In the beginning, I thought coaches were sleazy self help gurus, who had a lot of talk and no real answers. And while there are those out there who are like that, I was totally, and surprisingly, wrong about what a life coach really is. It turns out coaches are real people, with real lives, who have been through some stuff in their life and they just want to help others.
Coaching comes out of the idea that people who have gone through something might have valuable insight that can help others to do something similar. This works because as more and more people broaden their ideas of what they can do in life, whether it’s managing their anxiety or opening a new business, there is always going to be someone who has walked a similar path, someone who knows more about than you, and someone who is willing to share what they know just feel helpful and useful to others. Not all coaching is about businesses and nor is it all about health and exercise. Basically, if you have a challenging situation or need a little help working through something, you probably will be able to find a coach with some expertise that can help you.
But what is it really like to work with Super Secret Powers Coaching and Lindsay?
When a you first come to any coach, you have a discovery session where the coach gets to see what you would like see in your life, and what your challenges are. Through a series of powerful questions, the client and coach will begin to form a plan to get you moving in the direction you need and want.
Not everyone is out to achieve some great thing, like the “perfect” job, a lifestyle standard, or getting their dissertation completed. Those kinds of goals and plans for life are something a coach can work with in their sleep, because the goals are tangible and you will know when you have definitely completed them. But coaches are also trained to work with goals that are less tangible, like “to be less stressed”, “meet my soulmate”, or “to increase my feelings of joy”. These goals that can be just as important, if not more important, than achieving something tangible. Even if your goal seems a little abstract or “out there”, coaches are trained to help you create a plan that is specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and tangible (SMART, for short) in order to get the life you want to live! It’s your life, your dream, your vision…what do you want to do with it?
I am different from most other coaches, in that I use my intuitive skills in combination with life coach training to bring forward your soul needs and life purpose. Whether you feel lost or you know you need a break through point in your life, we can work together to get you the information you need to make the choices you need that will fill your soul and create the life and feelings about your life that you always dreams of. My intuitive skills include:
- Reiki and energy healing, which will align you with your Divine self.
- Tarot, for gaining clear information about life choices.
- Soul Reading, for understanding innate and Divine strengths and abilities.
- Empathy support and guidance for understanding how live and thrive with sensitivities.
- Psychic Development, including teaching meditation, visualization, Guide and Guardian communication, reiki, and psychic protection and boundaries.
- Spiritual direction
All of my coaching is personalized to the needs of the individual, their situation, and their strengths. There is rarely a right or wrong answer to any given situation, nor is our destiny set in stone. Life is about having the courage to make the choices you need to make, and to keep making those choices in large and small ways. This kind of coaching will:
- Bring your life back into balance
- Help you find and keep the positive state of mind-body-soul-energy that you need
- Get you in touch with your highest needs
- Get you in touch with your soul’s mission and purpose
- Get you in touch with and living from your personal center and center of power
- Get you answers to your most pressing questions and concerns!
So why not try a therapist?? Or a specialized consultant? But my best friend does that….
What therapy cannot provide that coaching can is that the person you are working with probably has been in your shoes. Therapists are trained to handle people who are going through whatever it is you are going through, but there is no guarantee that a therapist will understand on a personal level where you are coming from. Nor are all therapists usually geared toward the practical every nature of dealing your particular challenge. A coach will have been there and done that. Plus, you are in control of how long you spend with your coach and not expected to keep continuing session after session with no “cure”in sight. That being said, only coaches who are ALSO licensed therapists can prescribe medication or diagnose. It is standard practice to see coaches who do not have that additional licensing only after, you receive your medication regime and have a diagnosis. Then a coach will be able to work with you to monitor and manage your progress and anything else you might be dreaming about doing.
If you have more business or professional type of challenge, you might be wondering if a consultant might be a better route to go. Many consultants do work like coaches, and some coaches actually work their practice like consultants. So the true difference between coach and consultant will be in what they are offering and what they call themselves. A coach takes the perspective of helping you through a process, like figuring out how to build your first start-up. But a consultant might be able to do some of the work for you, like book keeping or incorporation filing. There could very well be a coach-consultant out there who does both, guide you towards your best set up for you AND help you do some of the dirty work.
As for your best friend being able to do coaching for you….coaching friends is actually hard. Unless you have a completely upfront, honest, and fearless best friend who you know is unbiased and objective…your best friend is really just giving you her best advice and not really coaching you. While a coach may at times ask to give some advice, education, or provide perspective, at the end of the session, it’s really all about what you think and feel. A coach has an obligation to point you towards what is in your best interest (and help get you there), not necessarily what is cool, what you like, or what you are motivated to do. And why is that trustworthy over your best friend’s advice?
How many people has your friend helped with that particular situation? Can you trust your friend not to try and interfere on your behalf (for a friend, I know I couldn’t, and really, that’s why I like them as friends, and not my coach)? A coach can serve as an objective person who is tapped into a “hive-mind” for what you are going through. Coaches have networks of other coaches they can tap, they have other clients who might be similar to you, they are keeping up with their field on a regular basis. And best of all, while a coach recognizes we all have some sort of baggage, the coach is trained to keep you moving forward, not rehashing the same life events and feelings over and over again.
The coaching process starts with an intake session with a coach or coaches of your choice, so book a “getting to know each other” session with me and see if we are a fit!