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Why I didn’t want to be a coach (and why I’m a good one)

A little known fact about me is that for months after I first thought about opening a coaching practice around nutrition and Ayurveda, I *really* didn’t want to be a coach.

I had had so many experiences with practitioners and coaches that left me with an icky feeling. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • You’re struggling with some sort of nagging symptom or issue. It’s somewhere on the scale of mildly bothersome to pretty scary, and you’re just not sure where it came from or how to deal with it.
  • You find a practitioner or coach – maybe via the internet or perhaps a friend referred you. You hear that this person is great at handling issues just like yours.
  • You show up to that appointment, explain what’s going on for 5-10 minutes, and then spend the next 30 hearing their laundry list of suggestions, recommendations, and prescriptions.
  • During that 30 minutes you feel overwhelmed by all that they’re offering. And more importantly, you have this nagging feeling because you know some of their recommendations are difficult if not impossible to actually implement into your life.

Have you ever experienced this?

As I was dealing with menstrual cycle and digestive issues throughout high school and college, I racked up a laundry list of these experiences. I would be listening to these practitioners and grateful for their help, but also would have this sense that they weren’t really listening to me – they were simply responding to my list of symptoms.

And so when I considered being a coach, I was really resistant to it. I didn’t want to just tell people what to do. I had no interest in pushing my agenda instead of listening to what my clients had to actually tell me about their lives and circumstances.

Luckily, for me, I read a wonderful book by Derek Sivers about entrepreneurship. In it he says that when you start a business, you get to create your own little universe. You decide the laws of your universe and how you run things (and by the way, the same principle is true when you think about the universe of your family and your health).

And so I decided to create a coaching practice that was in alignment with the universe I want to live in. Now, my primary job is to listen. The first thing I do with clients is get a clear sense of what you’re already doing, so that I don’t try to change things that are working. When I give recommendations, we talk about how this does or doesn’t fit into your life (logistically and emotionally). And my goal is that you walk out of our session 90% certain that you could incorporate all of the changes that we’ve discussed – knowing you’re not going to be at 100% because these solutions are by definition are going to be something different than your business as usual.

I share this with you because I’ve been in your shoes. I know how disappointing it feels to seek support and relief and end up feeling unseen and unheard. And to say that there is a different way.

Ayurveda asks us to look at the whole person, not just a list of symptoms. And I know that the only strategies that will solve your issues are the ones that you can actually implement.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to work with me, consider signing up for a free consultation. We’ll talk about what’s going on in your health and life, what your goals are, and how you might incorporate Ayurvedic practices to restore health and balance. It’s completely free and there’s no risk to you. Learn more here.

 

  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig

 

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