So I am often asked, “How did you become a life coach anyways?
It’s an interesting question because I didn’t even know life coaching existed 6 years ago (but man if I had, I would have TOTALLY worked with one!), and now I am one, so it just goes to show how dramatically life events can alter your career path.
I had been working as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings, including addictions, neuropsychology, organizational psychology, and college counseling for about 5-6 years. Throughout those settings I used many techniques that are used in life coaching, which I had been formally taught, but I never really considered what I was doing “coaching” before.
It wasn’t until after my cancer crisis and subsequent wellness journey that I began to learn about all sorts of new and exciting wellness professions – yoga, reiki, acupuncture to name a few. I was on a mission to heal and learn from my cancer trauma and was determined to do whatever necessary to feel whole again and never, ever go through something like that again.
My first glimpse into the world of coaching was through Gabby Bernstein. I was totally enthralled by her and the work that she did. Once I began following her, I discovered a whole new world online – the wonderful world of life coaching.
As I continued to research and meet other coaches I realized that this field was the perfect fit for me. I loved the focus on positive psychology and the action-oriented approaches. I loved the emphasis on empowerment and inspiration. Plus, I already had the formal training and skills, so it would be easy to translate those skills into a unique coaching method that I could call my own. And to be able to offer coaching online would allow me to reach women all over the world, rather than just the small radius in the town that I lived. It was a win-win!
From that point on I began building my online community. And I never looked back.
I am still a licensed psychotherapist and practice in my office in Florida. But now I offer coaching online too. This allows me to be able to reach more women and feel like I am really making a difference in the world.
It has been a fascinating journey and I have met a lot of cool people along the way. I still love chatting with other coaches, hearing their stories and how they came to be coaches in the first place. And I continue to meet new people in the field all the time.
I love learning about others. But I am also an open book and always happy to share my story with anyone that is interested. So for those that are, I thought I would share a few of the qualities that I believe make me a great coach:
1. I love, love people.
I am naturally an extrovert; I get my energy from being around other people. We are such a unique species with unlimited potential. The problem is, most of us have not tapped into our true abilities, our passions, or our driving spirit. So many of us have so much more to offer, and I am passionate about each and every person finding that path for themselves.
2. I am fascinated by the brain, the mind, and behavior.
This I admit, I am a total science nerd. It’s cool, I embrace it! I love neuroscience, neuropsychology, really anything related to the brain and how we function. It is all so complicated, yet so simple. We know so much, yet still so little. This paradox alone is mind-boggling, and I am always reading about new research in the field to stay on top of new theories and trends.
3. I believe in helping each other.
We are on this Earth for such a short time, a blip in the grand time line of the universe. If we spent more time sharing the love and supporting each other, rather than tearing each other down, this world could be an even more beautiful place.
4. I love stories.
Simply put, I like talking ha ha. I have always been a talker, and I just enjoy talking with people. Everyone has a unique story and a unique personality; no two people who I have met have ever been exactly the same. How amazing is that?
5. I am a compassionate listener.
I have always been very sensitive, I feel what you are going through and I want to help. I can sometimes be over-sensitive; it is something I have had to work on through the years. But it is an essential skill in my profession, and I believe it is what makes me a great Counselor.
I believe that everyone has the strength and desire to be their true, authentic selves….sometimes we just need a little help along the way.
What about you? Are you a coach? If so, what qualities do you possess that you believe make you a great coach as well?