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 


Start At Your Feet

Want a better life? Start upgrading your personal experiences and your health by improving the relationship you have with your feet.

Seriously, many of us don’t understand the vital connection between the science of healthy feet and our overall expression with all aspects of life.

Doesn’t it make sense that when our foundational base is strong (a.k.a. our feet) our ability to increase our performance and our joy is strong as well?

Consider the following metaphorical statements used by some who approach me for coaching:

  • I’m ready to take a stronger stand for myself.
  • I want to step up my game.
  • I want you to support me while I lengthen my stride.

Within each metaphor, an individual’s relationship with the foundational part of themselves is going determine the trajectory of their outcomes.

So just take a tiny risk and trust me. Accept at least one of the following four challenges and start enjoying a healthier and happier existence.

  1. Go put your feet into a fresh patch of grass. Stand there and imagine the gravity and anchor of earth attaching itself to the soles of your feet. Feel the fresh air above you. Allow the sky to touch the crown of your head and then reconnect to what it means to be alive by standing between heaven and earth while feeling the energy of life conducting through you.
  2. Purchase a pair of five-finger shoes or socks. This activity will wake up your toes. It will alert them that they can get smarter and more independent if they don’t rely on always being part of the herd we lump together into a regular shoe. Truly, you can revitalize your brain and your feet by helping your toes learn to move on their own again.
  3. Read the following blog and practice a few of the exercises recommended by bio-mechanist Katy Bowman.
  4. Or, purchase her book Every Woman’s Guide to Food Pain Relief and practice her suggested exercises on a daily basis.

I’d love to hear what you experience when you take on one of these challenges.

So, do you want a better life? Jump in feet first!


10 Things I have Learned From Being Coached By Lyn

As a coach my job is to show up, see my clients as capable, apply my training and experience the best I can, and support the client in their unique quests. Never do I determine the outcomes. Every once in a while a client pauses their work to capture the gemstones they are carving out for themselves in our coaching process. So it is fascinating for me to see things reflected back from the client’s perspective. Thank you, Marcie Collett (Reinventing My Career Client) specifically for sending your list. I’m proud of you. And I take great delight in sharing your thoughts on my blog. I believe there is something useful tucked in here for just about everyone.

10 Things I Have Learned from Being Coached by Lyn

  1. I must commit to myself before being able to commit to anyone or anything
  2. I must be the health and renewal I want to see in the world-and in my next job
  3. It is better to be a hedgehog doing one good thing extraordinarily well than a fox that has several clever ways of escape
  4. Strength is something that makes you feel stronger; a weakness makes you feel weaker-even if it’s something that you are good at
  5. Happiness and friendship are my ultimate goals, and a healthy way of life is the best means to those ends
  6. The more the higher goals are met, less is needed to meet the lower goals
  7. Failure en route is expected and necessary; test & earn & learn rather than plan & implement
  8. Having a good day begins with my choices the night before
  9. Gratitude is the easiest way to bliss, and it’s the new economy
  10. When you are happy say thank you, more please

Metamorphosis of Mystery Ms.

Some of the most important work I do is supporting individuals who are making the courageous and often frightening metamorphosis from one way of being to another. One client, a woman just barely fifty-years old, exemplifies both humor and bravery in a manner I have come to admire. Let me introduce her to you as Mystery Ms. I believe her story is best told from her point of view rather than mine. And so, please meet Mystery Ms:

I recently left a career from a company that I helped build from the ground up. Even though I know this was the right decision it left me a little lost. In the same year I have also said goodbye to a best friend and family members who have passed on; maybe it is best to say that they have started a new journey. In the mix is also the loss of close relationships at work and other more personal yet related connections. I again believe that these too have transformed in ways the Universe sometimes knows is best for all involved. But really, did it all have to be topped off by losing Oprah as well? (I just don’t see Dr. Phil filling her shoes.)

So I am looking at the world differently than ever before and wondering what brought me to this new place where I’m asking a huge question:

Where do I go from here?

All this has found me reflecting on my childhood and even though it wasn’t always great, childhood influences are coming up and I am reconsidering the people who gave me memories. Like cream rising in a jar, my Swedish Grandmother “M” (I’m her name sake) comes to mind. She taught me so many things that I am grateful for. She taught me to pray. She taught me how to read. She taught me how to eat! Could this woman cook! Not only could she cook, she cleaned, farmed, read and made every single grandchild feel like her favorite. I secretly know that I truly was the favorite so don’t tell my cousins.

Of all the culinary skills Grandma “M” had, my most favorite was her “rolling ups” which were pancake-like crepes served with three ingredients: butter, more butter and sugar. Next in line were her chocolate cookies. Cooking and all the other activities took place while she wore one pristine apron after another. She was an ample woman so nothing but the heavy duty type could keep up with her. Each apron circled her neck and came equipped with big pockets. Wonderful things were captured and held inside these pockets – candy, gum, Kleenex, clothespins, bobby pins, band-aids and more. It seemed as if anything a little girl wanted or needed to solve an emergency came out of those pockets.

Grandma “M” only exchanged her apron for one other accessory and that was a pair of earrings. This jewelry was reserved for Sunday Service. Trust me she never went to church without her hair done and those big clip-on things dangling from her ears. I don’t ever remember her missing a Sunday Service and when the sun hit those earrings, it was nothing short of amazing! Rap-stars step back because you couldn’t match her bling even though that set of jewels probably cost her fifty cents at the time.

In my search for finding a different road I have stumbled onto several books about vintage linens and aprons and perhaps this is also the reason my Grandmother’s memories are flooding back to me. I think she is sending me a message and I’m not able to discern it quite yet.

She has reminded me of a set of dish towels given to me by a wonderful Mother-in-Law. They were those novel kind called “Days of the Week” flour-sack-make-over dish towels. If you really know your vintage linens you call these D.O.W.s. My Mother-in-Law must have spent hours stitching away making these and to me that makes them priceless. I need to remember to tell her next time I talk with her how much they meant to me. No! I take that back I’m picking up the phone when I finish writing this and I’m going to tell her now. Life is too short to wait.

So this is where you find me. I’m trading in my Ralph Lauren suits and my  Cole Haan Shoes and I’m thinking of getting a sewing machine and some gingham fabric and investing in embroidery floss as well. While I’m at it I might need some Birkenstocks to go with my favorite pair of worn-out-jeans. Can you still purchase Birkenstocks?

In addition I’m buying an Airstream trailer and I’m stocking it with vintage table clothes, napkins and of course an apron or two. If you see me coming down Route 66, pull me over. Maybe we could do some tradin’ even if it only ends up in swapping stories.

One thing I know for sure at this juncture in the road is this:

Some apron strings should never be cut!

–       M


P.S. I wonder how my new H.O.A. feels about me installing a clothesline in my backyard. I’m just saying…


Meet Meg Ross – Active Member of the Creative Class

I was recently rehired by a very young, creative, undaunted entrepreneur. Her name is Meg Ross and she currently resides in NYC.

Few people have come into my practice with as much natural grit and tenacity as she. I’ll let Meg explain how she returned to coaching (see below).

If you are young, ambitous and relentlessly seeking huge dreams, you’ll probably find Meg’s on-going story facinating.

When I worked with Lyn in the past I was empowered to make smart decisions. Lyn’s motivation and energy helped me to finish a $4million project. After I completed that task I needed to recoup and began shifting my focus on my personal life instead of business.

Consequently I stopped working with her because just getting “life coaching” from Lyn didn’t seem necessary.However, I realized not only that I really missed having her support and input but that I could have really used it when making that life-focus shift.

I’m back. I want a partner in life as I take on some of my life-long dreams again and Lyn serves as that person for me.  She supports me in a way so I see who I am, what I am great at and when I need to be less hard on myself.  I am in a better space when I work with her as my coach both personally and within my business decisions. Her influence assists me to use my strength.

I am excited about my future and my potential.  I am truly excited about the ideas that get flushed out when I work with Lyn and I know with no uncertain terms that I will be be successful with her in my corner. When I’m getting coached by Lyn my family, friends and all those around me benefit as well.

Let’s see where Meg’s coaching takes us.



SoulSalt Inc. Honors Fran Brown as Philanthropist of the Year

Lyn presenting Fran "Philanthropist Of The Year" award.

Being a philanthropist is synonymous with being a humanitarian, a do-gooder, an altruist. In its most simple form, it is sharing.

And the value of what is shared is often not found in the amount or measure of the gift.

The value of what is given is often determined by the one receiving.

I bring this topic up because I have been greatly honored by a simple and quiet act of philanthropy.

On September 9th of 2010 at 7:00 p.m., I stood outside a conference room on the U of U campus. I was about to speak at the Salt Lake Jung Society.  I was reviewing my notes and getting grounded when a former client Fran Brown approached with her daughter Jenn.

Fran gave me a hug, a nod of encouragement for the speech and then handed me a book elegantly wrapped in a huge purple ribbon with a card attached.

Later that night, upon opening the card, I found a check for $200.00. Fran wanted me to know that she would be cheering me on for my upcoming sprint triathlon. This race marked my first competitive athletic event for about three decades.  I entered the race as an exercise to face off with my fear of drowning. She was offering me “sponsorship” as I competed against my nemesis.

Can you imagine the magnitude having a “sponsor” is when you’re not racing for prize money? For me the impact bubbled like sparkling soda through my veins. I was inspired by her gigantic gesture.  Her gift said to me: “I believe in you. I recognize your journey, your growth and your great desire to meet this huge goal.”

On race day some athletes were bedecked with sponsor emblems, other’s rode bikes, wore shoes or wetsuits provided by name brands. I on the other hand carried what I considered the best sponsor of all in my heart.

Fran Brown, you are a tiny woman powered by ten tons of goodness.  You are our SoulSalt Philanthropist of the Year.


Fran and Lyn, with Lyns Xterra Metal, Lyn took second place in her division!