If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll have picked up that I’ve been training and practicing as a life coach for a number of months now. I’ve worked with about 20 people in and outside of my organisation and I bloody love it!
I came home from work on Wednesday and had two coaching calls to make. I was feeling a bit drained from a hard day of work (and being 38 weeks pregnant doesn’t help with the energy levels!) but after the sessions, I texted my sister and told her how alive, how energised and how lucky I felt to be doing something which sets me alight. I guess it was another bit of evidence that this is the right path for me to be on. Another instance where the work I do makes me shine.
Last weekend I attended a coaching training course which was about how to set up a coaching business. Shortly into the day, I realised that it wasn’t the right thing for me to be doing so soon before my life gets turned upside down with the arrival of a baby. I don’t know if I’ll want to coach on the side, start doing more of it or just have coaching as part of my day job. However, there was one exercise I loved and I want to share with you because it allowed me to express what my coaching is really about and who I can best serve with my coaching.
And it starts with the simple question:
“What is it you really do as a coach?”
I’ve asked myself this over the last couple of days and here are my answers:
I work with women who comfort eat to understand what’s causing this behaviour so they can make empowering changes in their lives and become free from comfort eating.
I support people pleasers to let go of needing the approval of others so they can understand what they want and start to live life on their terms.
I help people who have low self-confidence to start to love and accept themselves as they are.
The reality of working with people on these things makes me want to dance with joy and also makes me feel like a total badass. And I suppose it’s because these are the areas that I have struggled with in my life . I’ve turned to comfort eating more times than I’d care to admit, I’ve people pleased my way through work and friendships, I’ve struggled with low self-confidence which has made me doubt myself at every turn.
But I’ve made steps forward. I’ve stopped eating to push down my feelings, I’ve stopped basing my ‘ok-ness’ on whether other people approve of me, I’ve found a love and acceptance for myself which has grounded me and brought me true joy.
And I suppose this is why what I do – the coaching – means so much to me. Because I know how great life can be without comfort eating, without people pleasing, with greater self-confidence and acceptance. And I want to help other people to experience this too.
So, dear friend, I hope that this Saturday morning post has given you a glimpse into my world of life coaching and provided you with a bit more understanding of what I do when I ‘coach’.
And perhaps for some of you, what I do resonates with you (or you know someone else who could benefit from this sort of support). If that’s the case, I’d encourage you to look at how we can work together or get in touch with me.