I want to be a life coach, but where do I start?

By Mark Setch | coach training

Aug 23
should i become a life coach?
should i become a life coach?
Want to be a life coach but not sure where to start? Start right here, with these three powerful questions.

When you search for answers to the question: “should I become a life coach?”, you may find the amount of information out there is overwhelming to say the least.  

We believe there are three key questions you should ask yourself to determine whether being a coach is the right path for you.

  1. Why?
  2. How?
  3. What?

As Simon Sinek says: always start with the why.


Why do you want to be a life coach? Is it because it sounds like a good way to earn money? Don’t get us wrong, coaching can be a very rewarding career that most certainly has financial benefits. But if that’s your only why, we need to be frank with you: coaching may not be for you.


If the stirring within you is a burning desire to help people find deeper fulfilment in their personal and professional life, then coaching is a wonderful way to do this.

If you’re committed to your own ongoing personal growth and development and want to pay it forward to others, then coaching is an excellent means through which to do this.

A career in coaching flows from the why rather than it being the why.


How do you see yourself coaching?  What are you passionate about? What are you interested in? Where does your experience and training lie?

Answering these questions can help you determine whether you might become a coach in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Executive
  • Personal development
  • Relationship.

Life coach is really an umbrella term and the possibility for coaching niches are endless. We see now trauma coaches, ADHD coaches – areas previously assigned to the medical and therapeutic sectors.

Do you wish to coach within an organisation or do you want to strike out on your own? Or a mix of both?  Do you wish to become a more effective leader within your current role through becoming equipped to coach?  There are a large variety of ways in which you can practice as a coach. 

You don’t need to be crystal clear on all of this as you begin as your passion and interest may change, but it’s nevertheless valuable to reflect on The How.


What do you need to do to begin? 

The answer to that is very simple.  Enrol in a high quality coaching program. When you start exploring different coaching providers, ensure they are International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited.  Not only will that ensure your training is of a high standard, you’ll then be eligible to apply for an ICF credential which is the gold standard of coaching.

If you’re interested in becoming a life coach, great!  Neurocoaching Australia is ICF accredited and we think you’ll love our courses.  Download a course brochure here to find out more.

Watch the video from Neurocoaching Australia’s Director of Training, Mark Setch:


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About the Author

Mark Setch is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation. As a Leadership and Personal Development Coach and Trainer, Mark's passion is to enable people unleash their life and leadership potential. Mark has held various leadership roles and has been mentoring emerging leaders for over 30 years. He loves relating to people of all ages and walks of life, and his clients have included small business owners, managers in government & not-for-profit organisations, pastors, school chaplains, long-term unemployed, army officers and soldiers in recovery. Mark currently serves as Director of Training within Neurocoaching Australia.