I am a life coach. And I’ve spent years now wrangling with how best to describe what I do, wrestling with the rule that I had to have my “elevator speech” down pat, so that in sixty seconds or less I could convince someone to hire me.
The thing is, I don’t want to convince anyone to hire me.
In fact, what I “do” with clients doesn’t feel like work at all. I listen, I support, I challenge, I reflect, I question.
I’ve gotten my bee in a bonnet trying to figure out how to “market” myself and my services, only to realize that any marketing or networking that feels forced lands me home alone feeling lost and confused.
So, I am hereby announcing an indefinite vacation from the mental gymnastics that clearly have comforted me in some twisted way for some time. I’m done. I’m out. By no longer trying to sound like the coach I think I should be, I’m opening up room for me to simply be myself, to walk my talk more authentically. And to trust what’s next. Yikes!
This brings me to the Bloggy Giveaway – which I heard about over at Momma Zen, where Karen is giving away a signed copy of her magnificent book. (I suggest you click on over there to leave a comment!)
A few months ago, a client inspired me a post I called This Is Your Farming. Today, I received a note from her. I want to quote it here in its entirety, because she is that cool, and because her story embodies the best of coaching.
Hi Jena, I have a big update for you! I just got back from Maine for a job interview. I was offered the job – and took it! I’m excited – and scared. I had also gotten a job here and was planning on staying. Now I’m moving, and starting over. But I couldn’t pass it up. It’s year round work, the most money I’ve ever made farming, and I get my own place off the farm (ie, not a shack!). The farm owner is really nice, and the farm has everything that I want to do (horsepower, chickens, sheep, veggies). Plus, it’s not in the middle of nowhere! It’s close to Portland, and I have friends 20 minutes away. So, THANK YOU for all of your help. I hope I told you how much our sessions helped. I was in a really tough place for a while – I needed to be reassured and pushed. Thanks. Take care of yourself – continue running, blogging, and breathing! Lucy
I feel like a proud mama.
I’ve been conscious not to use this blog as a “marketing tool.” Somehow that seems corrupt or self-serving. Well, at least for tonight, I’m coming out from the shadows to shine. Lucy’s email reminded me that apologizing or downplaying is the last thing I want to do about my work. My work! It’s all about shining, and God knows the world needs more of that.
So leave a comment and you could win my giveaway of a free coaching session. You can be anywhere in the world, as long as you’re ready for love – love of your life, your work, yourself. After a random drawing, I’ll announce the winner here on Sunday, by 9:00pm East Coast time.