Online courses are two-a-penny and you may feel like there’s lots out there already to support personal and life change and importantly, your own transformation.
It’s hard enough identifying that we have something we’d like to change, then looking for support and finally who or what support to take up. I feel this too.
However, if you’ve found me and my work, and the gentle life course specifically, you may have your own concerns about joining a course like this which I address in this blog.
Perhaps it helps you decide whether to join this course – now or in future. It may also help you make a decision that’s right for you about any other course you want to join.
If you’d like more details about the gentle life course first and how it can help you, head over here.
Concern 1 – will an online course actually help me and will the course leader even be present?
The gentle life course is online so that we’re not restricted by location and you also get the freedom to complete the videos and workbooks at your leisure, but with gentle encouragement and support from me and the group too. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean there isn’t extensive support and interaction – with both one-to-one and group coaching from me regularly, accountability partners, and membership area for community discussion it’s actually a time when you feel incredibly held and supported within your life. Other members have described it as having a friend with you the whole time helping you make really good decisions (like saying NO where you previously wouldn’t have done!).
You may know already that it’s an online coaching course provided for an intimate number of people. What I love about this is that it’s not a programme where you just hang out with hundreds of others and don’t get any support. I’m incredibly passionate about running it and get to know the members really well. The members also do this with each other, making it all the more enriching for everyone.
Concern 2 – I don’t have enough time to commit to the course at the moment
The time commitment is from anything as little as an hour a week up to what you want to make room for. You’ll benefit from watching each week’s video, making notes and coming to the group coaching calls (each 1 hour). Anything above that is additional and will bring additional shifts on top of those expected.
If you feel too busy for a course like this it may just be exactly the thing you need, but I also don’t want you to overload your diary, mind and overwhelm so that it’s just another thing to do. The course becomes an integral part of your life for 6 weeks and you want to ready to start it. Sometimes, people sign up, realise they weren’t actually ready but FIND the time by saying no to so many other things they don’t want to be doing, which is brilliant.
Members more often than not start to find more time and space to make more room for themselves – to rest, to focus, to be, to create and this in itself becomes integral to their gentle life. It’s very exciting to watch from my perspective and even better to experience first-hand.
Concern 3 – Unsure whether to spend the money
In terms of the cost, the price is less than £50 a week which is incredible value for what’s included – personal and weekly group coaching from me, membership area for community support, downloadable workbooks.
Most of all, the mindset and transformation that is achieved during and after this course is significant.
All that for less than an average counselling session a week.
Plus you have lifetime access to the materials and membership to the Alumni area where previous members hang out and can still access support.
Concern 4 – I just don’t know if it’s for me
It might not be! However if you’ve been any of the following in the last few weeks take note:
– overwhelmed with how much you have to do each day
– worried about making plans because you don’t know where they’ll fit in
– frustrated at small things that you wouldn’t usually worry about
– have found yourself saying ‘I wish / I really want / What cant this just…’ a lot lately
– annoyed at your friends/partner/kids
– have reasonably negative self talk about what you achieve and don’t achieve each day or month
– have felt tired a lot of the time
– would like to adjust something, anything, but not sure where to start or there are so many things to start it feels impossible
– like you really need to make a change in some area in your life or else you’ll burnout
– desperate to feel different to how you’ve felt in the past/last year/the last few weeks
– curious about working with me
Maybe it is the course for you?
Concern 5 – I’ve tried lots / I’ve worked with a coach / I already know what do to but I’m not doing it
Whilst these are quite different concerns I’ve put them together because really they can be answered as a theme – which is this: I understand, we know we need to do something and we’ve possibly even discussed it with many people, or the important people, or paid someone.
But we still feel the way we felt before. We still want to change something and we may not have done it fully or felt the shift we wanted or really got to the calm, peaceful and more gentle version of ourselves that we’d like.
The Gentle Life course is a transformation that is proven to work (from evidence based approaches, case studies, testimonials and previous member insight) and gently encourages you to look at your thoughts feelings and emotions behind the things you do that don’t serve you well and then take better actions and behaviours that help you more.
This stuff is lifelong. We’re constantly evolving and changing so it’s up to you to take the reins on what you learn and implement it at home, at work, in your social circles – wherever you see fit to change. But change you will when you do the work.
Concern 6 – I’m not ready to uncover my stuff (but I’d like to lead a gentle life)
Sometimes we don’t want to investigate or turn things over because it’s not the right time for us to be looking. Maybe we’re feeling vulnerable or rushed or SO overwhelmed we can’t begin to think about reviewing our lives and making changes.
My answer here incorporates some of the answer from concern 4 but it is a little different. Perhaps it is exactly the right time to be looking into our stuff in order to make the changes that will benefit us in the longer term. But that’s scary too I know. We think we might uncover stuff that’s too big to deal with or we’re not ready to even admit that we want change in an area because it feels massive. Maybe we don’t even feel we deserve it.
But we also know we won’t get change unless we’re prepared to make some changes, which starts with looking at what needs to change. Catch 22 huh?
My question to you would simply be this: Will there ever be a right or a better time? If truthfully yes, and you know that busy-ness factors can also not be changed now, then absolutely wait til then.
If anything else, then maybe you are more ready than you think?