Life coaches are professionals who help you reach a goal or make a change in your life. Some of these changes could range from taking the leap from a 9-5 job to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, assistance in getting over the loss of a loved one or even finding ones’ purpose in life. When someone goes to a life coach they usually have many questions and it is the goal of the coach to help them discover (and sometimes uncover) the answers through discussion, suggestions, brainstorming and reflection.

Bobbi Curtis who has been a life coach for almost 4 years and owns The F System: The Counterpoise to Chaos life coaching business started by conducting executive and career coaching and has now expanded her business to include “focus coaching”  (which Bobbi calls “The F System”) and is based on a clients’ individual needs. “We designed the system to systematically evaluate all areas of ones’ life. The system helps someone to really narrow down the things holding them back personally or professionally. It helps them create a plan to allow them to focus on moving forward” said Curtis.  We talked with Bobbi about who needs a life coach, how she handles someone in distress and more.

In your opinion, who needs a life coach and why?
Anyone who wants more focus in their lives, finds themselves in a rut or feels stuck or out of balance in some area of their personal or professional life can benefit from a coach. It’s a truly positive experience, filled with lots of encouragement to move a person forward—toward the future they desire.

What can someone expect from their first session?
A discovery-filled assessment focused on them – learning their unique qualities and desires. First sessions usually go into understanding what drives the client and figuring out their “why” at a high level and working in partnership to not only focus but achieve what is important to them. Basically, the first session is the first step in moving toward meeting their future changes and goals.

As a life coach, how do you motivate yourself to be able to help others?
I spend time each morning journaling my thoughts, using positivity writing techniques, reading motivational and spirit-filling material. In addition, I  listen to podcasts, attend workshops and work with other coaches and executives that are like-minded and encouraging.  I personally also use The F System we developed to keep myself motivated.

In a few sentences, what do you say to someone who is going through a tough time like job loss, divorce, death in the family?
I would let them know they can trust me and that I am truly sorry for their grievance as I know none of those things are easy and have experienced each of them in my life.  The key is understanding if they are ready to move forward and start creating a new story for their life… releasing the holdbacks and possible negative story capturing them. Not everyone is ready. I help them determine their readiness and willingness to focus on the work needed to get results. And the bottom line, I give them hope and encouragement for their future.

What changes have you seen in clients who decided to hire a life coach?
I have seen a large amount of people’s confidence increase, gain clarity about their lives, find new jobs, start businesses, have better relationships, get organized, establish priorities and understand more about what is important to them and more importantly—why.

What’s next for your business?
I am in the process of writing a book to be released in 2017.

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