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COACHING TRENDS

Patrick's role and intention as a Holistic Coach is for his clients to fall in Love with who they are, let go of their “real” and imaginary limitations in order to live their Dream and continually expand on what that might be and might represent for them.

The Future of
Holistic Coaching

An Interview with
Patrick Cross

A mind associated with an unwell body tends to be the most stuck, resistant, and defensive.

What changes do your clients most often make?

Clients often change how they see themselves and how they experience life by discovering what their desires and dreams really represent for them. They become inspired by exploring themselves and their goals more deeply rather than just being motivated by how they don't want to see themselves. They choose love over fear and shame. 

Clients often transform their bodies, heal fractured relationships, fall in love again, improve their sex lives, come off medications, become more active, increase their income significantly, change their careers or start new businesses, live more fully, move, embark on exciting adventures, change their social circles, heal chronic pain and injuries, heal from past traumas and see health and happiness flourish in the people close to them. They recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, they’re the person they always wanted to be.


What is your clients' biggest obstacle?

They would say it's themselves and self-sabotage. Instead, I would say it's their idea of themselves and the self-preservation/protection of that idea.


What gives you joy and happiness?

What doesn't? Misery, Trauma, Depression and Illness. 

These experiences led me to my absolute bottom and then steered me toward joy and happiness. I was falling apart in every way. A place where I felt there was nowhere to go but end my life or make enormous changes. I was already a coach and personal trainer. I “knew” what to do, but everything that I knew wasn't working. No one seemed to be able to help; it just kept getting worse… darker.

Until that fateful night on top of that building, around 3:00 a.m., 15 years ago, when it all changed.

Now I am in partnership with everyday life. “I” bring joy and happiness to it, and life returns it back to me tenfold. It's present in my habits, doings, non-doings, in all the things around me and in no-thing at all. 

I'm a different person. The suffering m.e. (m.y e.xperience) died on that rooftop.

Joy and happiness are ever-present when I'm in alignment with my core values. When I'm not in alignment, I don't have integrity. When that happens, I disintegrate and fall apart.

“Clients recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, they’re the person they always wanted to be.”

What do you do?

Clients want to experience more out of life by getting more out of themselves. Yet they often get discouraged, stressing over hitting goals and being frustrated by an inability to change their habits.

I serve people who desire profound change, to discover themselves in a way they couldn't previously imagine. Consequently, their new habits seem natural and are in alignment with a transformed idea of who they are.

I provide coaching for coaches, health practitioners, trainers & individuals who want to expand and transform their experience of life personally, professionally, and spiritually. I help them surrender who they aren't so they can fall in love with who they are.

Habits are more than just the routine or the pattern, but also include particular cues and triggers, rewards, and expected outcomes. 

Personal identity fits all the criteria for a habit. 

An idea put forth by others, including Dr. Joe Dispenza, is that letting go of the habit of being “ourselves” by realizing the current version no longer serves our highest purpose can lead to profound transformation. 

I have found that self-improvement is a myth or, at the very least, a very tedious process. Why would you get someone who probably also needs improvement to improve you?

Self-exploration, on the other hand, is an adventure in curiosity and is much easier to coach.

In my practice, I often incorporate fitness, corrective exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle along with mindset, physical, and emotional healing into a highly personalized program. Through personal and professional experience, I have found that a mind associated with an unwell body tends to be the most stuck, resistant, and defensive.

If our body is the vessel through which we experience life, then the clearer and more resilient it is, the better our experience of life will be. 

Patrick Cross  |  Holistic Coach

What frustrates you as a coach?

There's really only one thing that could ever frustrate me as a coach, and that is myself. If a coach lacks self-awareness, they may fail to realize that what frustrates them about their practice or their clients, is really themselves. This will have them missing an opportunity for self-exploration and growth. 

Rather than project my frustration outward in the form of disappointment and blame, I'm being invited to look deeper within myself for areas of growth. This growth will allow me to be a better example for my clients. The conflict is the opportunity for intimacy (the concept of in-to-me-I-see).

The client is not failing themselves or me, they're teaching me to do more, and be more. If I see it that way, I'm grateful for them and their struggle. Otherwise, I remain resentful and stay stuck where I am, while criticizing them for remaining stuck where they are. Without this awareness, I'd begin to harbor negative feelings towards myself and the vocation I love. I would then start to burn-out.

Which habits contribute most to you as a coach?... and as a person?

The same habits that contribute most to me as a coach, do so as a person...

A joyful, curious dedication to self-exploration, self-care and the expansion of each moment through awareness, through coaching, contributing to others, reading, being coached, education, meditation, exercise, stretching, play, healthy eating, sauna, cold showers, breath-work, mind-mapping, cleanses, travel and relaxation—a mindful appreciation of the beauty that surrounds me every day. 


What is the most powerful question you can ask a client, and why?

"Who do you think you are?"

You'll get an insight into why your client does what they do, doesn't do what they don't do, and seemingly can't do what they say they want to do. This will tell you what coaching approach to take. 

Truthfully though, you can't get it wrong unless you're trying to get it right. Your presence is what's most important. There's a message present between the words spoken by your clients, so any question can be powerful depending on how still you are for the answer. If you're busy trying to figure out the right question to ask, and logically analyzing what they say, you'll miss the potentially life-changing answer.

The gift for both of you is packaged in the present.

What do you think is the biggest challenge humanity will face in the next 50 years?

For me, the biggest challenge humanity will face over the next 50 years is the same challenge we have faced since the beginning of mankind: the illusion of separation and the resulting disease. 

To use a Christian reference: Original Sin. 

What if the word “sin” is actually an abbreviation for “separation?” Living life in separation, separate from each other, ourselves, our environment, from what we do, from what happens to us, from our purpose, from a higher power. Is this living in sin?

We experience it as emptiness, loneliness, and hopelessness and try to fit in somewhere or with someone. The problem is, the separation we feel with ourselves has us fitting into something detrimental. Plus, we have to cast away even more of ourselves to do it. Not knowing who we are has us not knowing where we fit and attracting all the wrong things.

Just look at what's been happening over the last decade. (Anti-) Social Media, Netflix binging, trending influencers, sound bytes, et cetera. Long before COVID, we were social distancing like never before in history. We were chasing the shiny object, the distraction, the notoriety.


The life coaching industry has grown tremendously over the past few years. Why do you think that is the case and what will be the trend over the next five years?

Everything has a light side and is purposeful, but have we tipped the scales of balance alarmingly one way? Our state of well-being and the tremendous growth in the Life Coaching Industry may be clues. What do Life Coaches provide? Is it any wonder it's growing exponentially?

Life Coaching is here to stay, and the trend will be to find more profound, more meaningful, and more varied ways to connect with clients who are missing out on the best version of themselves.

Clients recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, as the person they always wanted to be.

COACHING TRENDS

Patrick's role and intention as a Holistic Coach is for his clients to fall in Love with who they are, let go of their “real” and imaginary limitations in order to live their Dream and continually expand on what that might be and represent for them.

The Future of
Holistic Coaching

An Interview with
Patrick Cross

What do you do?

Clients want to experience more out of life by getting more out of themselves. Yet they often get discouraged, stressing over hitting goals and being frustrated by an inability to change their habits.

I serve people who desire profound change, to discover themselves in a way they couldn't previously imagine. Consequently, their new habits seem natural and are in alignment with a transformed idea of who they are.

I provide coaching for coaches, health practitioners, trainers & individuals who want to expand and transform their experience of life personally, professionally, and spiritually. I help them surrender who they aren't so they can fall in love with who they are.

Habits are more than just the routine or the pattern, but also include particular cues and triggers, rewards, and expected outcomes. 

Personal identity fits all the criteria for a habit. 

An idea put forth by others, including Dr. Joe Dispenza, is that letting go of the habit of being “ourselves” by realizing the current version no longer serves our highest purpose can lead to profound transformation. 

I have found that self-improvement is a myth or, at the very least, a very tedious process. Why would you get someone who probably also needs improvement to improve you?

Self-exploration, on the other hand, is an adventure in curiosity and is much easier to coach.

In my practice, I often incorporate fitness, corrective exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle along with mindset, physical, and emotional healing into a highly personalized program. Through personal and professional experience, I have found that a mind associated with an unwell body tends to be the most stuck, resistant, and defensive.

If our body is the vessel through which we experience life, then the clearer and more resilient it is, the better our experience of life will be. 

A mind associated with an unwell body tends to be the most stuck, resistant, and defensive.

What changes do your clients most often make?

Clients often change how they see themselves and how they experience life by discovering what their desires and dreams really represent for them. They become inspired by exploring themselves and their goals more deeply rather than just being motivated by how they don't want to see themselves. They choose love over fear and shame. 

Clients often transform their bodies, heal fractured relationships, fall in love again, improve their sex lives, come off medications, become more active, increase their income significantly, change their careers or start new businesses, live more fully, move, embark on exciting adventures, change their social circles, heal chronic pain and injuries, heal from past traumas and see health and happiness flourish in the people close to them. They recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, they’re the person they always wanted to be.


What is your clients' biggest obstacle?

They would say it's themselves and self-sabotage. Instead, I would say it's their idea of themselves and the self-preservation/protection of that idea.


What gives you joy and happiness?

What doesn't? Misery, Trauma, Depression and Illness. 

These experiences led me to my absolute bottom and then steered me toward joy and happiness. I was falling apart in every way. A place where I felt there was nowhere to go but end my life or make enormous changes. I was already a coach and personal trainer. I “knew” what to do, but everything that I knew wasn't working. No one seemed to be able to help; it just kept getting worse… darker.

Until that fateful night on top of that building, around 3:00 a.m., 15 years ago, when it all changed.

Now I am in partnership with everyday life. “I” bring joy and happiness to it, and life returns it back to me tenfold. It's present in my habits, doings, non-doings, in all the things around me and in no-thing at all. 

I'm a different person. The suffering m.e. (m.y e.xperience) died on that rooftop.

Joy and happiness are ever-present when I'm in alignment with my core values. When I'm not in alignment, I don't have integrity. When that happens, I disintegrate and fall apart.

“Clients recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, they’re the person they always wanted to be.”

Which habits contribute most to you as a coach?... and as a person?

The same habits that contribute most to me as a coach, do so as a person...

A joyful, curious dedication to self-exploration, self-care and the expansion of each moment through awareness, through coaching, contributing to others, reading, being coached, education, meditation, exercise, stretching, play, healthy eating, sauna, cold showers, breath-work, mind-mapping, cleanses, travel and relaxation—a mindful appreciation of the beauty that surrounds me every day. 


What is the most powerful question you can ask a client, and why?

"Who do you think you are?"

You'll get an insight into why your client does what they do, doesn't do what they don't do, and seemingly can't do what they say they want to do. This will tell you what coaching approach to take. 

Truthfully though, you can't get it wrong unless you're trying to get it right. Your presence is what's most important. There's a message present between the words spoken by your clients, so any question can be powerful depending on how still you are for the answer. If you're busy trying to figure out the right question to ask, and logically analyzing what they say, you'll miss the potentially life-changing answer.

The gift for both of you is packaged in the present.

What frustrates you as a coach?

There's really only one thing that could ever frustrate me as a coach, and that is myself. If a coach lacks self-awareness, they may fail to realize that what frustrates them about their practice or their clients, is really themselves. This will have them missing an opportunity for self-exploration and growth. 

Rather than project my frustration outward in the form of disappointment and blame, I'm being invited to look deeper within myself for areas of growth. This growth will allow me to be a better example for my clients. The conflict is the opportunity for intimacy (the concept of in-to-me-I-see).

The client is not failing themselves or me, they're teaching me to do more, and be more. If I see it that way, I'm grateful for them and their struggle. Otherwise, I remain resentful and stay stuck where I am, while criticizing them for remaining stuck where they are. Without this awareness, I'd begin to harbor negative feelings towards myself and the vocation I love. I would then start to burn-out.

What do you think is the biggest challenge humanity will face in the next 50 years?

For me, the biggest challenge humanity will face over the next 50 years is the same challenge we have faced since the beginning of mankind: the illusion of separation and the resulting disease. 

To use a Christian reference: Original Sin. 

What if the word “sin” is actually an abbreviation for “separation?” Living life in separation, separate from each other, ourselves, our environment, from what we do, from what happens to us, from our purpose, from a higher power. Is this living in sin?

We experience it as emptiness, loneliness, and hopelessness and try to fit in somewhere or with someone. The problem is, the separation we feel with ourselves has us fitting into something detrimental. Plus, we have to cast away even more of ourselves to do it. Not knowing who we are has us not knowing where we fit and attracting all the wrong things.

Just look at what's been happening over the last decade. (Anti-) Social Media, Netflix binging, trending influencers, sound bytes, et cetera. Long before COVID, we were social distancing like never before in history. We were chasing the shiny object, the distraction, the notoriety.


The life coaching industry has grown tremendously over the past few years. Why do you think that is the case and what will be the trend over the next five years?

Everything has a light side and is purposeful, but have we tipped the scales of balance alarmingly one way? Our state of well-being and the tremendous growth in the Life Coaching Industry may be clues. What do Life Coaches provide? Is it any wonder it's growing exponentially?

Life Coaching is here to stay, and the trend will be to find more profound, more meaningful, and more varied ways to connect with clients who are missing out on the best version of themselves.

Patrick Cross 
Holistic Coach

Clients recognize the person they see in the mirror, and feel in their heart, as the person they always wanted to be.

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