Coach FEATURE: Smita Das Jain

Smita Das Jain HeadshotWe continue to meet our fellow coaches, get inspired and build coach community with our "Meet the Coach" features! This month we meet the ever-learning, ever-positive Smita Das Jain.

About Smita Das Jain

Lives In: Gurugram, India

Company: Smita D Jain

Type of Coach: Personal Empowerment and Executive Life Coach

Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I provide purposeful clarity to busy professionals to enable them to create a career they love, find time to do what they like, and live the life they choose.

Meet Smita

QUESTION 1. What one book should every coach read - and why?

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel. The book not only demystifies personal finance jargon and provides the roadmap to achieve financial independence, but it's also a reference for those habits, behaviors, and beliefs that stand us in good stead in life.

A great book for coaches as well as their clients.

QUESTION 2. Which website do you visit the most?

  1. Goodreads: to pick up the next book for my reading list. You get some great recommendations there and discover some hidden gems.
  2. ICF: to stay updated with the latest happenings in the coaching world, so that I can help myself and my clients in the best possible way.
  3. Canva: to create magic.

QUESTION 3. Whom do you admire most and why?

My father: he instilled in me the love of reading from childhood, and made me believe that girls are not less than boys in any way.

In spite of a full-time job with the Indian Army, my father studied throughout his life and got six more degrees and a doctorate at the age of 45. I can relate to what life-long learning is because I have grown up in that environment. He has played a big role to make me what I am today—as a person and a professional.

QUESTION 4. What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To reach more and more people with my Empower Yourself workshops and coaching programs.

In my 14+ year corporate career, I have enjoyed leading and mentoring people. I realized that everyone has the power to be the best that they can be, but most require the nudge and guidance to uncover their hidden challenges and realize their strengths.

I enjoy connecting with people and believe that I am the best person to enable busy professionals to rediscover themselves. I see myself as a global Personal Empowerment and Executive Life Coach 5 years down the line.

QUESTION 5. What are your Top 3 Goals at the moment?

  1. Come out with my second fiction book—A full-length novel—in 2022. I came out with my first book in 2021 which has done well and am inspired to continue my writing streak.
  2. Organize a virtual Empower Yourself workshop on The Key to a Right Career (even if its not your passion) which people attend from all over the world. They return to their lives feeling refreshed and re-energized to reach the best versions of themselves.
  3. Continue to 'Read & Write'. My goal is to continue this daily personal habit which makes me who I am: I read and write something every day.

QUESTION 6. What has been your favourite coaching moment so far?

I was coaching my first ever client (a Vice President for one of the leading banks in India) about a career transition.

She didn't like her present job but that was all she'd ever done. During our third session, I asked her a question, and she started to provide a few alternate career options. When she mentioned the third one in the list, she paused for a while before saying, "This is something! I don't know why I didn't think of it before; I will be so happy if I were to do this."

That was an "Aha!" moment I will cherish forever as a coach. Firsts are always special 🙂

QUESTION 7. What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?

  1. Mindtools Tests and Exercises—Assessments increase the impact and effectiveness of a coaching session and their assessments are simple and impactful.
  2. The Coaching Tools Company—Simple and Powerful Tools for coaches. They share free resources on various subjects regularly that provide value to coaches like me.
  3. Greg Faxon's blogs—Very detailed and well-researched blogs for coaches. My go-to resource on certain subjects as a coach.

QUESTION 8. What do you love most about being a coach?

That I am the master of my time and schedule my workday as I want, focusing my energies on listening to and helping people from all walks of life across geographies. Nothing gives me more fulfillment than enabling people to become the best versions of who they can be.

QUESTION 9. Tell us a secret about you...

I get up at 5 AM in the morning every day and spend the next two hours writing. That is my morning ritual. I feel uncomfortable on those rare days where I skip my morning ritual for some reason.

QUESTION 10. If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?

I would not change a thing in our world—it is a beautiful place.

There are some things which are not so pleasant, but that's part of the deal. I would like to focus even more on the positive things in the world so that I draw my energies and strengths from them as I go about my day: I can't change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails.

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