Coaching

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” (attributed to Ernest Hemingway)

Are you an author, professor, or graduate student who is having trouble starting (or finishing) that book or article? Do you get bogged down in the writing process? Do you feel less than motivated about a writing project that you know in your heart would be beneficial, either personally or professionally?

As a former journalist (for the Bangkok Post) and the author of 7 books (one released by an academic publisher, the others self-published), several peer-reviewed academic articles, and countless other on-line and in-print pieces, I am intimately familiar with the process of beginning and finishing writing projects.

With me in your corner, I can help you organize your ideas, create a writing schedule, and then develop an accountability system that will ensure your project gets done. I also will empower you to overcome writer’s block and teach you how to avoid sabotaging yourself.

Creating a written work can be a daunting task. Not only is there is the production side but also the fact that you are making yourself vulnerable by putting your work out into the world for people to consume (and judge). With coaching, you can learn how to face your fears and feel energized about the work you are doing. After all, if you’ve got a book or article in you, why not write it and see what happens next?

Working as a team you and I will explore what is holding you back from completing your project. Then we’ll develop strategies to address those obstacles. Finally, I’ll assist you in implementing those strategies so that your goals can become reality.

Coaching isn’t therapy, in that I won’t be giving you a mental health diagnosis. We won’t be focusing on deep emotional processing. We won’t be doing trauma work.

Instead, sessions will be highly structured and focused on your goals and how to achieve them. We’ll explore what is holding you back from your goals and then map out actionable steps to arrive there. I can assure you, however, that a benefit of my 15 years of experience as a therapist is that I have the skills to help you explore and modify the limiting beliefs that are getting in the way of your dreams.

But perhaps most importantly, I will become your accountability partner. This is because we often hold ourselves back due to fear and  procrastination. As your coach, part of my job is to hold you accountable so that you avoid that kind of self-sabotage. By holding you responsible (in a supportive and compassionate way) for the action steps that will lead you to your goals, you are much more likely to achieve them.

Athletes have always used coaches to help them achieve their goals and live to their full potential. Why not utilize the same kind of relationship to get your project moving in the right direction?

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Coaching sessions are $65 per hour. We can meet over Skype or on the phone. I offer a free 30 minute phone/video consult in order to determine whether we are a good fit. Contact me today by phone (540-819-0429) or email (andymatzner@gmail.com) to set up an appointment!