When I called up my sister and told her I wanted to be a coach, I could hear her rolling her eyes 3000 miles away. She did her best to be supportive. She asked some good questions and finally said, “but why does it have to be called coaching?” I didn’t have a good answer at the time so I said let’s call it something else. But the more I researched and the more I began to put my business together, I kept coming back to the word coach. I’ve had some great coaches in my life. Ones that inspire me, motivate me, challenge me, and even piss me off. I thought back to how they treated me, what role they played in my life and the impact it ultimately had.
Coaching can absolutely be the cheesy self-help stuff you hear about. But it can also be life changing, joy giving, and really fun. As a coach, I get to walk along side my clients during their most vulnerable moments. I’m privy to information they may have never shared with anyone else. That is a responsibility I take with great care and respect. I don’t promise healing or perfection. I promise authenticity, security, and encouragement. I want my clients to know that I’m one of their biggest cheerleaders. I want them to succeed. I’m here to help them navigate life’s obstacles with confidence, to equip them with knowledge, and empower them to make to overcome any adversity they face. One of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, says it best, “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”