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  • What is coaching?

  • Coaching vs. therapy

  • Who is a good candidate for coaching?

  • How can I best prepare for my coaching session?

What is coaching?

Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. 

While there are many different models of coaching, here we are not considering the ‘coach as expert’ but, instead, the coach as a facilitator of learning.

There is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn. In coaching, fundamentally, the coach is helping the individual to improve their own performance: in other words, helping them to learn. 

Good coaches believe that the individual always has the answer to their own problems but understands that they may need help to find the answer.

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Coaching vs. counseling:


Counselling is closer to a therapeutic intervention. It focuses on the past, helping the individual to overcome barriers and issues from their past and move on. Here, the focus may be either internal or external.

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How to get the most out of your coaching session:

Coaching is a significant investment of time and money.  In order to maximize your sessions with your coach, I recommend you do the following:  

1. Identify your goal(s) and/or area of focus. The most important thing is to have a focus area and set goals to work toward with your coach. You want to come into each coaching session prepared for meaningful conversation. Although there may be a number of items you want to work through, keep in mind the importance of coming to each session with an area of focus and intention. One of my favorite quotes is by business management writer Patrick Lencioni: “If everything is important, then nothing is." Get specific on what it is that you want to work on.

2. Keep a journal. I highly recommend keeping some sort of journal to take notes on what is happening between coaching sessions. This will not only help you self-reflect but bring real-life situations into the session. Sharing specific situations takes the discussion to deeper levels. Review your notes before the coaching session to help you focus. When you have specific details to share with your coach, your coach can ask more meaningful questions to get to the root of the problem.

3. Be open. In a coaching relationship, it is critical for the coachee to be open and honest with their coach. Connection and trust between the coach and coachee are crucial. Your coach should ask you thought-provoking, inspiring, challenging, supportive and powerful questions to help you identify the root of the problem, other possibilities and/or what is next. When you provide honest and transparent answers, you will have more meaningful results. If your coach has spent time peeling back layers to get to what is “real," the coaching process will often take longer and may not be as effective. It is helpful to prepare yourself to be vulnerable with your coach.

4. Be prepared to be challenged. Your coach should ask you powerful questions to help challenge your thinking and help you see other possibilities. You will be taking an inward look and thinking critically. As you work on achieving your goals with your coach, you will be challenged to get out of your comfort zone. As Stephen Covey says, “Seek to understand before being understood." Remember that your coach is there to support, encourage, challenge you and, ultimately, create a space of accountability for what you have identified as your goals.

5. Expect change. I'm sure you have heard, “what got you here won’t get you there.” To accomplish your goals, there is going to be a change in your behavior, mindset or beliefs. This takes intentional effort. Your coach should be there to support you through this process.

I have the unique perspective of being both a coach and a coachee. There are several things a coach can do to to help the coachee get the most out of their session, like creating a safe environment for the coachee to be open/vulnerable, listen intently without judgment, ask meaningful and thought-provoking questions, ensure next steps are in place and much more.

In summary, remember to get the most out of your coaching investment by being prepared and focused. It will help you use your time with your coach more efficiently and effectively. Coaching works best when the coachee is fully invested in the engagement. You don't want to waste your time or finances with coaching, but use it as a time to set and achieve goals, create self-awareness, critically think, gain new perspectives, be supported, challenged, inspired, encouraged and ready to change and reach new levels.

She believed she could,
so she did.

Confidence coaching can help if you:

  • feel uncomfortable in your own skin,

  • have a hard time making decisions,

  • question decisions you've made,

  • avoid compliments, or

  • believe your life will be better if you could just believe in yourself more.

For a one-on-one discussion about confidence coaching and how it can free you from the bondage of self-doubt, schedule your Complimentary Consultation, and let's get to work!

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails.

— Elizabeth Edwards

Coaching can help if you:

  • Feel stuck or lost in life, without purpose or direction

  • Are desperate to change but just can’t find the motivation 

  • Are navigating a major life change like a divorce, career change, or retirement

  • Can't break the bad habits and patterns that are keeping you stuck

  • Are sick and tired of being sick and tired

  • Feel hopeless

  • Have you made yourself small

  • Doubt your ability to achieve your goals

  • Feel like each day is just like the previous day

  • Feel like life is passing you by

True change starts between your ears.

Our brains have the ability to propel us towards our goals or to prevent us from leaving the starting gate.

We achieve what we believe we can.

We see what we believe.

What stories do you tell yourself?

What do you believe you can achieve?

What are you seeing in your everyday life?

Mindset is everything.

Is it time to change your glasses?

Are you ready to rewire your brain so that it helps you instead of hindering you?

Our thoughts determine our realities.  What are your thoughts saying?

I've been there, and I can help.

The Process: While no client's journey will be identical to the next, in Mindset Coaching, we generally follow this system:

  1. First, we break down the old stories that are holding you back from achieving your goals.

  2. Next, you create a new, empowering narrative, partnered with complementary goals. 

  3. We devise and strategize on a plan for you to achieve your new goals.

  4. Finally, we support you as you thrive in your new dream narrative!

Ready to start creating your best life?  

Schedule your Complimentary Breakthrough Consultation Now!

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