When I first told my friends and family that I was changing from a life in the corporate world to becoming a life coach, they thought it was a great idea. That I would be perfect. But then they looked at me with confusion and said, “wait, what exactly is a life coach.” A lot of people have heard the team life coach, but aren’t exactly sure what a life coach does. They believe that coaches give advice and tell people what to do. And actually, that’s the complete opposite. We work with you to come up with SMART goals.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Time-Sensitive
We ask a lot of questions that are designed to help you come up with the ways of reaching those goals. And once the goals are set, we are there to help keep you accountable, to give you support, to be your cheerleader, basically helping you reach that goal. We are not therapists. We do not look into the past to figure out why you’ve had trouble previously meeting your goals. We look to the future to help you get to where you want to be.
After announcing my career change, a friend of mine asked me why someone would want to work with a life coach. After all, while there are life coach trainings and certifications, there are no laws regulating the industry, although this may be coming in the near future. My answer was that the people that become life coaches are those that have “been there, done that” and want to help others reach their goals and improve their lives. And wouldn’t a person needing help in those areas rather work with someone who has been through the very same experiences they may be going through, rather than just someone who has been through schooling?
For me, my entire life changed when I lost weight. I felt empowered as I realized the things that my body could now do, that it was unable to do before. It prompted me to try things I never even thought of. And trying these new things raised my self-esteem and my feelings and beliefs about myself. People I knew and even people I didn’t started telling me how inspiring I was. How my perseverance and dedication to getting healthy and improving my life in all areas, was showing them that they, too, could make similar changes in their lives. I started to realize that I really liked inspiring people. That watching them succeed gave me a sense of pride in knowing that I had a small part in helping them move forward in their goals. It was then that I decided I wanted to make a difference in as many people’s lives as I could. I wanted to help other people set and reach their goals and transform their bodies and lives.
One of my many experiences in this weight loss journey was having weight loss surgery. It is why I enjoy speaking about my experience, talking with people that are in the process of deciding or preparing for their own surgery, or have already had it and need support in the post-surgery life. Both are so hard in different ways and since I’ve been in both places, I know exactly what they’re going through and also know how helpful it is to have someone to talk with, set goals with, and have for support.
A pretty long answer to the why work with a life coach question. But, most people now understand exactly what I do and why I choose to do it. If you’d like to be inspired, get support, get help with goal-setting and meeting those goals, then send me a message on the Contact Me page! I look forward to hearing from you!