Benefits of Having a Coach or Mentor

Coaching and mentoring are processes designed to support you while realizing a single goal or your full potential.

However, not all coaches or mentors are created equal and picking the right fit for you may be much like finding a good pair of trusty shoes.

Regardless of whom you engage as your coach or mentor and aside from the specific “what” you determine to tackle, there are several outcomes you would do well to expect.

The following list is by no means a complete collection of these expectations. However, if you don’t find yourself reaping the benefits of at least 90% of this list, get a new coach/mentor.

Outcomes to Expect from Working with a Coach or Mentor

  • When you have someone in your corner you get results quicker than if you were on your own.
  • You add a preventative layer to your plans and actions which can assist you to avoid silly errors.
  • Experience is a wonderful thing. You get your coach’s experience poured into yours and in effect you stand on their shoulders while reaching for your dreams.
  • Inborn talent is a good thing. However, without a strong coach/mentor your inborn talent is never, ever, ever enough.
  • You gain peace of mind knowing that someone with expertise is “there” for you.
  • You have a tempering voice of wisdom playing inside your head.
  • When things get tough you have everything from a supportive cheerleader to a much needed boot in the butt.
  • Your chances of giving your best efforts increase when you have a coach on your sideline.
  • Personal commitment to your own goal increases when you have someone holding you accountable for taking action.
  • Your mentor or coach probably paid a price for their knowledge. You hire them so you don’t have to pay as much for this information.
  • We tend to use our time, energy, mind and resources more efficiently with a coach.
  • The process of having a mentor or coach can shift your paradigms so you get unstuck or remove barriers more quickly.
  • When you trust this other person, they can call you on your bullshit in a manner that you hear and understand.
  • Coaches and mentors often know the “next step” toward your desired outcome.
  • They also know the micro-adjustments that you can take to shave off rough spots and become a champion.
  • Encouragement from a trusted source such as a coach/mentor is often the most valuable of all sorts of praise.
  • A coach can see things inside and outside of you that often you cannot see for yourself.

Should you be looking for a coach or if you want to become a coach, email SoulSalt Inc. at


I’ve been coaching since 1998. During this time I’ve collected comments noting the benefits my clients said they gained from our coaching.
In addition, I consistently have a coach for myself.  The benefits I have gained from being coached were incorporated in this list.
Finally, the articles below were also consulted while compiling the list above.

The Importance of Having a Mentor, by Cori Pasinetti, Director of Marketing

The Importance of Having a Mentor, by Larry Denis

Mentoring Programs for Entrepreneurs, by Chukwuma Asalla for Gaebler Ventures

The Importance of Having a Coach, by Felipe Bastos for Trifuel

The Benefits of Having a Coach, by Pete Turner 

The Benefits of Having a Coach, by Mark Hofmaier 


Rob Maximus MacDonalds Challenge

Last week I shared with you a challenge that my trainer Rob Maximus MacDonald created.  Here’s the challenge:

When in the moment of being on the edge of your best effort and energy is starting to wane, push harder. Throw down any hammer you have left and see what that extra kick does for your performance. 

I tried it. Did you?

Here’s what I netted for my efforts:

In the gym I got a new personal record for the 10 minute all out air dyne ride.

Outside the gym I put on my fastest time running 4.4 miles.

At work I published 4 soundtracks that will provide huge value to a business and ethics class I teach this fall. I put these tracks together after I was spent for the day and well after I wanted to quit. This week I’m way ahead of the game because of this extra effort.

And finally, my stinky, flooded basement is cleared out and reorganized. On a weekend when I wanted to watch a movie and take a nap I dug in and dug deep.

Here it is a new week and I’m glad I moved so many things further down the track. It is gratifying and I have more momentum than last week did. I have more confidence and contentment as well.

Thanks Rob for supporting me by pushing me.

If you missed the challenge last week, take it now.

I want to hear about it.

Here you see Rob working out with us last Wednesday, one reason I respect him is that he doesn’t send out idle instructions. He has done everything he asks me to do…and usually he does it longer and harder.

A Week In The Life Of SoulSalt Inc.

Finding Your Truth and Living it

My work is often like play. And I love how our efforts at SoulSalt Inc. encompass supporting individuals to become a more enlivened and enlarged version of who they are. Last week for example we had a plethora of happenings that boosted the efforts of several individuals as they moved closer to their intended outcomes.

Monday started the week with a photo shoot. One client is stretching her horizons by picking up photography. We have been testing the capacities of our iPhone cameras. This week we dusted off my Canon Rebel and headed out on our private adventure, targeting street art and flowers. Here are some of the fruits of our labors.

Another individual has been gaining strength in her reinvention process. Several pounds lighter, and with major shifts in her personal habits, this client possesses a willingness to come out of the closet with an innovative new dream vocation. Blending her love for socialization, fun and enlightenment she invented Tarot Vino – a wine and tarot card reading party. Fully launching in July of 2012, you can connect now with Marcie to book your event. This team huddle, including Marcie, myself and SoulSalt’s Creative Assistant Jessica, scoped out version 2.0 of her site  Check it out.

Calling all Super Heroes!
Most of you know me as coach to the re-inventor. A new designation was recently doled out by artist Cat Palmer. Cat and I met several weeks ago at a fundraiser/art show presented by our mutual friend Olivia.
I was invited to join a crew of female super heroes being gathered by Palmer for a photo shoot. And now the pics have been developed you can check out the antics and anecdotes captured that day.

I have to thank Cat for the opportunity. I learned a thing or two about super heroes and super powers that I hadn’t realized. If you want to learn too, watch this.

This week will finish a group coaching engagement based on the concept of Career Reinvention. Here you see three of our clients interpreting messages from their intuitive collages. Previous sessions included research and exercises to gain insights about “self” in terms of strengths, passion, and communication patterns. Adding this intuitive element of “soul” to the mix is our second-to -final step in what has been a 12 week process. We’ll see where everyone nets out this week. However so far, two of our attendees have found new jobs that leave them satisfied and earning. One client joins us remotely because she’s already made a leap and moved to Austin, Texas where she knows she’ll find what she is looking for there (in terms of work). Another attendee has brought out a children’s book she is now ready to share. I just received an email from her describing how she is using this week to find the right illustrator for her project. That is a bold move! Watch our upcoming blogs for some of their  individual stories!

And before the week ended I was presenting a DISC (communication assessment and debrief) to the managing team of the Ogden, Paul Mitchell School. Then I headed back to S.L.C. to lead a business class crafted to assist entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs by improving their ability to focus and manage their workloads.  Several more classes like this are being hosted by Taylor Lamont at the Structural Integration Institute on South Temple and 400 East. We have three more classes to go and you might find one that you want to attend. See the event here!

It was a full week. It was a fun week. It was fulfilling. I have dedicated by professional pursuits to living my life and earning my living by doing what inspires me. I am living that reality. My clients are in process of living it as well. And even more importantly, I know it can happen for every single individual alive. Some people might think I’m “out there” or a bit crazy AND if what I do is crazy, I can assure you that it is a good sort of craziness.

If you want to find out how you can start living a more inspired life, please call and make an appointment for a free consultation. 801-463-5230


A Twist on Goal Setting

I recently sat at coffee with a sharp young man named Nico Pesci. I find him driven and bright. And what he shared with me that morning was a new twist on how he set his New Years goals. I found his experience worth sharing and I have permission to let you in on our nine-minute conversation.

Have a listen, and let me know what you think about Nico’s new method for goal setting. Maybe you have one you’d like to share. Let me know.

A Twist On Goal Setting by soulsaltinc


Check out the book Flow By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

What Katy Says About Goal Setting

Sometimes the things we learn come from people both younger and smarter than ourselves.

Enter Katy Bowman. Katy is an up-and-coming bio-mechanically oriented genius (for more information also see “author’s note”). Even at birth it seems she had mensa written all over her. While most of her followers are raving fans of Katy’s wellness and alignment information (which I admit to enjoying as well) what really fascinates me is her scientific/engineering/practical approach to elements of human performance.

I’m kind of a geek when it comes to learning what maximizes an individual’s capacity. So when Katy starts talking about topics like how to set better goals I take note.
What Katie says about Goal Setting by soulsaltinc
Here are three strong pieces of Katy’s advice in terms of the first step in reaching a goal – the goal setting process:

  • First, resist being so lofty when you initially write down a goal that you defeat yourself on the spot.
  • On the flip side, don’t dumb your goals down – the idea is to challenge yourself enough that you can feel a stretch toward progress and positive change. Find the middle ground between stretching and actually accomplishing what you know you can accomplish.
  • Finally, remember that a goal is not the outcome. The outcomes are the result of hitting your goal. So when you set your goal write down your intended outcomes at the same time.

Oh there is much more that Katy says about how to write and reach your goals. And I will certainly share these later. In the meantime, sit down and try your hand at setting an incredibly strong goal for yourself. If you want feedback, send it our way and Katy or I will let you know how solid we think it is.

Author’s Note

Katy Bowman, M.S., is an expert in analyzing human movement. She applies the engineering principles of biomechanics to quantify and analyze the every-day use of the HUMAN MACHINE, and in so doing fulfills at least three critical purposes.

First, she assists us in learning how to reduce common diseases and other ailments. Secondly, she makes all this scientific, mathematical, physics-oriented information actually easy for the us common folk to understand. Finally, she’s damn funny. No really, she’s hilarious.  To learn more about Katy’s background and innate love for anatomy/physiology visit: and

Coaching Westminster

On July 26, 2010 the Chronicles of Higher Education recognized Westminster College as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for. This was the second consecutive year in which Westminster had been so honored. The link to the related press release is found at:

I received a call that same year from the college’s Advancement and Alumni Relations department. They wanted to become a stronger team and fortunately they reached out in my direction for coaching support. Future postings will document our work together noting both the high points and the low spots. For now let us set the stage by posting the departments “take” on what brought us together.

Lyn Christian and SoulSalt became involved in our college’s Advancement and Alumni Relations department in summer 2010, two years after we began implementing a Good to Great team building model. Throughout this blog, “team” refers to the entire department, while “group” refers to Hedgehog Committee members (named for the Good to Great term which identifies your group’s core mission as your hedgehog).

Our Hedgehog commitment came about in 2008 as we embarked on a $30 million fundraising effort for a new building. The first year, prior to our annual summer retreat, the department read an excerpt from Good to Great. At the retreat, the first group of “Hedgehogs” was formed of staff volunteers. They met frequently to consider the three circles of the hedgehog concept and define our team’s core values. Hedgehog members strategically left management out of the mix, instead choosing individuals from each area of the department. Honesty was paramount and nothing personal would leave the group without permission. As the group met throughout the year, it became increasingly obvious that communication in the department was a problem and needed to be addressed. As the first year drew to a close, Hedgehog accomplishments included interview guidelines for job applicants and a department mission statement.

In 2009, we focused on difficult conversations and improving intrapersonal communication. To kick off this effort, the entire department team read Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes Are High prior to our annual summer retreat. At the retreat, the team decided to stop the practice of blind copying management on emails and formed a new Hedgehog group with members from each department. Some first-year members attended the first few meetings. The goal was to create a place where frank discussions could be held regarding problems in communicating with each other. Members felt that the first few meetings went well, but soon took on a negative feel, with some expressing unhappiness at the group’s progress. Others felt frustrated, saying that many issues were overstated. In the end, the group recognized that there were deeply rooted communication problems that needed to be solved before we could move forward as a team. The group decided to ask our vice president if we could bring in a consultant to help with communication issues. He agreed, and we engaged Lyn Christian and her company, SoulSalt.

Before our staff retreat in summer 2010, we all took the DISC assessment, a quadrant behavioral model, under the auspices of SoulSalt. Lyn came for part of the retreat to discuss our results. We were all very impressed with her and asked management if she could continue coaching us. It was decided that Lyn would coach a new group of Hedgehogs who would then coach other staff members. The focus for this group would be better communications. Since last summer, Lyn and the Hedgehog group have successfully implemented a coaching program and completed a survey. Results have given insight into the team’s views about trust, mutual respect, and individual strengths and weaknesses.