Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Case Study with Jill Barber

image (5)Do you have fears around putting yourself out there in the world as a coach, healer or entrepreneur?

Maybe you’ve have an idea to do something that seems too radical,
so you just hide it from the world.

Basically, not doing it is easier than risking no one being interested in
what you have to share. If this is you…

Then this post may inspire you to change your story and do something about it.

Today, I want to introduce you to one of the graduates of my coach training program, The Art of Becoming a Coach. Jill Barber discovered how to overcome her fear of getting out there in the world, leveraged her resources, strengths, and life experiences to create her life coaching practice, on her own terms.

How it all started…

It all started when I hired my first coach in 2004 to help me change careers.

I was teaching yoga part time and wanted to explore opening a studio. In the end, I changed jobs and did not pursue a yoga career. But more importantly, it introduced me to coaching and the value of working with a coach. The seed was planted.

When I began to think about becoming a coach, the biggest struggle I had to break through was letting go of the financial security that my full-time corporate job offered.I was good at my job, but it didn’t fulfill my desire to work more directly with individuals to help improve their lives.

The main hurdle to starting my coaching journey was that I could only see two options – continue in corporate America, or become a coach. It wasn’t until I started the process of exploring myself through The Art of Becoming a Coach that I really believed I could do both, and still have time for me.

My biggest fear I had to overcome was…

Putting myself out there.

Stepping out of my “comfort zone”, from behind the walls of a corporate job and the security of my paycheck, into sharing who I really am with the world felt risky. (Not to mention the risk that some people might not be interested in what I have to share.)

Hillary’s coach training program helped me see how much I truly had to offer as a coach, without having to get certified. Appreciating the value of my life experience – from how I keep myself healthy to how I earn a living – gave me the confidence and excitement to move forward.

I even ended up weaving yoga and meditation into my programs because these practices have been such a huge benefit in my own growth process.

The specific results I achieved since getting out there as a coach are…

Practically speaking, The Art of Becoming a Coach provided the framework to design and create my own practice – including my signature program, A New Vitality. And ultimately, my Jill Barber Living website.

I found my niche in helping baby boomers looking for something more after consciously or unconsciously setting aside their needs to pursue a career, or build a family. I now help over-committed and under-fulfilled professionals rediscover the time and energy to reinvent their lives.

Reinvention wasn’t a theme I expected when I started out. That is the glory of the Hillary’s coach training program, I discovered new things about myself – like the fact that I’ve been reinventing all my life.

Now I’m starting to get even more traction by putting myself out there and talking with people about what I do. Yes, it was scary at first…and sometimes it came out a little awkwardly…but step by step it started to feel more natural. And, I’m getting paying clients!

The two biggest things I’ve learned from The Art of Becoming a Coach are:

1) “Ask”, don’t “Tell”. Get curious and find out what people are looking for rather than focussing on what you do.

2) Talk to everyone, you might be surprised who shows up. I recently told a male friend what I was up to (I typically coach women) and he asked about working with me.

Her plans for expanding her coaching practice.

Jill is focused on building her Reinvention Community one step at a time, getting in front of her ideal clients by leading workshops and speaking opportunities, as well as getting press on and off-line to fill her programs.

She is now developing her coaching practice to help baby boomers reinvent themselves, one step at a time, by teaching them to make themselves a priority and spend less effort to create the life they want instead.

In the longer term, she is creating programs for corporations and businesses – to leverage both her coaching and corporate experience. Find out more about what she does here.

Are you inspired to step out of your comfort zone today?

Use the fillable Permission Statement below to support you to take your next steps.

Own it by posting your statement the comments below so we, as a community, can cheer you on. (This very tool was one of the tools Jill used to help her take the leap to putting herself out there as a coach…)

I give myself permission to release the fear of stepping out of my comfort zone. I allow myself ownership over creating [what you want to create in your life]. I am safe and trust I will attract my perfect [what you want, clients, students, etc…] into my life. With gratitude I say and so it is.

I can’t wait to read your permission statement below and hear what you think about this story. And if The Art of Becoming a Coach is what you’ve been looking for, I hope to see you in the program in 2014!

Your Angel of Fire,



P.S. We teach you how to use the Permission Statement Principle in TAOBC.

Wanna meet more inspiring women like Jill? Click here to read their stories of how they too overcame their fears to go for their dreams of becoming a coach.


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