Working With a Coach...
is one of the quickest ways to get from where you are now to where you want to be in the future.
Together we will define your ideal future and establish a plan for making that future a reality.
As your coach, I will be there for you every step of the way.
Here's a fun, 4-minute video that sums it up:
"How Coaching Works"
How it Works
Through a series of sessions, we will explore your wants and wishes, work together to create a vision of your ideal future, set goals, and identify strategies to overcome obstacles that might hinder your progress. I will be there to support you along the way to success, whatever that may be for you.
How Long Will It Take?
Depending on your vision, some goals may be achievable in a couple of months; others may take a couple of years. The timeline and rate of progress is up to you and depends on your motivations and the amount of time and energy you are willing to commit to achieving your goals.
Typically, accomplishment of long-term goals requires a change in habits. (After all, we can not continue to do the same things we’ve always done and get different results than we’ve always gotten.) Because building new habits takes time, it is best to meet frequently with a coach when initially making changes.
To establish a new habit requires regular, sustained focus. For that reason, it is recommended that a person start with at least a three-month commitment to coaching. A six-month commitment allows you to not only make the habit change(s) but also be comfortable with how the change(s) affects the rest of your life. And, it allows the necessary time to assure that the habit can, and will, be maintained long-term.
Depending on the size of your goals and how quickly you want to achieve those goals, you may choose weekly or every other week sessions. Less frequent sessions can still be effective; however, this is only advised for those who have previously and regularly worked with a coach and achieved at least six months worth of goals. The bottom line is, the harder you work, the more sessions you have with me, and the more willing you are to commit to and take action on your goals, the faster you will see results.
What To Expect Next
After I receive your form or email, I will contact you to schedule a 10-15 minute phone call to discuss your wishes and determine whether or not we are a good fit for working together. If we agree to proceed into a coaching relationship, I’ll send a welcome letter to you via email, along with a coaching agreement. The coaching agreement will contain the details about prices, dates, and our commitment to one another that we discussed in our phone call. If you’ve opted to take a pre-session assessment, you’ll receive a link to the assessment in the same email. If we decide, for whatever reason, that we are not a good fit for working together, I will happily refer you to another coach, if you’d like.
Assessments are a good way to get a baseline snapshot of where you are before we begin our work together. An assessment will give us insight into what is already working and going right for you, and where we may want to focus our efforts for growth.
Assessments are 100% optional. Some people enjoy taking assessments. Others don’t. If you’d prefer not to, it will in no way diminish your ability to achieve your goals. If you choose to do an assessment, please know that the results of the assessment are not necessarily indicative of your character as a person and are not used to judge good or bad, or imply success or failure on your part. It is merely a snapshot of where you are in the moment.
Our initial session will be 60-90 minutes in length. We’ll use the information you provide via the online form or email, our phone conversation, and the results of your assessment, if you’ve chosen to do one, as a starting point for this first session.
During this first session, I will guide you through the process of creating a vision for your future. (Clients often tell me this is their favorite part!) Once we know where you want to end up, we’ll develop a plan to get you there. That plan will include setting mid-term goals and short-term goals.
The accomplishment of goals is cumulative in nature. Accomplishing short-term goals leads to meeting mid-term goals, which allows you to realize your long-term goals and vision.
For mid-term goals, we will set three-month goals. These are goals that you will work to accomplish within a three-month time period. Three months is far enough away to allow time to make changes and establish new habits, yet close enough to feel a sense of urgency.
Once we’ve established your three-month goals, we’ll establish your short-term goals. These are the goals you will work on in between our sessions. If we meet once a week, your short-term goals will be the things you will work on and accomplish in one week. If we meet every other week, your short-term goals will be things you will work to accomplish in two weeks.
As part of the goal setting process, we will also identify and discuss any challenges or obstacles you may face while working towards each goal. For each challenge or obstacle, we will develop strategies for overcoming the challenge so that you will be prepared and know what to do when that particular challenge arises.
Regular one-on-one sessions after the first session will be 30-60 minutes in length.
At each session, we will:
- talk about how things went since we last spoke,
- identify what is and isn’t working and make adjustments where needed,
- discuss any pressing issues, and
- continue the process of setting short-term achievable goals to get you to your three-month goals and eventually your vision.
At the three-month mark, we will assess and re-evaluate. If you took an assessment prior to our first session, I will ask you to retake that same assessment. Although we will already know your progress, retaking the assessment will provide empirical data of that progress. Clients tell me it is both fun and helpful to have a before and after snapshot of their journey.
We will also take a little time to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments and then, if you have chosen to continue, we’ll get to work establishing a new set of three-month goals. Some clients at this point decide they want to change our approach and try something different; others prefer to continue with the same approach that worked for them in achieving their previous successes. We’ll discuss your preferences and how you want to proceed and then get to work continuing to build towards your long-term vision.
Expectations and Flexibility
All of your goals are set by you. In other words, I will not tell you what to do. I will assist you in setting your goals, but the goals are yours. I may, at times, challenge you to step outside your comfort zone, but even then it is 100% your choice as to whether you want to accept the challenge.
The coach-client relationship is a partnership. If at any time during our work together you think something needs to change or we need to take a different approach, just let me know. Nothing is set in stone. Through our work, if you discover that your original vision is no longer what you want, we’ll change it; same with the goals. If you realize that the initial goals you set are no longer right for you, we’ll change them.
While specific outcomes will differ based on individual differences in goals and dreams, all of my clients who put effort into accomplishing their goals see significant progress toward their long-term goals and vision.
By the end of the first three months, 90% of my clients have reached more than 70% of their three-month goals. Even those who do not reach that level of success report feeling more energized and confident than they did before starting coaching. Nearly all say that they are ready to pursue new endeavors in areas that they had previously never considered.
Regardless of your vision and goals, throughout our work together, you will get my full, undivided attention focused directly on you, your needs, your wants, your struggles, your successes, and your joys.