February 9, 2017
Does what you call yourself matter?
Over the past few weeks (actually years) there has been a debate about what people in the personal development world call themselves and how the world has become so saturated. Especially in the world of coaching. True high class coaching is so invaluable. But so many people are calling themselves coaches because...
This had led to a debate in my head about what I really do, what do I call myself and how the industry of personal development has developed.
Let me start by stating I love the results i get for my clients. What results?
I transform people's lives through intervention.
Now that may sound quite arrogant. It's not it's what people have said to me after they have experienced what I do.
But the challenge is what do I call myself, coach, psychologist, trainer, speaker. Truth be told if you look at the definition of each of these labels I am all of them.
What I have been told and what I believe, is what I do call myself doesn't matter. It's the results that are achieved that matters. But it does to the market and the people who are trying to place you and buy your services. Are they buying a coach or trainer, it doesn’t matter to me, it's the result that counts. And I am sure that is true for the client as well.
Since leaving my 'corporate job' I have been coaching, training, speaking, running workshops/seminars and events.
All of these 'vehicles' as I will call them, allowed me to delver what I love to do. Ideas, concepts, questions, interventions, coaching & training. All of which have helped people change their lives one way or another.
This takes me back to one of my favourite pivotal moments as a teenager watching the film The Breakfast Club. Those of you of a certain generation will remember this film. The premise of the film was that 5 teenagers are given detention on a Saturday for various misdemeanours. During the detention the teacher, Mr Vernon, set for them to write a 1000 word essay of who they are.
Through various interactions and conversation between the teenagers, us the viewer, was able to discover who the real people were behind the self-imposed and society label of the characters.
In the end the ‘intellectual one, the geek’ wrote this...
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete… and a basket case…a princess… and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
For me I am whoever the market wants me to be. My mission is to give people the insights, space, knowledge, courage, wisdom, platform, inspiration to live the life they desire. How I do this, through coaching, training, talks, events, video, blogs, podcasts, whatever is available to me.
Through my new company EnSpirit I will and want to develop the entrepreneurial spirit in people, through events, coaching, training, speaking, workshops, seminars and retreats.
As I have said many times before, the word entrepreneur means ‘to undertake’. There is no greater undertaking than ones own life. By developing your entrepreneurial spirit you can either start your own business, become more employable, go on an adventure or just be. There is no greater achievement.
So who am I. Whoever you want me to be, so you can live the life you desire.