As a Beachbody coach, I get a TON of questions, objections and misperceptions thrown my way. With so many opinions on the Interweb, it can be easy to become confused or misguided.
So, I thought it would be an awesome idea to throw together a little post to share with you all HONESTLY why choosing to coach has been the BEST decision of my LIFE and how it could be for you too!!
#1) Coaching is NOT a "Get Rich Quick Scheme", nor is it a "Pyramid Scheme"
First of all, pyramid schemes are illegal, so you'll be relieved that myself and thousands of others are not breaking the law in any way, shape or form with our businesses. As a coach, you are part of a multi level marketing company (with a fantastic mission and incredible integrity by the way), in which Beachbody supplies professional products and programs that have been designed by educated, qualified individuals, and that you use, love and spread the word about, which enables you to earn an income through commissions and volume produced by your team. These products and programs are geared towards helping you live a healthier, happier life that is maintainable and REAL. As a coach, your job is to share your journey and help others get inspired to start their own. And Beachbody pays you (in real money, not pink cars) for helping them to keep their mission of "ending the trend of obesity" alive.
Secondly, if your number one priority as a coach is to become a millionaire, then you should save yourself the $49.95 sign up fee and keep on walking until you find the right opportunity for you. If all you care about is a pay check, coaching will no doubt be a big waste of time for you. NOT because the possibility to make money in this business isn't there - the earning potential is actually limitless (and seriously mind-blowing). BUT because in THIS business, the people who end up succeeding and making money are the ones who actually CARE about other people and want to make a DIFFERENCE by helping others to change the course of their lives! They CARE about your goals, your hopes and your struggles. Your income as a Beachbody coach will ALWAYS be a direct reflection of the number of lives you help change. Plain and simple.
#2) You must be THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!
You may have wondered, "Ok, so what the heck do you actually do as a coach?! Just SELL stuff?" Absolutely NOT!! As coaches, we share our own health and fitness journeys in the hope of inspiring others to do the same! We then help people stay accountable to their goals by providing support, friendship and the resources to succeed. As coaches, we have the GREATEST responsibility to uphold what we are teaching others to do! Would you trust a tattoo artist without a single tattoo? Would you be likely to join a fitness class if the person leading it was a chronic smoker, ate fast food daily and never worked out?? Of course not!! I must be the change I wish to see if I am to have any success at all with my business!
You know when you run into an old friend and they just look incredible?? They've lost 15-20 lbs, are glowing from the inside out and you can't help but ask them, "GURL! What have you been doing?! You look incredible?! What's your secret?!" Well, I think of coaching like that. A coach is someone who committed to changing their life for the better and is leading BY EXAMPLE for others to emulate. When you run into someone like that, everyone wants to know their secret!!
What's my secret?? BEACHBODY! The 21 Day Fix and Vegan Chocolate Shakeology changed the GAME for me in February of 2015 and I've been on a positive wave of awesome ever since! (Read more about my amazing experience with Shakeology HERE)
And then COACHING, which has allowed me to create a weekly income from home based on helping others to become happier and healthier, while sharing my own personal strengths and weaknesses through social media. I LOVE my coaching business with a furious passion and am always excited to pay the opportunity forward by mentoring other women that join our team!! Learn more about it HERE! I wake up with EXCITEMENT each day to get to work, because when you LOVE what you do, it doesn't feel like work!! "How did I get here" you may ask? Because I focused on changing ME first, then shared my "secrets" (hint hint, they're nothing crazy) with others, who were then inspired to do the same!!
#3) Coaches are Independent Business Owners
When you become a coach, you do not work for Beachbody. You work for YOU. There are no deadlines, set hours, set income, etc. YOU get to decide WHERE and WHEN you work, HOW MUCH you make and WHO you work with!! Isn't that incredible?! You become the CEO of your own company, with the potential of making big time, long term income based off of how hard you work, how passionate you are and what you are willing to do to become your best self and help others achieve this too.
Sounds incredible, right? And IT IS! If you are willing to learn how to manage your time, stay consistent, be patient, self-motivated, act with integrity and fail forward daily, there is no doubt that you will be able to achieve success! Want to know a secret? Many Beachbody coaches start out as teachers, nurses and stay at home moms. The common factor? All jobs of service, patience and love, but most of us have never worked for ourselves before and are learning as we go! We've all experienced things like "the 9-5", no overtime pay, vacation requests being denied, a pre-determined salary and negative nancy's in the workplace. So believe me when I say that working to build your own dreams instead of someone else's is truly, an INCREDIBLE thing.
#4) Perceived Perfection Doesn't Create Connection
Your success as a coach is a direct reflection of how CONNECTED other people feel to you. Many times, when I chat with people who are deciding whether or not they should coach, they mention "not being at their ideal body type yet" as an excuse for why they wouldn't make a good coach. But the TRUTH IS that you sharing your journey (ugly struggles and all) IS COACHING! People don't connect to perfection. In fact, I think it's safe to say most people are ANNOYED by perfection, because it's not relatable.
People connect to YOUR STORY: what struggles have you overcome on your JOURNEY? The honestly and openness that you share with others will be the reason they decide to join you and start their own journey, not because you magically have a 6 pack and JLo's butt and wake up looking like a unicorn blessed you with fairy sprinkles and love all night long. COACHES ARE REAL AND RELATABLE and THAT is what it's all about. The question is, are you willing to go out of your comfort zone, let your guard down and share?
#5) BIG DREAMERS come out on TOP!
ALL successful coaches have ONE THING in common: they started out with BIG DREAMS that fuelled their fire to succeed! You have to have a CLEAR vision for your life and know what you are working for! Why are you doing what you're doing? Think about it like a University Degree: You go to school, pour THOUSANDS of dollars into your education, spend countless hours writing papers, studying, attending classes. etc. all in the HOPES of one day securing a job in your field that will pay your student debt back as quickly as possible and provide your family with financial security. You start with an end goal in mind, right?
Well imagine actually MAKING money while you learn the ins and outs of your field during those years! With Beachbody, that is EXACTLY how it works! If you spent FOUR FOCUSED YEARS on Beachbody the way people do in University, you would likely be earning more than most DOCTORS by the time you "graduated", without a drop of debt in your name! My point? You have to know WHERE you want to go, and you have to know WHY. But the more definitive your answer, the GREATER your success will be!!
I hope this post gives you a better understanding of what coaching is and isn't and if it could be right for you or not. It is not meant for everyone, but anyone can be successful at it! You have to put in the HARD WORK, PATIENCE AND DEDICATION to make it a success, but it is SO worth it!
If you are ready to take the next step and try your hand at coaching, I would LOVE to be the person who shows you the way!! I absolutely LOVE what I do as a Beachbody Coach and have no problem sharing, in complete honesty, what it is that I do and how I've been able to be successful in a short amount of time.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to drop me a message! Head to the Contact page for my deets! I would love to get in touch and chat further about coaching with you!
*Thank you to one of my mentors, Laura Mendenhall, for the inspiration for this post.