Altering your mindset can change your entire world. A mindset coach can help clients form a more positive attitude, face challenges productively, and find more joy in their day-to-day lives. For people who love helping others reach their full potential, there are few jobs as rewarding as becoming a mindset coach.
However, before you start coaching, it’s important to know exactly what a mindset coach does—and it’s important to have the right mindset training before you start your business. We’re here to explain all that and more in this post.
What is a Mindset Coach?
A mindset coach is a type of life coach who helps clients reframe their mindset, reorient their thinking, and develop a more positive and productive outlook on life.
Like a sports coach, mindset coaches help their clients make the best decisions for themselves and show them how to tackle challenges on their own. A mindset coach is there to keep clients on the right path, help them strike a balance in their lives, and nudge them back on track when things start going astray.
What Does a Mindset Coach Do?
Mindset coaches typically set up one-on-one sessions with clients where they talk through their challenges and help them reframe their thinking to gain a more optimistic outlook. They might also participate in group sessions, text message with clients, or meet virtually online.
Pro-tip: If you’d rather work from the comfort of your own home, setting up an online mindset coaching business might be the way to go. Having online services also expands your potential pool of clients.
Mindset coaches do not solve clients’ problems for them—instead, they equip them with the tools necessary to engage their own obstacles head-on. Just like a basketball coach doesn’t jump onto the court and start playing, mindset coaches don’t directly intervene in clients’ lives. They help them and direct them from the sidelines.
Who Can a Mindset Coach Help and Work With?
Mindset coaches can help anyone who has an active interest in improving their emotional intelligence, including overcoming limiting beliefs, bad habits, and harmful thinking. Just about everyone could use a mindset coach—anyone who is interested in improving their career or relationships, improving their confidence, and taking back control over negative emotions and self-sabotage, could benefit from having a mindset coach in their corner.
Common clients that sign up for mindset coaching include:
Mindset Coach vs. Therapist: What is the Difference?
It’s important to note that mindset coaches are not therapists. Therapists help people who are struggling with mental illness or trauma. Mindset coaches are not qualified to help people who are struggling with clinical depression, anxiety, or other diagnosable disorders. Instead, mindset coaches empower those looking to find more optimism and productivity in their lives by guiding them to new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
It’s worth noting that life coaches and therapists may share some commonalities. For example, mindset coaches can help clients reframe negative thoughts, or they can help them feel more optimistic about the direction their life is headed. Therapists may also do this, but life coaches and mindset coaches focus more on changing behaviors to better optimize their client’s life.
There are tons of benefits that come with becoming a certified mindset coach. For example, you can:
Help people become their best selves.
By helping clients understand their problems at the root (their thoughts and beliefs) and how to best tackle them (by changing those thoughts and beliefs), you’re helping people find the very best versions of themselves. That benefit alone is why so many people are called to become mindset coaches.
Own your own business.
Mindset coaches, like all life coaches, are the owners of their very own businesses and are their own bosses.
Work from home.
If you decide to become an online life coach, you will be able to work from the comfort of your own home—or wherever else your schedule takes you.
Gain insights into your own mindset.
Not only do mindset coaches help their clients, but they also develop their own emotional intelligence.
How to Become a Mindset Coach
1. Think about your niche and clients
While life coaches can be open to accepting clients from all walks of life, it’s often smart to also focus on your niche. For example, you may want to be a career-focused life coach. Or maybe you want to help people in their romantic and dating lives. Others might prefer to coach people on becoming more confident. Think about what your primary value-add is and build your business around that niche.
2. Start building a business plan
A life coaching business requires structure and a plan. How much will you charge per session? Will you offer one-on-one meetings, group meetings, texting sessions, or other services? You don’t have to make every decision now, but creating a life coaching package is a key to a successful coaching business.
3. Get a business license
Get all your ducks in a row, including researching the city in which you live to find out how to register a business. This is a simple, inexpensive step that just ensures you’re compliant.
4. Acquire clients
Start by networking. Reach out to your personal network to see if anyone knows someone who is a good fit for your coaching specialty.
It may take time before you acquire enough clients to make your business profitable, so most coaches start part-time in addition to their regular job. The good news is those complicated, expensive marketing tactics are not what works best for coaches! Find out more here.
Most importantly, it’s critical that you have the right certifications to become an effective mindset coach.
What Skills Should a Mindset Coach Master?
Positive psychology: understanding how thoughts, beliefs and emotions work and the key elements of human potential and success.
Emotional intelligence: how to apply knowledge of psychology to their own lives (as the coach) so they can be a powerful guide for their clients.
Proven tools and processes for changing limiting beliefs, reframing thoughts, calming emotions, relieving stress, making empowered decisions, and developing healthy confidence.
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Transformation Academy offers detailed coach training in all of these areas and more, including done-for-you processes and proven tools for helping their clients master their mindset. No matter where you find yourself in your path toward becoming a mindset coach, our training can help boost your abilities.