My experience with coaching

I love coaching!  Although I am a coach, I am not talking about coaching others; I am talking about being coached myself.

During my time in coaching, I have reached so many goals and worked through so many obstacles that I simple would not have been able to do on my own. Together my coach and I have worked on diet, sleep, exercise, stress and so much more. She has worked with me through situations that seemed overwhelming and discouraging, and I was able to come out the other side with a changed mindset, positive outlook and landing in a healthy place, especially at times where I felt like I had too much to do and not enough time.

I have always had a love for learning, especially anything health and wellness related.  With all the awesome new (and old) things I have discovered, I have so many ideas and thoughts that I I would be excited about want to implement. 

On my own I think about these thoughts and ideas, and tell myself what I am going to start doing. These conversations with myself usually occur while I am running errands or multitasking in some manner. Then one week passes, and then another, and I have barely accomplished any of the things I had said I would, again! Over the last few years this has been a reoccurring theme for me. I just didn’t have the time!

Making time for myself

With my coach, things are genuinely different. I have time set aside just for ME.  I will admit that this is a different experience for me since I easily do this for others but do not take a lot of time for myself- I know I’m not the only one!

What really makes the difference is that she is there simply to help facilitate my change and growth.  She listens and really hears what I say. She doesn’t just agree with me or argue with me she makes me think deeply.

Because of the trust we have built, I can be open and honest about my struggles.  She asks questions that increase my self-awareness and move me to a deeper level of commitment, helping me realize that I do have the power and ability to make positive changes.

She has me looking at things from a completely different perspective, which can sometimes make all the difference in the world. My coach takes the time to help me really process what is going on in my head, what goals I want to work on, and what challenges I want to take on for myself.

We talk about why.  This is especially helpful because when I really focus on my why I am truly motivated. There is something extremely powerful about speaking the words out loud someone showing an unconditional positive regard towards my hopes and dreams.

Co-creating a plan

In coaching, we make a specific plan that I know will work for me even with my busy schedule. I am confident the plan we create together will work because it was created just for me.

In coaching, there is no one size fits all approach- everything we do is tailored to me and my unique set of strengths and challenges. This custom model of planning is what makes coaching so successful, and why when I set a goal with my coach I know I will reach it.

Accountability

Another important and effective aspect of coaching is accountability. Before I hang up the phone with my coach, we have discussed how I will be held accountable for accomplishing the goals I have created for myself.

When I set a goal, I know my coach will be there every step of the way, to check in with me during the week as needed and to follow up with me at our next appointment, celebrating my wins and trouble shooting my challenges together. This gives me the confidence I need to go about my week as my strongest self, accomplishing all of the things I have set out to do for the week, knowing I have that additional support available when I need it.

When we talk the next week and I have been successful, we celebrate, and it becomes easier to add more to work one and build on what I have already accomplished. Not every week goes as planned, and so If I don’t accomplish my goals for the week, we simply look at why and what I want to do different.

We acknowledge that true, lasting change does not happen overnight- and we embrace the slow, steady, life altering change process.

Coaching helped me get through some of the most challenging times in my life. With this process I have so much more positivity, and I leave our sessions feeling more hopeful and empowered. The experience has truly been life changing.

Some of the things I have learned through my coaching experience:

Stop saying I don’t have enough time, instead I can find them time if it is that important to me.

I can do much more than I thought I could.

Think about what I can do rather than what I can’t do!

I can fall (many times) and I can and will get back up and be better and grow stronger

Think about my dreams and start making steps towards it.

Small changes will eventually turn into big changes!

Sometimes you just need to step off the ledge and jump in, take a chance and try something new!

For all these reasons, I LOVE to be Coached!

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