So I’m moving into the second phase of my next adventure. For the past 6 months I’ve been studying training materials from The Institute for Life Coach Training. It’s yet to be decided if I will actually spend the additional time and money to get fully certified, since while there are advantages, in many ways the substance of being a Life Coach can be gleaned and experiences gained in other ways. Athol Kay has been successful in his coaching endeavor without any formal cert.
So, yeah, coaching. I’ve been in consulting for fifteen years. Consultants look at your problem, and with their skillset, recommend a solution to your problem. Strict life coaches push all of the problem solving onto the client, but guide them through the process for them to figure it out on their own and hold them accountable. Consultants and prototypical life coaching are on opposite ends of the same spectrum, but there is also a lot of gray area in between those two extremes. The prototypical coaching style generally results in better progress and long-term results versus the consulting style, since it comes from within, which tends to galvanize the choices moreso than external answers. I also believe most of us could use a little guidance and accountability to help us define and reach our goals, I know I could.
During the last five months, I’ve been working pro-bono with a client to test the waters, and have had good success. We’ve been doing half-hour to hour calls every week or two. During our time working together, he’s lost 25 pounds, started youth sports coaching, established some framework for starting a youth STEM organization from scratch in his community, and has improved his relationships with his kids in large ways. He’s working toward other goals too, and like all of us, it’s a work in progress but the fact he’s now making progress (after years of stagnation) are huge wins for him.
So here’s where I’m at with this. Right now I have time and energy to start working one-on-one with two people up to an hour a week, free of charge for the indefinite future (I would estimate at least until June or so, then we’ll see). Location doesn’t matter as we’ll do all sessions via phone or Skype. I have to get a couple of other things in order, so this would start in a couple weeks (first week of March). Session times would be scheduled in the evenings (central standard time U.S., starting between 6 and 9 pm) during the week or at select times during the weekend, working with both of our schedules. Did I mention this would be free? I’m looking to gain experience and help people at the same time.
If you’re interested, drop me an e-mail at TheAverageMarriedDad at gmail.com. Write in a sentence or three why you should be considered. Please only apply if you are willing to put in the work and stay committed to the process if it’s a relationship that we both agree will work. Initially plan on hour sessions, and depending on how things go, duration and frequency may be adjusted. I will then send those selected individuals some additional paperwork that will need to be filled out, which will define this whole thing in much more detail and will, of course, be confidential. If you haven’t heard from me by February 21, sorry, but you weren’t selected.
So what do you have to lose? The year is still young, and there’s magic and new adventures and a better you to be had! Whether your life is a train wreck, or you simply want to sharpen up a few things, I can help you help yourself.