How did you decide to become a life coach? I have always been interested to become a therapist, but found that the western school of psychology presented flaws that I, as a child of immigrant parents, found at odds with the spirituality, ethics and eastern philosophy that were taught to me as a child. I faced challenges in finding the guidance and tools that would honour me, my background and my life experiences. This all changed when my brother offered me a few life coaching sessions as a birthday gift. For once, here was someone listening to me without judgement and who helping me find my answers and path forward. I had an “a-ha” moment, and decided to become a life coach. What type of training do you have? What else have you done before? I got my life coach certification from the Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver, BC. I am also a certified Yoga instructor. Aside from those, I have had an interestingly diverse career path in tech, banking, film & television, retail and hospitality sectors. The common thread was always that I helped people, something I truly enjoy. What were some of the challenges you faced when you first started? As with any new business, spreading the word and finding new clients is usually the biggest hurdle. As a life coach, there’s an extra layer of friction because not many people are familiar with the concept of life coaching. Luckily, I have a great team around me who have been tremendous help. Can you describe your coaching practice style and the kind of clients you typically work with? Coaching is all about listening without judgement, guiding the client to find their own answers and helping them come up with their own plan. Something I never do is tell someone what to do (except for my husband, haha!). Instead, I’ll ask the questions that will walk them to a place of clarity. Clients can also use me as an accountability tool. A coach is great at keeping you honest since they don’t judge you, you can feel safe reporting on your successes as well as your failures.
Coaching is a great idea for anyone going through a life transition, or looking to make changes about themselves, let go of bad habits and create better ones, anyone wanting to change careers, coping with loss or about to reach an important milestone like a wedding or a child. What is the most rewarding part of working with your clients, and what is the most challenging aspect of your work? The thing I love the most of witnessing a client reach their own a-ha moment. That’s where they realize their own power or reap the success of their own action. The clarity that I can see painted on their face is priceless, magical.
As for challenges, of course there are always challenges but to me they are an intrinsic part of success. I truly believe that nothing worth pursuing comes easy, so I’ve come to love and embrace challenges as stepping stones towards my goals. With that said, if I had to pick one challenge I’m facing in my work is to see so many people question their life path, unsure of what to do next, and I am here wanting to help, if only I could reach them all. What is a typical day for Sunita? I usually wake up early and start my day looking after myself with breath work, meditation, yoga, fitness training and journaling. Then, after school drop off, I focus on my coaching work and building my business. I also read a lot, join webinars and listen to podcasts, always looking to keep learning. What is your favourite thing about being a coach? That really depends on the person’s definition of success. For me, that’s living life in alignment with my purpose and values, to have a positive impact on the people and the environment around me