Are You Coachable? 19 Sure Signs You’re Ready For Life Coaching

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Are you ready to make a change in your life and have considered hiring a life coach?

Most people have heard about the benefits of coaching, but they aren't completely sure what a coach does and how necessary it is to be a coachable client.

Your degree of readiness and openness to the process is a principal factor in how well coaching works for you. And most professional coaches will only accept clients who are open and ready.

Do you think you are ready to enter a coaching partnership? If not, let's look at how you can prepare yourself to get the most from this invaluable service.

What Does It Mean to Be Coachable?

Having the ability to be coached means that you're prepared to take action. You're ready to improve, and you're willing to learn and stretch yourself.

You are in a good place emotionally and mentally so that you have the clarity and energy to do the work necessary for positive change.

You welcome constructive criticism, manageable challenges, and insightful questions.  You're open to making changes in order to grow and reach your goals, and you want someone to hold you accountable through the process.

Life coaches know that each client has the inner wisdom and judgment to make the best decisions for themselves, and coaches strive to help clients tap into their own awareness.

A coachable client embraces this responsibility and doesn't look to the coach for the answers. Rather, you allow the coach to draw out your inner wisdom and help you create actions to apply it in your life.

To be open to coaching, you must embrace a learning mindset and have a positive attitude. You come to the coaching table without resistance, ready and eager for growth and change — even if change is uncomfortable.

You are willing not only to learn but to unlearn mindsets, choices, and behaviors that no longer serve you.

Benefits of Being Coachable

Being in a coaching relationship is a unique one that is more of a partnership than an advisory interaction.

A coach can be successful only if the client is willing to participate as an equal — taking personal responsibility for his or her growth.

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The definition of being coachable means . . .

  • You gain clarity about what you want and how to get it.
  • You explore and evaluate all possible options.
  • You are more likely to succeed and reach your goals more quickly.
  • You overcome obstacles that once held you back.
  • You turn failures into learning opportunities.
  • You accelerate learning and action.
  • You increase your confidence and self-esteem.
  • You stretch yourself beyond your assumed limits.
  • You increase your self-awareness.
  • You learn to trust your own judgment and decisions.
  • You take full responsibility for your life.

Ready to learn how to be coachable?

Here Are 19 Sure Signs You Are Coachable:

1. You are quick to ask for input.

Do you seek out input and feedback from others? Do you welcome and even seek out constructive criticism because you constantly want to evolve and improve?

Inviting other people's perceptions of you is an important part of understanding your impact on other people. You are self-reflective and want to know the opinions that others you trust have about you and your life.

2. You seek out opportunities for personal and professional development.

If your company offers a training of some sort, you don't hesitate to sign up. You read self-improvement books so that you continue to learn and progress.

You are always on the lookout for new opportunities to expand your knowledge, and you are open to new ideas and different perspectives.

Related: What Is A Life Coach and Do You Need One?

3. You possess humility.

If you have humility, you know that you can't do everything alone and that you sometimes need a partner to support your growth.

Humility teaches you that the important things you need to learn in life require foundational changes in your behavior and outlook.

Possessing humility requires more than just the ability to change your mind — it requires you to have a change of heart as well.

4. You're willing to give up control.

Even though you are willing to take personal responsibility for your life, you recognize that you must let go of old ways that no longer serve you.

You are open to ideas and challenges that your coach presents to you, and you don't need to cling to a mindset or belief just because you need to be “right.”

5. You're willing to speak up.

In order to get the most out of coaching, you have to be honest with your coach and speak up if something is not working for you.

A coach is there to work alongside you, not demand you do things that you don't want to do. You have to be able to speak openly to your coach about your feelings and needs so they can help properly guide you.

6. You're willing to stop self-defeating behaviors.

If there is something that you are doing to prevent your own success, you must be willing to get out of your own way.

A good coach will help you recognize these limiting behaviors, but you need to be the first person to acknowledge that it's time to move past them and to take action to do so.

7. You're committed to growth.

Having complete commitment means that you believe that you are a worthwhile person who is deserving of success.

You must realize that your coach can't make you commit to making a life change — it has to come from inside you.

Part of this commitment means you show up on time for your coaching sessions, you are fully engaged during coaching, and that you follow through on any homework or action steps in between sessions.

Related: 50 Coaching Questions to Help You Find Your Passion

8. You possess inner strength.

Your mental strength will determine how far you are able to go in life.

If you encounter an obstacle, do you meet it head on and find a solution or do you turn the other way and break down?

Having inner strength means that you have the ability to control your emotions when you find yourself under pressure, and you can concentrate on the things that are important.

Mentally and emotionally healthy students are more coachable and get better outcomes.

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9. You take full responsibility for yourself.

Being Coachable involves helping you awaken to your own desires and pushing you in the direction of your dreams.

However, in order to make progress, you must acknowledge both your strengths and weaknesses.

You can accept the praise when you do a good job and own your mistakes when you perform poorly.

A coach can help highlight your weak areas, but you must be willing to take action to improve them. You must acknowledge that you and only you are responsible for the direction of your life.

10. You invite constructive criticism to gain clarity for self-improvement.

If someone offers you a suggestion for improvement, you want to know more — how can you change and how do your actions hold you back?

You are so appreciative of the advice that you invite more feedback rather than responding defensively or rejecting the input.

Comparing your intentions with the actual impact of your actions by soliciting feedback is a key aspect of your development.

11. You are motivated.

You are ready and willing to seek out the services of a professional coach.

You don't just wait for change to fall into your lap. You are motivated and eager to get started and look forward to what you will learn and how you will grow.

You know that to be coached is not a passive endeavor. You are motivated and you embrace the process fully.

12. You make for time for self-reflection.

Every leader or successful person is busy. It is common in our modern, hectic lives to try to do too much while not having enough time to do it all.

But, if you're willing to take the time for reflection to analyze your actions and mindsets, then you are willing to devote time to developing yourself and maximizing your potential through coaching.

13. You don't trust quick fixes.

You want to get to the root of the problem, not mask it with a temporary quick fix.

You are more interested in devoting the time on long-term strategies so you can see long-term improvements.

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Click to get your printable(PDF) Coachability Assessment.

Coaching is a process that takes some time, and you show your coachability by being willing to invest the time necessary to foster real change.

14. You know you want to change, but you need clarity and direction.

You know that you are meant to do something amazing, but you're not sure what that looks like or how to make it happen.

Life coaching gives you the clarity you need to reach your fullest potential, and you are ready for a coach to help you zero in on what you want.

15. You accept the wise advice of others you respect.

If you can't think of the last time that you took someone else's advice, it may be a sign that you are set in your ways, and you don't believe you have anything else to learn.

Consider how willing you are to consider good advice from others and how it has impacted your life in the past.

If you find that you aren't closed off to sound input and ideas, then you are certainly open to coaching.

16. You have faith in the process.

One of the truths about life is that it can only be lived moving forward but understood by looking backward.

The coaching process is similar as the benefits of change often become clear after the change has happened. In fact, sometimes things get more challenging before getting better.

Change is a messy business, but you recognize this and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You have faith that the coaching process will lead to positive results in the end.

Related Post: Should You Become A Life Coach?

17. You're willing to take a risk.

With the support of your coach, you are willing to take calculated risks where you weigh your pros and cons before making any moves.

You accept the discomfort of the unknown and step outside of your comfort zone to make a positive change.

A coach will motivate you to make progressive changes, so you must be willing to trust your coach and yourself.

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18. Your purpose is pure.

Why are you doing what you're doing? Are your motivations simply monetary gain, power, or recognition?

These are fine, but you must also include the desire to gain more knowledge and improve yourself through the process.

Without self-awareness and inner growth, your other goals will be hollow and lead to more frustration and restlessness.

19. You follow through and don't make excuses.

Most of the work in the coaching relationship occurs in between coaching sessions. This in-between time is when you take the actions that move you forward toward your goal.

You don't wait until the last minute before your next session to take action. You maximize this time to get the most from it so that you accelerate your success. You want to show your coach all that you've accomplished.

If you do neglect to follow through, you don't make excuses with your coach. You are honest about your setback and want to address the reasons behind your lack of action.

If you think you are ready to work with a life coach, keep an open mind and embrace this new experience.

Remember that while you should fully consider any ideas or input your coach offers, if the idea doesn’t make sense or work for you, speak up.

You are ultimately in control of the coaching partnership. Trust your instincts and judgment, as you know best what is right for you.

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I hope you enjoyed these ideas on preparing yourself to be coachable. I hope you'll apply these coachability tips before you enter a coaching partnership.

Using a combination of your readiness and motivation with an effective and experienced coach ensures you achieve the results you want while receiving the best return on your investment.

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  • James Laudato

    Thank you for this well written, on point article. I believe, we can not teach unless the student is ready. You covered all the necessary steps in the preparation. It also reminds me to be coachable as well, while I’m teaching. I believe the coach needs a coach too. Thank you and enjoy the day!

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