Michelle Amod (Life Coach)

This week on People Profile: Michelle Amod (Life Coach)
Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advising, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what their obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action that make their life what they intended it to be.
This week on People Profile we welcome out of South Africa Michelle Amod. Welcome to People Profile Michelle.


Michelle Amod

Thank you for having me Dr. C

Dr. C
Please tell us about your background?

Michelle Amod
I was raised in extreme poverty, my dad dug graves for a living and my mum cut cotton in a factory. I was a skinny dark skinned girl that wore the attire of poverty, grew up in the Durban South Africa. I was very poor but popular because I never allowed people to have a dull moment in my presence. I found humor even when my stomach was empty. I dreamed , of a “GEORGE MICHAEL type of man” rescuing me and that hope kept me going. My parents were extremely strict. My mum was a very conservative Christian & my dad was Hindu, my mum made every endeavor that we follow her religion and for four days a week we went to church. I couldn’t understand this as “prosperity” and of the bible because my parents struggled. I lived most of my childhood dreaming of a life free from struggle. My family endured adversity daily and that made me strong. For many years I blamed poor people for the situations they were in. Thinking they lacked the will to preserve for greatness, they simply existed in their comfort zone mentalities. It took me many years to free my soul from the toxic upbringing of poverty. I am a story of truth and a journey from poverty to stupidity and to one of prosperity.

Dr. C
Where do you get your energy – what motivates and turns you on?

Michelle Amod
I derive my energy from Meditation and music, this is a hectic combination, but yes I begin my day with 20 minute mind-meditation, then I listen to loud pick me up music, crazy dance mornings with my kids and this sets me on fire to take on the day.

Dr.C
What moves most of your clients to tears of Joy / Sorrow?

Michelle Amod
I DO, the very story of my life is one that comes from my soul, my transition from flawed to fabulous. People that hear me speak usually cry and then they are laughing and this happens throughout the session.

Dr.C
What do you find works for you to release stress?

Michelle Amod
For me MUSIC is extremely an effective stress management tool. Music has a tremendously relaxing effect on my mind and body. I sometimes listen to RNB, slow jams, 80’s & 90’s (OLD IS GOLD) or Pavaroti this relaxes me, slows down my heart rate & lowers my blood pressure and decreases my levels of stress hormones (YES LIFE COACHES GET STRESSED TOO LOL). I have teenage kids so I break it down with EDM and I love my kid’s “TOMORROWLAND” & “ULTRA” CD. I am young at heart. I love that they hate it when I love their kind of music.

Dr.C
What emotion ( Anger, fear, anxiety etc) makes people feel most out of control?

Michelle Amod
I have to say it is the fear of not being in control of ones emotions, whether it is anger, anxiety etc. Anyone that lacks the power to control their emotions is usually a toxic time bomb. An emotionally intelligent person has the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions. The problem arises when a person lacks emotional intelligence, this type of person usually spirals out of control.

Dr.C
How might you sabotage your coaching process?

Michelle Amod
By getting too involved. It is important to remain out of the box and not be drawn into the maze of the person’s life. The problem comes in when a life coach takes empathy to another level.

Dr.C
How will you know how effective your coaching has been?

Dr.C
A life coach knows, like a mother knows her child. I have had a 100% success rate with my coaching sessions. I have seen people progress mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Besides that I am always referred and preferred. (LOL)

Dr. C
How do you best coach others? For instance do you like structure or things done informally or a mix of both?

Michelle Amod
I believe in informal coaching, it makes the client more comfortable and not seen as a project. It is important to understand that we are coaching people that actually do have low confidence, low self-esteem etc problems. When people approach you to be coached that in itself is a huge step for them, so it is my duty to make them feel comfortable in my presence not insecure.

Dr.C
What are your values – the things in life that are really important to you?

Michelle Amod
Firstly I am all about GRATITUDE & LOVE without these 2 there is no MICHELLE A’. I believe in SALVE (Self – Acceptance/ Love / Value / Esteem) if I can’t give myself these, how will I be in a position to coach people. Every soul is deserving of all of these, even those that have lost their way. Truth, integrity and being original & genuine is just as important.

Dr.C
How does one deal with someone in their life who is constantly putting them down, making them feel inadequate or whom they feel they have to tread carefully around?

Michelle Amod
Funny how I’m posed with this question, as it’s part of my SALVE program. My answer is very straight forward, I believe that anyone that does not add value in your life, you should remove completely (CTRL< ALT<DELETE) (LOL). People like that are energy drainers and all they will do is kill who you are on the inside, you will lose your peace. Toxic people that are not willing to change or see the damage they cause, my only advice, “Run in the opposite direction”.

Dr.C
What is the biggest challenge people are faced in their life right now?

Michelle Amod
MONEY – the lack of money is one of the underlying “cancer” to every other problem from depression, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, stress disorders etc. The lack of money is one the greatest challenge that people face currently.

Dr.C
What sort of person do you not like to work with?

Michelle Amod
The obnoxious & arrogant kind, the rich that have major life issues those who believe everything can be solved with money. Also the ones that are so riddled with problems and fail to accept that to move forward change has to begin with them. I seem to attract some of these types of people, I see it as a challenge and thanks to unconditional love I always succeed.

Dr.C
What is your greatest strength/weakness?

Michelle Amod
My greatest strength is my HEART and my ability to love unconditionally. My weakness (and I must add I’m working on it) is my lack of patience. I cannot handle when people are slow or procrastinating in life, like when they are going nowhere.

Dr.C
What has been your biggest professional disappointment/achievement so far?

Michelle Amod
I find strength in disappointments, I have learnt to convert my disappointments to revenue. I have had many achievements in life, I won many awards, and I came from nothing. However some of my achievements in life is saving people from dark places that they were lost in with NO hope of ever finding themselves and there are so many of them. But my greatest achievement in life to date (without sounding vain) is ME. I fought adversity and reshaped my destiny.

Dr.C
What kind of decisions do you find most difficult to take?

Michelle Amod
Learning to say NO to anyone is one of the things I hate doing and sometimes when I am left with no choice I have to say No even if I find it difficult.

Dr.C
Tell me about a suggestion that you made that has been successfully implemented?

Michelle Amod
I suggested the power of NOW by implemented the affirmation “I AM” with huge success rate in mindset development. It’s been tried and tested as a “POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE” switch from a negative mindset to a positive mind.

Dr.C
Have you ever had to bend the rules in order to achieve a goal?

Michelle Amod
I don’t live by rules, I’m a free heart and a wild child born in Africa.

Dr.C
What’s your super-power or your spirit animal?

Michelle Amod
My super power is my tenacity and I am a person of influence. I AM fierce like a lion, I soar like an eagle and I AM gentle like a dove. As I write this my daughter says I AM a dragon I breathe fire (LOL)

Dr.C
What is the one thing about yourself that you would like others to know?

Michelle Amod
I hate lies, fake people and bullshit, I don’t dish it and I don’t deserve it.

Dr.C
What do you think is the most important value in a relationship?

Michelle Amod
TRUST – without it there is no respect or love.

Dr.C
Michelle Amod, People Profile would like to use this opportunity to thank you for being on our program and we wish you the best of luck.

Michelle Amod
Thank you Dr.C it was certainly my pleasure to chat with you take care.

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