Julie is a self-employed coach living in Australia. She comes from a professional background, and, although she considers herself a capable and skilled coach, she found it difficult to know how to help some of her clients.

Julie heard about change fitness coaching from a friend of hers and decided to check it out. We had a couple of conversations and she became increasingly interested in the change fitness coaching model. Eventually, she decided to take the training herself.

When I gave Julie the initial change fitness assessment, it showed she lacked confidence in herself, especially when facing new and unfamiliar situations. In fact, she was 64% below the confidence levels of the average person.

As I coached Julie over the next 12 weeks, and as she engaged in the learning materials, she became increasingly aware of where this lack of confidence came from, how it had shaped her life thus far, and how it impacted her performance around change. But she also became aware of the forces that shape other people who are much more self-confident around change than her.

Julie also became aware of how her limited self-confidence affected her ability to coach, especially her capacity to help clients who were also hesitant to step out of their comfort zone and try new things.

I could see Julie change over the months I worked with her. She became less unsure of herself and more willing to tackle things she would have previously been too afraid to tackle. She also noticed changes in her relationships with clients. She was more aware of how their limitations around change were holding them back, and more able to bring this to their awareness.

When I assessed Julie’s change fitness at the end of the program, her confidence scores had gone from 64% below the average to 19% above the average. These scores were encouraging, but even more encouraging was the way this change has played out in her behaviour. Julie is now in a much better position to move forward in her life, and to help her clients do the same.

Written by Steve Barlow