Sarisha Naidoo is a mindset coach and is co-founder of Transformational Coaching. The big question Sarisha wants people to ask themselves is, “Is it ever too late to change your life?”. Sarisha would tell you it’s never too late. When Sarisha hit a low point in her personal life, she received professional life coaching, which helped her to get her life back on track, and from here she made the decision to retrain as a mindset coach so she could help people get out of negative mindsets. I spoke to her about how her approach is different to that of other mindset coaches, and why she thinks it’s important for people to receive life coaching.
What drove you to pursue a career in mindset coaching?
I believe that everything revolves around the mind. Mindset coaches are devoted to helping individuals to rewire their mindset in order to allow them to unlock their full potential and be the best version of themselves that they can be. Changing your mindset is not an easy thing to do, but it can truly transform your life.
Learning to recognise a negative mindset is the first step in the process of changing your mindset, and once you’ve done that you’re on the path to self-empowerment. Mindset coaching helps you to make necessary changes and seek out positive things in your life, and by doing so you can turn your entire life around.
What distinguishes you from other mindset coaches?
I think there’s a few things that make me different to other mindset coaches. The first is that for me, it’s not about my coaching, it’s about my clients’ results. Secondly, it’s not about my service, it’s about the experience that I give my clients. Thirdly, it’s not about the fees that I charge for my coaching, it’s about making sure my clients are getting a worthwhile investment.
Another major thing that sets me apart from other mindset coaches is that I think I’m one of the most empathetic and compassionate people you will ever meet. This is so important in coaching, as it helps you to relate to your clients, which helps you to understand what it is that they need from you in order to turn their lives around.
Why do you think it’s important for people to face their fears and have mindset coaching?
By adjusting your mindset and your perspective, you can turn fear from an obstacle into something that can motivate you. Fear is an important emotion, it helps us to protect ourselves from harm. It’s totally normal to feel fear, but the way you deal with your fears can determine whether you are able to reach your full potential.
It’s important to face your fears, otherwise they will hold you back from achieving your dreams. If you’re ready to learn how to stop living in fear, and you want to decide that your dreams are more important than your fear of failure, then mindset coaching can help you to change your mindset and learn how to deal with your fear.
Have you found it more difficult to get to where you are in your career because you’re a woman?
In terms of my coaching career, I can honestly say that I haven’t. I think that in coaching women often can be more successful because they are seen to be more approachable, and they show their vulnerability and their authenticity. I find that both male and female clients approach me for coaching, because they find that I’m more compassionate and empathetic and so can better understand where they’re coming from. So no, in this career I haven’t experienced that difficulty, however, if you were asking about previous careers I’ve had, then I would have to say yes.
Have you ever had moments of imposter syndrome?
Definitely! I think in a way, everybody has moments of imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome describes feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt which can leave you feeling like a fraud, and I do think it can affect everyone.
When you first start out in a new career, you often feel that feeling of inadequacy, that’s quite normal, I’ve definitely felt it. I’ve had moments where I’ve wondered whether I’m good enough to help somebody move their life from A to B, but the key is to persevere and to focus on what really matters. By doing that you will create a mindset and habits which support your success, like I have, and I now understand that I am not an imposter and I can move on from that feeling.