Brooke Castillo, the founder and leader of The Life Coach School is one of my personal heroes. I am deeply honored to consider her a mentor and teacher in my life and so excited to share her thoughts and work with you today!
Brooke and her husband Chris run The Life Coach School together and balance marriage with entrepreneurship and parenthood.
MM: Tell us about yourself in 5 sentences.
Brooke: We are a husband and wife team who run The Life Coach School.
Chris manages all the business details, finances and customer service, while Brooke handles the marketing, strategic planning, product creation and coaching.
We are very happily married and have two beautiful boys, Christian and Connor. We have a wonderful marriage and partnership due to open communication and commitment to having fun.
MM: Tell us about your latest project.
Brooke: Our latest project is the expansion of the school. We are very excited about the additional teachers we have added to the staff because it opens up the opportunities to take on new students as well as grow our product offerings. It is challenging because it offers us so many opportunities to work through our self-doubt and mental challenges that seem to appear with each expansion.
MM: Why do you do what you do?
Brooke: We love what we do. Chris is dedicated to serving our customers and loves offering unending to support to all of our students. We are both committed to the tools we teach because we have seen thousands of lives changed for the better through the work we offer.
[This is Maggie chiming in to say, my life is one of them! This blog would not exist as it does today without the training and tools I learned during life coach training.]
MM: One of my favorite management principles is “Stop, Start, Keep” the idea is that there are things we should stop doing, start doing and keep doing that will make us successful. What should we “stop, start, and keep” to make our relationships stronger?
Brooke: I think in order to make our relationships stronger, we need to stop expecting other people to make us happy in any way. Our feelings are our responsibility. We need to start consistently looking for reasons to love each other-especially when those reasons seem hard to find. And finally, we need to keep focusing and developing our own strengths so we can constantly improve.
MM: Complete these sentences…
Brooke: The secret to a happy marriage is honesty and self-responsibility. It’s not your spouse’s job to make you feel love-it’s your job and your opportunity. Love is a gift you give yourself and therefore give to your marriage.
What I know about true love is…True love has to start with loving yourself. Period.
The single most important thing we can do for the person we love is be an emotional adult in the relationship.
The biggest myth about marriage is that falling out of love isn’t a choice we make.
I can create a life I love by taking responsibility for my desires and then committing to working through my self-imposed obstacles to attain them.
MM: We talk a lot on this blog about re-defining marriage – can you share something you and your spouse do that makes sense for you (but may not make sense to someone else)?
Brooke: My husband and I both agree that we want each other to be happy more than we want to stay together.
If either one of us ever wanted to leave the relationship, we have committed to keep loving each other regardless and to support each other in our choices.
MM: What is your favorite thing about being married?
Brooke: My favorite thing about being married is watching my husband with our children.
MM: What is your favorite inspirational quote about love or marriage?
The best gift you have to give is your own happiness.
Brooke Castillo is the Founder and Leader of The Life Coach School. The curriculum at the school is focused on treating the root cause of people’s problems, not the symptoms. They have studied the best cognitive tools on the planet and created a streamlined system for helping coaching clients change their lives. Fast. The school teaches the “Self Coaching” methodology which includes mastery in problem solving, emotion management, action motivation, and thought creation. To learn more about the Life Coach School, click here. To visit Brooke’s personal blog, visit BrookeCastillo.com
Extending my endless gratitude and love to Brooke for all of the blessings her teachings have brought into my life and for such a great interview! XO Maggie
This week’s Love Work? Tell each other your favorite thing about being married.
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