MY NAME IS NATHAN, I AM A LIFE COACH.

With the recent boom of life coaches, I am sure your thought is, “Not another one!  It seems like they just hand that certification out these days.” The question then becomes how do you know I will give you the quality you are seeking with all these other choices?

My journey of becoming a coach sprouted after being a therapist for several years. I was tired of the barriers in traditional therapy practice which stopped a lot of people from receiving the help they needed. Coaching has allowed me to break these restraints and I have now been able to work with clients all over the world with a variety of backgrounds. My growth in this field has also led me to create and develop interventions, which have proven successful, that provide my clients the success in their athletic, academic, professional and personal lives.

Why should you trust me?
This is a great question, as there are a lot of coaches out there looking to help, so what makes me different?
The answer lies in my approach. I developed my own approach through years of practice that has a proven successful record. Through my approach, I have put several athletes on podiums or brought enjoyment back to their sport by increasing their mental, physical, and emotional game across the board. This process has also increased the success people have seen in their work and personal lives, rekindling what they once thought was lost in the drone of their mind.

My program’s ability to be individualized and molded to your needs is where this program shines. The focus is on your needs, and in this it adapts to your situation so you can break down any personal barriers. It also carries over to my ability to be flexible in scheduling. I understand that you are an athlete, a full time student/parent/employee and life does not always care. I do. My flexibility in scheduling allows you to ensure you get your needed involvement with life and still receive sessions, ensuring your path to success.

Our surroundings are always changing and creating new barriers. I want to ensure you can take away the individualized tools needed to make your change last.

Are you ready to make a change?  Email me at sisu.empcoaching@gmail.com.

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Imagine you are at work or school. You have a bottle (plastic) of water. Throughout the day you consume the water and around 2:00 p.m. the bottle is empty. It’s time to dispose of the bottle. You walk down the hallway of the building you are in. The hallway is long. As far as you can see there are no recycling bins. You walk to the nearest trashcan and throw away the bottle. It’s likely you have favorable attitudes towards recycling (e.g., it’s good for the environment to recycle). It’s even more likely you do not have anti-recycling attitudes. Despite your attitude(s) towards recycling, you threw the bottle away. As a social scientist I find this an interesting phenomenon. Attitudes are not great predictors of behavior.
What is left unconsidered of the link between attitudes and behaviors in the above scenario creates barriers to behavior. In the above scenario there are barriers to disposing of the bottle in the “proper” (or, at least pro-attitudinal) way. As noted, when looking down the hallway you did not see a recycling bin. Perhaps there are no recycling bins in your building but there are recycling bins outside the building. Are you willing to walk outside the building to dispose of the bottle? Would you be less willing to if it was snowing outside? At any moment you have a series of competing goals. Some goals are simply more important than other goals. Perhaps the goal to stay out of the snow is more important now than properly disposing of the bottle.
I challenge each of you to begin to examine the decisions you make each day and the reasons you believe you made those decisions. Why didn’t you recycle the bottle? Why didn’t you go to the gym today? Understanding the hierarchy of your goals and how they are influencing your own decisions is an invaluable tool to the individual. When you become more aware of how your own mind works you can use your understanding to your own benefit. Perhaps you aren’t going to the gym because you have other more entertaining behaviors to engage in. What are the goals in this situation? Why is working out a less important goal than playing video games? Now that you have identified why video games are winning out over working out, can you reason with yourself that working out is more important? Can you tell yourself that being healthy is more important than copious entertainment?
When you start to understand how you are making decisions you can help yourself make better decisions. You can better engage in self-persuasion when you understand the hierarchy of your goals and begin to argue with yourself as to the positioning of the goals in the hierarchy. You get to decide what is and is not important. Examine the behaviors you are engaging in and be introspective. Ask yourself, why? Critically examine everything you do and determine if your rationale for engaging in those behaviors over others is sufficient given your long-term life-goals.
Guest Writer:
Nathan J. Lindsey
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