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Gerrianne Clare – Life Coach

By Cathy Watters on Dec 01 2009 • Filed under Life

Life is like a basketball game. You're in the court trying o figure out how to get to the hoop but there are a lot players in your way. You can get around some of them but, no matter how hard you try, you just can't score. 

This is where your coach comes in. Watching from the sidelines, she sees your plays from a different perspective and can draw your attention to various things you're doing — or not doing — that may be preventing you from obtaining your goal. 

Gerrianne Clare, a Life and Family Wellness Coach and owner of Clare Consulting Group, says people who decide to use life coaches often have thought things like, “I know I can do better. I know my life should go differently, but I feel like I'm on a treadmill and I'm not getting anywhere. I wish someone would tell me how I can do this differently because I can't figure it out.” 

Gerrianne stumbled upon life coaching after she started questioning if her life was where she wanted it to be. With a masters degree in nursing and a career spanning 35 years, she had pretty well worked in every aspect of nursing she had been interested in, from being a public health nurse and promoting preventative medicine, to helping facilitate self-development, self-esteem, and relationship workshops for women. 

“I was frustrated with where I was at,” she says. “I was in a career I enjoyed, but there were many aspects of it, and of my life, that I was not satisfied with.” 

A friend was using the services of a life coach and had so many good things to say about her that Gerrianne decided to try her out. 

“We clicked immediately,” says Gerrianne. “She 'got' me and 'got' where I was at and where I wanted to go. She helped me see what a great job I was doing versus, in my own mind, all the places where I was messing up.” 

One day, when she felt burned out by her job, her life coach asked her why she was still doing that work. In fact, it's a question her life coach had asked her several times throughout their time together.  

Gerrianne was torn. On the one hand, she enjoyed working with people and “helping them become the best they could be,” something she'd been doing throughout her career. She  loved her sessions with her life coach and found she was a natural when it came to coaching other people. She had even been thinking of becoming a life coach herself. 

“My coach said to me, 'Gerrianne, you don't need to go to a coaching university. You know more than I know just with your experience.' And she had coaching certification!” says Gerrianne. 

However, the prospect of leaving a stable, life-long career and giving up all the benefits that came with it, including a pension, scared her. 

“I was incredibly unhappy,” she says.  

This time, when her coach asked her that question and Gerianne, as always, started to list all the reasons why she couldn't leave her job, she suddenly realized she could. She decided to be a HeartMath coach. HeartMath is a science-based method that helps people de-stress. 

Gerrianne became HeartMath certified, wrote up a business plan, took business courses, rented an office, and found a mentor and a business coach. 

“I got people on my team that could really support me,” she says.  “I marketed to people in the community, hung a shingle, and created my method of doing things.” 

Her method has evolved so HeartMath is now only one of many tools she uses in her coaching business. In addition to doing sessions in person, at businesses (ie. for staff that survived downsizing), and over the phone, she also recently started an online component.  

“The most important thing people need to know about life coaching is that I don't give people advice,” says Gerrianne. “I help them find their own wisdom.” 

Her strength is in helping people deal with stress in life and on the job, and giving them 'action steps' they can use immediately when they feel overwhelmed.  

TIPS: 

  1. Make sure it's your passion. It takes a lot of work to be an entrepreneur. If it's your passion, you have something to keep you going when the work gets hard. And the work will get hard. 
  2. Ask for help. Budget for a Business Coach because you need someone who can look at your business objectively. Expect to pay at least $300 per month for a good business coach.
  3. Have a really good business plan. Understand who your market is, where you want to go and who you want to target. Get to know your competition and understand what makes your business unique.
  4. Don't just create another job. Most entrepreneurs go into business because they want to be their own boss. The reality is, they leave a 9-to-5 job where someone else is paying their salary and create to a 7-to-7 or 24/7 job because they need to fill all the roles the business requires. Understand what you're getting into.
  5. Read the E-Myth. It's an excellent book. It talks about all the different hats that entrepreneurs have to wear. (Editor's note: It also explains how to run your business effectively so you can follow tip #4.)

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