Susan Hannigan

Kick Butt Coaching

When you need to hear things your friends won't tell you!
What is coaching? How is it different from therapy? What can you expect to get out of being coached? All valid questions that I hear frequently from people when I tell them what I do for a living. I like to compare it to the relationship between a sports coach and an athlete.

If you are Serena Williams, you are most likely doing just fine with your life. You know your sport pretty darn well. You are beyond the point in life where you need someone telling you how to play the game. However, you may hit slumps. So you hire a coach to watch you in action, give you non-biased feedback and create strategies to reach your goals. A coach may ask questions, be someone to listen and to give you feedback. A coach can also, supportively, put you through your paces and kick your butt. Get you to try things outside your comfort zone, challenge you to play a more powerful, risky game than you ever played before. These are all elements of life coaching as well.

My approach? I come at the work assuming that you and your life are working. You don't need me to fix you. But you are at a point in your life when you want more. Maybe it's a career goal, a new relationship with someone who makes you smile, or finding a way to fit a creative outlet into your life. These are all things you deserve and can have. I am basically a pair of eyes, ears and lungs that work to get you out of your own way to claim them. To point out the strengths you have that you may have forgotten about. To guide you past some of your mindsets that might hold you back.

How is coaching different from counseling or therapy? Therapy is largely about healing your old hurts and seeing how they are affecting your present. Coaching, on the other hand, is about assessing where are you now, figuring out where you want to go in the future and making it happen. What if being a little more in love with your life and yourself were possible? What if the things that frighten you and prevent you from achieving your goals were to become things that motivate and inspire you instead??