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How I start my day: Malti Bhojwani(By The Times Of India)

"When I wake up, I call the first hour of the morning my 'I' hour. It empowers me to face the world. According to research, people who dedicate the first few minutes in the morning to themselves can deal with the rest of the day better.

While having tea, I focus on positive thoughts. On a bad day, they become more sacred, as they uplift me. The next 20 minutes is spent on the treadmill to pump my heart and release endorphins. Then it's time for meditation. The benefits of selfintrospection are amazing. Next, I spend my time writing all the things that I am grateful for. Then, I focus on learning something or teaching a new recipe or a life skill. Doing something unselfish for someone has great power.

I also try to check how well I'm progressing in forming new habits and breaking away from fear-based ones. This is the time, when I tell myself I must indulge in some 'feel good' activity. Create your own way of how you want to start your day. Sure enough, your day will leave you feeling motivated.
Malti Bhojwani, Life coach and author

As told to Nona Walia more on The Times Of India

Interviews at Entrepreneurship.co.in

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

My personal challenges led to seeking out trainings and programs to help build self awareness. I had been through a breakdown in my marriage, financial struggles, being a young mum in Australia, it was hard. I was also really fat and unhealthy and when I started looking for ways out of my own rut, I discovered my talent and purpose was to help others do the same - that is around when the ICF was recently established and courses to become professional coaches were coming up globally.

This in turn has become the backbone of my career now, where my current focus is in professional phone coaching and in LIVE intense self-awareness and communication Workshopss.

I was and still am inspired by Oprah Winfrey and someday would like to have a show like hers, where I create a platform to teachers, authors, philosophers to come together and speak to an audience who trusts me.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

Facilitator - * Intensive LIVE Workshopss for pretty senior employees or entrepreneurs who are looking for a deeper level of self awareness and  to hone their already good communication skills. These are usually conducted internally by corporations or for specific groups by organisations.

Professional Life Coach - * Professional Coaching packages carried out by phone/Skype usually over a period of 3 months where my clients and I design and co-create the way forward towards them achieving their goals. Personal and Professional.

Author - * Books - I have authored 4 books on self Awareness and personal growth, 1 of which has been translated into Malay - Indonesian. And developed an Audio Programs. 2 more books are to be released later this year and 2 more are scheduled for late 2015. I am in conversations for several other co-authorship's and a fiction novel as well (but that will have to wait) I also write for the TOI every week and speak to audiences all over the world.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Without sounding preachy or cliche, there is no growth without challenges. I often was thrown in the deep end and my attitude has always been to say yes. I am lucky that my Faith has brought about the “can-do” attitude, I know I will be able to do it, it is just a matter of will I be willing to pay the prices and so I made a commitment to never give up.

Challenges are still many, striking a balance between authenticity and also delivering what the market desires was one. I have found a way to be true to myself and yet create compelling offers that keep the business growing.

Another challenge I faced is being recognised as experienced when I did not have any first hand corporate experience myself, I don’t look my age and sometimes, I feel the need to keep asserting that I am experienced and well trained.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

I have learnt to name the elephant in the room, rather than pretend it does not exist, calling it out even when I am feeling uncomfortable sometimes. This tool has helped me overcome many challenges and helped me to drop my ego, look for help and get it!

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

I think growth and awareness is about seeing your own limitations, and the gap between your desire and where you are, then seeing that most of them are self-imposed cages (beliefs) finding the guts to experience discomfort and be willing to put in a lot of effort and work, then coming out on the other side already stretched where it now feels effortless.

So I felt I had to stretch myself a lot, push myself beyond what I was comfortable doing and then through practice and repetition it became second nature. I am in a constant teeter between experiment and discovery, just like inhaling and exhaling. Every time I think I’m out, I find myself going into another opportunity (challenge) :)

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

- Spread the Intensive Self Awareness Workshopss internationally and have Residential retreats several times a year as well

- Write a Fictional Novel

- Have a TV show eventually which will be a platform for International speakers, healers, light workers, teachers….

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

- Get rid of the safety net...AFTER you have put in the time, effort and energy to truly tighten your own capabilities. Your biggest obstacle will be your own self doubt so do everything you need to AND more... to ensure that you will have evidence of your adequacy, so you believe that you ARE good enough, once you get there, then get rid of safety nets and go for it. If you never stop, you will never fail. Resilience. Be clear about the overall direction of your goal and flexible in the hundreds of ways you may need to try and experiment with to get there.

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On a wing and a prayer: that’s how Malti Bhojwani started her entrepreneurial journey(By Her Story)

Malti Bhojwani became a life coach and an Ontological trainer with the intent to help others see the bright side of life. She is an example of how to turn personal adversities into opportunities, and help others gain inspiration and strength to move ahead in life.

HerStory got an opportunity to meet and talk to this power woman, about her turmoils, loss and success.

Overcoming personal challenges

Malti started out as an English teacher in Indonesia. She subsequently studied fashion designing and Gemology. Later she joined the family business in Australia. She dreamt of a normal life when she was married early. But life took a different turn when her marriage didn’t work out and she separated at 26, along with the responsibility of a young daughter.

I was drawn to personal development for the first time when I attended Tony Robbins seminar where we walked on burning coals. I also did an intensive LGAT (Large Group Awareness Training) that branched from the HPM (Human Potential Movement). I learnt to take responsibility for my life and to give up playing the victim and feeling sorry for myself. I also experienced the role of a coach in these trainings and was inspired,” says Malti about the beginning.

Malti enrolled herself with International Coach Federation and trained to be a life coach. Although she decided to be an entrepreneur, things were far from easy. She was not clear of the market she wanted to sell to or how to reach them. For about three years since the beginning of 2000, Malti battled financial challenges along with her personal demons. “Many many well wishers told me to get a real job, but I persisted, and only today can say that I am reaping the rewards,” she says.

One of the things that helped Malti personally come out of her situation was her steely resolve, and her faith in God. Malti encapsulates her experience in the article titled ‘7 Recovery Steps to get over a break up’.

From shunning self-pity and taking control of her life, Malti is an inspiration to people. “I was quite fat and over-weight,” says the petit lady, who today doesn’t have a single ounce of extra fat on her body. “I realised that my happiness had to come from me and not from any external force or person. I learnt to truly fall in love with myself again and with my purpose. I focused all my energy and time towards my business and building my brand,” explains Malti.

The entrepreneurial journey

Over the years, Malti has trained over 500 people and helped them look at life differently. The services she offers as a life coach extends over three-four months for a single individual, where Malti meets and talks to them regularly to help them recover. Her venture, Multi Coaching International, conducts training Workshopss and corporate training besides individual counselling. Among the various trainings she has done, Malti picks a one-day Workshops for Microsoft in Thailand for their senior leaders as her best. “Having never worked in the corporate world myself, initially I was intimidated, but managed to connect and create some lasting changes in the perspectives of all the attendees,” she beams.

Malti is also the author of two books ‘Don’t Think of a Blue Ball’, which has received international acclaim and has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia. Another book, ‘Thankfulness Appreciation Gratitude’ is in a reprint. She has plans to release several more books in the coming years.

Malti also relies on social media, her own website and YouTube channel to connect with potential clients and reach out to people who need help. “I work with a diverse range of men and women from large corporations as well as entrepreneurs, housewives and artists. Ontological coaching is the coaching of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’. At the core, we are all similar in our desires and challenges. We need to acquire new habits to truly become who we are. It investigates what makes a human being,” says Malti.

Her dream is to provide a platform that serves people (mainly women) to live the life they desire with help from practitioners and experts – not just from within India, but even internationally. Malti will shortly be opening her life coaching and personal development space in Indiranagar, Bangalore, called The Brain Spa. “I have been very inspired by Oprah Winfrey,” she confesses. There are challenges ahead as far as the Indian consumer is concerned and Malti says there is still a lot of myth-breaking that needs to be done around life coaching and ontological training.

In India, seeing a therapist or a life coach is still considered a stigma. This is where the digital world can help, says Malti. “Online media gives them distance and privacy, and people can approach me without feeling conscious,” she adds.

From bringing partners on board, to expanding her reach geographically, Malti has a long way to go. And the one person she draws a lot of inspiration from is her 22-year-old daughter, who is working in the publishing industry in Australia.

Malti shares three steps to deal with personal setbacks

1. Let go of mistakes and regrets. We all do the best we can based on the resources and awareness we have at the time. It could not have been different, and remember this truth for anyone who has ever hurt you. They too did the best they could for themselves at the time and it was not personal.

2. It takes effort. Don’t expect it to be easy and don’t compare yourself or your journey to anyone else’s. Success is an exception, so be exceptional. Be unreasonable. Reasons are excuses, and hold us back.

3. Replace the voice in your head that says, ‘I am not good enough’ or ‘I can’t do this’ , ‘It is too hard’ with one positive and strong voice that continues to say ‘I am good enough’. Hold your body in a position of dignity, which screams this out.

Introduction on HubPages (More on Hubpages.com)

Malti Bhojwani, 43, is a professional coach, author, speaker and Workshops facilitator with over 13 years experience.Her books "Don't Think of a Blue Ball" has received international accolades and was translated into Indonesian & "Thankfulness, Appreciation & Gratitude" has gone into reprints. She has 4 more books for 2014 and 2015 release including Brain Spa and Brain Spa Journal. Her first Audio Program: Decide, Declare, Achieve – If Not Now then When has received stellar reviews.

Her forte is teaching people how to change the lens through which they see in order to create new and lasting changes in their lives through body, emotion and language cohesion. She coaches from her wounds as she had challenged with obesity and low self esteem herself growing up and is now the healthiest she has ever been. Malti has worked hard to build her brand and continues to coach and mentor other practitioners and aspiring speakers and writers to do the same.

She is a regular contributor and expert consultant for the Times of India and countless other international and Indian publications. She’s been interviewed LIVE on CNBC India and on Australian TV several times.

· Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the ICF (International Coach Federation) – over 1000 hours of logged-coaching and intense training.

· Ambassador and Coaching Group Leader for the ICA (International Coach Academy)

· Graduated from Newfield Network in Ontological Coaching

· Registered Global Coach of the Human Systems UK, which is an elite community of Professional coaches from over 70 countries and Invivo Play systems Sweden

· NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner (Christopher Howard Institute)

· Worked as a Senior buyer for an Australian Online Department Store.

· Qualified Gemologist and Diamond Grader (2001 – GAA)

· Top Ranking Life Coach in India out of over 13,000 registered (LinkedIn) 2nd Top Ranking Life Coach Internationally out of over 380,000 registered (Linkedin)

· Written the Foreword for other Life Coach’s books

· Built her own brand with almost 10,000 Facebook Likes, 13,000 Twitter Followers, 90,000 YouTube views with over 100 short videos on Life Coaching.

Her clients include Microsoft (Thailand), Mahindra & Mahindra, The British Council & members of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and EO (Entrepreneur Organization), BMC Software, WIPRO, ADP, spoken to The Rotarians and addressed countless book clubs and business groups internationally. She has coached and mentored individuals from SAS, Genpact and Kelloggs and facilitated a mentoring program for PepsiCo.

Interviews at Smart Indian Woman (More on smartindianwoman.com)

Hi Malti, thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

Malti : People are looking for a way out of stress and frustration. We are all looking for a new possibility of a future. We have dreams and desires and many don’t know if they will ever come to be and if so, then when? A desire for an alternate life with dreams realized and the emotional, linguistic and physiological shift that needs to occur in order to have new results is what I help people do. I am a professional coach, certified by the ICF (which is the main credentialing body internationally) a personal development or (self-help) author, speaker and Workshops facilitator.

I am 43, born in Singapore, and lived in Indonesia and Australia. I have a grown up daughter who is a fiction author who just finished college in Sydney. I facilitate Workshopss and speak at organisations internationally, I coach individuals and I write my books and I also write for the Times of India weekly.

What inspired you to get into this profession?

Malti : When I was about 27, and had just been through my young divorce, I felt really lost. Every area of my life had crashed. Financially, emotionally, physically and my self-worth were at rock bottom. I had dabbled in self-help books before, but took the messages with a pinch of salt. I was guided to attend an Anthony Robbins Seminar in Sydney in 98/99 where we walked on burning coals and it scratched the surface of what I could be, as in what I really was underneath all my own negative beliefs. I later got involved in another (LGAT) Large Group Awareness Training in Indonesia whose trainings stem from the HPM (Human Potential Movement). This was an intense self-discovery journey where I uncovered my own talents to coach, serve and write. I found my empathy and my own strengths. This was when Life Coaching as a profession with certified trainings had just started and 14 years ago, I was already living in Sydney Australia then, I joined up. Soon after I finished, I started my company “Multi Coaching International” punning on my own name, not realizing then just how “multi” or “international” it was going to become in a few years. Along the way, I learnt Ontological Coaching and I connected and plugged in to my spiritual connection.

What is your USP?

Malti : My USP is that I coach (which includes competencies of active listening, asking powerful questions AND creating awareness) from my wounds and my own challenges. I have heard from the many book reviews and feedback from my Workshopss, that people connect with my books and when I speak because I speak from the heart. I try not to preach but rather empathize with my audience be it one private client or a group of individuals and I connect with them, then walk with them towards positivity and emotional independence. I work to serve people in teaching them how to change the lens through which they see in order to create new and lasting changes in their lives through body, emotion and language cohesion. Having been through challenges in areas of weight, relationships and finances myself, I “get” where my audience may be and I give them hope and inspire whilst empowering them.

How someone can start the same business as yours in terms of investment, material procurement, production, and marketing etc?

Malti : As coaching is mainly personal, your biggest investment is in yourself. Learn all that you can from other professionals and make sure you yourself get coached. I have had the best coaches for myself through my own journey and now I work with other coaches, speakers, trainers in helping them to build their own self-worth, create programs and products and a solid brand which can only be built on authenticity and consistency. The investment is of your time and money in trainings and in personal coaching. Post that, marketing would be to get yourself out there on and offline and do all you can so people can connect with you and what it is you believe in. You will attract the right clients, the ones you can coach. It is not a one-size-fits-all, someone who may meet both you and me, may be more drawn to your services than mine due to many of their own selection filters. It is not a competitive field, as even with hundreds of thousands of coaches out there, the individual will only work with a coach with whom he feels a sense of rapport and trust with. Someone they either are inspired to be like, or someone they genuinely like.

Any challenge you face in your profession and how you overcome that?

Malti : Lots of challenges, and without challenges, there is no growth. Cash flow is a big challenge in any work where you are essentially trading your time for your income. Developing products is key. Even if you have a full practice, there are only so many hours in a day, so there is a growth ceiling if you are only trading your live time.

Having the self-worth to charge for the value and benefits that you offer is also another challenge. Many expect free advice and free coaching and for many reason many coaches offer these free sessions. One of these reasons is that they need to build the hours for their credentials. E.g. I needed over 1000 hours of logged paid coaching hours to get my PCC (ICF) status. But, I truly believe that it is an extremely valuable service that we offer and it has to be in exchange for money.

Get over the fear of asking for money.

Get over your biggest enemy (FOE) which is the Fear of Effort – because without a lot of effort, nothing can really happen. Those who make it look effortless, do so because they have made effort their way of life and it is graceful effort. Like the smooth sailing duck whose feet are paddling vigorously under water.

Get over your fear of not being liked or respected by everyone – you can’t if you want to be authentic. You will appeal to a niche and that is enough.

What are your plans for the future?

Malti : I have many dreams and plans and I believe that if I never quit, I will never fail :) Professionally, amongst my plans are several more books in the next 12 – 18 months, my publishers and I are very excited about Brain Spa & Brain Spa Journal. A flag ship space in Bangalore for coaching and development by the same name is scheduled for later 2014. A TV/YouTube Show someday where I help bring light workers and other professionals and experts to my audience. Mobile Apps to help people work towards their own goals and dreams and instil empowering habits, audio programs and a world tour with live Workshopss and VIP days for private clients.

How you manage your personal and professional life?

Malti : With ease and grace. I have a structure for exercise and healthy eating, which I truly enjoy but because I coach internationally and travel frequently, often I have timings that are unconventional, I still try to get enough sleep, exercise, meditation in my days and I am very committed to my personal time out and my time with loved ones. In between all of that, I work with commitment.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?

Malti : 1) Think & Grow Rich – Napolean Hill

2) Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting – the late Lyn Grabhorn

3) Any fiction – don’t overdose on Self help, rather read and instil.

4) Read my book, “Don’t Think of a Blue Ball”, because it includes exercises at the end of each chapter which if you practice with earnest, they will help you truly make lasting changes in your life.

What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?

Malti : Connect with others who are doing what you want to do.

Learn from them as obviously they have done the hard work. Why reinvent the wheel?

Identify your own nuggets and excavate them out, then polish them with support.

Notice the gap in the offers around and try to fill it with your unique offer.

Don’t stop and you won’t fail!

Articles on Guylife.com

Malti Bhojwani is an experienced, certified and fully-trained life coach. Born in Singapore, she’s lived in Madrid, Sydney and Jakarta and is now here in India. She\'s helped scores of corporates, educational institutes, and individuals better themselves using her unique coaching techniques. Life coaching is a profession that is still very new in India and has been misunderstood by most. Many people still think it’s synonymous for shrink, therapist or consultant; these mostly deal with past issues. Life coaching is a future-focused practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve their personal goals. Malti\'s unique and successful methods do not give you answers to your problems but help you find the answers yourself. Utilizing a life coach can help you lose weight, find love, understand your partner better and increase your income. Ask her how at our expert page: http://guylife.com/experts

Articles on idiva.com

Malti Bhojwani is a best selling author and an experienced, fully-trained professional life coach, certified by the ICF. She's lived in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia and has helped scores of corporates, educational institutes, and individuals better themselves using her unique coaching techniques and live Workshopss. Life coaching is a future-focused practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve their personal goals. Malti's unique and successful methods do not give you answers to your problems but help you find the answers yourself.

Articles on Health Meup

Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi Coaching International, a Professional Certified Life Coach, (ICF) NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and an author. She has been involved in personal development and transformation for over 12 years, by life coaching using her empathetic enquiry which leads her clients to personal empowerment, fulfilled goals and consistent success.

Her clients, who range from executives, businessmen and women, housewives, life coaches, artists, teenagers and corporate groups internationally have experienced weight loss, higher income, new business ventures and the ability to cultivate healthy relationships. Many have also overcome phobias, reignited lost passions, found partners and replaced disempowering habits. Having been an obese kid growing up herself, been through an early marriage and divorce and motherhood, she brings to her coaching the empathy and wisdom of experience.

Malti was born in Singapore in May 1971, lived in Jakarta for many years, though she spent most of her adult life in Sydney, Australia. Malti has recently made Mumbai her home where she coaches internationally by phone and Skype, regularly writes for various on and offline publications as an expert coach and is constantly working on ways to support people in the journey of self actualization, manifesting desires and being grateful. Her Youtube channel hosts a collection of videos where she personally explains various angles in personal development and she is developing a software called the VLC – Virtual Life Coach.

Published work:

“Thankfulness Appreciation Gratitude – My Journal” - Om Books International – 2011

“#YOUniverse - Manifesting Your Desires” - 12 Steps to living the life you desire” – Om Books International -June 2012

Articles on Mumbai Mirror

Do you need a Life Coach? (Interview with Malti Bhojwani)on The Health Site

You learn the ropes of the life only by untying its knots,’ goes a famous saying. But at times you might need a little help and support to do the same. Sometimes professional support from a life coach can help you walk that extra mile. Though a relatively new concept, life coaching is getting more takes in India like the west. To throw some light on life coaching and to learn more about it we talked to Malti Bhojwani, a professional coach, author, speaker and Workshops facilitator. Malti has been practising life coaching for more than 14 years in the course of which she has transformed many lives.

What does ‘life coaching’ exactly mean?

The concept of life coaching doesn’t mean advising or helping nor does it involve counselling, consulting or any kind of therapy to undertake. Instead life coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client. In this partnership the coach helps the client to see new ways to live their life and create new results to make it better. In life coaching, the professional life coach starts with the assumption that the client is resourceful and has the ability to move towards the life he desires to live rather than the one he’s living right now, instead of rehashing the past.

What is the primary job of a life coach?

A life coach offers a patient ear for your words and would listen to your needs, dilemmas or just opinions like no one else would do in your day-to-day life. They would ask powerful questions that would encourage you to think, help to create awareness about self, hold you accountable for the aims you set for yourself and extend support throughout in managing the progress towards success.

Does one really need a coach?

Let’s put it this way, no one actually needs a coach if one is resourceful and self-motivated. Remember you have come this far without much help and sheer determination. But if you want to rise above mediocrity, achieve outstanding results in life, shine bright and go a notch above your own potential, probably a coach can be of help. Artists, sports persons all have coaches, the reason being they all are yearning to achieve greater heights and outstanding results for their work. So if you want to do the same with your life, a coach can be useful.

How does a coach create a difference in one’s life?

Unlike friends and family who know you and have seen you go through your ups and downs and probably have been your best support during the tough times, your coach will have a specific role to play. When you have a coach to speak regularly you feel like you have wind beneath your wings. They see you and listen to you in a non-judgemental manner. Your coach would provide with new insights about the way you see yourself, about your actions and your goal.

A professional coach certified by the ICF (International Coach Federation) has competencies and experience and that is what makes them effective as coaches. In India, it has become a bit of a buzzword, and anyone who does guide and help people in their lives, like say a Vastu consultant, numerologist, counsellor, teacher, image consultant, NLP practitioner, motivational speaker, or someone with experience in HR are calling themselves Life Coaches, and no one can stop them, but I do recommend you seek out certified professional coaches to support you with authentic coaching. 

What kind of problems can be solved with the help of a life coach?

To be accurate, a coach does not help you solve problems but rather helps you make changes in your life in the areas you choose to work on, be it development, career or business, health or relationships. You will find yourself able to think clearly and be more decisive so that you can move forward. When roadblocks or challenges come up during your journey, your life coach will be there to hold your hand and encourage you to stay on your path by encouraging you to stay focused on the goals or desires you had set instead of digging yourself a rut to go into.

If we believe in the saying ‘Life is your biggest teacher’ why would we need a life coach still?

It is true that life is our biggest teacher. And life coaching is not a necessity, just like having a fitness instructor is not a necessity if you wish to lose weight and have that determination in you. But you would need a coach for a specific purpose. For instance, you can gaze at the stars alone, but when you look at the stars accompanied by an astronomer, you get more insight and understanding, you enjoy it more and you can see the bigger picture. Sometimes just a tiny shift in the way you see things, can change your way of your being and the actions you do, thus reaching for results you weren’t confident you would.

Coaching is recommended as an ongoing process. I recommend at least 12 sessions, so that the coach can be with you through the process of change, support you when your body and mind resist change and encourage you when you feel low and de-motivated. It’s a little like learning to ride a bicycle, the coach and client speak once a week, and it is the actual practising that goes on between the sessions where the actual growth happens.

How can one approach a life coach?

Most coaches are trained online, some good ones are trained online and offline, having said that, they mostly can be found on the internet. Coaching is confidential and ethical ICF coaches will not reveal even the names of their clients unless they have implicit permission from the client. Many people are pretty discreet about working with a coach for many reasons, so most good coaches have few testimonials from individuals and more from the companies they have done corporate work with. The best approach is an email outlining what you would like to change in your life and you need to be willing to make an investment of time and money and ensure you are fully committed to creating these changes. Shop around, but professional successful coaches don’t offer free sessions, they may chat with you for a few minutes to ascertain chemistry. I have had clients who work with me for 3- 4 months, then go away and come back again after a break when they have new goals and new opportunities in their loves, often people would hire coaches who market themselves specifically as executive, career, sex, transformational or relationship coaches, to name a few niches. I have been coaching for over 14 years now, and still have not selected a niche, as to me, I am coaching another human being and their entire life would come into the relationship, no matter how hard they’d like to compartmentalize different areas.

How can a coach cultivate optimism in a pessimist person or dodge disagreements with the client?

To be honest, when someone is deeply set in a negative mood, unless they take the step to seek out some support to make the change (which would presuppose that they do see there is another way of looking at life) a coach can’t do much. As a coach, we are not here to convert sceptics, but rather serve those who want to get back in the driver’s seat of their own lives. Having said this, it takes replacing negative beliefs with positive ones that an ontological coach can help you embed into your body, emotion and language to support you in creating lasting changes in your attitude, way of being and hence your life. For a professional and ethical coach, disagreement will not arise, as there is no opportunity for it as the coach never imposes judgement or opinions on the client.

Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of depression.

What are the challenges that a life coach faces?

At least for me the biggest challenge has been to withhold advice, especially when my client is going through something that I have been through myself. Coaching is not about advising but rather being a catalyst, creating a safe space for the client to grow and learn themselves, choosing the practices they want to make a part of their lives because they see the value.

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