My personal coaching journey – Andrea Lauder

My client, Andrea Lauder talks about how personal coaching impacted her life. She worked hard and got amazing results! A special thanks goes out to Andrea for sitting down with me to discuss her experience!

 

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What Did Coaching Do for You? (Interview)

I asked my friend and client, Michael Robin, to give me an idea of why he pursued coaching, and what he got out of it. A special thanks goes out to Michael for sitting down with me to discuss his experience!

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Your Brain on Change

Your Brain on Change Seminar

Download a digital copy of this invitation here. 

Marielle Gauthier, ABC, Results Certified Coach, ACC and CEO of Redworks Communications will be hosting a complementary seminar titled “Your Brain on Change!” If you’re interested in attending, please keep reading!

 

Your Brain on Change 

In this interactive seminar, professional corporate and life coach, Marielle Gauthier, will speak about:

  • What is change and transition?
  • What is going on in the brain when faced with change and transition
  • Tips to help your brain make the transition a little easier 


About the Speaker

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a Results Certified Coach and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with ICF. She works to help clients improve their thinking to facilitate positive change in order to achieve personal and professional goals. She works primarily with leaders, executives, teams and individuals to lead their extraordinary life.

‘Your Brain on Change’ is part of Marielle’s ‘Self Mastery Coaching’ Series.

 To Register, Click here

 

Location

Le Rendez-vous Francophone Centre, 308 – 4th avenue North, Saskatoon

Date: November 27th, 2014

 

11:45am – 1pm          or         4:45 – 6 pm

Speaker at 12:15                    Speaker at 5:15

Light lunch                              light snack

 

Register at Picatic by November 24

 

Contact

For more information please call Marielle Gauthier at

306 955-3205 or marielle@redworkscoaching.com

To buy tickets please click here.

Who Can Benefit from Coaching?

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Who can benefit from coaching? The short answer is anyone. Anyone who wants to make positive changes in their life can benefit from coaching.

My clients are very educated, articulate, bright, energetic, and self-motivated individuals. They are also very successful professional men and women.

They wanted to make certain positive changes in their personal and professional lives but we’re stuck, lacked clarity, or just not sure how to make the changes that we’re necessary. They had all tried many different ways to bring about those changes but had not achieved the results they were looking for.

So with an open mind they looked for fresh ideas and new approaches to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. They hired a professional coach.

Working through the coaching process, they we’re able to identify the life they wanted such as better relationships, more balance, less stress, weight loss, better health and fitness, more time for hobbies and interests, more fun, better job, more fulfilling career and even getting ready for retirement.

With solutions-focused coaching conversations and a co-created action plan, they developed new thinking and created new habits which lead to big results and transformational changes in their lives. They achieved all of this in a very short timeframe. For these people, coaching changed their lives for the better.

 

Marielle Gauthier supports individuals to live their extraordinary lives by facilitating positive change.

The Swimming Lesson

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Are you aware of any thoughts that may be getting in your way of living the life you want to live?

Are self-limiting beliefs stopping you from doing the things you want to do?

Sometimes we’re very aware of the beliefs and thoughts we allow to get in our way. Sometimes they are hidden in our subconscious and we have to do some deep thinking and introspective work to bring them to the surface. I found this out first hand in an interesting experience I had in the pool.

 

A few years ago, I learned how to swim.

I diligently went to the pool every week to practice both the back stroke and the front crawl. I found the back stroke very easy. Getting comfortable with the front crawl however was another story!

I was struggling with completing one length of the pool using only the front crawl. I would get about half-way and almost automatically turn over onto my back and finish the length with the back stroke. I did eventually succeed in swimming one entire length using only the front crawl but I couldn’t do it in any consistent manner. I thought,

 

I will just keep working at it and sooner or later it will happen.”

Well, here is the interesting part. A number of months ago, I noticed that a very large water slide that had been located mid-way off the side of the pool had been removed. I didn’t really think much of it at the time other than I noticed how much it opened up the space with it gone.

I started my workout with my mind focused on the front crawl. To my utter surprise and amazement something spectacular happened.

 

I swam a first length easily getting to the other side without turning over half way.

I felt so completely different about it, I thought, ‘Wow that was amazing.” I felt ecstatic as it was absolutely effortless. In fact, I was able to swim back using the front crawl with no issues and ended up completing a total of six lengths!

That was the most lengths I had ever swam using the front crawl. I thought, “My gosh what has happened, why is it so different today?”

Contemplating this in the shallow end of the pool, I looked over at the water slide laying on its side in pieces. I realized that subconsciously the slide had represented a ‘real’ threat to me: past this point is deep water = danger.

This perception of danger caused my brain’s limbic system (my fight or flight response) to get aroused causing me to ‘flee’ and stop doing this (front crawl) and do something else (back stroke.)

 

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Was the potential for danger real? No, but the reaction my brain was having was real.

The realization set in that in my desire to learn a new habit (the front crawl), the learning was interrupted by a threat response in my brain’s limbic system, “I can’t go passed the slide because of the danger,” and I went back to my old neural wiring or mental map to stop the uncomfortable feeling of fear and anxiety.

With the removal of the threat (the water slide) my brain’s threat response did not kick in, causing a lot of tangible energy to be released (feeling ecstatic) and I was able to attain my goal (front crawl.)

What thoughts or beliefs do you have that may be causing a threat response in your brain impacting you to stop learning a new habit?

 

I would love to hear from you if you have a similar story to share!

 

Marielle Gauthier supports individuals to live their extraordinary lives by facilitating positive change.

6 Insights About the Brain

Six main insights about the brain

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In David Rock’s book, Quiet Leadership, he outlines six insights that are central to understanding how and why coaching works. Here is a brief summary of the six insights.
 

1. The brain is a connection machine

Our brain creates millions of new connections every second. When we refer to connections we’re also talking about the brain’s circuits, wiring, neural pathway, or mental maps.

When we have a new idea, the brain is “creating a map of that idea in our mind, and then compares it subconsciously in a fraction of a second to our existing maps.” The creation of this new map releases energy motivating us to take action.

It is important for someone to think things through for themselves so they can make their own connections and become motivated to take personal action.

 

2. No two brains are alike

Each person has a unique set of connections for how they think about things. We each have more than “300 trillion constantly changing connections,” which means that each person’s mental map is different from others. Everyone has their own experiences, learning and information and each brain encodes it differently.

This information helps us understand that our solution for someone else is usually not the right one for them.

 

3. The brain hardwires everything it can

New ideas or behaviours use what is called “working memory” which is a very limited resource in the brain.

The brain therefore, likes to automate actions, thoughts or behaviours that are repeated by hardwiring them, “so we literally don’t have to pay any attention.”
 

4. Hardwiring drives automatic perception

We perceive the world according to our mental maps which are hardwired.

As a result we “perceive the world according to our beliefs and attitudes, rather than seeing things as they are or as they could be.”

So it is natural for people to fight hard to hold on to their view of the world especially during times of change because there is a fear that their “whole world might collapse.”
 

5. It’s practically impossible to deconstruct our wiring

Many of our connections are firmly embedded into our subconscious mind so changing a habit will be very difficult to do. In fact, the more a person focuses on the habit they want to change, the deeper the connections will be made.

The solution is rather than changing a habit, it is easier to create a new habit with new thinking.
 

6. It’s easy to create new wiring The brain creates new connections all the time.

Every time we do something new, meet a new person, or understand a new idea, new connections are made which create a new mental map.

If we want to create a new map, “we need to pay it lots of attention in the form of quality and quantity (seconds) of focus. This is what changes the brain over time.”

Source: Quiet Leadership, David Rock.

5 Things Results Coaching Will NOT Do For You

5 Things Results Coaching is NOT

 
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1. Results coaching is not therapy.

Therapy focuses on helping people who are struggling in the present to address problems from the past.
 
Coaching, on the other hand, focuses on supporting personal and professional growth and positive change based on self-learning, self-discovery, and self-initiated changes to achieve specific goals. Coaching is future-focused and results-oriented and not focused on analysing the past. From a brain-science perspective, focusing on the past drains our mental energy, using up resources that could be better used in finding the answer. By focusing on the solution and moving forward, this creates tangible energy in our brains motivating the person to action.
 

2. Results coaching is not consulting.

Management consultants are hired for their expertise – they may diagnose problems, prescribe a solution and if required may even implement the solution.
 
Coaches don’t give advice nor do they tell people what they should do. People are very able to generate their own solutions. In fact, we know through brain science, that people want to find our own answers. The role of the coach is to have a conversation that is appropriate for the individual and to support them to make positive change.
 

3. Results coaching is not training.

Trainers usually have a preset curriculum with specific objectives and expected outcomes. A coach doesn’t follow a set curriculum nor has specific objectives other than the goals the person sets for themselves with the support of the coach.

 

4. Results coaching is not mentoring.

A mentor is an individual who shares his or her wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. Mentoring also tends to focus on career development.
 
Coaching is far broader and is applicable to any area of the person’s personal or professional life. Coaches do not advise or counsel but rather focuses on supporting a person set and achieve their own goals.
 

5. Results coaching is not being a nag.

Coaches don’t nag clients about what they didn’t do. The coach is there to remind the person of the commitments they have made to themselves. The individual is accountable to themselves and not to the coach.

Now that you know what NOT to expect from Results Coaching, you can click here to find out what Results Coaching CAN do!

What is Professional Coaching?

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Professional Coaching – What is it, and Who Uses it?

Sandra* is a solo entrepreneur. She has been in business five years and she is very happy with her success so far. However in pursuit of her business goals she has neglected her health – she rarely exercises, she makes poor food choices, she does not sleep well, she has gained weight and her blood pressure is on the rise. She does not want to live this way anymore.

What she does want is to feel well again. She wants to have lots of energy, get a great night’s sleep every night and wake up refreshed, to make and eat more nutritious meals, bring down her blood pressure and to feel comfortable in her clothes. She is not sure how to get there. Enter: Professional Coaching.
 

Close the Gap with Professional Coaching

There is a gap between where she is (unhealthy and unwell) and where she wants to be (healthy, with lots of energy and feeling great).
Coaching helps people close the gap. Coaching helps people make positive, lasting changes in their lives by supporting them to focus on their goals, gently helping them find their own answers and create their own solutions. On their journey to achieving their goals, people develop new positive habits, they feel empowered, confident and happy with their new life.

* To preserve anonymity, names have been changed.

Positive Change Through Improved Thinking

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Positive Change Through Improved Thinking

 
Through the study of brain science, we know that our “neural pathways,” or the way we think about things are firmly established. That’s why it’s easier to create a new habit than it is to stop an old habit. So to create positive change in your life, you may have to change how you think or build new neural pathways in order to do things differently.
Results Coaching Systems has developed a brain-based approach to improve thinking to create positive change. This approach draws from many different fields including brain science, positive psychology, change theory, and learning theory. It helps us understand why the brain has trouble making changes, and how to create new habits to make these changes possible.
At Redworks Coaching, we have a strong focus on supporting you to make positive changes by improving your thinking. Change requires ongoing attention and focus, a determined willingness to achieve the change and significant effort.
 

Redworks’ Approach to Coaching

 
The Redworks approach is to have facilitated conversations with you to find out what your current reality is and what future reality you want. Based on what you want to change, this can include working with any number of different types of goals such as:

• Workplace
• Creative
• Health
• Personal, business
• Financial
• Career
• Relationship
• Community goals.

Once you have identified your goals, Redworks then support you to create strategies and set actions to make concrete, meaningful and long-term change.
Woven throughout the coaching is the focus on your thinking. The goal of focused thinking supports you to create a new mindset about yourself, your life and your capabilities for change. The final goal is to facilitate insights about your beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and abilities; and to create better habits that will support your new goals to get results.