Coaching provides the ongoing support and accountability required to make lasting change in your life.
Coaching works with principles of neuroscience and involves conversations, tools, and practices designed to help you adopt behaviors and new ways of thinking that facilitate your next level of success.
Over the years, you’ve learned to think and act in specific ways. Your conditioned behaviors and beliefs are deeply ingrained — and for good reason! They’ve allowed you a certain level of success (and, in some cases, lots of success!), kept you safe, and been a part of your personal identity.
But these conditioned behaviors also make certain things impossible.
- The perfectionism that made you a killer employee may sabotage your success as a CEO.
- The “fix it” attitude that makes you an awesome mom may prevent you from setting boundaries and having exquisite self-care.
- The black-and-white thinking that supported you through the military is smothering your creativity as an entrepreneur.
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Coaches facilitate an experience that helps clients develop awareness of their conditioned behaviors and learn to interrupt them. In this way, over time, you create new neural pathways in the brain that support your next level of success.
Coaching is distinctly different than consulting and therapy
In therapy, the client goes through a process of healing. They talk with their therapist about what happened in the past and how it affects the present. The client’s goal is to get back to their baseline — their normal experience of life. If you are working with a therapist, you must get clearance from her before hiring a coach.
In consulting, the consultant tells the client what to do. The consultant considers what the client wants and gives them advice. It is up to the client to make any suggested changes.
Coaches are expert facilitators who work with clients to discover what they truly want, create a roadmap to get there, work through their fears, and remove blocks stalling their momentum. The coach works with the client to tap into their own inner knowing, brilliance, strength, and resilience as they move forward. This can be confronting (but ultimately liberating) for clients who look for answers outside of themselves, get stuck in “I don’t know how,” or subconsciously carry the story “I’m not good enough.” Coaches work with clients to change how they show up to challenges in a once-and-for-all way.
A good coach will:
- Create a safe, judgement-free environment where people explore who they are at their core
- Present tools and distinctions relevant to the client’s unique goals and challenges
- Ask questions that evoke intentional thought, action and behavioral changes
- Guide the creation of accountability and support structures necessary to ensure sustained commitment
- Challenge the client to take action they are resisting
- Co-create practices with the client designed to break up blocks to their success
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I use various coaching methodologies in my practice to help my clients achieve holistic success.
Facilitative: I work with my clients to identify not just their goals, but the powerful “why” that will inspire them when the going gets tough. Together, we create a roadmap to these goals complete with milestones, action items, and support structures. Rigorous accountability is also an important part of facilitative coaching.
Ontological: Ontology is the study of being. This aspect of coaching is critically important because who we “be” in any situation is as important as what we do. For instance, a talented massage therapist who is discerning, compassionate, and courageous in offering their services will likely create more sustainable success than one who is closed off, fearful, or can’t set boundaries. In ontological coaching, we look at how clients show up to their challenges and how their way of being needs to shift to ensure success.
Somatic: “Soma” is the greek word for body. In somatic coaching, clients connect to their bodies in a way that raises awareness and leads to lasting change. More messages go from the body to the mind than from the mind to the body. If you overthink when faced with challenges, feel the need to justify what you want and makes sure it’s “reasonable,” or feel disconnected from your body, heart, or intuition, somatic coaching will be helpful.
I often combine coaching, consulting and mentorship depending on my clients’ needs.
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