Coaching…Chronic Illness, Life, Athletics, Groups and More
Coaching is very popular in the business world, and with athletes (of course). Stop and ask, Why is it that top executives and elite athletes find it essential to have a good coach?
We can learn from them.
A coach challenges you to take steps you might not take on your own. A coach can help you see your life and your life potential in ways you couldn’t or wouldn’t otherwise. A coach will hold you accountable for the choices you make, and help guide and focus those choices toward your goals so that you live up to your potential. A coach has an extensive tool kit which can help you achieve your goals.
What Is Coaching?
Coaching is not counseling or therapy. Although a coach may need to help you work through issues that are hindering your progress, generally coaches don’t dig into issues like a counselor would. Coaches help their clients to set and achieve goals that improve their quality of life, further their career, improve their health, etc.
Most importantly, coaches help clients to strengthen their own skills. A coach won’t do it for you, but if you are motivated, or are willing to engage, a coach can help you achieve your goals.
What Happens When You Get a Coach?
- You are challenged to take your goals and dreams more seriously
- You are challenged to make more effective, more focused actions daily
- You are encouraged to explore new avenues, and to fully embrace old avenues of success
- You gain forward momentum quickly. With the encouragement of a good coach, you can achieve your goals more efficiently
- You learn to set better goals
What can a coach do for you?
- A coach will help you to set goals, make an achievable plan to meet those goals, and provide accountability and experience to guide toward improvement
- With a coach, you will be encouraged to do more than you likely would on your own
- A coach will help you focus to achieve your goals more efficiently
- A coach can be a resource for you, supplying structure, accountability and support, and tools for you to achieve your goals
On top of all that, coaching for those (of us) with chronic illness can:
- Help you make choices that can improve your quality of life
- Help you make decisions that will help you thrive in the workplace
- Help you make a lifestyle choices to increase your energy, lose or gain weight, use less medication, increase your fitness
- And much, much more!
As part of my life’s journey, I have mentored, coached, and taught in some combination for over ten years. Of all the endeavours in which I’ve engaged, mentoring and coaching is my favorite. I was diagnosed with colitis in 2002, and have been living medication free since 2009, so I know firsthand how hard it is to live with a chronic illness (mine is inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD). Like many people with IBD and other digestive conditions, I relied on modern medicine early after diagnosis. And, like many with chronic illness, I struggled to find treatments that worked. They mostly made me feel worse. That’s when I turned to natural medicine, and found the path to healing! Within a week of changing my diet, I began to improve. Since then I have dedicated the majority of my free time to learning about Crohn’s and Colitis, and viable, reliable natural treatments for them.
Make no mistake, my healing road has been long and difficult, and there were (and still are, sometimes) days where I wanted to quit, but the dream of being symptom free, drug free, and energetic kept me moving forward, even on the darkest days. I have dealt, and still deal, with the day-to-day troubles and triumphs of living with chronic illness. I have extensive knowledge and experience with natural treatments, as well as experience navigating the modern medical system (in the US).
I have been a competitive athlete for over 20 years, so the diagnosis and following illness of colitis hit me hard. As a coach, I use my experience healing from and dealing with chronic illness to encourage my athlete-clients to continue to challenge themselves. Challenges range from climbing a flight of stairs or walking around the block, to running/racing a marathon or riding a century (100 mile bike).
In coaching, I use my decade of mentoring, and teaching, coaching, and other experience to help my clients to take steps forward in meeting the challenges of their daily lives. No matter whether you’re newly diagnosed, whether you have been living with chronic illness for years, whether you have a loved one with chronic illness, you want to lose or gain weight, improve or build a healthy lifestyle, or if you are an athlete looking to rebuild and maximize your fitness, the right coach can help you take valuable steps forward in your life’s journey.
I specialize in coaching people who:
- Have Inflammatory Bowel and Irritable Bowel or other digestive disorder
- Want to lose weight; change their diet and lifestyle
- Want to increase their fitness
- Are competitive athletes (elite and recreational) training for specific events, or for a racing season
- Want to adopt healthy habits
I also offer family and group coaching. Group and/or family coaching is tailored specifically for the group. Contact me for group or family coaching.
Ready to try it? Book a complimentary 15 minute consultation and we’ll talk and see if coaching is something that can help you.