Why struggle alone when your journey would be so much easier with assistance? There is no such thing as failure. There is only learning and doing.
I first heard this quote from Alex Mandossian when attending one of his trainings. It has never left me. I love the fact that what we call failure is merely part of the learning process. When we don’t succeed, we are learning. According to Alex, the only failure in life is not showing up. You can look at countless examples of this concept. How many times did Thomas Edison “fail” before achieving a workable light bulb? Yet all of these “failures” provided the crucial input needed for his eventual success. In fact, you could say that if he hadn’t repeatedly failed (i.e., learned), then he would never have succeeded at all. What if Mr. Edison had decided to never start for fear of failure? What if he had given up after his first five or ten attempts?
A lot of times we need coaching not because we don’t know how to do and often not even because we don’t know what to do…but because we simply don’t do. Having a Life Coach or a Therapeutic Coach provides that priceless component called accountability, the jewel we call encouragement, a salve to the human desire for connection and an answer to the purpose-driven need to be valued as part of being seen and heard by another. Every life calls for a witness – someone who sees us, hears us and responds in a positive and supportive way.
An effective coach is person who is convinced from the outset that you can reach your goals, that you already have the inherent capacity to achieve what your heart desires. A skillful coach does not tell you what to do. The mental fitness classes are there to provide step-by-step instructions for skill development, but how you implement them into your life to reach your goals is a completely unique and personal process. You coach is there to support you in this most intimate journey as you finally allow your true self – all your gifts, talents, strengths and weaknesses – into the light to uncover the diamond that lies just beneath.
In fact, it has been there all along, perhaps only unrecognizable in the mire.
When you take a mental fitness class as part of your Premium Membership, you automatically have access to a coach as part of the class. You can attend office hours to ask questions and get feedback if you feel stuck. You also have access to the support forums for peer support from other members. As your monthly subscription renews, you can either take another class or engage in small-group coaching instead. This allows you to interact with and connect to a coach and a small group more intimately. As part of the Plus Membership, you get even more connected by having the ability to take classes as well as engaged in small group coaching (i.e., you get both).
So, please…don’t sit in confusion when you have so many resources at your fingertips. Our passion is to see you grow and develop the skills you need to live life loud! So come on in and join us!
Life Coach vs. Therapeutic Coach
We have two groups of coaches and their training differs. A Life Coach is an individual who has received the appropriate training to be awarded the title of Certified Life Coach. They will have also had mental fitness training from us, but generally do not have in-depth psychological training (or not past a bachelor’s degree if that). In contrast, a Therapeutic Coach is someone whose already had in-depth psychological training through formal clinical education (e.g., Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist) and has perhaps added a coaching certification.
We use both type of coaches for our courses, coach chats and coaching services. However, for small-group or individual coaching, we will often pair a particular individual specifically with a Therapeutic Coach based on their needs. For example, if a member is struggling with moderate to severe anxiety, then their best coaching option would be with a Therapeutic Coach not because we engage in therapy, but so that the coaching process is informed by the clinical skills and sensitivity that a therapist would already possess. This is also important because clinical judgment is needed to know when to refer that individual to a local counselor or an online counselor for therapy in addition to their mental fitness training.