COACHING

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

-Rumi

What are you passionate about? Where would you like to direct your energy? What do you want more of? What are you ready to be done with? Where do you feel stuck? What's one thing you could accomplish in the next six months that would significantly change your life?

What is a coach?

A coach is someone who walks with you toward your goals. A coach asks powerful questions, and listens deeply to hear what's underneath the answers you give. By drawing out the hopes, dreams, and strengths that lie within you - sometimes buried and forgotten - a coach helps you rediscover what matters to you and provides support as you realign your life with those values.

Who would benefit from coaching?

Read through the following statements and notice what resonates with you.

  • I have lots of creative ideas, but struggle with follow-through.
  • I've tried to make certain lifestyle changes several times, but it never seems to stick!
  • I want clarity around how to move forward in my career.
  • I'm motivated to improve my relationships, but don't know where to begin.
  • I often feel overwhelmed by all the tasks on my to-do list.
  • I want to show up in the world differently than I currently do.

If you ever feel stuck, overwhelmed, or unclear, a coach can help!

Examples of possible coaching topics

  • Growing in confidence
  • Managing my time better
  • Learning to love people I disagree with
  • Getting a handle on my finances
  • Seeking clarity in a relationship
  • Getting new clients for my business
  • Finding motivation to exercise
  • Discerning my next career move
  • Working on family relationships
  • Organizing my home
  • Cultivating a personal strength or talent
  • Pursuing a creative project

What's the difference between coaching, counseling, and consulting?

A consultant is an expert brought in to give advice on a particular topic. Their job is to provide answers.

They will give you their best thinking, instead of drawing out your best thinking.

A counselor is trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc. Counselors tend to focus on the past, and ask "why" questions (e.g. Why did you do that?) to understand the root cause of mental/emotional struggles. If you think you may have a mental illness, see a counselor before seeking out coaching. If you feel generally healthy, but just need some insight, encouragement, accountability, and support, then coaching is for you!

A coach starts with the assumption that the client is emotionally healthy enough to arrive at their own solutions.  The coaching philosophy is that my best answer may not be the best answer for you. Instead of telling you what I would do in your situation, a coach asks powerful questions to reorient your perspective so that you can discern for yourself the best way forward. Coaches focus on the future and ask "what" and "how" questions (e.g. What do you want to do now? How will you implement that change?)

If you're interested in setting up an initial consultation, or if you have questions, email me at deborah@bodyoakcliff.net