As a Lifestyle Coach, your coaching changes over the years. Much of it is experience, but a lot of it is that you change.
It's been on my mind lately that my clients from my early days didn't have the same coach that my current clients do. I started out my coaching career exclusively as a weight loss coach and my perspectives & approaches have changed a lot over time. Especially as I expended into health, happiness, productivity, business and other areas of our life experience.
And so I sent out an apology. Literally to every client I have coached over the years. Almost 600 people.
I decided to share for a couple reasons
1) To show the power of starting. I feel like I still helped people in those early days, even as a lesser me. And it was through starting and gaining experience that I was able to grow into a better coach
2) To illustrate that it's always ok to apologize. People dislike you more for pretending to be perfect than admitting that you're not.
Here is what I said:
I want to apologize to all of my clients.
I have been a coach for 6 years now, and this email goes out to almost 600 of you. It's a lot of people and a lot of years.
I have changed. I have "grown up" with a lot of you. I have learned a lot. I'm not saying I'm not crazy now, but I was a lot more kinds of crazy before.
At the height of my career as a coach, I was underweight, bulimic, and trying to help you all be successful while terrified you would find out I was a phony.
I know now that you don't expect a perfect coach, and I couldn't give you one anyway, but my point is that you have seen different Lydias over the years. Many of you don't know the Lydia I currently am.
So, to all those I have coached over the years, I want to apologize for the ways I was wrong when I coached you back then. Those of you I am coaching now, you will probably get another email in another 6 years because I will have grown some more!
Today, I am sending you a different kind of before and after snapshot. Some of you may remember the "before me."
A new year is starting. I haven't been in touch with many of you for a long time. And if you are interested in making some changes or beginning a fresh start in your health, I probably wouldn't want to call back the old Lydia. But if the coach I am now is a bit more inspiring, I just want to extend the invitation to any of you to reach out and say hi. I would love to catch up and hear where you are in your life journey.