11. 30 minutes, by phone, once a week — how can that be enough time?

The fact that my clients and I formally have only 30 minutes together each week forces them to be focused, organized and well-prepared—habits I definitely want them to cultivate. I also require a weekly report emailed to me prior to our session that describes what went well, what needs improvement and an overall one-to-ten rating for the week—anything less than a seven raises a red flag. And the telephone provides a certain anonymity that allows clients to feel safe enough to share what’s really going on in their lives, which is what I need if I’m going to truly help them overcome their “self-limiting beliefs” and become high achievers. I also let them have unlimited contact via phone or email with me during the week if they are struggling with something, which comes in handy at critical times.

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