To be honest, it has been a hard year. My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of last year, so this year was busy with family, giving mum a good time, family holidays together for her, going back to all the places where she had good memories. Finally she passed on August 24th, the end came very quickly, she had less than a day in hospital. Now I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. A part of that was being invited to write for a business/life coaching magazine. You can see the article here: http://bcoaching.online/blog/2018/10/09/coaching-in-a-different-culture/
Work continues in preparation for the launch of my Executive/Life Coaching website. I’m very much looking forward to using my life and work experience as well as training as a certified coach to help clients become better versions of themselves, reaching greater potential. In the meantime I have produced a video for the website, which you can now watch.
I have decided to become a Life Coach and am now on a year long course to qualification. What led me to this decision and why? Read on to find out.
What triggered my thought process to decide on becoming a Life Coach was this winter. I am not designed to live in the cold. I never liked the cold but this winter was the hardest winter I have ever experienced. I wanted to hibernate. I need heat and sun, it gives me energy. So there I was one cold, dark, snowy day last December, reading some news sites and there was an article about Life Coaching, as I was reading, I realised that I have been informally helping and coaching others for years. It made me start thinking, could I do this as a job? I want to live in a warmer climate, somewhere in southern Europe, I want to work about 15 hours a week so I can have more time for personal things, such as writing and photography. So after doing more research into coaching I decided to go for it and begin studying for a diploma. I enjoy helping people, I have a lot of life experience, I’ve seen the best and worst of life, I’m naturally empathetic and a very good listener, I know human nature, I can also read people very well, it is easy for me to find out what makes a person tick.
Life Coaching has so many different aspects that are useful in both personal and professional life. One thing it isn’t about is being somebody’s psychologist, although elements of psychology are used. Coaching is about helping a person to be a better version of themself. It is about helping a person define what they want in life, what is achievable and realistic and then creating the steps that lead to making it happen. In fact, I hadn’t realised it at the time but it was using coaching techniques on myself that lead to me studying to become a Coach. My desire to live in a warmer climate, to reduce the amount of time I spend working so I can have time for other activities. Researching the best way to make this happen, confirming the goal is realistic and then taking action to make it happen.
A fascinating part of my course study is Neuro Linguistic Programing or NLP. How we speak and think has a huge impact on how we act. How we speak and act affects those around us. Learning how to program our thought and speech patterns has an effect not only on ourselves but also on those around us. Use of NLP in Coaching is about training a person to take more control of their thoughts and using those thoughts to create words and actions to have a positive result. We all want to make positive changes in our lives but so often we set ourselves up for failure because we haven’t thought things through. Coaching combined with NLP techniques, helps create the correct frame of mind, which then leads to the actions that enable a person to reach their goal.
So here I am on my Life Coaching journey. I will keep you posted as my studies progress, It is a fascinating subject, for me it doesn’t feel like study, I get totally absorbed in it. So if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.