How to Stop Overthinking and Start Taking Action

Josh Dykes

Let’s talk about dreams. The kind that aren’t fueled by a post-takeaway snooze, but the ones simmering in your brain – becoming a coach, helping people, and ditching that soul-sucking day job (we’ve all been there).

But here’s the rub: you’ve been “thinking” about it for six months. Six. Freaking. Months. While your dreams gather dust in the mental attic, life keeps ticking by faster than a social media newsfeed.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Millions of aspiring coaches get stuck in this analysis paralysis trap. They overthink, overanalyze, and ultimately, overachieve…nothing.

But here’s the truth bomb: thinking about being a coach is like planning a beach vacation without ever leaving your couch. It’s time to trade the mental flip-flops for some action hero boots and make it happen.

(Because let’s face it, a life coach in flip-flops just screams “unqualified.”)

Efficiency Over Excuses

Look, starting a coaching business isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There’s work to be done. We’re not about brute force here. We’re about optimizing your journey.

  • Leverage the Power of “Now”: Don’t wait for the “perfect” time. It probably won’t come waltzing in like a unicorn delivering life coaching tips. Start small – dedicate 1-2 hours a week to building your coaching foundation.

Remember: Tiny actions, consistently applied, lead to big results. this is outlined beautifully in the James Clear book Atomic Habits

  • Location Independence: The beauty of coaching? It’s a location-independent game. You have a laptop and internet connection? Boom, you’re in business. Forget the cubicle prison, build your coaching empire from the comfort of your couch (as long as you ditch the aforementioned flip-flops).

Numbers that Don’t Lie

Let’s address the elephant in the room – your current job and responsibilities. We get it, they can feel like a giant anchor dragging you down.

But here’s the thing: building a coaching business can be a lifestyle business. You don’t need to quit your day job tomorrow (unless your boss is secretly a villain in a bad business movie). Take it slow, build your skills and client base on the side, and then make the leap when you’re ready.

Think about it: Just 1-2 hours a week invested in your coaching dream can make a world of difference in 12 months. That’s the power of consistent action.

(And let’s be honest, spending 1-2 hours less on social media scrolling is probably a public service anyway.)

The Coaching Challenge: Stepping Up Your Superhero Status

Alright, aspiring coach, are you ready to shed the analysis paralysis cloak and embrace your inner action hero? Here’s how to get started:

  • Set SMART Goals: Don’t just dream of being a “successful coach.” Define success with Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. Aim to land X clients in Y months, or complete Z coaching certifications by a specific date.
  • Enroll in a Coaching Program: Don’t fly solo into the coaching stratosphere. Invest in a program that provides the tools, skills, and support you need to succeed. (Hint, hint, nudge nudge – the SPEAKup Challenge might be a good place to start…wink wink).
  • Find Your Tribe: Surround yourself with other aspiring coaches and successful entrepreneurs. Their support, encouragement, and shared experiences can be a powerful motivator (and a great way to avoid falling into the comparison trap).

Remember: Starting a coaching business is a journey, not a destination. There will be bumps in the road, moments of doubt, and the occasional urge to hide under the covers. But with consistent action, smart strategies, and the support of a great community, you can overcome any obstacle and build a thriving coaching practice.

So, what are you waiting for? Stop overthinking and start taking action. Your future clients (and the world) need your coaching magic!

If you’re ready to overcome your limiting beliefs and become a successful coach, I encourage you to attend one of our 1-Day Coaching Diplomas to start your coaching journey. For those who want more speaking support, here is the link to our speaking training. It’ll help you to develop a plan to achieve your goals and build a successful coaching business. You can also find our beginners guide to becoming a coach here.


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