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  • Writer's pictureCarissa Hardage

You're not in this alone: Exploring 10 reasons coaching could work for you.

When I was in my late twenties, I hit a wall. I was a new mom of two babies who were born one year apart. I had stopped working for the first time. I had moved to a new city, where I knew no one and had no family closer than two-hours drive. And finally, I was asking myself some very difficult spiritual questions. To say I was confused just doesn't cover it... I was in an emotional, spiritual, and mental tar pit. I was stuck. What I didn't know was that there was a process within reach that could pull me out, I just needed someone to help me see it. Oh, friends... I found it, I loved it- the good and hard, the tears and joy, the release, all of it. I can't wait to share it with you.

What I found was there was no way I was going to get out of the tar without help. I had the rope in my hand, I just needed someone to help me tie it to something in order to help me get out. That is what Coaching did for me. It helped me realize I was holding the rope and tied it to something that allowed me to get out of the stuck space I was in. For me, the rope was the narrative I was running on a loop in my brain that colored all of my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I found myself talking through those thoughts- primarily fear or shame based- with a trusted mentor, and in that process she helped me to work through my life-story. She coached me.

Here's the thing. I am a former therapist and consider therapy to be invaluable- I recommend everyone try it! I had my own therapist for years. I did grief recovery, trauma therapy and family of origin work. I had processed my past and was in a healthy and well functioning place. I was just stuck and overwhelmed by questions, anxious thoughts, and self-doubt brought up during the transition of moving and motherhood. By entering into the process of self-exploration in the safe space of a coaching relationship, I was able to gain clarity about how the narrative I developed in early childhood influenced the way I saw myself, my relationship with God, and my relationships with others in the present. I could see how thought and behavior patterns developed and were never challenged. I could see the fluidity of my strengths and weaknesses and identified strategies to access and apply them. I could see the progression of my passions that helped me identify my God given purpose. Most impactful for me in that particular season were the questions I asked about God- the why's and how's about His role in my story and my place in His.

So, what was the result? Change. Release. Understanding. Truth. I found out then what I want to tell you now. That narrative formed all those years ago- it may not be true. As a matter of fact, it can and should be challenged... even changed. And as a Coach I want to help you do it. If you want to check out more about my approach of story-driven coaching, click here. But for now I want to walk you through who might benefit from coaching and what to expect.

You may benefit from coaching if you are:

  1. Struggling with Identity- questioning purpose, vision, value,

  2. Spiritually Deconstructing- processing through spirituality, beliefs, theology

  3. Stuck on Autopilot- unproductive in habits, thought patterns, or decisions

  4. Overwhelmed- too much work, too many expectations, or too little time or energy to get everything done

  5. Exhausted- lack energy, enthusiasm

  6. Directionless- loss of vision, purpose, direction, passion

  7. In Transition- adjusting, goal planning, anxiety in new circumstance, life seasons, experiences

  8. In Conflict- disagreements, communication breakdowns, misunderstandings

  9. Emotionally out of balance- anxious, lonely, unmotivated, easily angered or frustrated

  10. Confronting Dissonance- experiencing the tension between ideas, beliefs, attitudes or behaviors that are in direct conflict with one another, resulting in discomfort and/or confusion

As a coach, I am passionate about helping clients identify and understand the core narrative that influences thought patterns, which in turn trigger emotions, decisions, and behaviors. The goals of our time together focus on helping you become more self aware in the now and take new actions towards the future. By helping you access resources you already have available to you, you can learn how to manage your mind, tap into your strengths, identify your values, passions and needs, break harmful or unproductive cycles of behavior, and learn to love your whole self- spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. The result of coaching is growth. I want to help you see a you that is thriving in confidence, relationships, purpose... in life.

Is Coaching for you? I'd love to hear from you! Check out the Coaching page or feel free to contact me with questions!

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