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Oh yes, of course, I can coach with you at 5am!
Oh, does 8:30pm work for you, no worries I can fit you in.
That’s ok, you can pay when you have the money.
You forgot your appointment, that’s ok. When works for you?
I get it. I do. As a budding Life Coach, you really don’t want to miss out on potential clients and you want to be as flexible as possible.
However, being constantly flexible is bloody exhausting. It also ironically goes against what many of us coaches profess to be for – boundaries, ultimate flexibility, worth, etc.
Here are some of my tips for How To Set Boundaries As A Life Coach:
1. Know your ideal client and make sure that your social media /
You can’t and shouldn’t try to be a coach for everyone. Be specific about who you want to coach with and who you are as a coach.
2. Don’t get sucked into programs or e-courses or management packages that do not feel aligned.
Remind me to tell you about how I wasted 30k on a social media management program once. It’s very easy as a new coach to get sucked into programs that promise to expand your business, manage your social media, and maybe even a unicorn 😉
What I have learned is that it takes time, it takes showing up with a clear message, and patience. There is value in coaching with other coaches (I have done heaps of this) and investing in support. BUT be mindful.
Some questions to aks yourself:
Am I going to apply it?
Can I afford it?
Does it do what I need it to do?
Is this going to cause more stress than it’s worth right now?
3. Have clear and defined hours of when you coach and be unapologetic about them 95% of the time.
There may be a client that you’d like to coach with that can’t coach with you during certain hours due to time zones or work schedules. If that is the case, you have to decide if it’s worth it. Otherwise, be totally clear to yourself and your clients when you can book.
4. Be strict with contracts being signed before coaching begins.
This protects you and your client. It’s a non-negotiable for me. If you have an automation system, then make sure that your triggers don’t go forward unless contracts are signed.
5. Be strict with payments being upfront to get going and throughout the coaching series.
You’re not doing your coaching pro-bono for your whole career,
6. Remember that at the end of it all, it’s your client’s choice to show up and grow.
Yes, you are there with them, asking questions, holding space, reflecting back, help connect them with resources, etc. BUT the choice is ultimately theirs to do the work.
I hope that these tips help you regardless of how long you’ve been coaching. Even as I write these out I can feel myself taking them on board as tools to help guide me.
What are some of your best tips to help maintain boundaries as a Life Coach?
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