Before Hiring a Coach, Read This.

Before Hiring a Coach, Read This.

I believe in transparency. As you may or may not know, the coaching industry is unregulated. There are many coaches who do not want you to know this. I DO.
Behind the scenes, there is great debate in the industry as to whether it matters if a “coach” has formal training. Some argue that life experience is all that’s needed. Others say formal education is the answer. Some say coaching is an art, others say it’s a science.
On your behalf, I say … the “either/or” mentality around this topic concerns me deeply.
As a full-time coach, in business since 2004, I have coach training + a BA in Psychology with a behavior modification specialty + a Masters degree in Holistic Leadership.
At the time of this posting (July 2019), I’m a few days away from my 44th birthday, marking 44 years of life experience. Over the years, I’ve had a wealth of life experience and certainly no shortage of “school of hard knocks” lessons learned. I’ve traveled extensively, left a marriage that was full of dishonesty, dug myself out of debt, built a business from the ground up, and many more personal milestones. All invaluable.
Prior to becoming a coach, I was told many times that I am “gifted”, a “natural coach.” Natural ability is fine and great, and following its lead as we each choose a vocation, makes a whole lot of sense.
BUT – just like I want my doctor to: be someone I feel comfortable with, have graduated at the top of their class, AND have good bedside manner … given the wealth of “coaches” to choose from, I personally see no reason or logic behind hiring a coach who is lacking both professional training and a wealth of life experience.
While a piece of paper does not a professional make (there are plenty of terrible doctors, teachers, etc who have earned degrees) … and while I do not in any way diminish the value of life experience, the bottom line is: life experience is not one and the same with coach training.
I have personally witnessed “coaches” who have basic misinformation and misunderstanding about what coaching is. Unfortunately, this misinformation gets perpetuated by others who, despite good intentions, also lack the proper training and understanding.
As it stands, anyone can hang a shingle – without training, checks or balances. No bueno.
Life experience does not make training unnecessary. All it does is water down the credibility of the industry – my industry. Coaching is a learned skill, one that goes far beyond advice-giving and personal lessons learned.
Done well, it is immensely powerful. A skilled coach knows the intricacies of how to unlock the psychology and the wherewithal for a client to have their own success.
I personally have never:

  • moved to Costa Rica
  • bought a dream yacht
  • sold $2.5M in real estate in the first year as an agent
  • designed a mindfulness meditation program
  • sailed around Antarctica
  • successfully negotiated a salary 40% higher than the one she was going to ask for before coaching
… or any number of the things my magnificent clients have succeeded at.
And yet – I have coached clients to accomplish these very things successfully.
How could I have coached people to do countless things that I have never personally done or experienced? >> It is through the application of universal coaching principles and techniques, things I learned through training.
My education and training is as wide as it is deep. Sometimes I go by titles other than Coach, like, for example: Life Strategist, Leadership Trainer, and Business Consultant. All are true. In addition to having a Masters degree in Holistic Leadership and a Bachelors degree in Psychology, I also earned a certificate from one of the first coach training institutes worldwide – back when there were only three to pick from.  Add to that 15+ years in business, and not only do I want to help you succeed, I have a strong application, orientation and foundation for how to do so.
My professional education + 15 years in business + countless client success stories = qualified
Given the lack of industry regulation, unfortunately the burden falls on the client to discern which “coaches” are qualified and which are not. Many unsuspecting clients find themselves buying a service that, in actuality, the practitioner is not qualified to deliver.  
Despite the charlatans in our midst, please be assured: there are MANY highly skilled, highly qualified coaches – myself included – who are ready to serve you in the highest way.
Whether you hire me or someone else, here’s my recommendation: With so many coaches to choose from, ONLY hire those who have both professional coach training and a wealth of life experience.
To your success,
Tara Sage
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How to make “impossible” dreams real!

How to make “impossible” dreams real!

Over and over again I have achieved what other people told me was impossible. I’ve coached hundreds and hundreds of clients to make their “impossible” dreams possible and now, I’d like to help YOU start now to connect more deeply with the dreams that YOU currently believe are out of reach – maybe even impossible.

That’s why I’m inviting you to join me for my FREE 5-day Mission Possible Challenge! Whether you feel on track with your deepest dreams or your dreams feel Mission IMpossible to you right now, over these next 5 days we are going to turn it into Mission Possible (with a capital P)!

Join me so we can go on this little journey together.  For 5 days, I am joining forces with you to help you not just dream, but LIVE your dreams. Let’s team up to shine a great big light on your deepest, biggest, boldest dreams and make them REAL!

It all starts with a simple willingness to engage in the FIVE specially-designed, unique, powerful, hands-on, can’t-do-it-wrong experiments that I have designed for you. One per day, for five days, I’ll be sharing each experiment with you.  And don’t worry … this FREE 5-day Challenge was designed with busy people in mind, so no matter what your schedule, you can easily integrate it into your day.

Creating a life you love is your birthright, and I know for sure that “someday” is not a day of the week. So, it all starts… NOW!

Go to to join us and by this time next week, you’ll be reaping the benefits of having created a pure and powerful dream-accelerating ripple effect in your life — getting you on track to create MORE of what you want in every area of your life!

Together we are going to dust off those dreams that have been put way up on that hard-to-reach shelf, or locked away, or long forgotten – or that simply feel too unrealistic or impossible to ever actually come to fruition.

I’m super excited about what’s in store for you! Hop on over to and join us, and then be on the lookout for your Day 1 Challenge Experiment! I can’t wait to help YOU bring your “impossible” dreams to life.

Video 7: 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams

Video 7: 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams

Who is on YOUR Dream Team?  

 Click below to watch and learn Strategy #7 of 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams.

Or, if you prefer … scroll down to read the transcript.




Hi there! It’s Tara Sage of and by now you know I help people live their dreams. You are watching this special video series designed to help you create a life you absolutely adore, a life you don’t need a vacation from, a life that inspires you to get up and out of bed in the morning with gusto, excited for the day ahead.

The video series is called 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate Your Dreams. I’m breaking it down one strategy at a time, into manageable, bite sized pieces. And today I’ll be sharing another twofer!  Yay! 

Today I’ll be sharing Dream Acceleration Strategy #8 & #9!

But first my disclaimer: If you are new to this series or you missed previous videos outlining Strategy 1, Strategy 2, Strategy 3, Strategy 4, Strategy 5, Strategy 6 & 7, I recommend you go back and watch those first and then come back to this video and join me again for strategies 8 and 9.

Ok, so let’s move on now, starting with Dream Acceleration Strategy #8. Strategy #8 is simply to Spend More Time with People who Believe in You and Your Dreams

It is so important to surround yourself with a community of people who believe in you and believe in your dreams. I call these folks Your Dream Team.

Trust me, I understand the urge to keep dreams private, secret, protected. It can feel vulnerable, especially when your dream is not received with support. So, rather than risk being ridiculed or dismissed or criticized, maybe up until now you’ve decided to go it alone and do it all by yourself. 

Here’s the problem with this strategy: It leads to stress, overwhelm, and feelings of isolation.

Now one of the things I offer in my signature program Dream Acceleration Program, is going in-depth about creating what I call your Naysayer Navigation Plan… 

This is about making a point to spend time with people who believe in you and your dreams, and also be fully prepared for how to handle the fact that not everyone is going to jump up and down and celebrate your dreams with you.  

This is extremely important.  You really can’t do it alone. And if you have a little voice in your head saying “yes, I can, Tara…” I challenge you to honestly look at how that’s going for you.

If you want to really accelerate the process, having the right support can make all the difference! Especially for us we should be able to do it all by our self people!

Just the fact that you’re watching means that you feel called to be connected. You feel called to be a part of what I like to call a “Culture of Dreaming”.  By finding your way to this video, which again I don’t believe to be a coincidence, you have aligned yourself with access to this kind of support.  You have begun to connect to a very powerful, deeply transformational process.

There’s no insta-pill. So the key is to keep going. The Dream Acceleration Program is an opportunity for YOU to have an even more intimate connection to support and the depth of material that will help create that transformation.

Before I go into sharing Strategy #9, I want to share with you here a little bit more about The Dream Acceleration Program because this is such a powerful process.

This signature program is like receiving private coaching from me at a fraction of the rate, though audio trainings, and at your fingertips access to all the worksheets and content you need, delivered to you – again – one manageable step at a time.

You’ll find more detail about the program by visiting

Don’t just take my word for it.  Visit and check out the stories of clients who’ve worked the program and experienced the results.

To give you a first-hand sense of it, a client of mine named Laurie made a quick video about her own dream acceleration journey, which you’ll see by following the link to the program details.

It was December when Laurie and I started working together, and just 6 months later, she fulfilled her dream of moving to Costa Rica!  Now, of course, there’s more to the story than that and, as I said, you can find the amazing inspiring video of her story by going now to 

But to give you fair warning, be sure to have tissues nearby. The video is so moving. I well up, every single time I watch it.

I’ll share a bit more about how you can claim a seat in a moment but first, I am super excited to let you know that in this video, I’m also providing you with a coupon code for this awesome program.  Even without the coupon code, by design, the Dream Acceleration Program is already super affordable! The regular program rate is just $347/mo! (That’s $11/day for something hard to even put a price on.)

But for joining me for this video series, I am giving you a coupon code that will actually knock $200 off, making your first monthly payment just $147! Or, if you decide to pay in full, the coupon will take $200 right off the top.

You’re welcome.  

I mean, the fact that you’ve watched this far, I know you’re ready for this process.

So here’s the special coupon code for you to use when you check out, ok?  You’ll see a little box in the shopping cart that says “Coupon Code”. Type in the code:  TODAYISMYSOMEDAY (all one word) and click on “Apply” and you’ll see immediately $200 saved.   

Join the Dream Acceleration Program today (or what I lovingly refer to as “the DAP”) and apply this coupon code: TODAYISMYSOMEDAY (all one word). Type TODAYISMYSOMEDAY at checkout and you’ll get the first month for just $147, or save $200 on the pay-in-full option.

Through this program, I have had the honor and privilege to support driven dreamers like you, so that you are consistently and powerfully creating accelerated momentum, feeling excited and energized about bringing your dreams to life and creating a life you love.

You could be living in Costa Rica.  Or whatever your dream destination is.

You could go from creating artwork on your dining table to having your very own studio.

Or like some of my other clients …

You could be generating 240k in your first year of business.

You could buy your dream yacht to sail around Antarctica at age 62.

You could be the designer who’s gearing up to leave her day job after selling more pieces last month, than all of last year combined!

You could finally take the leap of faith to leave that corporate j-o-b after 25 years, or 10 years, 3 years, or 3 months, and gracefully land in a career of your own design.

You could be the next “closeted creative” who breaks free and stops hiding. Like the mom who woke up everyday with images in her mind and knew herself to be a painter but had no brushes or paint, because she feared that if she allowed herself to paint, she’d neglect her family.   

I’m happy to report that she has since not only bought herself paint and brushes, but has travelled internationally to attend trainings in her art and her kids have not been neglected. In fact, they now have a mom who’s happier.

Something all of these folks have in common is that they started at Step 1. They said “yes” to registering for the Dream Acceleration Program, and they took the brave step to connect with their imaginations, admitting what they want, and finally saying their dreams out loud without any disclaimers – first to themselves, and then to other people.

And all of this, while the stories of “unrealistic” “impossible” “selfish” or “not enough whatever” … all that gets left in the dust.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?  So how do we do that?

Well, I’ve come to understand it’s an actual step-by-step process. And it’s what I refer to as The Dream Acceleration Process and I’ve created the Dream Acceleration Program specifically designed to support you in doing this.

So let me tell you a little more about that.

It’s a 6-month program, and in it, I’ll be giving you all my dream realization secrets, immediate energy management tools to use, and direct hands on how-to’s so you have a clear, proven process and you are fully equipped to realize any dream you can imagine.

Now, if you’re a visual person, I invite you see what I’m talking about in a bit more detail at You’ll see an outline of the steps that we walk through together in the program, and you’ll see all the bonuses and what’s included with the program – to include private calls with me!

I have put an enormous amount of thought and heart into designing this program.

It’s my signature program. It’s the culmination of my psychology degree, also pulling from what I learned while earning my Masters degree in Holistic Leadership, my coach training, as well as tons of self-study … and also the super-valuable school of hard knocks. 

I’ve condensed it down into the best, most efficient, effective tools so that you have exactly what you need, one module and one step at a time, to get you on the fast-track to your dreams.

I’ve built into it, private time with me. The first thing we’ll do is connected for a private 1:1 Kick-Off Activation Call. You’ll have access to anytime support throughout the program so there are no bottlenecks. If you get stuck,  we’ll get you unstuck. And, by design, there’s time enough for you to integrate the material fully before diving into the next step so we don’t have you going into overwhelm. 

The program also helps you build the muscle of independently making time for your dreamwork, creating that as a new habit – so important – so you take it with you, into the rest of your life.

Over the years, I’ve consistently made improvements to the program because I want to be sure you’re really truly actualizing your dreams. 

When you visit the website, you’ll notice the program I’m offering to you now is the 2.0 version, which is all fantastic and so valuable. 

And again, even without the coupon code, this program is priced to sell and when you look at the payoff is you get to live in Costa Rica, or leave that dead-end job, or start that business, or come out of your creative closet … or whatever your dream is.

Because , why would you stop here??

It is time to break free of what’s no longer a fit for you, to rediscover yourself and your dreams, and to experience the true freedom that life has to offer.

If you can dream it, I can coach it.

So, let’s get going … let’s get started.

Once again the coupon code to use is TODAYISMYSOMEDAY (all one word) and the program details and registration info can all be found at

The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll create this acceleration in your life.


So, before we wrap, last but certainly not least, Strategy #9.

Strategy #9: Celebrate Your Successes!

There will always be higher mountains to climb and new ambitions that emerge, and it’s so important to celebrate where you are, how far you’ve come, and the many many milestones along the way!

Life truly is about the journey not the destination. And life is to be celebrated! 

And as a dreaming pioneer, keep in mind that what you create not only benefits your life, but reaches out beyond you, to those you know, and even ripples out into the world at large!

Please know that I am celebrating you for showing up.  95% of people don’t do that!  But you did. You’re here.

And if you decide to register for The Dream Acceleration Program you’ll have lifetime access to the program so you can come back to it again and again as new dreams emerge and re-engage with the material anytime!

So, I want to say thank you again so much for the opportunity to serve you and to contribute to your journey.  I absolutely love connecting with people from my community and am so delighted that our paths have crossed. 

Together we really are so much more, so thank you for sharing this time with me. I look forward to the opportunity to further support you, any way that I can.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly with any question you might have.  

I look forward to our next connection!    

Until then, bye for now!

>>>> Click here to learn more about The Dream Acceleration Program. <<<<






Video 6: 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams

Video 6: 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams

If your dream arrived today, would you be ready?  

Click below to watch and learn Strategy #6 of 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams.

Or, if you prefer … scroll down to read the transcript.

Joy to you! It’s Tara Sage here of

In case you are just finding this video and you’re new to my work, I help people realize their dreams and I’ve been doing it since 2004. I put together this special video series to help YOU create a life you love so much that you don’t need a vacation, a life that inspires you to eagerly get up and out of bed in the morning.

The video you are watching is part of a series called 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate Your Dreams. One step at a time, I’m walking you through how to accelerate the realization of your dream life, by putting these 9 simple strategies to work for you.  And so it’s manageable and bite-sized, I’m breaking it down and sharing them, one strategy at a time.

That said, today is a twofer. Today I’m going to be sharing two Dream Acceleration strategies with you here! Strategy #6 and Strategy #7.

If you are new to this series or you missed previous videos outlining Strategy #1, Strategy #2, Strategy #3, Strategy #4, and Strategy #5, I recommend you go back and watch those first and then come back to this video and join me again for Strategies 6 and 7, ok? 

So to start, here’s Dream Acceleration Strategy #6. Strategy #6 is to Work Backwards. Strategy #6 is all about creating Your Inspired Action Plan in support of continued momentum and ongoing success and ease.  

If you want to really up the ante and quantum leap your dream full-steam ahead, a powerful success strategy is to work backward from the fulfillment of your dream, identifying milestone markers along the way and being sure that you have other people holding you accountable to your action plan. 

This is what will really support your dreams and your continued success.

And, this takes us right into Strategy #7: Make Room in Your Life for Your Dreams. Here’s what I mean.

It’s so easy to feel the longing in your heart…that ache and anticipation awaiting the day when your dream is fully actualized and you are joyfully living it out.  I’ll bet even as you think of it now, it feels so good.

But I’d like you to consider this: If your dream arrived today, would you be ready? I mean really ready? If your dream were to arrive on your doorstep today, would you open the door and say welcome! Oh I have been waiting for you and I’m so glad you’re here! Come in, come in!

Or would you say, “Ummmmm … could you come back, in like, 6 months?”

You need to prepare the space in your life for your dream, so that when it arrives you’re not just starting then to make space for it.  It takes preparation and forethought to get ready and anticipate the arrival of your dream in your life, and you’ll want to do everything you can to be ready to fully and joyfully receive and welcome it into your experience, the moment it arrives.

I’ll give a quick personal example of this:

When I first started my business, I hit a ‘‘block’’ around cleaning out an old filing cabinet that was in my home office.  I put it off for weeks, because it felt like drudgery to even think about doing. But, when I shifted my perspective it became something I couldn’t wait to begin. 

I had been dreading this task because I had been focused only on the nuances and effort required to go through everything in my filing cabinet. But, once I shifted my focus and saw it as a declaration to the Universe that I was making room for all the client folders that I was yet to have, I had a whole new incentive! 

This realization changed the energy around the task entirely!  Within no time, I had enthusiastically cleared and made room – both physically and metaphorically, and you might even say metaphysically – for new clients to enter my world.  And, soon after, they did and I was busy and really happy to be able to focus my time and energy on serving my clients, rather than on cleaning out a filing cabinet to make room for their folders!

This was as much an internal process for me as it was external. As I cleared out the filing cabinet, I was also clearing out my internal cobwebs, the ones that had me hesitating or not yet fully confident about working one-on-one with clients or fully welcoming them into my experience…

So, when you powerfully and properly prepare, you prepare yourself to receive whatever it is that you want.  You can identify your dream in even the most crystal clear vision, and then take clear and focused action toward its realization. But if, when it arrives, you aren’t ready to receive it, this is the stage where I’ve seen after all that visioning and all that action, that too many dreams are sabotaged.  And it just doesn’t have to be that way. 

So talk to me, share in the comments.  What’s one step that you can take in the next 24 hours to make room for your dream?  If your dream arrived today, would you be ready to fully receive it and welcome it into your life?

Let me know in the comments and stay tuned tomorrow for the final two: Dream Acceleration Strategy #8* and Strategy #9!

I can’t wait!  I’ll see you there!   Bye for now.