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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Becoming a Life Coach: Learning how to Make Money in this Industry!

I've been a Life Coach for over 10 years now and I am very passionate about teaching those of you who really feel a calling to this industry to grow your own successful business!  I've invested in 2 coaching schools and have gone through a specialized training to also become a Certified Life Coach for Doctors.  I'm not going to lie to you ... I invested a lot of money in my coaching education.  Depending on what schools you go to and how long you train for, you can invest quite a bit before you even get your first client.  But I think that this type of approach is backwards, especially in this economy.

If you did your research on the internet you would find that many Life Coaches don't earn the greatest income ... at least not one to support themselves.  And I decided a while ago, that I am here to change that!  I've struggled with making decent money in the coaching industry.  And I think that one of the main reasons for this is that many of the coaching schools do NOT teach you how to make the money and grow your business, they just teach you how to be a great coach and the skills you need to develop in order to be great at what you do.

Now, don't get me wrong, this is VERY important -- I am grateful for the schools that I attended and feel that I am an even better coach as a result of that training.  At the same time, I would have preferred to start the journey in a different order -- where I learned from someone who has been there how to grow my coaching business and start making the money right away and then back myself up with the best coach training out there.

Look ... coaching isn't for everyone.  You know if you are the person who would be a great coach.  First and foremost, it has to resonate with you on every level -- where you want to help others achieve their greatest goals and dreams; where you want to teach people how to maintain a positive attitude, even during those times of adversity; where you want to help other people in such a profound way, where it alters their life path for the better, beyond their wildest expectations!  You also need to be the type of person that LISTENS MORE than talks; someone who knows the right questions that will bring out the unique answers that each of our clients have within.  If you are someone who thinks they know all the answers, then coaching is NOT for you.  Because each and every one of us has our own answers within ourselves.  What's good for you, is not necessarily good for someone else.  But that person just needs the right professional guidance to bring to the surface their own unique answers to their life plan.

I am on a mission to help as many new coaches as possible to make a living at this profession.  Consider me the Coach's coach!   And the first place we will start in the coaching is how to have the right mindset in order to make money as quickly as possible. 

The benefits of growing a coaching business are infinite.  Here are just a few out of the many that I could list:

1) You get to help people improve their lives at a very deep level.  It's a very rewarding profession to both the coach and the client.

2) You get to work from home or from the road ... wherever you have access to a phone or sometimes the internet for your international clients.

3) If you have a family, spouse, kids that you need to be around for, it's a business schedule that can be very flexible, because you make your own hours.  You decide when and how you are going to work your clients into your schedule.

4) If you are like me, you are also someone who can help society improve their overall health and well-being, so that they don't have to go to doctors as often as many people do -- which can have a very profound impact on people's fiscal health as well.

5) If you decide to relocate to a new state or different country, it's a very portable profession.  Like I said, as long as you have access to a phone, you are good to go and don't have to lose your clients because of a physical move.

 These are just a few of the benefits of learning how to make a viable business out of coaching.

If this intrigues you and resonates with you to the core of your being, then contact me and find out how you can start this journey right now and begin to make money helping others have a better life!
(And in the process, you will improve your overall happiness level, because you will be doing what you love to do and making money doing it!  Does it get any better than that?)

Feel free to visit my  Life Coaching Website to contact me and find about more about my journey and all the types of clients I service.  I love what I do and I am on a mission to help new coaches, like you, make more money and learn how to grow their businesses first and then start becoming the best coaches they can be!

Have a Lovin' Life day filled with abundant possibilities that make you smile from ear to ear!!!

~  Coach Maria

P.S.  If you are already a professional coach who is still struggling in this industry, please do contact me.  I will teach you what it takes to turn your business around and start thriving instead of struggling!!! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Law of Attraction Overload Anonymous! (LOAOA)

Yes, I am a Law of Attraction coach, so you are probably wondering why the heck am I writing about Law of Attraction overload.   And especially the club LOAOA!  OK ... I just made that up.  I don't think that there really is an LOA Overload Anonymous group ... but there could be!

Do you ever feel like you go to every Law of Attraction seminar and tele-class in creation and yet you still feel like you are not getting any where?  You've read all the books, your library of self-help books is taking over your house, you have been doing all the Law of Attraction "exercises" and  ... nothing!

When you are in overwhelm with all this stuff, it's time to de-clutter your repertoire of LOA material and take a big step back, a big deep breath and stop the insanity!

You see, it's not because the Law of Attraction doesn't work ... it does.  But so many of us try so hard to change our lives for the better and are so desperate to "make" something happen, that we forget that it is all about "how we feel" that attracts things into our lives.

So, think about it ... let's say you are doing a Focus Wheel every day, envisioning your dream unfolding while doing your daily meditation, reading the latest inspirational Law of Attraction book you got your hands on, but at the end of the day or week you are still feeling frustrated.  What gives?

You guessed it ... it's that frustration that will get you all the time.  Your biggest job is to pay attention to your emotions and use that as your guidance system, your teacher, to move you up that vibrational scale.

The secret is also in the energy and space you come from when you are doing all these LOA exercises and educating yourself with all this material.  If you come from a desperate place of "this has to change or else ...", you can see where that may not be the "vibration" that is going to bring you what you want.  Matter of fact, it is going to do just the opposite.

I recently wrote an article for a magazine on "making peace with what is" and that is part of what you have to do in order to bring on more change.  It sounds counter-intuitive, but it is not.  You see, if you are resisting your current situation so much and desperately doing everything in your power to change it, while feeling frustrated that "you are not there yet", that will only lock your current situation in place and bring you even more of what you don't want.

So, do yourself a favor.  De-clutter your Law of Attraction and Self-help repertoire.  Only do a couple of the things that make you feel REALLY good and get rid of the rest.  Try it out.   Life is supposed to be fun.  Stop making it SO hard.  And make sure that you pay extra special attention to the energy you are coming from when you do anything that is part of your "pivot to the positive" tool kit.  Check in with your intention.   Ask yourself:

"Am I coming from a desperate place here?"  

"Is this LOA exercise making me feel at peace, centered, hopeful or bringing more attention to the exact thing that I don't want?"

"Am I going to be disappointed if this doesn't manifest within a week, a month, etc.?"  

(Hint:  That's a clue ... when you have a timeframe on your desires and you already know that if it doesn't come by then, you are going to be upset ... oops! That's a big no-no when it comes to the Law of Attraction.  You are more rooted in "lack" of it when you are keeping score and feeling bad about it not being here yet.  What you attract is 100% correlated with what you are focused on.  So, if you are more focused on "it's not here yet ... crap!", that's what you are going to get more of.

Stop throwing the Law of Attraction kitchen sink at all your goals.  Keep it simple.  Always remember to reach for a better feeling thought.  Make peace with what is.  Let go of the how.  And stop looking and keeping score that your goal has not been reached.  Chill out.

When you relax about it all and trust that your only job is to feel good, you will attract more positive things into your life than you ever could have imagined.

No laundry list of action steps required.  

Life is a journey.  Enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Throwing a Pitty Party!

Yesterday I had an "off" day. Yes, even a Happiness Coach has some "off" moments ... I am human! ;-) Sometimes you just have to let yourself feel what you feel. I know that is SO profound, but it is such a helpful tip for being able to move on from that emotional crap that we sometimes get stuck in!!!

So, yesterday's mood got me thinking. You see I was doing what many of you do ... I was beating up on myself yesterday about some decisions I had made in the past. Now, I know better, but I just had to LET IT OUT, get it off my chest, cry, get angry! I know ... shocker, huh? You may not find too many happiness coaches admitting that they have those feelings. But, we do. The only difference between the way I may process those type of feelings and you may process them, is that I am so hyper-aware of what I am feeling and I also know that what I feel impacts what comes next, that I make sure I do everything in my power to shift the feeling into a better feeling place!

And yesterday I came up with a new approach. I was driving in the car with my honey and here's what came out of my mouth =>

"Maybe we should throw a pitty party, buy balloons, beat up on ourselves all day and then make a pact with each other that after we do that for one day, we are done! No more beating up on ourselves. No more feeling stuck. Decide that "THAT'S IT!"

Now, we didn't throw the party yet, but it did make me chuckle and I even found some relief in just the thought of throwing that party. First of all, I absolutely know that I could not beat up on myself for an entire day .... it probably wouldn't last 1 hour (if that). Second of all, I know that when I beat up on myself, it only makes me feel worse, it doesn't solve a thing and it keeps me from taking inspired action steps that will move me towards the direction of my dreams! So, why the heck do it?

So ... what would your pitty party look like? Who would you invite to join in your misery? How would you decorate? What food would you serve? I know at my party there would be a lot of chocolate and purple and red balloons! :) :) :)

Just even thinking about that party right now, makes me smile because it is so ridiculous! And as you know from the Law of Attraction, any feeling of relief is a good one! So, feeling relief from just the thought of throwing a pitty party is exactly what I needed yesterday to keep me moving forward and living a life filled with joy instead of regrets.

"Regrets are just another way we beat up on ourselves
and stop our dreams from unfolding."
~ Maria Lesetz

Sunday, April 1, 2012

When you Feel Stuck! ... Musings of a Happiness Coach

I was inspired to write this as a result of what someone wrote to me in response to what I posted as my status on Facebook recently.

Here’s what I wrote:
Reviewing some new coaching clients answers to my Client Interview Questionnaire! I just love helping my clients live the life of their dreams! I sure LOVE what I do! :)

And here is what someone posted on my wall in reply to this status update:
“I wish my job was something that I could love every day...but its just NOT. There are many aspects that nobody should have to endure, but someone has to. Like your job, people call me when situations get beyond their control...but unlike me, they are happy to deal with you. You are very fortunate. Never forget that.”

Now, my first reaction to this was ...
“Yes, I am fortunate, but you can feel that way too!!! You can choose a different job. You are never “stuck”! And embracing the attitude of “someone has to do a job that nobody should ever have to endure and I am the one who has to do it” – that’s just a story you are telling yourself. Also, if you EXPECT that people are going to be unhappy dealing with you at your job, then you will get just that ... unhappy people. And it is not because of the type of job you have. It is because you are expecting the worst, so your expectation manifests your experiences! Period!

Now, I don't mean to be harsh with my answer to this, I just want you to realize that you are NEVER "stuck" in any life situation. You can change it if you really want to. I quit my corporate job to start my own business because I had enough of that corporate environment. It was no longer aligned with what was bringing me joy. I made that decision for me and my overall happiness!

You have a choice too. You are ALWAYS at choice in any given moment of the day to change what you are thinking and feeling and ultimately change the direction of your life path for the better.

If you don’t like your job, you don’t have to “put up” with it because “someone has to do it”. And why does that someone have to be you anyway? There are plenty of people who follow careers that to other people may appear dangerous, depressing, challenging, but to them it is their passion - think of Doctors, Law Enforcement, Suicide Hotlines, Social Workers, etc. There may be lots of stress in these types of jobs but if you are one of the people who has this type of career, hopefully you picked this career because it is something you are passionate about and it is aligned with your values and brings you great joy.

And if you are in one of these careers where you initially went into it for the passion but you find that you have lost the passion for it OR if it has become too stressful and is starting to impact your quality of life, then why not do something about it? Decide that you are worth so much more than "settling for something that doesn't make you happy".

The change you seek starts with working on YOU.

After all, isn't it all about enjoying YOUR life?
Aren't you entitled to live a life you love?
This is what I am so passionate about helping my coaching clients with!

Now, you may be thinking "what about the economy, this isn't the time to be making changes". Well, the "economy" is only an issue if you believe it to be. The only thing that matters that will have an impact on what you can do next is what you believe is possible, no matter what is happening outside of you. The nature of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs is what determines your life experiences.

YOU create your reality.

If you feel "stuck" in any area of your life, I would love to help you get unstuck!
Contact me today to find out about my Lovin' Life Coaching Services.

And by the way, "stuck" is just a mindset. It's a story you are telling yourself that you have the power to change. Ultimately it is all up to you, but I can guide you by asking you the right questions that will unlock what is right for you so that you can live a life that is filled with joy and ease. Doesn’t that sound so much lighter and exciting than settling for something less than a fabulous life?!

Always remember ... you are NEVER stuck. There is always a path that you can take that will align more with what brings you JOY! And the key is to embrace the right mindset that will get you there. And there is nothing that is stopping you from doing that ... except you!

Wishing you a Lovin' Life rest of the day!
~ Maria C. Lesetz, CEO of Lovin' Life
Positive Energy Maven & Happiness Guru