A Coaching Model Created by Leah Braun
(Life Coach, UNITED STATES)
In discerning my approach to coaching I had to reflect on how I approach my own life changes and challenges. It wasn’t until I began this journey to become a life coach that I formalized the approach. I believe that humans have an amazing capacity to learn, change, and grow no matter their stage in life. The end result of powerful coaching is a more resilient client. Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. Resilience means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.
There are four pillars of resilience – physical; spiritual; relational; and emotional. If a person exhibits resilient in all four areas, overall wellness has been achieved. Each pillar of resilience is like a fragile globe and we constantly juggle these precious globes. If one area is unattended for too long, it may drop and break.
The visual I use to demonstrate my model is a flower in bloom. Nature provides abundant examples of resilience. It takes a root system and soil to allow a flower to grow. The stem of the flower send nutrients upward. The flower continues to grow with the help of the sun and moisture. Finally, with proper nutrients, sun, and moisture the flower blooms. Resilient flowers even bloom in less-than-perfect conditions. Likewise, humans can learn, change, and grow in less-than-perfect conditions.
As I uncover a change I want to make or am faced with a challenge, I evaluate my priorities. For example when I decided to become a life coach I was at a point in my life where I was eligible to get out of the military. I enjoyed serving in the military but if I truly prioritize my values I found that my priorities were no longer fitting with the military lifestyle. My number one priority is my family. Working as a life coach enables me to do what I love (care for people) and still honor my family.
Once my values were reassessed and a decision was made to become a professional life coach I needed to organize. I needed to ask myself, “What in my life needs to change in order to pursue coaching?” I needed to figure out where to get certified; how to build my practice; and what my coaching will ‘look like.’
After beginning the process of coach certification, I began to synthesize that new role into the rest of my life. This step involved transitioning out of the military; saving enough money to ensure I can establish my coaching practice; and presenting myself as a coach rather than a military chaplain assistant.
Energize refers to the culmination of the other steps. I am energized to action when I take classes through ICA; begin to build my coaching practice; and take the steps necessary to transition out of the military.