What the heck is a personal development coach?

There are a lot of different types of coaches, each with the goal to help their clients excel in some way.  Most of us are familiar with sports coaches who help athletes develop superior performance and skills to achieve excellence at their sport.

Isn’t it equally important, if not more important, to achieve excellence in all aspects of your life?

Joan Jakel is a personal development coach

The simple answer is personal development coaching focuses on personal growth and self-improvement

A personal development coach helps people:

  • access their personal power
  • overcome obstacles,
  • create an empowered mindset,
  • eliminate limiting beliefs,
  • become more self-aware,
  • navigate adversity and challenges,
  • master emotions
  • develop confidence
  • learn how to take radical responsibility for their lives.

Personal development coaches thrive on helping clients unleash their potential, teach them tools to go after what they want in life and GET IT.


Coaching is a collaborative process between the coach and the client.  To achieve real, lasting results, the client must be wholeheartedly committed and willing to fully engage in the coaching process. 

A masterful coach will create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment to encourage the client to explore life with honesty and introspection. Real results require the ability to be vulnerable and explore uncomfortable places.

Coaches often see the potential in their clients before they can see it for themselves.  However, don’t expect your coach to give you the answers even when they have them.  What makes great coaches so effective is their ability to expertly guide clients through the self-discovery process. 

Coaches ask a lot of questions designed to lead clients to discover the answers on their own.  Let’s be real – no one likes to be told what to do.  However, when you discover the solution to life’s questions and challenges on your own, then you have real buy in. You revel in a sense of accomplishment and desire to implement, which solidifies and internalizes the results for lasting impact.

It’s human nature to focus on life’s problems and challenges which results in feeling stuck without a solution.  Personal development coaches recognize that what we focus on expands, so the last thing we want to do is focus on the problem! Coaches help clients shift the focus onto the solution and desired outcomes which leads to real action and desirable results

A key benefit of working with a personal development coach is receiving accountability and direct feedback to move in the direction of the desired outcomes. Coaches provide timely course corrections to keep you on target to achieve your goals more quickly.

Coaches come to the relationship with highly effective tools and resources specifically tailored to help each client achieve their desired outcome.


Life Coach Joan JakelSo now that you have a general understanding of coaches, let me share my unique brand of personal development coaching.

As a personal development coach, I help you get crystal clear on your vision of life – the life that rocks your world and excites you to jump out of bed in the morning ready to take on your day. 

With your vision in hand, we collaborate to create an actionable plan.  An action plan that can turn your deeply held dreams and goals into reality when you commit to taking action. 

I teach, guide and coach you to:

    • upgrade your mindset
    • eliminate fear
    • develop confidence and courage
    • put an end to resistance
    • eliminate the nagging, critical inner dialogue
    • access your inner wisdom
    • develop empowering, supportive beliefs
    • define your values
    • create SMART goals
    • determine priorities
    • set healthy boundaries
    • implement your vision
    • live a more fulfilling life.

I provide the tools, resources, structure, support, personal guidance and accountability to achieve your desired outcome.  And I do it from the perspective of seeing you as already having achieved your vision – I see you as the person you desire to be, and I hold you in the space of knowing what is possible.

You will learn how to take radical responsibility for your life and quit giving away your power to anyone else.

YOU become the cause of your life rather than being subject to the effect of people, situations, societal views or outdated rules – rules that never applied to you in the first place!

The reality is that you cannot create a new desired outcome by doing the same things you’ve always done – you have to learn to do things that you’ve never done to get results you’ve never (yet) obtained.

If your current life does not support your desired vision of your life, or you haven’t yet figured out your vision, then change, and the willingness to get uncomfortable as you navigate it, are necessary components leading to success.  This kind of change requires seasoned guidance to help you navigate the discomfort and fear of letting go of what is to embrace all that can be. 

Given my business and legal background, most of my coaching clients are entrepreneurs. While I ask a lot of questions during coaching sessions, when it comes to business, I also pepper in advice and guidance often found in more traditional advising roles.

coffee, candles, flowers and notepadThrough the entire coaching process, I provide a nourishing, safe and supportive environment.  All coaching is provided in a judgement-free zone

I am gentle to encourage introspection, yet strong to not let you off the hook when the going gets tough. 

I’m direct, yet always deliver with your highest good guiding the way.

My well-tuned intuition guides the process to deliver what is most needed in the moment.

If you feel the tingling of excitement and just a bit of fear, you know you’re at the right place at the right time.   You are ready to take your life to the next level and breathe life into your vision. 

I’d love to have conversation and hear about your dreams and vision of life. To learn more about how you can work with me, click here to review the options. If you’re ready to move your life forward, click here to schedule a 30-minute complimentary Ignite Your Life Discovery Session with me.  During the session, you can get a taste of my coaching, we can determine if we are a great match and which coaching program is ideal for you.

Always keep your dream in front of you and take daily steps toward it. 

Here’s to your success!

Carpe Diem!


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