There comes a time in everyone’s journey when they need guidance and assistance with certain aspects of their life, whether for professional or personal reasons. Some people turn to self-help books, others to continue their education. A popular trend of successful people is to have a personal life coach.
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Heather M. Ferroni is a Transformational Life Coach who founded Living Outside the Box. She guides people through personal and professional hurdles and gets them from where they are now, to where they want to be. I interviewed Heather Ferroni about how she got started, why she enjoys helping people, and what someone can gain from having a personal life coach.
Michael Luchies: How and why did you decide to become a transformational life coach?
Heather M. Ferroni: I’ve always been absolutely fascinated by the human experience. I find it so interesting to study the history of psychology and human behavior, what drives us to do the things we do, how we develop thought patterns, habits, paradigms, perceptions, etc. that frame our life experience. My aim is not to “fix” people or “diagnose,” but rather to be an assistant of positive change to help people evolve from where they are to where they want to be. Nothing brings me greater joy than to help people identify what may be holding them back and then digging to find their own solutions.
ML: Have you always had an interest in helping other people?
HF: From as young as I can remember, I’ve always had a heart of compassion. I’ll admit, however that my desire to help hasn’t always been used in the most constructive or healthy ways. I gained so much clarity when I began to accept that helping people is a privilege that can only be asked for and not forced upon.
ML: That is a great point. What significance does your business name Living Outside the Box hold for you and your clients?
HF: The name “Living Outside the Box” came to me during a time where I was feeling frustrated because I felt like society was trying to shove me into a mold. I believe we are all created uniquely with gifts and talents we are to share with the world. I encourage everyone to embrace their individualism to become fully in-tune with their truest purpose and passion.
ML: Did you have any mentors or role models who helped shape your life for the better?
HF: My Nana has been a constant shining example of strength, faith, tenacity and love. She has played a significant role in shaping me and polishing me into the person I am today.
ML: How does someone know if they can benefit from having a life coach?
HF: The benefits of Life Coaching are immeasurable as they are in direct correlation with the willingness of each client. Most people have an inaccurate perception that Life Coaches “tell you what you need to do.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is, I do not have all the answers to the problems of the world. What I do have is extensive knowledge of human communication, a heart of compassion and very powerful questions that will assist the client in finding their own conclusions.
ML: What is one of the most common problems that you help clients with?
HF: Most of the time, my clients admit that they get in their own way from experiencing a life of fulfillment. Often times this shows up as insecurity, fear and doubt. I help clients discover areas of their life that are “stuck” and guide them to make a clear, concise plan to move forward. This is where major breakthroughs occur.
ML: What is one tip that you would give to someone struggling with this?
HF: To get out of the cycle of insanity, we must be willing to make changes in our lives. Change doesn’t have to be scary. Sometimes subtle enhancements can spark great reward. It’s all in how we frame the change.
ML: What is in the future for you and Living Outside the Box?
HF: I constantly remind myself “It’s not about me.” I depend so greatly on the power of faith and intuition to guide me during coaching sessions. Each time I’m able to guide clients toward achieving their inward greatness, I succeed. My goal is to provide tools and resources such as videos, podcasts, books, and workshops for anyone ready to step forward toward reaching their passion and purpose.
A lot can be gained by seeking guidance from a trained and experienced life coach. It takes someone who lives to help others to make a good coach, and it is clear that Heather Ferroni has that quality.
Thank you to Heather Ferroni for the information about what a life coach is and her personal story. For more information about Heather Ferroni and Living Outside the Box, visit www.livingoutsidethebox.org.
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