Some of you know I do executive coaching, though I’ll also sometimes do some life coaching. I’ve been asked by some folks what coaching is all about, and how it could help them. Though I always give an answer, coming from me, as someone who’s never had coaching, it always seems to come across as more of a sales pitch than as the real deal.

So, I recently found out that a friend of mine has been getting life coaching for three years, supposedly, according to a mutual friend, because of something I happened to mention at the time. I’d forgotten about it, and I asked her if she’d answer some questions about her experience. If I can find more people, this will become a new series. But let’s start with this one:

1. What kind of coach did you employ?

A Life Coach/Spiritual Healer

2. What led you to decide to get a coach?

I had done counseling for years due to childhood issues. I was having little progress going this route and once in massage school, I learned of coaching. I was introduced to the LIfe Coach via a teacher who commented on her amazing success in helping people to move forward in their lives. I knew I needed to get past my issues in order to grow and be successful.

3. What is a coaching session like for you?

At first, the sessions were dealing with the childhood trauma. These sessions were and still are on a monthly basis, going on now 3 years. Consistency is key. The sessions included steps to work through the trauma followed by home exercises and techniques to be applied in implementing change. Now the sessions focus on the growth of my massage business including marketing strategies, management techniques, affirmations, visualizations. Very powerful information!!

4. How often to you communicate with your coach?

Often!! Via email, phone, and I see her 2x per month.

5. What has been the biggest change in your life that came from coaching?

Confidence! I have walked through many negative emotions and thoughts. The pathway to success is breaking through the past and disconnecting from the old recorder playing in our heads. I have unleashed my true self.

6. What is the hardest thing about having a coach?

You have to be ready to listen and apply the techniques. Our egos sometimes stop us from listening. Take that step and trust the process.

7. Would you recommend coaching for everyone?

A football team without a coach is lost. The same is true of me. I would highly recommend utilizing a coach whether it is short-term or long-term. There is great value and benefit in these sessions.

I want to thank my friend for answering these questions. If you have any questions about my coaching, please click on the link above; I always give a free 30 minute session to see if we’re a good match for each other.