HOUSTON, June 4, 2014 — “Life coaching” is a term that comes with a negative stigma, often warranted, as a waste of time. There are, however, many competent life coaches who truly want to help people, and who do so efficaciously. People heap enthusiastic praise on the performance of the best coaches, and they describe how their lives have been changed markedly for the better.
Tim Brownson is such a coach, one of the best. He has been life coaching since 2005; in addition to coaching he is the author of such books as, 70 Amazing Facts about Your Brain-And Why It Does Weird Things. Prior to becoming a life coach, he was in sales for 20 years.
“It sucked,” Brownson told this reporter, “I couldn’t wait to get off work every day and like so many people, I was just waiting for the weekend to start. I ended up becoming depressed because of this and knew I wanted to do something else, something I cared about. My wife and I feared for my health due to this stress, so I signed on for a stress management course at Sheffield University. It was okay, but mainly it just drove me to continue my course to change my circumstances.
“I then trained to become a professional life coach by the great Curly Martin. I immediately fell in love with coaching and I was starting to really, finally, enjoy life. I became healthier and immediately my wife noticed a difference. Since then I have helped hundreds of people achieve a similar feeling that I have found and assisted them in accomplishing their goals.”
Brownson looks down on coaches who try to take advantage of people. “The reality of it is,” he says, “most people who have come to me didn’t know what they wanted; some would say ‘I’m not even sure why I’m calling you.’ Some people want help just setting goals. I tell them okay just Google goal setting. I honestly won’t just take someone for their money. I hate the thought of anyone getting exploited. I have had people tell me they have spent 25 grand in coaching services and didn’t get much out of it. How the hell do you do that?! You could have gone on a world cruise and been in the exact same situation as you were when you got back but felt better because you traveled the world.”
Currently, and ironically, many of his recent clients are life coaches themselves, so he serves as a life coach for the life coaches. The industry is filled with many people who truly want to help others, but they don’t know how to successfully go about this where they are also making a living.
“There is this explosion of people who want to become life coaches,” says Tim, “there are a lot of training programs out there that are expensive. Even those who can afford the training are coming out of it ill-equipped to become life coaches. They struggle with generating clients and sometimes struggle with the internet or social media. I’ve been hired by scores of life coaches over the last three years to help them do what I have done.
“They have this idealistic view of what life coaching is and it doesn’t work like that. They [training courses] teach you ideal scenarios on what to expect, which usually isn’t the reality, I really try to help coaches on setting real expectations as opposed to what their training told them. Many think it is easy money, it’s not, and it’s really hard to make a living in this industry. Don’t do this because you like to sit in your pajamas and make easy money, it’s a business; it takes hard work like any other business.
“Unfortunately, many of the life coaching courses make it sound easy to make a living helping people, and it sounds noble, but I’ve worked with over 50 life coaches who never had a paying client and never figured out how to get a client that pays them. I help them do that and I’m also honest with them as not everyo\ne is fit to be a life coach.”
Whether it’s a client who needs to figure out how to achieve their desires, or a coach trying to get a grasp for the business, Tim Brownson is helping others change their lives and accomplish their goals. At the end of our conversation he left me with this thought:
“The people who do great things are the people who believe they are going to do great things. It goes back to believing, I’m big on you make your own reality. You have the power to think how you want to think and to realize your thoughts aren’t’ real, they are just a concoction of your mind. I love the quote, the mind is something the brain invented because the mind told it to.’ There is only one reality and that’s your reality, you choose to make that whatever you want, within reason. It comes back to beliefs. The most successful people became successful, in part; because they believed they would. That’s the biggest separator between them and everyday folks.”
You can keep up with all of Tim’s adventures by visiting www.adaringadventure.com
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