We can’t see through a door, but Deborah can help by adding a window.
We can’t see through a door, but Deborah can help by adding a window.
Sandy: Hi Tom! It’s August! For our detour topic this month, I have invited Deborah Peterson to join us. Deborah is a life coach, ordained counselor/clergy member, and has a business called “Coaching Clarity by Definition.”
Tom: I like taking a break from the usual, however I can’t promise I won’t weave some reference to remodeling in here. Hello, Deborah and welcome to At Home.
Deborah: Hello, Sandy and Tom. It’s great to be a part of your column and thanks for asking me to participate.
Sandy: Deborah, you do all these fascinating things, so let’s start by you telling us and our readers what a life coach is!
Deborah: In a condensed version, I help people develop strategies that allow them to focus on making positive internal shifts in thinking and behaving that changes who we are and what we do.
Tom: That actually sounds like a tall order and not easy to do.
Deborah: It is pleasantly demanding, of course, and so many people today are really hurting, feeling stuck and exhausted with the status quo template of life. With what is happening in our world now, many are anxious and scared.
Sandy: Deborah, it sounds as if even though many people tend to be motivated and possess an entrepreneurial spirit, are you saying there isn’t one of us who couldn’t benefit from some help from time to time, especially now with all of this anxiousness and fear taking place?
Tom: What a great question, Sandy. It’s akin to us asking questions to a client to see if we are a fit to help with their remodeling goals.
Sandy: Tom, I knew you would find a way to sneak in remodeling!
Deborah: LOL! And actually Sandy/Tom, you’re right on. I help people remodel (there, I snuck in your word, Tom) their thinking and hence their responses/behaviors; after all, we are what we believe or internally calculate.
Sandy: To me, that sounds a lot like helping people figure out new ways of dealing with the stress, pressure, strain and anxiety of dealing with life.
Deborah: Exactly, Sandy, and teaching individuals that when we allow bitterness and anger from past, unresolved issues to eat away at us, it spills out into our everyday life. So, I focus and strategize on removing these self-sabotaging resentments and unresolved issues.
Tom: Do you mean we are often our own worst enemy?
Deborah: Absolutely, Tom! The self-principle that gets neglected is being aware of the negative internal dialogue we believe more than any other words or actions of other well-meaning or harmful people.
Tom: Boy, oh boy, isn’t that the truth.
Sandy: Can you share with us some of the steps you take to sort out the behaviors that are getting in the way?
Deborah: Yes. It’s more about defining and clarifying the root cause of the symptomatic feelings of self-loss and emotional clutter. Emotional clutter will manifest in various ways with each individual. The way we internalize and perceive our past clutter must be exposed; however, the one constant is that all alike suffer an inner exhaustion, an energy drain that causes people to feel angry, intolerant and frustrated, unable to conduct themselves in a constructive manner in personal and extended relationships.
Sandy: Deborah, once you determine what some of the clutter is, what can you help people to get rid of it?
Deborah: I educate them on coming up with better ways of thinking and hence, the way they will respond to trouble and problems, and to slow down.
Tom: Interesting that you seem to make a distinction between trouble and problems. What do you see as the difference between the two?
Deborah: Simply put: Trouble stems from an inward hostility or varying degrees of resentment that I spoke of earlier; problems are the external symptoms and often the result of a negative cyclical lifestyle nourished by unresolved trouble. To further answer Sandy’s question about how I can help, together with the client, I reveal the root to their trouble. We gain insight into their deeply held values and beliefs that most often are limiting in nourishing and providing positive behaviors. By identifying them, we can begin to teach how to replace bad habits with good or positive habits of thinking and responding.
Sandy: That sounds so fascinating. And, Deborah, you are also ordained and use the title “Reverend.” How does that play into your process?
Deborah: Spirituality plays a large role in how we formulate our responses to trouble and problems. I work within the client’s theology as this is a very powerful means to help unlock new perspectives.
Tom: Once those new perspectives are recognized, what happens next?
Deborah: To use your remodeling metaphor, together we begin the design and construction of principle-based thinking so the clients’ outcomes better fit their values. I also show my clients how to be self-actualizing individuals, which really helps initiate some intrinsic motivation to move forward.
Sandy: What an exciting process. And, Tom, now you have Deborah using remodeling metaphors. You are incorrigible.
Deborah, what a delight to have you join us. You have helped our readers and me better understand the positive role a life coach can make in ourselves and our lives.
Deborah: It’s an honor to be a part of yours’ and Tom’s column. I love the opportunity to relate all the positive things we can accomplish in our lives to as many people as I can. Thanks for the invite and fun!
Sandy: Tom, here is my takeaway. Life coaching is an asset to get the job done and you, as a contractor, life-coach your clients. It is a form of communication that builds client awareness and trust. A life coach helps people make conscious choices.
Tom: Sandy, you are right. Deborah is indeed a valuable resource, talent and blessing to people. She helps others increase their clarity and move forward in their lives.
Sandy: How do you know if life coaching works and if someone is ready for the process?
Deborah: I offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine the person’s readiness in making this significant life transition.
Sandy: OK, Tom, back to construction and life coaching. It sounds to me like Deborah works with a door. A door closes off a room. A door provides a barrier. We can’t see through a door, but Deborah can help by adding a window. A door can lock us out, a door can let us in, a door protects us, keep us safe and even more exciting, Deborah can provide access to a beautiful space where anything is possible by opening the door.
Tom: This was indeed fun – taking a detour from our normal column. Deborah, thanks so much for offering your insight and value to the foundation of problems, the tools available and knowledge that doors can be opened.
Thanks for stopping in and reading “At Home with Tom and Sandy.” You’re in good company and we love sharing educational, fun and important information with you. QCBN
Tom Reilly, Architect, 928-925-5692
Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association. 928-778-0040.
Deborah Peterson, Coaching Clarity By Definition email@example.com
Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning 7 a.m. on KQNA 1130 AM/99.9 FM/95.5FM or the web kqna.com. Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry and meet your local community partners. Hammer Time is a great way to start your weekend.