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
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. <br</br
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.
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 tarasagecoaching.com and by now you know I help people live their dreams. You are watching this special video seriesdesigned 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!
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 extremelyimportant.You really can’t do it alone. And if you havea 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.
Don’t just take my word for it.Visit dreamaccelerationprogram.com 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 www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com
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.
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 www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com 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 www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com
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.
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.
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?
How do you imagine your life would change if you came to see fear as a reason to keep going?
Click below to watch and learn Strategy #5 of 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams.
Or, if you prefer … scroll down to read the transcript.
Hello! It’s Tara Sage here of tarasagecoaching.com, devoted to helping you live your dreams! You are watching a special video series that is all about helping YOU create a life you love so much that you don’t need a vacation. Because you deserve to have the kind of life that inspires you to eagerly get up and out of bed in the morning, don’t you think?
The name of this video series is 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate Your Dreams.
One strategy at a time, I am walking you through how to accelerate the realization of YOUR dream life putting these 9 simple strategies to work for you, one manageable bite-sized step at a time.
In this video I’m sharing Strategy #5. If you’re new to this series or you missed videos outlining Strategy #1, Strategy #2, Strategy #3, or Strategy #4, I recommend you go back and watch those first and then come back to this video and join me again for strategy #5. Ok?
Alright. So here’s Dream Acceleration Strategy #5. Strategy #5 is: Be Willing to Stretch BeyondFear (even if only just a teensy-tiny little bit!)
Fear can be your friend!
Here’s a quick story: A woman who attended a retreat weekend that I led in Maine a few years back, shared that she had been an actor in New York and had asked her acting coach what to do about the fear she felt every time she got on stage.His answer was, “Get used to it.”
While some people advocate for the elimination of fear, I think it’s very important to remember that brave people are not without fear. Think about it!If they were, what in the world would they need bravery for?!?
Now, here’s what sets the driven dreamers apart from the running-in-place dreamers: Running-in-place dreamers see fear as the reason to stay put.They believe fear to be a legitimate warning sign.
They buy into the false belief that if you’re uncomfortable, that must mean it’s not the right time or it’s a “sign from the universe” that it’s the wrong thing to do.And this is just plain old not true, and absolutely a self-sabotaging thought pattern.It’s a textbook trick of the ego-mind that, if you buy into it, will keep you playing small and keep you waiting for “someday”. And sadly, until you break out of this belief pattern, “someday” never comes.
What Driven Dreamers do is breathe into it, and do it anyway.
There’s a quote by Fritz Perls, the German-born psychotherapist, said, “Fear is excitement without the breath.” I absolutely love that and I remind myself of it often.
What that means is that the less breath you feed your fear, the bigger your fear gets. So, big, easy breaths really are an antidote to fear.Each and every breath is literally an opportunity to transform fear into excitement about what’s possible.
Take a breath right now.Each and every breath is literally an opportunity to decide to go from a place of limitation, to a place of expansion and to move into truly living from a place of possibility.
Now, I can’t resist getting on my soapbox for a moment: There’s a common sentiment that I’ve heard a lot in the coaching industry, that says, “Eliminate the fear!” Rah-rah!
In my opinion, that really is nonsense advice.I believe quite the opposite is true. My philosophy is that fear isn’t something to get rid of, but rather something to embrace as normal and as a critically important part of the expansion and transformation process.
A big mistake that I see people making is denying, ignoring, or demonizing their fear, and that’s the worst thing you can do because resisting it makes it stronger! So unless you’re being chased by a tiger, running from it won’t ultimately be what serves you best.
Just imagine for a moment how your life would change if it you really came to see fear, rather than a reason to retreat, as evidence that you are absolutely headed in the “right” direction?! As evidence to keep going. How do you imagine that would impact your life?
Back to the advice of the acting coach, “Get used to it,” while admittedly, not very warm-and-fuzzy, is terrific advice for facing fear’s persistent presence.Fear can certainly be minimized and it can be managed, but it’s not going to disappear all together.Sorry.
Those who wait for fear to go away before getting “on stage” will always be in the audience or on the bench watching as others intentionally craft the life that they dream of.And while these might be front row seats – and they might feel safe and comfy for a while, eventually it gets downright boring and uninspiring to always be a spectator.
It doesn’t have to be this way. There are proven step-by-step techniques that support managing your fearS, integrating them – and ideally even welcomingthem!
And that’s something that I teach. I coach with people who are willing and eager to go beyond their fears and really discover just how expansive and capable they are.
And the fact that you’re watchingtells me that YOU are ready to step out, to stretch, even if just a teensy-tiny bit beyond your fear, so that one step at a time you too star in your own life story, whatever that means to you.
The question really is:Are you willing to stretch? Let me know in the comments below. Are you willing to stretch?
In this right now present moment, I invite you to consider: What commitment do you need to make to yourself right now on behalf of your dreams?
What would support throughout this process be worth to you?
If you’re ready to do the work and you know you want this kind of support, I invite you to check out my signature program: It’s called the Dream Acceleration Program. You can see all the details at www.dreamaccelerationprogram.com
And if you review the program details and you have questions, you’ll see there’s a link there to schedule a call with me so we can connect one to one to get those questions answered and determine if this is in fact the right program for you.
Alright, so to recap, Strategy #5: BE Willing to Stretch Beyond Fear (even if only just a teensy-tiny little bit!)
I’ll be back tomorrow with Dream Acceleration Strategy #6 & #7. A twofer! The next two really take things to a new height, so be sure to tune in and watch where I’ll share both Dream Acceleration Strategy #6 and Dream Acceleration Strategy #7!
Even though it might FEEL like you have to shake your entire life up for things to change …. it’s the small everyday changes, consistently implemented, that make all the difference and pave the way to achieve your dreams.
Click below to watch and learn Strategy #4 of 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate the Realization of Your Dreams.
Or, if you prefer … scroll down to read the transcript.
If you’ve been watching you know that my work is helping people live their dreams, and I’ve been doing it since way back in 2004.
You are watching a special video series – my gift to you, all in the spirit of helping YOU create a life you love so freakin’ much you don’t need a vacation, a life that inspires you to eagerly get up and out of bed in the morning.
In this video series, I’m so enjoying sharing with you 9 Simple Powerful Strategies to Accelerate Your Dreams, walking you through how to accelerate the realization of YOUR dream life by putting these nine simple strategies to work for you.
And so it’s manageable and bite-size, I’m breaking it down and sharing them one strategy at a time.
In this video I share Strategy #4. If you are new to this series or you missed videos outlining Strategy #1, Strategy #2, and Strategy #3, I recommend you go back and watch those first and then come back to this video and join me again for Strategy 4.
Ok. So here’s Dream Acceleration Strategy #4. It’s short and sweet.
Strategy #4: KNOW that there is no such thing as a small step forward.
Wherever you are is where you start. Wishing you were further down the path, or wishing you had more (fill in the blank) is all simply a waste of energy.
From exactly where you are, it is time to choose to move forward with clear aligned action, identifying the next inspired action steps toward the realization of your dreams. Whether it’s intentional or not, every thought and every action you take is a step in creating your future. And without clear intentions, tools, and accountability it’s really easy to create your future by default.
One way to know if you’re doing this, is to notice if you seem to be repeating outcomes and circumstances, that while familiar, aren’t what you really deeply desire for yourself and your life.
I really want you to get this. Your energy is being spent one way or another. Once you refocus the newfound energy that you salvage by doing the in-depth energy inventory I talked about in Strategy #2, you can now apply that reclaimed energy toward taking clear, focused action on your dreams.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that it’s not the big dramatic changes and huge risks and leaps that make your dreams real.
Even though it might feel like you have to shake your entire life up for things to change, it’s the small everyday changes, consistently implemented, that make all the difference and pave the way to achieve your dreams. Small steps – if they’re the right steps – can be absolutely transformative and powerfully set you in a new direction, fast!