I’ve had a number of instances recently where the decision at the end of the call from the client is “I’ll think about it”.
There are numerous apparently sound reasons potential clients say they’ll think about something, for example:
They haven’t heard enough yet of how they will benefit from working with me;
They have 'people pleasing' tendencies and they fear asserting themselves by saying “No”;
In fear of what might come after they’ve taken a decision - failure, success, change of some description;
Because it is uncomfortable for them to consider taking the unusual step of investing in themselves;
Because saying they haven’t got the money is a ready excuse that most people accept in this world where a scarcity mindset prevails;
Except for reason number 1, which is entirely up to me to convey clearly, all of the others are the very reasons you SHOULD get coaching. The way you perceive yourself and your habitual behavioural and thought patterns that prevail on a daily basis discreetly prevent you from living and working exactly as you desire, stepping powerfully and confidently into what COULD be for you.
In case you don’t feel you have enough excuses at hand as to why you should NOT work with me, let me give you some more to add to the mix:
1. I challenge you to think and act differently
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
One of my all-time favourite quotes attributed to Einstein. If you want different results in your life and work, you need to approach the challenges and problems differently. That’s what we do together, and that can be scary for some; expansive and enlightening for others;
2. I’ll call you out on your BS
Without even realising it, we put our shields up or create stories to justify our behaviours and inaction. Worse, sometimes we do realise what we’re doing, but we have got away with it for so many years, we’ve been able to manipulate those around us to protect ourselves. It’s all done with good intention and it also keeps us away from what we really desire. Na-ah - not on my watch. I’ll call you out if and when I see you’re trying to fool yourself and others.
3. I won’t sugar-coat things
There are a lot of other coaches that will be 'softly-softly' with you. When I see my client needs compassion, and a safe haven to express their thoughts, emotions and needs, I’m there with the snuggly rug and the hot chocolate. At the same time, you came to me for transformation - to effect changes in your life so you could finally live and work as you desire with unshakeable power and confidence. That doesn’t happen exclusively on hot chocolate.
4. I’ll hold you accountable
You’re a results-driven kinda gal - me too. Listen, I love you, but I don’t intend for this to be a life-long, co-dependent coaching relationship. I’m guiding you to think for yourself - smarter, more creatively, and to take conscious decisions about your life and work. That requires accountability and if you miss appointments or don’t do the work required, I’ll pull you up on it. I’m doing it to serve YOU because my only goal is your transformation.
5. It’ll be uncomfortable at times
How do I know? Many clients who are beginning to see results in coaching hit the 'breakdown' before the 'breakthrough'. It’s ironic - you have to feel worse, before you can feel better. How else do I know? Because I hold the mirror up to myself - the way I think, feel and act every single day to grow, to improve my relationships with myself and others, and my life and work, so I can serve my clients better, too. It is painful at times, and ugly, and vulnerable and sometimes even a little scary. I commit myself to your growth, as I commit to my own, and as I need you to commit to yours.
6. We’ll have FUN as we work together to create your kind of wonderful life and work.
You still with me?
That all being said, where there is darkness there is light; and I love a laugh! There is serious business to be done in working on your transformation, and there is a lot of lightness to be enjoyed, too.
So - if you’re still thinking about it, by all means do; and challenge yourself to dig deeper and question what is driving that statement.
If you’re still sitting on the fence, let's get on a call and we can talk it all through.