When I first started my journey to become healthier, I automatically wanted to change my nutrition and fitness. I was only thinking of my physical body so I hired a personal trainer who specialized in contest prep. I followed an incredibly strict meal plan and very specific workouts. I was extremely disciplined and lost 20 pounds for my 40th birthday. I kept going and competed in a figure competition. I had completely changed my outlook on “diet” and “exercise” (I no longer even use these words!)
The discipline taught me to be disciplined in other areas of my life, too. At first this seemed like a great “side-effect.” But I became so caught up in my daily routine I couldn’t alter from it without freaking out. I ran my entire life as if it was constantly in contest prep mode. And that is no way to live! Eventually the stress of trying to be perfect and do everything right consumed me. I had to stop the overwhelming control I had on myself because I wasn’t really living. I was going through the motions and pretending all was well and that I loved what I was doing. But inside I became emotionally bankrupt, and I stopped enjoying all of the things that used to bring me joy. I decided to attend an intensive self-improvement course, and it was there that I learned why I wasn’t connecting with myself. And this is where I realized that a life coach could truly change your life.
Gratefully, I recently had the privilege of being introduced to Transformation Through Travel coach, Katie Milton. I had never considered that travel could transform your life as much as any book or seminar could. So when I met Katie, I was intrigued and asked her to share her insights.
Katie, I’m thrilled to be able to interview you because I know you’re passionate about helping people lead healthier lives through your unique style of coaching. Please tell us about yourself and what led you to become a life coach.
As with all stories, there is a short version and a long version. And since I’m excited to get into the juicy details of today’s post, I’ll share the concise version. And if you want even more details, I recommend stopping by my About Page.
Similar to your story, Carolyn, I was working in corporate America in my 20s. I felt a disconnect and a broader calling on my life. I thought if I could just get it out of my system in my 20s I could get back to work climbing the corporate ladder like I was “supposed to”. I sold what I had and moved to the Czech Republic to pursue a teaching credential. Teaching lead me to a new life and many new adventures!
During this last decade I’ve been blessed with the wonderful opportunities to live in 3 different countries (not including the USA) and travel to over 18 more! I’ve hiked the Great Wall of China, swam with Whale Sharks in the Caribbean, and got sun poisoning in the Philippines. I celebrated the Chinese New Year in Beijing, overcame my fear of deep water diving in Mexico, and recently ran my first half marathon in Luckenbach, Texas!
I have more than a few stories of how travel has transformed me, and that is what I’m passionate about. Sharing that love of travel and transformation with others so that they can become the best version of themselves and have the life they dream of.
What’s even more interesting is that before I left corporate America, I hired a life coach to help me sort things out. The last decade of my life is a direct result of life coaching!
Carolyn: First, explain why you chose to use travel as the basis of your coaching.
Katie: I chose to use travel as the basis for my coaching for two main reasons. The first is that travel directly relates to my story and my experience; it’s how I experienced my greatest transformation.
In my mid-twenties I was working in corporate America. I became disillusioned with the work and thought it was the last time in my life I could do something “crazy” before becoming an “adult,” so I sold everything and moved to Eastern Europe for a teaching credential and began to travel and teach.
That experience brought me to over 18 countries (and counting) and a decade living abroad!
Unsurprisingly, those experiences and travels transformed me! And that is what I now bring to my clients by combining coaching and travel.
Carolyn: Next, what do you believe is the real reason many people are hesitant to work with a life coach?
Katie: I believe the real reason that people are hesitant to work with a life coach is lack of information.
Many people have a sense about what life coaching is or does and their assumptions are usually partially if not completely inaccurate. Some life coaching stereotypes paint us as in an unflattering light.
I believe that when people have access to more accurate life coaching information and experiences, they will learn to leverage life coaching relationships the same way they leverage their other professional relationships; doctors, lawyers, CPAs.
And just like doctors, lawyers, and CPAs, sometimes it’s necessary to work with several different life coaches before finding the right “fit,” or leveraging different coaching specialties in different life circumstances. The same way you might use an Estate Planning Attorney to help plan an estate, or Small Business CPA for small business taxes, you might use an ADHD coach to manage attention deficit disorder, or a travel through transformation coach if you, too, believe in the transformative power of travel!
8 Ways Life Coaching Will Make You A Healthier Person
- Awareness: Life coaching helps individuals to develop self-awareness and that is the first step toward positive self-transformation.
- Accountability: A life coach doubles as an accountability partner; someone who reminds you of what you say you want to have, do, and be and then gently holds you to it!
- Support: A life coach isn’t afraid to ask you what support you desire and then delivers that like their job depended on it!
- Acknowledgement: So much sickness and dis-ease comes from “not being seen”. A sincere acknowledgment from someone who knows the authentic you can be a powerful shot of energy to your whole being.
- Belief: Did you know that when someone believes in you it overcomes the lack of belief in yourself?
- Resources: It is a life coach’s job (and desire) to stay up to date on the most recent advances in coaching technology and tools so that you will always have access to the most effective resources and network for positive and healthy change.
- Confidence: It may seem surprising that confidence is a side effect of life coaching, however upon further inspection, it is quite logical. We don’t trust what we don’t know and once we develop self-awareness we are able to trust ourselves which results in increased self-confidence.
- Illumination: Life coaching helps to illuminate unhealthy habits in our lives that we may be blinded to and brings them to our attention in a gentle and helpful way that allows us to make positive change.
If you were to start working with a life coach, what would be the first thing you’d work on? Share in the comments below!
http://katiemilton.com is a coach, entrepreneur, and passionate change-maker. She helps women entrepreneurs transform through travel by using coaching pilgrimages. Take her free quiz, Do You Need a Life Coach, for personalized recommendations on your unique situation!