Coaching Vs. Therapy: The Long Answer

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In last week’s blog, I asked but did not answer the question Professional Coaches are often asked:

What’s the difference between Coaching and Therapy?

Experience has proven to me that there’s no quick and easy answer to this...

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Coaching Vs. Therapy — Why I No Longer Give a Short Answer to This Question?

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When I first started coaching, I used to share easy answers.

One of those answers was the response to the question Life Coaches are asked often.

What’s the difference between Coaching and Therapy?

My easy answer was, “Therapy is...

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What Are You Leaving Behind?

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I write to understand myself.

It’s the kind of writing I almost never share publicly. It’s messy and vulnerable. And almost always, I don’t look at it again! I just tuck it away somewhere like a message in a bottle for someone...

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The Mindset Reset! 11 Powerful Practices

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I love all my clients, but I adore the young adults

Because they have had less time to be shaped by their environment, they tend to be more open-minded and less set in their ways. They are often more willing to experiment with creating a...

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Redefining Success in Parenting – Why ‘The Parent Test’ is More Than Just a Reality Show?

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One of my vices is my attachment to watching reality shows!

I’m not proud of it.

It's the kind of activity that doesn't require much brain power, allowing me to multitask and divert my attention to several things. But it seems to be the...

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20 Things I Wish I Knew in My 30s: A Coach's Reflection

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If I could go back 20 years in time and coach, really coach, my 30-ish self, she would:

 

  1. Realize — in her bones, and not just in the Instagram-filled areas of her brain — that she is far more powerful than she realizes.
  2. Learn...
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Raising Conscious Children: Balancing Growing Up and Waking Up

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“My child needs to grow up!”

Nope.

Your child needs to wake up. 

This is my response to parents who confuse “growing up” with “waking up”. 

And I don’t mean they need to become...

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No Frapping — The Powerful Agreement That Creates Bulletproof Relationships

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Powerful agreements create powerful relationships.

One of the most valuable relationships in my life is with the women in my private coaching group, The Wisdom Circle.

By design, no one in this group is new to coaching and its greatest value...

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The Key to Better Decisions: Understanding the Why Behind Your Decision Making Process

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Our life is the sum of our choices. 

— Albert Camus

I’m obsessed with the art of decision making! Decisions decide direction.

What was the last impactful decision you made? How did you go about making it? Do you want to make...

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Ageless Advisors: 80-Somethings Share Their Secrets

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Sometimes I run on trails, and because I work full time and often can’t just cut loose to spend four hours in the mountains (yes, trail-running in LA is a sport of commitment!), I run around the neighborhood park.

It can be mind numbing...

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The Blessing of an Ordinary Day

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It’s not unusual for me to start a coaching session by asking, “What would make this conversation extraordinary for you?”

Because coaching is all about going from good to great — ordinary to extraordinary.

And yet, my...

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The Power of Creating a Joy List

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Last week in The Wisdom Circle, my private coaching group of extraordinary women, we explored joy.

So many of us confuse joy with happiness. Let me explain.

Happiness is a state of being.

Joy is an emotion created in any given...

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The Power of the Determined Client

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Transformational Coaching takes skill, creativity and commitment. But more than anything else, it takes time.

Can one conversation be full of insights and deeply valuable? Can it be unforgettable and impactful?

Absolutely.

But,...

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Be a Miner, NOT an Astronaut

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Last week’s blog amplified a communal sigh of relief, “We made it!” and begged the answer to the question, “Now what?”.

While we are learning how to slow down and live more consciously, our default tendency...

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We Made it! Now What?

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We made it!

There were a few dodgy turns, and we weren’t sure if we could handle the curves. We were scared, anxious, and just wanted to zone out with Netflix.

We fell, got back up and lived to tell.

We were embarrassed, ashamed,...

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Ambition Vs. Greed leadership mindset

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When did ambition become a four letter word?

Think of the last time you used the word “ambitious” to describe yourself or another person. Was it in an entirely positive context? Did it sound a little cringy even when it was...

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Why Are Old People Slow? leadership life skills mindset

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Why are old people slow? Because the fast ones are dead!

— Anonymous wisdom

I won’t get a tattoo. I have nothing against tattoos or people who have them, it’s just not my thing. But if it was, I know exactly what...

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How to be a Fierce Giver? leadership life skills mindset

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In last week’s article, I shared my learnings about making money. I’m not a financial advisor or a money expert, so I chose to go upstream and address the three areas that I am an expert in:

  1. Shining a light on false and...
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The 3 Steps to Creating Money leadership mindset parenting

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In my work, limiting beliefs around money are some of the hardest to unearth and transform. Most of us are still carrying around our great grandparents’ beliefs about money and allowing them...

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Make Belonging Happen! communication leadership mindset relationships

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Do you belong?

I don’t! At least not until fairly recently in my life.

You see, although I don’t present as one, I am naturally more of an introvert.

Additionally, for reasons mostly of my own creation and external...

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Interesting vs. Happy: Which Life do You Want? communication mindset parenting relationships

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I received an email recently from a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while.

She asked, “So what’s new in your life?”

Oddly, an emotion I couldn’t identify with or name...

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How Can You Speed Up by Slowing Down? life skills mindset

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The blog I wrote two weeks ago — 4 Life Principles to Quit the Hustle addressed a myth most driven people assume to be true — that striving for more, going faster, and competing to be...

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Zan Zendegi Azadi

I am a permanent resident of what the author, Franz Johansson calls The Intersection in his seminal work, The Medici Effect.

I live at the intersection of female, Iranian, American, Jew, Mother and Coach.

My platform is not a political one. But one cannot be a professional coach and not be a...

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4 Life Principles to Quit the Hustle leadership life skills mindset

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If you describe yourself as driven, high-achieving and ambitious, then you’ve probably drunk the Kool-Aid. If you’re in your late thirties or above (depending on when you started...

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