Does that sound like a strange request, that I would like there to be more hoops to jump through and scrutiny when there currently isn’t?
It doesn’t to me and I will tell you my reasoning behind it.
I have chosen to ensure I am trained, accredited and insured. To me integrity is everything, if we don’t have that, what do we have? Knowing that I am trained in what I do, that more importantly, I know what not to do, is super important to me.
A friend mentioned to me the other day the difference, between Dr Google and a trained professional, they had diagnosed themselves with one thing, and then when they sought a proper professional opinion, found out Dr Google was in fact inaccurate. We have all done it let’s face it; I know I have and I am guessing you have too? How much peace of mind does Dr Google bring you in comparison to a trained professional?
It is very easy these days to call yourself a coach, it seems to be the in thing to do, there are lots of us around, some trained, accredited and insured, others not. The thing is, the untrained ones may do a great job, be very effective, give great advice and make you feel all warm and fluffy inside… until they don’t… then what happens?
We have all had that friend who has talked the talk and given us great advice, sometimes advice they wouldn’t themselves act upon; maybe because they think that is what we want to hear, or they think it is the right thing to say. We have all acted on this advice then regretted it… at least I am guessing it may have happened to you at least once; I know it has happened to me.
So what is the difference between an untrained coach and a friend? They may have read a few books or have a great story to share, be an inspiration, they may also have good intentions. However, unfortunately, they may also have an attachment to the outcome, I have seen it happen, so again I ask, what happens if things go wrong?
So in comparison what are the benefits of working with a trained professional? For a start the benefit is that they are a trained professional, they know what to do, what to say, how to get the best out of you, what they also know and this is the important bit… they know what not to do, what not to say. They won’t tell you what to do, or give you advice from their point of view, because what is right for one person may not be right for another person.
A trained professional won’t say what you want to hear, they will say what is needed in that given situation, they will bring you challenge and support and empower you to grow and change, it may be difficult and confronting at times, but it will all be in service of you and will never be from a place of ego.
And… if in the unlikely event it goes wrong, they are insured and accredited with a governing body, you have a place to turn to for support and guidance, however the fact they are trained mean this is very unlikely.
So take time to choose your coach carefully, look around you, those coming from a place of ego may not be the right person for you, or they might, it depends on who you are and what you are looking for. More often than not, the ones who know their stuff and are doing great work aren’t the ones with the loudest voices, or the biggest ego’s, because they know, they are comfortable with that and they are confident in their abilities, they don’t need to.
People come to me because I am real, I am humble, and I am trained, accredited and insured. When people come to work with me, I often hear the phrase, ‘you are so different’ and I love this, it is music to my ears, they love what we do and more importantly they love the results. They love the fact that it isn’t fluffy and that I make the tough stuff easier to deal with, and I do this well because I am trained, I have the tools to do it and do it well.
So I do wish my industry was regulated, because it would mean there were more people like me around, people you can trust, who will look after you and support you to grow, people who most importantly, know what not to do and know how to unlock your full potential, just like I do. I don’t mind the extra paperwork or the hoops to jump through if it means everyone is safer, better supported and that the person they are entrusting with their heart and mind is properly trained.
If you want to know about what working with me is like and if I am the right person for you, do get in touch or comment below, I would love to hear from you, or as always do feel free to book yourself in for a free sample session, it could be a waste of 30 minutes of your time, or it could just change your life.
Until next time,
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