Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why Focus on Fear?

Neale Donald Walsh gives a very clear explanation of fear. What it is, some common experiences and it's function.

Neale sums up exactly why it is I chose Fearless Living as a personal pathway.

He reminds me to relax into the adventure of Life.

Enjoy the next 8 minutes. I will definitely watch this a few times.

"Life Coach" Defined

In My Own Words

Life Coaches help individuals do their best in all areas of their life.
Coaching integrates principles from the fields of education, psychology, business, and personal transformation. Your coach serves as your personal consultant, partner, sounding board, and confidante, championing you to improve your effectiveness and achieve your goals. Your coach partners with you to improve your focus, to hold yourself accountable, and celebrate your successes.

Personal coaching can benefit just about anyone who has a desire to accomplish new and different things in life. Young and old alike find that coaching has made significant changes the way they approach problems, challenges and opportunities as well as a tool to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Your coach is trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful and have their own answers. Your coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching will help you develop and implement life plans and skills and provide the motivation and support you need on your way to achieving your goals. Coaching is not therapy. Those looking to reflect on the past or deal with a current personal crisis should seek the help of a trained therapist. Unlike well meaning friends and significant others, coaches will always tell you the truth and work solely on YOUR goals and accomplishments.

Role of Coach
By far, most coaching clients pay their coach to be a sounding board - to really listen to them and give honest feedback. Clients, who could select as many choices as were applicable, characterized the role of their coach as the following:
  • Sounding board: 84.8%
  • Motivator: 78.1%
  • Friend: 56.7%
  • Mentor: 50.5%
  • Business consultant: 46.7%
  • Teacher: 41.0%
  • Taskmaster: 30.5%
  • Spiritual guide: 29.5%
  • Other: 13.3%

Coaching Issues
Most clients turn to their coach for help on time management as well as career guidance and business advice. To a lesser but still significant extent, they seek coaching on relationships, family, wellness and spirituality. Clients, who could select as many choices as were applicable, said they work with their coach on the following issues:

  • Time management: 80.5%
  • Career: 74.3%
  • Business: 73.8%
  • Relationships/Family: 58.6%
  • Physical/Wellness: 51.9%
  • Spiritual: 51.0%
  • Personal: 45.2%
  • Goal-setting: 39.5%
  • Financial: 38.1%
  • Creativity: 11.0%
  • Other: 01.4%

When & Why to Hire a Life Coach

Why choose Coaching?

Coaching provides a transformative service which fundamentally changes the way people live and work, or shifts their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. The challenge inherent in communicating the value of this type of service is that once you transform, you actually experience a whole range of positive benefits, not just a singular result.

As a professional service, coaching consistently delivers a high return on investment (over 500%) and can be a powerful partner in helping you achieve far greater levels of success, happiness and fulfillment. (International Coach Federation studies have shown a 98.5% client satisfaction rate.)

When to hire a Life Coach
  • Your life is changing quickly, and you want to maintain a healthy perspective while dealing with life's changes and surprises.
  • You are starting or expanding a new project or a new business.
  • You desire to improve communication with others and take your relationships to the next level of fulfillment.
  • You want to find your true passion.
  • You are considering changing careers.
  • You want to be more innovative and explore new ideas, techniques, and outlets for your creative energy.
  • You feel you need more time or energy to get everything done, and you're ready to find out what fears are standing in your way.
  • You are ready to identify and take action on realistic strategies to accomplish what matters most to you.
  • You want more results for the amount of work you put in.
  • You are ready to make your dreams come true.
Interested in working together?

Benefits of Life Coaching

Working with a Life Coach

Clients who work with an experienced, professional Life or Business Coach report many benefits. A study conducted by the International Coach Federation reported the following on why people work with coaches and what some of the benefits were.

You can benefit from a coach, if:
  • You have the desire to do more and be more
  • You know what you want but need help getting there
  • You are looking for effective ways to make your dreams reality
  • You need motivation and accountability to truly accomplish your goals

Results of Working With a Coach
The outcomes that clients most often attribute to their coaching are a higher level of self-awareness and self-confidence, a more balanced life, smarter goal-setting and lower stress levels. Clients reported experiencing the following outcomes as a result of working with a coach:
  • Self-awareness: 67.6%
  • Setting better goals: 62.4%
  • More balanced life: 60.5%
  • Lower stress levels: 57.1%
  • Self-discovery: 52.9%
  • Self-confidence: 52.4%
  • Improvement in quality of life: 43.3%
  • Enhanced communication skills: 39.5%
  • Project completion: 35.7%
  • Health or fitness improvement: 33.8%
  • Better relationship w/ boss, co-workers: 33.3%
  • Better family relationship(s): 33.3%
  • Increased energy: 31.9%
  • More fun: 31.9%
  • More income: 25.7%
  • Stopped a bad habit: 25.7%
  • Change in career: 24.3%
  • More free time: 22.9%
  • Increased profitability of business: 17.1%
  • Other: 15.3%
  • Started new business: 12.9%
  • Empowered employees: 11.0%
  • Business turn around: 09.0%
  • Change in residential location: 05.7%

Value of The Coaching Investment
A landslide of 98.5% of coaching clients said their investment in a coach was well worth the money.

  • 70% of clients said their investment in a coach was very valuable
  • 28.5% said their investment was valuable.
  • 1.5% said their investment in a coach had not been valuable.

Over 500% Return On Investment (ROI)
In another study conducted by MetrixGlobal, LLC, the Return on Investment of coaching was calculated to exceed 500%.

This case study's bottom line was that coaching produced a 529% return on investment and significant intangible benefits to the business. Including the financial benefits from employee retention boosted the overall ROI to 788%. The study provided powerful new insights into how to maximize the business impact from executive coaching.

Case Study on the Return on Investment
of Executive Coaching

Prepared by:
Merrill C. Anderson, Ph.D.
MetrixGlobal, LLC
November 2, 2001

This executive briefing was excerpted from the final report of the study conducted at a Fortune 500 firm and is intended for the private use of MetrixGlobal clients and professional associates. Please contact Merrill Anderson,, 515-278-0051, for additional information.

What happens during a coaching session?

The initial session is primarily discovery-based. We will explore what is working in your life and what you'd like to improve. Subsequent sessions are based on Rhonda Britten's book Fearless Living. You'll read a chapter and complete some real life work assignments. The reading and assignments are your tools that bring awareness to each coaching session. I will support you to clarify and more deeply integrate the tools and skills and help you practice shifting from fear to love.

The process of coaching progresses through several stages:
  1. You will complete a Coaching Welcome kit that provides background information so that you and your coach are well informed of your current situation and focused on an area of life that you are interested in shifting or transforming.

  2. During your first 55-minute session, you and your coach discuss the Coaching Agreement, clarify ground rules and discuss your vision for your coaching engagement.

  3. In subsequent 45-55 minute weekly coaching sessions, you will learn tools and skills that help you tame your fear so that you can act on your vision and goals. We review your progress, explore and resolve your most pressing issues, learn something new, and then focus on designing practice opportunities between sessions. You will enjoy plenty of ah-ah insights along the way.

  4. Within 30 to 90 days, you can expect to reach more than 70% of your three-month goals and feel energized and confident to embark on new areas with or without your coach.

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