Am I too old to become a life coach?
The short and sweet answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! I’ve worked with coaches of all ages, and I can tell you that age is not a defining factor of a fearless life coach. It’s not even a consideration!
In fact, being older gives you more life experiences and insights that you can utilize in your coaching. Terry became a coach in her late 60s to feel alive again. She now has her own podcast, runs talks on Facebook, and ran for city council at 75! And she WON! Becoming a coach gave her purpose and helped her find a new life after experiencing the death of her husband.
If you’re worried that you are too old to make a career change, let me stop you right there. One of the main tenets of Fearless Living is you do not get to beat yourself up by calling yourself “old.” Just like Terry, I guarantee you are not too old to pursue your passion and create a legacy of your own. You do have the power to change your life, and as a life coach, you can dedicate your time and shine your light helping others change their lives too.
Let’s talk about what it actually takes to become a life coach and debunk the “I’m too old for a career change” mindset once and for all.
Toss Away That “Old” Language
I said it before, I will say it again: Never, never, never call yourself old. Telling yourself you’re “too old” will not only stop you from taking risks but it could impact your health. Because here’s the truth: When you associate being old with not being able to accomplish new things, be happy, or pursue your dreams, you hold yourself back. And holding yourself back could cause an increase in stress which lowers your self confidence.
Saying to yourself or to other people that you are too old only points to your fear of taking a step outside your comfort zone. This is negative self-talk, and it’s holding you back.
Believing in yourself needs to start from within. You can’t wait for other people to stop calling you old, or themselves old—it begins with you because if you refer to yourself as being old, other people will begin to think it too.
Start with a simple change. Let go of using “old” language. You aren’t old; you’re distinguished, refined, experienced, mature, qualified, wise, seasoned, sophisticated, etc. Let’s proclaim it together, from this moment on, you are no longer “old.” Doesn’t that feel better already?
The Benefits of Experience
Flip the switch on aging and start considering all that your age has to offer you, and your future clients.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without years of life experience. Everything that’s happened to me, good and bad, has offered me lessons that shape who I am today.
We are all on a continual journey, and life experience can be a huge asset when it comes to life coaching. Think about it—how comfortable would you be taking life advice from your 19-year-old self? All respect to young people, but it would be challenging for someone that young to understand the complexities of a marriage that’s lasted three decades or how difficult it can be to pursue your dreams when you’re 40 and are responsible for two children.
Your Age Does Not Define You
You are not defined by your age. Fearing getting older and being uncomfortable with aging is normal. Most people have these feelings and fears, but these feelings don’t need to define you or what you can accomplish.
There are so many people in the world who don’t hit their stride or find their calling until much later in life.
Harrison Ford was already 34 when the first Star Wars movie was released, and he’s STILL making blockbuster movies at the age of 79. The newest Indiana Jones movie is due to come out in 2022, when he’ll be 80 years young!
Julia Child was 49 years young when she published her first cookbook, and 51 by the time she started her first cooking show.
Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, only started writing at the age of 65. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
No one’s expecting you to be Harrison Ford or Julia Child, but remember that your age does not define who you are as a person or what you can accomplish. Don’t let a simple number hold you back from building success for yourself.
What Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?
A life coach is someone who is passionate about helping other people. If you have a willingness to learn and a true interest in helping others, you have what it takes. Here are some of the traits and interests that make AMAZING life coaches.
- A willingness to grow
- A love of learning
- A passion for people
- A desire to give back and help people
- A knack for seeing the best in people
- A skill for listening to others
- A strong intuition (gut feelings)
- An aspiration to set your own schedule
- An interest in running your own business
- Gratitude for everything you’ve learned in life
Did any of those points resonate with you? Did you notice that none of those traits or desires had anything to do with age? You can have a passion for helping people at any age. As long as you are open to learning, you have what it takes to live a purpose-driven life and begin living the life your soul intended.™
Want to find out if becoming a life coach is right for you? Take my quiz to find out! It only takes a few minutes.
Oh, and check out my free Master Coach Mindset™ Podcast, which has dozens of episodes that feature coaching strategies and in-depth discussions with successful coaches who were once exactly where you are now. Learn from seasoned coach Bill Grout about how he journeyed from corporate America to a successful coaching business in S05E01 – Becoming a Coach After 60.
Bill became a Certified Fearless Living Coach before he retired from his high level corporate job. He was the editor-in-chief of a book publishing house and had over 30 years of experience in the industry. He’s now a mentor inside our Life Coach Certification Program and coaches corporate executives and facilitates workshops—all while being happily married and enjoying the freedom of his successful coaching business. Age was never a factor for Bill, and he’s able to use his years of experience to help others overcome fear and find their purpose.
Coaching Can Change Your Life, No Matter Your Age
I’ve been helping others change their lives for decades, and I’ve used all that I’ve learned along the way to develop what’s been called “The Ivy League of Life Coach Training.” My Life Coach Certification Program (LCCP) provides extensive training based on my life’s work as a human being, woman, and coach.
I’m so proud that you made it this far, and I hope you believe me when I say age does not stand in the way of you pursuing your dreams. In fact, it’s an asset. It’s time to live the life your soul intended.™
You can take the very first step right now. It only takes a couple of minutes! All you need to do is answer a few questions, and then you’ll be able to speak with a Certified Fearless Living Coach (CFLC) who has been exactly where you are now. Schedule your Clarity Call with a CFLC who can answer your questions and provide the empowering support you need to get started today.