Myths about Coaching

I have to know what I want to talk about before I begin.

Some people do. Some don’t. Coaching sessions can bring clarity to the issues themselves as well as to the solutions you create. You may simply feel dissatisfaction with your life as it is now without knowing exactly what it is you want to change—or even why. Not a problem. We’ll figure that out together as I ask you questions and listen deeply to what you say. And as you hear yourself tell your story to me, you’ll clarify things in your mind, too.


It’s costly. I can’t afford it.

I know that myth. I was there myself. But one coach asked me to consider not what it would cost to have a coach and mentor—but what it would cost to not have one. If I had things that kept me from getting where I wanted to be, she asked me whether I could afford to not enter a coaching relationship. Once I got a coach, I began to move forward with goal-setting, and I got jazzed about each new step! You can, too. You really are worth it. Believe it!

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Coaching will dig into my past and be painful.

Coaching differs completely from counseling (see the FAQs) and focuses on moving you ahead, no matter what’s happened to you before.

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Coaching requires an office visit, taking more time out of my busy life.

Most coaching is done by telephone, so you need not drive anywhere. You can do it from the comfort of your home. Or from anywhere if you have good cell phone connections. Should you wish a face-to-face visit and live nearby, that can be arranged. However, you will be amazed at what we can accomplish together by phone.

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A life coach will fix my problems.

Coaches assume that you are the expert of your life. They are not. You as client set the agenda, and together we’ll help you create solutions that fit for you. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Coaches assume that you are creative and have wisdom of your own to access. That doesn’t mean, however, that a coach won’t give suggestions when asked. The final decisions and the work are yours, however.

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Anyone can do coaching.

While there are many people who call themselves coaches, those who have done training and are certified by a member of the International Coaching Federation (as I have when I trained and was certified by Coach Training Alliance) believe in ICF’s definition of coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching involves specific techniques and tools best learned in a coach training course that includes practice sessions and requires experience with clients prior to certification.

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