3 Tips on How to Motivate Yourself as a Coach

May 12, 2021

Laura Duff


As a coach, you are expected to be the motivator. You are the person that clients look up to. It’s almost like you’re back at school, except instead of you being the young child that looks up to their teacher - You are the teacher.  

So, in order to motivate your clients, you need to be motivated yourself. Being transparent with your clients is as important; it is almost unavoidable.  

But if you’re are coming across as someone who doesn’t care, it affects your clients directly.  

Here are 3 tips to help motivate yourself as a coach:

  1. Compartmentalize– Keep it Personal

This may be especially hard in the times of Corona, considering your work-place may be your home but it is important that you leave your personal life at home – compartmentalise, if you have to.

So, when you start working with your clients, switch off your personal life. Go into work mode. If you’re in work mode, things that have been keeping you down, worried and stressed in other aspects of your life won’t affect your work. This really only has positive benefits, as you are taking a break from your problems (that makes work seem kind of exciting, huh?). It also means you will perform better in your job, giving yourself one less thing to worry about.

  1. Remember – Focus on why you do what you do

You didn’t start doing what you do randomly. You love it. Or at least loved it - at some point. Find that reason again!  

If you are enjoying the session, and being enthusiastic, clients will be loving it too. It’s all about the energy – the vibe you bring to the room.  

Remember why you are doing it, and clients will be reminded why they signed up for your class.

  1. Keep learning – Keep things fresh

Although as coaches you may think you should know it all so learning is unnecessary, what really makes you the best is keeping up-to-date with your skill.

You may have heard the saying, “Learning is what keeps us young.” It does because it keeps things fresh. It brings new things to the table.  

If you’re learning, your motivation will improve. Every day will be exciting. You won’t feel as stuck. If you are keeping yourself excited and motivated, you will in turn be a fabulous and motivating coach.

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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