Coaching Philosophy

Through years of education and experience, I have developed philosophies that have served as the foundation of my approach to coaching. My perspectives were formed from a broad range of sources – psychology, sociology, philosophy, coaching theories, and spiritual concepts – as well as from wisdom gained through my personal and professional experiences. I have included a few of these ideas to provide some insight into my viewpoint and approach.

Whole Person

Be-Do-Have Model

Clutter-Free Living

Baby Steps

Self-Sufficiency

Whole Person

I approach coaching from a holistic perspective. While it is possible to focus on one area, like career for example, it is important to recognize that you are not living in a vacuum and that every sector of life affects every other – money, health, relationships, self-image, and the list goes on. It is because of this that I look to coach the whole person. While we will have "primary focus" areas in the coaching experience, we will continually examine all sectors of what I call The Wheel of Life.

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Be-Do-Have Model

As humans, we are action-oriented and tend to place emphasis on all that we are doing and accomplishing. There is nothing wrong with this of course, as it allows us to accomplish a great deal. However, when we are focused on the “do” as the starting point for all we can “have” and “be” in the world, our “do-have-be” orientation traps us in the belief that we must fix and solve and achieve to get results and be of value.

We have the power to design our lives, careers, and businesses. I believe that who we are in the world must start with asking who we are and what’s important to us – based on our wants, needs, values, and goals. By first becoming clear about who and what we want to "be,” we are better able to consciously make choices ("do") and produce outcomes ("have") that are in alignment with our core selves. This is the "Be-Do-Have Model," an approach that achieves far greater results, and is ultimately easier and more satisfying.

For more on this topic, review this post on my Judah Buddha blog: Taking Action: Before You Do, Start with Be

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Clutter-Free Living

Physical clutter crowds our space, mental clutter crowds our minds, emotional clutter crowds our hearts and psyches – all distracting and disempowering us from living our fullest, best selves. If our homes are cluttered or our relationships are messy, our time and energy can often be wasted on attempting to maintain the status quo, make "it" better, or avoid responsibilities.

I have developed and instituted a practice of "clutter-free living" in my daily life and encourage it with my clients. By taking time and focused action to reduce and eliminate these distractions and time/energy drains, it is possible to start focusing on what is most important to you. To read more, take a look at the Judah Buddha blog piece, titled: What Are You Tolerating?

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Baby Steps

Making changes in life or tackling big projects can feel very daunting – especially when juggling a busy schedule, various relationships, and multiple priorities. If approached systematically, however, it does not have to feel like an all-or-nothing situation.

At the outset, it is important to get clear about the purpose for what you want to create or accomplish, and then envision the desired outcomes. You then identify key milestones along the path and break the project down into smaller, more manageable bite-size chunks.

Action can then be taken gradually in "baby steps" on a daily or weekly basis, helping you move toward what you want with a sense of accomplishment and pride. By identifying a motivating context and clear structure, you feel inspired and pulled toward your end goal – rather than feeling like you are in a constant push toward the finish line.

For an expanded discussion on this topic, see the Judah Buddha blog post called: Baby Steps Get You There

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Self-Sufficiency

As a coach, I strive to form a collaborative partnership that fosters self-sufficiency, not dependency. While the coach guides and supports, it is you, the client, who ultimately takes the actions to get where you want to be. Because they invested the time and energy into the process, they know that they are the source of their growth, learning, and success.

My goal is to assist the client in identifying and mastering a set of tools for their toolbox that they take with them when the coaching relationship ends. This instills confidence in their own strength and resourcefulness, and empowers them with the knowledge that any challenge is surmountable, and any goal can be attained through conscious, self-generated action.

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“Why should we all use our creative power…?

Because there is nothing that
makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting the accumulation of objects and money."

— Brenda Ueland