Today on the blog we’re going to talk about my friend Erika who has her own life coaching business.
I met Erika many years ago through a mutual friend and we hit it off quickly! She is someone who can always cheer you up with her positive attitude and always knows how to brighten up a room.
Not only that, but she is extremely driven and is such a powerhouse!
I am so fortunate to be able to feature her and ask her questions about her business, Finding Alchemy.
Let’s get started, shall we?
For someone who may not know, what does life coaching mean?
Life coaching helps people make changes and reach goals in their lives.
The definition of a life coach is a professional who helps you reach a goal or make a change in your life.
A life coach will help you to get out of your own way and start taking massive action in the areas of your life that you wish to change.
I think it’s important for people to also understand that life coaching is profoundly different from consulting or counseling.
As a life coach, I provide clients with support and hold them accountable in order to reach their goals; whereas a consultant would give a client a solution or plan to implement.
A life coach is also not a trained psychologist. We focus on the present and the future.
Life coaching allows individuals to achieve goals and cultivate life-long, beneficial changes/habits.
When should someone think about hiring a life coach?
I love this question! There are many different times I think people should consider hiring a life coach, but these are my top 3.
- If someone is feeling stuck where they are in life.
- If someone is noticing repetitive cycles or patterns they can’t seem to break.
- If an individual has a big goal or accomplishment they are aiming to achieve.
We can’t do everything by ourselves and that’s A-OKAY. It’s not productive for anyone to stay on the struggle bus!
Hiring a coach is not an easy button per se; it definitely takes a level of commitment and work from the client to achieve maximum results.
However, by hiring a life coach you can get off that bus and reach your goals in half the time.
What do the words “life coach” mean to you?
This is the word that resonates with me most when I think of the words life coach.
The growth bridges the gap from where you are now to where you want to be.
What made you decide to do this?
Throughout my life, I have always been naturally inclined to coach and help my friends.
I even had several friends over the years refer to me as their “life coach” before I made it my official side hustle. So, I finally decided to take the plunge and get my certification about 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back!
I absolutely love being on this journey of transformation with my clients.
I have historically worked with women and my current clients are all women. This gives me a huge level of pride and accomplishment.
On my journey, I have realized how so many of the epically accomplished women I know are constantly disparaging themselves and carrying inconceivable levels of self-doubt.
Even as a life coach I am guilty of this!
I think this was another reason I felt so called to become a life coach. I wanted to make an impact and a change in the world, specifically for women.
What is your favorite part of this business?
My very favorite part of this business is watching people’s growth and transformation.
It gives me an unbelievable sense of pride and deep fulfillment to witness my clients hit their goals and uplevel their lives.
I have witnessed clients who have done a complete 180 from where they started and it’s mind-blowing.
How do you describe your approach to coaching?
Tough love mixed with a hefty dose of empathy and a dash of intuition.
Have you ever seen the Sour Patch Kids commercials? The tagline is, “First they’re sour, then they’re sweet.”
This reminds a bit of my coaching style.
I wouldn’t say I’m sour, but I am going to give you some tough love.
If I told someone every session that they were fantastic and had nothing to work on I wouldn’t be doing my job.
I hold my clients accountable to their own goals and hold an expectation that they are going to show up and do their part.
I also hold a deep level of empathy for my clients when they are facing challenges and struggles.
When these times arise, I am there for them 110% to empower them and get them back on the right track.
What are some challenges you face with this?
My empathy is such a balance because I hate to see anyone struggle.
I have a huge heart and sometimes I want so badly to simply give my clients the answers or my own advice.
However, this would be totally counterproductive to what they are hoping to accomplish. It is their own path and journey, not mine.
Much of the work during sessions comes directly from the client themselves.
I am there to hold them accountable and guide them as they chart the course to their goals
What is one piece of advice you would give to my readers?
1. Don’t waste time struggling on your own.
2. Own your power.
When you have a clear goal in mind that you are dying to accomplish yet you just aren’t achieving the results you want, GET OFF that struggle bus.
Reach out for help, look for a coach.
Also, don’t be afraid to step into your power.
When some people begin coaching sessions they get a little freaked out when they begin to understand the level of their power or they diminish it.
Don’t be fearful of your inner power, learn to embrace it because that’s where the magic happens.
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