I’m 24 years old and I’m interested in becoming a Life Coach. My whole life I’ve had a gift for supporting people in times of need, especially when they’re struggling through a personal issue that is holding them back from achieving greater success.
Part of the reason I’m even considering it is because so many people have told me that this is something I’d be really great at, and that really resonates with me.
My insecurity is about being 24 years old, not being an expert in any field in particular, and wondering if anyone would actually be open to discussing their problems and potentially taking advice from a 24 year old. I wonder if most people would see my age as a ‘lack of life experience’ or as a ‘younger perspective’ that could be useful
At 26, I was an addictions therapist. I neither drank nor took drugs. All I needed to know is how to help people find a way out of their addiction. I didn’t have to be a mixologist!
You really shouldn’t play with people’s minds without the educational underpinnings to human behavior and development. People who fly by the seat of their pants often crash land in a court of law where the liability suit is not one you’d want to wear to your wedding!
Life coaching is a serious occupation, not something you get into because you have a feeling for people. When you work with people, you are bound to run into those who are sicker than others and you need to be able to determine what that person can deal with before giving advice. When a person is hearing command voices from within, your words may not be the ones he or she responds to.
I have dealt with too many suicidal people and a few homicidal people to think I have even a small part of the answer for anyone coming through the door. What I do have is the diagnostic skill and the clinical integrity to know who I can’t help and who needs something far more than I could give them.
You are not suffering insecurity. it may simply be a bout of common sense telling you that you need to find out a heck of a lot more than you presently know. It isn’t age. It is an understanding of how people function and who is not capable of functioning at that time.