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Comfortable and Confident vs. Comfortable or Confident

John Williams
April 25, 2023

The roots of the words “comfortable” and “confident” reveal much about their meanings. “Comfortable” originates from the Latin word fortis, which translates to “strength,” while “confident” comes from fides, meaning “faith.” This linguistic backdrop sets the stage for a profound discussion in life coaching.

Last night, during a Life Coaching training session, we explored the notion that effective coaching might require confidence combined with the willingness to embrace discomfort. Traditionally, confidence brings comfort, especially when outcomes are predictable. However, the life coaching process often challenges us to maintain confidence in the face of discomfort.

Reflecting on personal experiences, significant achievements are rarely accompanied by comfort. Indeed, while I was often confident about overcoming challenges, the journey frequently pushed me beyond my comfort zone. This observation extends to parenting as well, where fostering an environment of safety and comfort for our children is essential, yet we must also encourage them to trust their capabilities even when stepping outside their familiar settings.

This realization about comfort zones—that they are flexible and can expand—leads to an intriguing question: What lies just beyond our current boundaries of comfort? And how can we courageously pursue those new heights?

In life coaching, as in life, the pursuit of growth often begins at the edge of our comfort zones. Embracing this dynamic can transform our approach to personal and professional development.

If you’re curious about how life coaching can help you expand your comfort zone and enhance your confidence, consider signing up for an upcoming sample coach training session. Explore new possibilities and discover what you can achieve when you step into the space between comfort and confidence.

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Join our exclusive Mastermind Workshop designed specifically for life coaches looking to develop their business. You’ll have a chance to experience firsthand what the Business Masterminds are like and gain insights along the way.

The Life Coaching Tools Series looks at a different tool each workshop with an opportunity to connect with other coaches, coach. and be coached. It’s the best way. to see if coaching is for you.

Coach Training Sessions
(Designed to be Sample Training Classes)

May 7th at 3 PM Pacific

Transformation & Coach Training Session

Coaching & Transformation-1 Hour Life Coach Training

Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

May 16th at 3 PM Pacific

Transformation & Coach Training Session

Coaching & Transformation-1 Hour Life Coach Training

Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

Business Mastermind Sessions

May 23rd at 9 AM Pacific

Business Mastermind

Business Mastermind--1 Hour Biweekly Workshop

ALC and CTEDU founder John Andrew Williams offers a biweekly Business Mastermind. Although these workshops are designed for current students and alumni, prospective students are welcome to register after speaking with an admissions advisor.

The workshops are fast paced, live on zoom. We usually take a dive into a specific websites, elevator pitches, sales calls, and whatever else coaches are facing as they establish their businesses.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom.

May 16th at 3 PM Pacific

Business Mastermind

Business Mastermind--1 Hour Biweekly Workshop

ALC and CTEDU founder John Andrew Williams offers a biweekly Business Mastermind. Although these workshops are designed for current students and alumni, prospective students are welcome to register after speaking with an admissions advisor.

The workshops are fast paced, live on zoom. We usually take a dive into a specific websites, elevator pitches, sales calls, and whatever else coaches are facing as they establish their businesses.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom.

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