I was having a conversation with one of my closest friends who also happens to be a coach at the beach recently. She was saying how when she is in a conversation with friends they will turn to her and says "Well, you are a coach, what do you think?" We laughed together and then questioned that thought. Are we as coaches to be held to a higher standard at life? Like Doctors, or Pastors, or Teachers? If we are experts at guiding others to find their own inner happiness is there an expectation that we are thought leaders on "life" with a capital "L"? Or that we should be living and walking the talk of a fulfilled life, aligned to our values just how we empower our clients to build for themselves?
So what happens when you as "coach" lose your mojo? I will admit that I lost some of mine for a while. I was on a high of positive thinking and crashed for a bit. One of the core principles of IPEC trained coaches is to "walk the talk" and the importance of having your own coach, because let's be real, you can't coach yourself. I am incredibly lucky to have a community of friends who are trained coaches who I can text or call when I need to reframe my thinking and get to the root of a problem.
For all my coach peers out there, or anyone in a service profession, it's ok. We get tired too. We lose our mojo and can fall into the pit. I was afraid to admit that or even write about it and I realized that so many others are probably struggling with it too. Be authentic about it. Own it. Your clients will appreciate your honesty. They come to us to empower them to make decisions and hold them accountable, not to be superheroes. I'm sure even superheroes have some days when they just don't feel so "super".