What to Expect Working With a Life Coach
hen we consider committing to something new, especially something as personal and life-altering as working with a life coach, we want to know what we are getting into.
We might have questions like, “Did I make the right choice?” “Is this going to work?” “Is this going to be worth the investment?”
These questions are legitimate! Here is some information that I hope will help answer them for you.
You bring the “what”
You will bring the content and create the agenda, as you are the expert in your own life.
I bring the “how”
As your life coach, I will be fully present, ready to listen without judgement.
I will question and guide you. I will also, in service to your goals, challenge you on your limiting beliefs when they show up.
You can count on me to be curious. I will ask open-ended questions designed to make you think in new ways about your situation, possibilities, and how to proceed, so that the solutions are yours.
Structure of the sessions
If you are lucky enough to live in the great city of Montreal, we can meet in person. If you live elsewhere, we’ll use Skype.
Our life coaching sessions will be prescheduled, generally once every two weeks for 55 minutes.
Email support is available as needed, as learning does not take a break between sessions!
Homework is given at key moments during your journey. Its purpose is to expand, practice, and tone new behaviours that will give you the best results. Completing these actions, and reflecting on them in session, is key to successfully creating sustainable change.
How to spot your progress
As with most things, you will know you are on the right path in coaching when you find yourself paying attention to what you are doing. This means paying attention to your goals between sessions and being open to seeing things differently and experimenting with new actions. If you follow these three steps, you can trust that the coaching process is working. After all, YOU are in charge of the results.
If you feel uncomfortable when you are taking the new actions you have committed to, this is an excellent sign that you are doing something right. Human beings are wired to resist change. Your level of discomfort could be your benchmark for success.
I know the process is working for my clients when they say things like:
“I can see the big picture in my life better and I am routinely taking on less.”
“I have a much better sense of time.”
“Wow, I feel like I am in charge of my life now!”
“I can actually get the work done!”
“I can look myself in the mirror and feel good about who I see.”
“I notice I am making different choices and it is coming more easily!”
Expect the unexpected
This is the best-kept secret about coaching: the journey is often full of surprises. You may arrive with an agenda to change your career, and leave with a completely different plan. This is because the problems brought to coaching are often actually symptoms. Working on symptoms will give you shallow, short-term results; the unexpected is where all the deep change occurs. It changes how you see yourself and, best of all, it changes what you believe is possible.
Do you have additional questions about coaching that haven’t been answered above?
Send me your questions, and I would be happy to provide you with answers in a personal call. Send your questions using the contact form and I’ll be in touch.