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When I tell people I am a qualified coach, they often respond with a glazed expression of “a what?” Or I might even see a look of disdain, as if life coaching isn’t a proper profession, but something fluffy that has blown in from across the Atlantic and that it will “never work over here”.
And now – not before time – the tide is changing. Over the past couple of years I have seen a huge shift as coaching becomes a ‘must have’, and has begun to make an enormous impact on peoples’ lives both personally and professionally. This growth will continue as more and more people encounter coaching.
The problem is that people who have never experienced coaching actually don’t understand what it is and how it works, and it’s often confused with counselling or psychotherapy.
What’s the difference? Coaching works on the future, it works on what ‘is’ possible, as opposed to dealing with issues from the past. Coaching may refer to the past in order to learn from and to help us move forward.
The pace of life is getting faster, thanks mainly to technology. Today, we are forced to multi task – using technology to function day-to-day, as well as dealing with the reality of living. The result of this for most people is stress, unhappiness, work dissatisfaction, living with fears, limiting and negative beliefs, which erode confidence and self esteem. All of this has a sabotaging effect on our lives, stopping us from having the life we want.
This is where coaching comes in. Coaching helps us live the life we want. It increases our confidence and self awareness, and helps us to identify our core values – giving us greater clarity. I offer free, no obligation, taster sessions, which can be conducted face-to-face, or over the telephone. So, if you have never experienced coaching, then why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.