Shortly after starting my Masters program, I was seeking to do something a little more to give back to the community; so I entered coaching school. For those who aren’t familiar with life coaching, it’s goal is to address everyday issues to help someone move forward from good to great – as opposed to therapy which aims to help people move from dysfunction to functional.
Utilizing my former psychology degree to expand into coaching, I noticed a common thread between many of my clients– it’s that dirty little feeling we like to avoid and run away from whenever possible; that gremlin that forces us to cower in pain as reminders of our past shortcomings, sins, and faults come to light…SHAME!
Whether I am working on leadership skills with business executives or helping regular people establish healthy relationships, shame always seems to be there – surfacing in every coaching session, rooted in the consciousness of the client, and rendering them powerless by nurturing a victim mentality. Shame can feed off your fear, crippling you just as easily; preventing you from moving forward in life.