadership lifestyle and business coach.

Join her and allow your real potential to shine through.



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