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Confidence Coach: A Viable Career Choice

Do people tell you you're encouraging? Do you find that you enjoy giving people helpful advice and boosting their confidence? Then you might consider becoming a confidence coach.

This rapidly-expanding business takes several forms. Some people specialize in coaching certain types of people (such as entrepreneurs) or age groups (such as teens). Following are some examples of what a confidence coach is and what he or she does, and some tips on becoming one.

What Is a Confidence Coach?

Generally speaking, a confidence coach is someone who makes a living at encouraging others and boosting their self-confidence. Confidence coaches give their clients tips on how to think positively and discover their gifts and talents, and they help their clients identify what situations cause them to lose confidence.

A confidence coach then gives tips and training to his or her clients to help them overcome their low confidence. The coach helps clients to identify where they have confidence trouble, and to face that "glitch" and overcome it.

Another thing confidence coaches may do is help clients identify goals, both short- and long-term. Ultimately, confidence coaches want to see their clients achieve success in life.

How Do Confidence Coaches Do What They Do?

There are several approaches you can take as a confidence coach. For example:

* YouTube and Facebook are a popular way for confidence coaches to reach their clients. You might produce a series of videos to offer them in correlation with printed media.

* Online tutorials, to which clients can subscribe, are another visual medium through which confidence coaches can help their clients.

* Ebooks and written guides help confidence coaches sell their message to clients while still having a personal connection with them.

* Phone calls, personal emails, online chats, and live video are some personal ways that confidence coaches can connect with their clients.

How Can I Become a Confidence Coach?

There are training courses you can take, and if this is what you would like or need, you have your choice online. Most of these courses are offered by businesspeople like yourself, so generally there is a fee for the course.

Or you can also simply go for it without special training - some successful entrepreneurs say they became experts on a certain topic on the day they decided they were! In other words, there is a great deal of information out there and you can avail yourself of it and train yourself.

Look at the websites of other confidence coaches. Read the testimonials and find out what clients appreciate. Then, you will need to set up a unique and powerful website yourself.

Tips on Setting Realistic Business Goals

When it comes to setting business goals, it can be tricky to find that middle ground. If you set goals that are too high, you might get discouraged. If you set them too low, you may end up bored or complacent, or disillusioned with your business. So how do you strike a balance? Here are some tips.

1. What do you want?

First, you need to determine what you want. Go ahead and brainstorm - make a list as you do. Put it down on paper and don't hold back.

2. Assess your list

Now, take a look at your list. Make a sub-list of steps you have to take to reach each of those goals and dreams. Are there some items on your dream list that involve steps you can't take? If you cannot take the steps necessary to achieve that goal, then it needs to be modified or removed from your list.

3. Strategize

As you are making your sub-list of steps, you need to develop definite strategies for those items on your dream list that are achievable. Being able to see what is necessary to achieve that dream can help you decide whether or not to pursue it. The strategy may in fact be doable, but you are unwilling to take those steps for personal reasons. That is fine; it's your list and your goals.

Go ahead and don't judge yourself - if you can't/don't want to adopt a certain strategy for your own reasons, then cross that goal off the list. The point is to narrow things down.

4. Timeline

Determine a timeline for your goals. Do you need to make more money right now, as in this month? Or do you have more long-term goals, such as eventually quitting your day job? On your master list, write down your timeline. This will help you further narrow things down - if the goal can't be reached within your allotted time, then it doesn't belong on your list of goals.

5. Know yourself

One of the keys to succeeding is to be really honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes we think we can do it all, or do anything...and other times we think we can't do anything. Neither of these extremes is likely to be true! If you can, ask others what they think they can see you doing. Once again, break out your pencil - list things you like to do and abilities you feel confident about. Just about any skill or attribute can be channeled into helping your business succeed.

These list-making exercises can help narrow down your goals and keep them realistic and reachable.

How to Use Visualization to Achieve Success

What is visualization? For what can it be used? There is a lot of talk about visualization these days, and it may seem confusing. It's more than daydreaming, different than meditation, and not a religious belief. Here is a brief explanation of visualization and how it's used.

What Is It?

Visualization involves seeing yourself in certain situations with the expectation that the scenario will happen in real life. When you engage in visualization, you concentrate on something you want to achieve and imagine yourself achieving it. Some say this exercise heightens your awareness of those things around you that pertain to your visions. This is said to make you more apt to recognize opportunities and so forth.

Sources say that the brain is wired so that you become what you focus on. This explains, in part, why people can be so determined not to engage in a certain behavior that they end up engaging in it. They were so focused on what they didn't want to do that they ended up doing it. Proponents of visualization take advantage of this mental process and turn it into something positive.

How Is Visualization Used?

Visualization can, technically, be used to achieve anything you like. However, it is generally applied to several main life circumstances and situations.

* Relationships - It is said that visualization can help relationships. Perhaps you could envision yourself in a successful marriage, or meeting your soul mate. Maybe you can visualize improving an existing relationship. Maybe you have dreams for your family relationships, and could use visualization to achieve a more harmonious home.

* Business - A lot of successful businessmen and women attribute their success to visualization, at least in part. Visualizing business success has been credited with increased income, more clients, and a strong sense of self-confidence.

* Self-Image - Visualization can be used to attempt improving your self-image. Using visualization techniques, you can imagine yourself as a confident, competent, popular person. Hopefully, these dreams will then begin to play out in real life, starting a cycle of continuing boosts to your self-esteem.

How Do You Do It?

When you practice visualization, there's a bit more involved than just daydreaming. When you seriously visualize the hopes of creating life changes, you need to be specific in your goals and imaginings. Your visualizations are supposed to be targeted toward those specific goals. Visualization infuses more energy, focus and vividness into your dreams.

When you visualize reaching your goals and dreams, you are meant to imagine the very smells, sounds, and feelings that surround the scenario. The brain is said to blur the line between observing something in real life and something imagined, enhancing the possibility that the scenario will come true.

What Will Your Business Look Like in Five Years?

When you sit down to make goals in your business, it’s important to not only make short-term goals but also long-term goals. You need to know the overarching goals for your business. What will it look like in five years' time? This is going to help you prepare your business for change that is going to come whether you like it or not. By design, you can prepare for these changes and ensure that your business also grows in the next five years.

Know Your Value Proposition

Your value proposition is what you are competing on. What differentiates your business from your competitors? For example, do you compete on price, quality, authority or something else? This is your value proposition. 

Know Your Customers

Knowing who your customers are, and how they may change over the years, is a good thing to do. You may not be able to keep a customer for five years, but you may if you know how to keep solving their problems (which within the scope of your offerings may change over time). Having said that, if your customers are moms who want to cloth diaper their infants, you’ll have to learn how your demographics ideas have changed due to culture changing.

Know Your Competition

Who is your competition? Knowing this is going to help you differentiate yourself and may help you realize why you need to know what they do, who they do it for, why, and how. This in turn is going to help tremendously when you create and promote your value proposition.

Know Your Key Indicators

There are some key indicators in your metrics that will show you how things are changing over time. What are the key indicators that can most affect the growth of your business? These are the things you must pay the most attention to. If sales are dropping in one area, why? Is that going out of fashion, or has technology replaced this? What is happening and how can you change with it?

Know Your Revenue Streams

Notice this says streams with an "s". You really should always have multiple streams of income in your business to help you stay afloat. When one stream is killed by technology, you can rebuild and not suffer and lose your entire business.

Know Your Resources

Resources include savings, cash, technology, intelligence, and people. Anything you can use to build your business bigger and better is a resource, including a connection that can help you open doors.

Know Your Strengths

What are your strengths in your business? Are you good at identifying problems your clients have and then quickly making an offer that fills that need? Are you good at being the authority in your niche? Know what it is and stick to it.

When you’re paying attention to these factors, you’ll be able to identify key changes in the market that may affect your business. For example, Netflix was known for the mailer they used to allow people to mail movies back and forth easily, but they saw the writing on the wall with digital streaming and changed their business model to accommodate those changes. You may be a smaller business, but with eyes wide open you can manage change and prepare your business for growth.