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Have you ever thought about hiring a coach, but somehow still wondering if you should?

A Strength-based Coach brings in a very special component of Life Coaching. This is because we get to unlock your intrinsic Strengths with an online talent assessment, bringing language to how you naturally, think, feel, and behave, as well as insight for both client and coach to recognise how Strengths may sometimes trip you up and what to do about it. Thereafter, you get to experience the joy that comes with the exponential outcomes of achieving one's goals, looking at goals that match with how you are intrinsically wired.

Like counselling, therapy, psychology, there has been some stigma in the past around having a Coach, thinking this is a sign of weakness, or perhaps one is admitting they have problems. However, no one can be strong all of the time and no one is immune from issues, these are all a very natural part of life. Yet here's the clincher: we all are on a journey of growth and that's why hiring a Coach can be great fun on our journey of self discovery.

Not only this, but you get to become all you can possibly be, something that is not possible until we look at what is right with reaching out, as well as whats right with you and your unique set of talents and Strengths.

Below are 7 things a life coach can help you with to achieve your goals

  • A coach listens

One of the most important qualities of your coach is to provide you with a non-judgemental

environment where you can express yourself both verbally and vulnerably in a confidential space. This process increases your ability to think more clearly. Your coach will 'actively listen' and validate your thoughts and, as a professional sounding board, will allow you to verbalize, and get those conversations out of your head and into a place where things can make sense to you.

  • A coach clarifies goals

A coach is determined to support you in turning vague hopes and dreams into achievable, actionable goals and will help you create a plan that includes the steps you need to complete, creating postive habits that ultimately become part of your everyday behaviours that lead to desired performance and results.

  • A coach provides perspective

Coaches are trained professionals who help you see things from more than one perspective, which helps you come up with different approaches to the same problem. When stress hormones flush our brains we often do not think logically. Therefore, having a non-biased coach will guide your thoughts back to reality.

  • A coach keeps you accountable

We all need an accountability partner. You may have the strongest of wills to achieve most of your goals, yet having a coach by your side will strengthen your responsibility towards making those difficult decisions.

  • A coach challenges you

Sometimes your coach will see the need to challenge you beyond the thoughts and actions that can limit your potential. As is said in the coaching profession, "there's no comfort in the growth zone, and no growth in the comfort zone".

  • A coach is vested in your development

Talent and Strength Coaches will motivate you to develop your talents into strengths and help you find ways to apply your Strengths, not only to your own greatest benefit, but also to the benefit of others and the greater environments you find yourself. Whether this is in your relationships, or the daily encounters in the tasks you perform.

  • A coach provides a safe space

Trained and certified coaches value high ethical standards and will respect your privacy. The

information you share will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. As we say in this profession "what comes into the session, stays in the session".

Finding a team mate to walk alongside you and hold a mirror of what you're truly versed to become may just be one of the best decisions you will ever make!

You can begin the process by unlocking your top 5 talents patterns here. If you are looking for a personal Life Coach get in touch or you can read more on knowing your individual Strengths here.

NB: Nature of Coaching: The client is aware that Coaching is in no way to be construed as psychological counselling or any type of therapy. Coaching results are not guaranteed. The client enters into the Coaching with the full understanding that they are responsible for creating their own outcomes and results and any information gained from the Coaching process is accepted by the client purely at their own discretion. WITH will not be held responsible, in any way whatsoever, for directives followed by the client. We will ensure, at all times, to remain encouraging, motivating and enthusiastic in helping you achieve your goals, dreams and objectives. If you feel it necessary, seek psychological counselling.

Lizelle van der Walt is a certified Gallup CliftonStrength® Wellbeing and Leadership Coach. She is is driven by her passion to positively influence individuals from all walks of professions and societies and to discover the uniqueness they have been created with, to coach them into using those attributes to lead fulfilled lives, both personally as well as in their careers. She believes a motivating environment ultimately leads to a culture focussed on enhancing positive individual or client experience.

She qualified as an Optometrist and has experience in practice ownership and clinical work. When not engaged in individual coaching, she can be found training individuals and teams from various sectors and has a large

client base in the medical practice environment. She aims to grow teams, their leaders and members towards pinnacle performance in the workshops that she designs and presents.

All her training is strongly underpinned by the approaches in positive psychology and she uses different tools and models that promote individual development. As a Strengths-Based Team Developer, she is comfortable with introducing teams of all sizes to some of the qualities each of them possess, in order to accept each other as different from one another, yet necessary as part of the whole, with an acknowledgement that we do not need to be good at everything. Recognising every person is created with a specific set of attributes and talents, and everyone needs everyone, she is able to help nurture this, specifically in environments where real teamwork is necessary to create the successful results and outcomes of any growing business requirements.

Lizelle has 10 years experience in coaching and/or training individuals, groups or teams, from a Strengths-based perspective. She facilitates various workshops in South Africa and is a motivational speaker, having been a speaker at various Conferences. She is a regular guest on a

local radio station on the topics of leadership and personal development.

Sam McDonald has been married for 30 yeas and has four children. They are a Strength-based family, using the CliftonStrengths® to enhance marriage & family life. Their home is in Hampton Court, UK and the FalseBay Coast, Cape, SA. She is a Futurist and Chief Visionary Officer for WITH-HUMANITY, a change-maker with a dream to disrupt our current meritocracy by "Unlocking the IntrinsicIdentity © of all Individuals in service of greater human engagement" creating an all inclusive universal value metric and social system.

She is a Normative Visionary, Systems Thinker, Disruptor, Change-Maker & Activist. Graduating Cum Laude with an MPhil in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, after failing matric, she believes matching one's intrinsic wiring to how we learn yields exponential results, leap-frogging our current education system. She influences thinking in order to create futures-led enquiry & change towards a future we all want to be part of - linking strategic leadership and management with futures thinking. Her use of Interdependent Rules of Engagement© and the CliftonStrength® Assessment, as well as various Foresight Methodologies, are tools of choice to influence mindset change, and help people understand each other's unique world views, which are coloured by what she terms our Strengths Language.

She moved to South Africa in 1983 from Nottingham, UK and has lived in both dysfunction and functional environments. These she views as her "cross to bear is your gift to share" - serving as a bridge in understanding how to create function out of chaos.

She and her fellow Coaches, work with motivated clients using the CliftonStrength® Assessment as a power tool for:

  • Strength Based Interviewing & Recruitment

  • Assisting motivated individuals to fall in love with their careers and find the work they were born to do.

  • Working with high achievers to discover their value and purpose

  • Working with Start-ups to gain momentum, motivation & self-awareness of the Entrepreneur

  • Assisting Students to gain a greater self-awareness, expediting their career path, building confidence and self-esteem.

  • Working with individuals to re-engage in their work environments & leveraging their strengths

  • Working with marriage relationships to help you love again and understand the toxicity, reduce negative experiences, create understanding and, in turn, assist with long-term strategies for lasting transformation

  • Finding your true Purpose, Passion and Value in Life

  • Falling in love with your life and work again

  • She teaches the 'Interdependent Rules of Engagement© & Vulnerability' to focus on living 'Interdependence' as the key to healthier environments - choosing this as 'rules of engagement' over 'Dependence', 'Co-Dependence' & 'Independence'.

Follow the link if you would like to take the Strengths Assessment and here to read more about how to discover who you are at your core.

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