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The Scoop On 11 Facts You Need To Know About Mindset Coaching

According to Google Search data more people Worldwide are searching online for "mindset coach' than at any other time in the previous five years. Here's why . . .


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If you’re someone looking for more happiness and success while searching about Mindset Coaching . . .

This article is for you.

Coaching is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. Second only to the IT industry. 

Coaching is a USD 2.4 billion industry and just continues to grow every year.

But, why?

Reason #1: Lives changed by innovation.
Social media and the increasing use of mobile devices may lead to mindset issues. It must be said that the increasing use of technology on a whole has contributed to more serious health conditions, such as depression.

Reason #2: Real world human interaction is diminishing.
Meaningful communication between people is in decline. Technology is arguably one of the prime causes. “Why talk when I can send a one sentence chat message?”

Reason #3: People continue to seek input for problem solving.
More and more people are starting to seek the help of a coach to help them through tough and challenging periods in their lives.

The Year That Was 2020

The events of 2020 brought more people to reflect on and seek support for their problems, and solutions to their troubles.

Google Search data reveals the numbers of people Worldwide searching “mindset coach” as at January 2021 to be at the highest volumes since January 2016.

In this post we’ll save you from all that searching by laying out 11 facts about mindset coaching.

Here’s what we’re about to cover about Mindset Coaching:

  • What is it?
  • Who is it for?
  • What does it do?
  • Is it like therapy?
  • Same as Life Coaching?
  • What is ‘Fixed vs Growth’
  • Can it be done online too?
  • Can I DIY? (do it yourself)
  • How do I know if it’s for me?
  • How do I find a good mindset coach?
  • Tony Robbins, a well known mindset coach
  • BONUS FACT #1
  • BONUS FACT #2

Mindset Coaching: What is it?

Mindset Coaching is exactly what you would think it is. It’s coaching to improve your mindset. That includes your thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and the way you think about past, present, and future.

Let’s put aside the concept of a ‘coach’ in mindset coaching for a moment. Instead think simply about two people talking together in conversation. 

You and another person talking, usually in private, about your hopes, dreams, fears, guilts, goals, and intentions. With one aim. A better you.

Mindset Coaching: Who is it for?

Effective mindset coaching works for someone who:

– is ready to listen as much as talk

– has an open mind to any and all suggestions

– wants to make changes and create a better future

– is willing to take action on new ideas

Mindset Coaching: What does it do?

It aims to single out the blocks in your thinking, beliefs, and attitudes which slow you down or stop you from making the progress you want to make and are capable of making towards your goals.

A mindset coach will help you see the world differently. When your view of the world changes, don’t be surprised at how everything else changes too.

Allow me to publish parts of a transcript from a real Mindset Coaching conversation I had recently with one of my clients.

The client’s name and any identifying details have been edited to maintain 100% client confidentiality.

[Me] What is it you really want?

[Her] I don’t know.

[Me] That’s more common than you might think. In fact most people don’t know what they really want. They might pretend they do. But, they don’t. So let’s explore that…

[Her] Ok

[Me] What is it in your life right now that you most do NOT want?

[Her] What I don’t want?

[Me] Yes

[Her] Well, I don’t want to be living from paycheck to paycheck like I have all my adult life. That’s something I know I don’t want.

[Me] What’s it like to live from paycheck to paycheck when you don’t want to?

[Her] Can I say, “I hate it”?

[Me] You can. And I understand you have a “hate’ feeling for it. But I’m more interested in knowing how living from paycheck to paycheck shows up in your life. What does it look like?

[Her] Always broke.

[Me] Go on…

[Her] Not being able to afford the nice things I want for my family. My kids (starts crying)…

[Me] It’s good to cry. To release the emotion. And that “hate” for living from paycheck to paycheck every month.

Pause…

[Me] Permission to be radically honest with you, please?

[Her] Yes, go on.

[Me] What stops you from not living from paycheck to paycheck each month?

[Her] You’re kidding me?

[Me] No. I’m serious. If you don’t like it – why are you putting up with it?

[Her] Because I can’t change it…

[Me] You can’t change it?

[Her] No.

[Me] Well, I say that’s not right. You can change anything you want to – if you put your mind to it.

[Her] Tell me how then…

Mindset Coaching: Is it like therapy?

Coaching is not therapy. While ‘two people in conversation’ may be a common factor in coaching and therapy, coaching focuses on building a positive future. Therapy is more focused on healing the past. 

Examples of a therapist focusing on healing past issues would be a trained professional with expertise in psychology, psychotherapy, or psychoanalysis.

Examples of a coach focusing on building a positive future are Career Coach, Mindfulness Coach, or Accountability Coach.

Mindset Coaching: Same as Life Coaching?

Life Coaching and Mindset Coaching are similar but not the same.

You will find a Life Coach to be more generally results-focused and likely to have more accountability factors included in sessions. Which means more check-ins between coaching conversations. And more follow-up on any ‘homework’ tasks which may have been agreed upon.

Mindset Coaching on the other hand can be more focused on one or two unique needs such as fears, confidence, limiting beliefs, or sense of purpose.

Mindset Coaching: What is ‘Fixed vs Growth’

When you read Carol Dweck‘s best-selling book, Mindset you will discover there are two dominant mindsets from which most people live their lives.

According to author, Carol Dweck . . .

Fixed Mindset: describes people who see their qualities as fixed traits that cannot change. Those who hold a fixed mindset believe that they are either good or bad at something based on their inherent nature.

Growth Mindset: describes a state of mind from which people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Mindset Coaching: Can it be done online too?

The events of 2020 pushed many employed people from offline to online. And saw even more who became unemployed going online. Which means more professionals are providing the same services they provided from an offline office to online.

The most common way a Mindset Coach may provide coaching services today is via one of the virtual meeting apps which offer voice call and/or video. Zoom is one example of an online meeting app.

Mindset Coaching: Can I DIY? (do it yourself)

The short answer is, “yes.” But with a caveat…

The upside of “coaching” yourself is that you can do it at a time and place that suits you. Afterall, you’re always where you are, right?

Plus there is a ton of content online and offline which can help somebody apply the principles of mindset coaching for themselves. I’d suggest testing it.

The downside, which I believe outweighs the upside, is that you’ll have nobody to challenge you, take you to the edge of the comfort zone, and say the things that nobody else is game to say. Least of all you to you. 

I will share that my own personal growth didn’t really take off until I started working in earnest with a mindset coach.

Mindset Coaching: How do I know if it’s for me?

You can’t know in advance. The only way to know is to test it. Make an appointment with a Mindset Coach and see for yourself. 

Many Mindset Coaches offer a free first call which could be named a Discovery Call, Introductory Call, or simply a Free Coaching Call.

Mindset Coaching: How do I find a good mindset coach?

What an important question. I wish I could tell you that all coaches are equal. The reality is they are not. Like in any service industry there are the “good, bad and ugly.”

My recommendation is to search “mindset coaches” and begin looking at the websites of a few. 

Do not be taken in by the pretty colors and bright lights. A flash looking website means nothing. Pay attention to the coach’s published testimonials. Follow up with some of the people whose feedback is listed. Find them on social media and simply ask them something like, “Hey, I saw your testimonial on Mike Searles’ website. Was his coaching really that good?”

This is the surest and safest way to ensure that the Mindset Coach you’re looking at hiring is the real deal.

Mindset Coaching: A well known example of a mindset coach.

When I searched “famous mindset coach” online it was Tony Robbins who came up first in results.

His coaching business incorporates facets of many forms of coaching. Life Coaching, Performance Coaching, Confidence Coaching, Mindset Coaching and more.

If you want to study one of the most successful coaches on the planet then spend time on Tony Robbins’ website. Or simply search “tony robbins.”

BONUS FACT #1: How to get the most value from mindset coaching.

Permit me to give it to you straight. From my own personal experience on both sides of the fence. A client of Mindset Coaching, and that of a Mindset Coach.

If you are not making the progress you want to make in life, and are capable of making, it is simply because your mindset is in your way.

I love that old Chinese proverb, The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Don’t wait 20 years before deciding to test Mindset Coaching for yourself.

If you must, fully explore the DIY (do it yourself) options. It can’t hurt. But if you want to make the biggest progress in the fastest time then I don’t hesitate recommending you find a good Mindset Coach. And have a conversation.

Bonus Fact #2: Could You Be A Mindset Coach?

One of the most common thoughts on this is, “I have no experience, but I want to be a coach.”

So, what do you do?

First understand this. As a Mindset Coach, you are more than an advisor. You’re a business person, entrepreneur, marketer, and sales person.

While you can get very good at coaching, you will need to be even better at the business side of being a coach.

Getting good at coaching is simple. There are plenty of courses, trainers, associations, consultants, and guides available to help develop the skills of a coach.

Grasping the business side of running a successful coaching service will take a lot more time, energy, and money. 

For the person who makes a commitment to stick with it – anything is possible. Pardon me for using that old cliche, but — if I can do it, anybody can do it.

At the time of writing there are no licenses required to offer mindset coaching services. Though, there are a choice of reputable institutions (and some not so reputable) offering certificate courses in Mindset Coaching.

Course fees can range from less than $100 into the thousands. Carry out your own due diligence. 

Again, look up any published testimonials.

Here’s an incomplete list with 11 of the top things you would expect to learn from enrolling in an established and proven course in mindset coaching:

  • Attitudes & Habits
  • Motivation
  • Proactiveness
  • Self Awareness
  • Boundaries
  • Expectations
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Confidence
  • Perseverance

Got questions? 

I hope this Mindset Coaching checklist helped answer your most top of mind questions.

Do you still have questions, thoughts, or a comment to make?

Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you. And, if you liked this post and want more on the topic of mindset, please go ahead and let me know by clicking on the options below. Give this blog post an ‘up vote’ too! The arrow is below. And thank you.

Let the final word go to Earl Nightingale who voice recorded The Strangest Secret back in 1957…


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  1. Mike, loved your blog – comprehensive in coverage, lucid explanation, rife with relevant examples. It makes anyone not associated with mindset coaching(yet) not only learn about it, but motivates to take it up as a profession.

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