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Why I Decided to Become a Life Coach

“What you seek is seeking you.”
— Rumi —

My Coaching Experience

Maybe you’ve heard of this thing called coaching. I was skeptical at first because when I thought of coaching, I thought of sports. I didn’t want someone like a sports’ coach to help me!

I had the opportunity to try coaching out for myself just over 2 years ago. It was part of a leadership program I was in, so I decided I wanted everything I could get for the money I paid in! So I booked my first session. I was so uncertain of what to expect and to be honest, a little scared. I wasn’t sure what it was I was scared of at first, but then later it became clear. I was scared of finding stuff wrong with me, but that’s why I was there. To improve me.

I didn’t know what I was going to discover that first session. I was stepping out of my comfort zone, going into the unknown. I discovered a limiting belief that I had about myself. I was lacking self-confidence and through the help of my amazing coach, I was able to look back into my past and see where it was coming from. Now, I would love to say that that fixed it and that it was just that easy. And even though it didn’t solve it completely, it was my first step. Acknowledging I had that limiting belief and where it came from.

I had 2 coaches at one time and my other coach helped me get through making the decision of a career change. Coaching has really helped me get clarity around who I am and what I want out of life. It helped me get unstuck from the rut that I felt I was in.

Between coaching with my two coaches and the leadership class I mentioned earlier, I discovered my passion and purpose. First, it was vague. I knew I was put here on earth to help others. I was content with that for awhile, then I wanted to know more. How was I supposed to help others? During a coaching session, we did a visualization and I found out it was to help others through coaching to help them find their own passions and purposes. I have even dug deeper myself and discovered I want to help individuals rediscover their confidence and their own awesomeness in life and I want to help business owners and managers create a thriving culture that retains the right employees.

I spent a lot of time looking into coaching certifications to find the right one for me. I wanted one that I didn’t  have to travel much as I didn’t want to be away from my family much, and I wanted one that was affordable to me, and yet had great credibility and that I could get accredited through ICF after completing.
My coach recommended one of Valorie Burton’s book to me during one of our sessions and so I bout it. On the back, it talked about her CaPP (Coaching and Positive Psychology Institution. After doing some research I found that it was credentialed by the ICF and it was like 1/2 the cost of other programs I looked into. I also only had to travel for a 3-day program in Peach Tree Georgia!

I attended the  3-day CTI (Coach Training Intensive) Retreat at the end of July which was a pre-requisite for the CPEC (Coaching Personal and Executive Certification) Program.

What is  Coaching?

So what is coaching? To me, coaching is bringing out the answers from within the client. I like how Valorie Burton says it on her site: https://valorieburton.com/coaching/what-is-coaching/
There is a link on there that will take you to her page on Positive Psychology. Psychology was always known for finding what was wrong with people. Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, decided to ask what is right with those that are Happy? What are they doing?

What Coaching is Not

Coaching is not: Counseling, Therapy, Consulting, etc. Generally, coaches do not give advice.

Is Coaching Right For You?

Ask yourself, “Is there something missing in my life? Is there Something I would like to improve? Am I living up to my full potential? Do I feel stuck?”

I believe coaching will work for anyone who comes to it with an open mind. Finding the right coach for you is important too. Do your research. Find a coach that you connect with. One coach does not fit all. 🙂

 

Author

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Comments

November 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

I’m glad you found your passion. So important in life.

What are your thoughts about the saturation of coaches these days? I’ve had several friends say I should get into it, but it seems like every other person I know is now a coach.



    admin
    November 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Loretta,

    The term “coach” I believe is overused. I have been brainstorming different verbiage, however, technically I am going through coach training and will do the accreditation through the International Coaching Federation, so there’s no getting around being a “coach.”

    I believe that there is no cookie cutter coach, so having many options out there is a great thing so that clients can find one that they connect with best. Everyone has told me I need to find my niche, narrow it down, and I’m finally wrapping my head around why that is so important. Because there are so many coaches, we need to define what makes us unique. Why should clients choose us over all the other coaches?

    And since I have discovered the importance of Passion and Purpose, I believe that when we are doing what we are passionate about and it is in align with our purpose, that is when we are successful.

    It sounds like you are already doing some coaching with your friends and that they see you are good at it? Is there anything else stopping you from becoming a coach? What excites you about becoming a coach?

    If you would like to chat sometime, you can email me at jenn@jenniferlynncoaching.com I would love to talk to you more! I am working on setting up times to do complimentary laser sessions (12-15 minute call.) We could walk through this. 🙂



November 22, 2017 at 3:31 am

In the process of improving yourself, one must have an open mind !!!agree with what you said…great post!! and congratulations!!



    admin
    November 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Thank you, Niharika! It’s amazing to look back and see how close minded I was to some things in life! There are so many more opportunities out there when you have an open mind. 🙂



November 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

I am always inspired whenever I read about someone who found their passion and have the courage to follow it.. I think what you do is very important and very inspiring..
Good luck with everything and stay positive:)



    admin
    November 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thank you, Kinan! I’ve had to overcome many fears and limiting beliefs, still working on some! So happy to hear that it inspires you. 🙂



November 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

I am glad to see you have found your passion! I still have questionable thoughts about whether I making the right decisions or if I am doing the right thing; but, as of right now, I am content with my decisions.



    admin
    November 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I can definitely relate! I had to stop moving forward with everything for awhile and take everything in that I was doing. I realized I just needed to stop and enjoy what I had and where I have come for awhile before moving on again! When we question ourselves, it’s our ego or inner critic. When you’re ready to dig into your thoughts, let me know! I would be happy to help you out. 🙂



November 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

So awesome you found your purpose! I too recently just found a coach and am finding my purpose and focus. It’s the kick in the butt I needed.



    admin
    November 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Kirsten,

    I am so happy you have found a coach! I have really enjoyed the experience and am starting back up with my coach again in January along with coaching classes. Have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂



November 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm

It’s great to hear that you are doing what you love to do. It is very important to find oir purpose and our passion.
I am also looking into being an accredited coach, but unfortunately I need to spend an arm and leg to have that tittle behind my name.



    admin
    November 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Crisly,
    I got stuck on the cost too. It was holding me back! I wrote become a coach on the dream board in my work office and then I found Valorie Burton’s CaPP Institute and she has a payment plan, so I found out the next one I could attend and wrote the date on the dream board, become a coach by May 2018. An opportunity came up and I was able to pay the whole cost up front! My coaches kept telling me you’re stuck on the how. Focus on the what. Once I got my mind changed to why I wanted to become a coach and aligned it with my passion and purpose, that’s when everything fell into place. Where there is a will, there is a way! Good Luck! 🙂



November 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

You are fortunate to be successfully following your true calling. Thanks for sharing this.



    admin
    November 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Sudipta, I used to believe in fortune, good luck, bad luck etc. Over the last 2.5 years of a leadership academy and personal coaching, I am learning the power of mindset. I used to get caught in the victim mentality of I don’t have enough luck, I’m not good enough, I wish I… etc. I have learned that we have choices all the time and the choices we make, create our future.

    I do feel very blessed and grateful for the opportunities given to me and I also know that it was not all fortune. I put a lot of work into myself and changing my mindset. This is happening because I put my mind to it and opened up my mind to allow opportunities to come. 🙂

    Thank you for reading my post and taking time to comment. 🙂 I am sending you positive vibes and ensure that you are able to live your passion and purpose too!



Katie
November 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

I love your “Is coaching right for your segment”! Anyone who has a challenge can benefit if they have an open mind!



    admin
    November 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Most definitely! For the longest time, I went through life thinking I could change other people. It wasn’t until a couple years ago I had the revelation that I could only change myself. I can help others change if they are wanting the change. 🙂



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