Mystic Mag has the pleasure of sitting down with Kath Roberts, a multifaceted individual who wears many hats in the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. Kath is not just a creator, facilitator, business mentor, and coach – she is a visionary who empowers individuals to unlock their full potential and turn their dreams into reality. With a wealth of experience and a unique blend of skills, Kath has guided countless aspiring entrepreneurs on their journey to success. Today, we delve into her captivating story, uncovering the secrets behind her exceptional ability to inspire, motivate, and transform lives. Get ready to be inspired as we explore the mind of Kath Roberts, the driving force behind a new generation of achievers.
Can you tell us about your journey of becoming a Creator, Facilitator, Business Mentor & Coach? What inspired you to pursue this career path?
Frequently amongst spiritual circles it is understood that we all have a unique purpose in life and that often shows up earlier in our career when we use our innate talents and gifts. Often, we fail to realize that what comes easiest to us is not that straightforward to others. We also fail to see them as in any way special or unique because we spend much of our earlier life looking outside ourselves for the answers or developing skills and abilities that we feel are valued by business. I am no different in this regard and so I didn’t actually set up my own coaching business until I was in my early forties. However, our true nature is always evident in our choices if we begin to look deeply enough.
Since childhood I have been interested in learning, sharing and teaching what I know. I also came to appreciate that I had keen listening and observation skills and an acute sixth sense that served me well in judging people and situations in my corporate life as a recruiter. As a leader my talents and passions lay in creating a visionary space that my teams could be inspired about and that would support them to think differently about themselves and their markets. It was a natural progression to become the coach/business mentor and then facilitator in transformational change work. I enjoy the unknown, the ambiguous space, sensing the future and I have come to understand that in spiritual terms we are always creating, albeit consciously and unconsciously so my focus these days is on the joy, the play and the magic of the creation rather than just the destination point. I’m fascinated by how people think and behave and how what they tell themselves affects how they feel, where they sabotage themselves and what they produce in their world as a result. Being able to sense the unexpressed emotions or listening for the dream behind the complaint ensures I am able to make the unconscious conscious to a client and thereby transform their way of being and thus their behavior, decisions and actions that deliver a very different solution.
As I became more inspired in my own work and I started to work with colour, specifically, I found my creativity increasing threefold. The colour work helps us to clear old emotions that keep us stuck in an old way of being and then open up to more of our soul’s calling. It brings truth, clarity, acceptance and then courage to follow your own unique path. It shows us that life and all our relationships are actually a high precision mirror reflecting back to us all that we are thinking and feeling. So as we let go of old stories about what we should do and who we should be, we find our way back to our whole selves and remember our true nature.
What type of services do you offer?
I offer a range of services for individual clients and businesses. I work holistically recognising that each of us as body, mind and spirit and each have a function that is unique. What we see with our eyes and experience with our body is the physical world of form and function. The body is an effect created by cause which is thought. Spirit is all that is, that which gives life to thought and body. I use a range of modalities and specifically, The Colour Mirrors System, to support transformation of mind and body. The system itself delivers spiritual understanding that heals and brings alignment so who we are and what we say and do is united.
I work both face to face and via the zoom telephony video system for online work. I’ve delivered bespoke workshops, webinars and online courses for my clients. I offer one to one coaching and colourful journeys which are a range of e-books with coaching questions for self -reflection and contemplation when utilized with a set of coloured oils over a period of weeks.
I also teach the Colour Mirrors system to potential practitioners and teachers. People attracted to this system are typically other coaches, psychotherapists, counselors, alternative therapists and creative types wanting to go deeper with their own personal development journey and add Colour Mirrors as a solution to their existing services.
How do you balance the creative aspect of your work with the practical and strategic elements of coaching and mentoring?
I learnt as a director in business to always have some white space in my diary to not only be able to respond to any crisis in business but to be able to plan and strategize the future. I also learnt to empower my team so I didn’t need to be so hands on. I built trust in my teams to facilitate this understanding. Since setting up my own business back in 2009 I had a very clear intention that my life and work would be fully integrated but that my work would not take over my life. I am also a coach that totally practices the idea of empowering my clients and not creating codependency, after all, I’m supporting people to access, learn to listen, then follow their own intuitive wisdom.
Whilst I’ve had periods of time when I have needed to give 100 percent time focus to a consultancy project, I have always made it a priority to give time for rest and play and time to create the next chapter/transition for my business. I wholeheartedly believe in practicing what I preach because I believe that the world needs role-models to show others what’s truly possible. Moreover, when we learn to listen with the heart’s intelligence we can often sense the way ahead that change is coming and we can learn to adapt and adjust to flow with what is, let go and create anew.
Can you share a specific success story of one of your clients and how your coaching and mentoring played a role in their success?
On an individual level I’ve developed a reputation for helping professional women struggling with fertility issues. As the mind and the body are always in connection; the work I do helps shift the mental blocks that get in the way. My oldest client fell pregnant at forty-eight and successfully gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
With my work with entrepreneurs it’s not unlike this idea of getting pregnant and giving birth! Entrepreneurs have tapped into their creative capacities and have ideas that they want to bring into form. These ideas need to be nurtured and watered if they are to come into fruition. I support entrepreneurs to believe in the impossible by mentoring them to understand both the nature of creation and how to access their intuitive intelligence to get out of their own way. I supported one client to successfully start up their own business, disrupting the mainstream operators in their market and to secure financial investment and build a vision and talent pipeline. My coaching and mentoring work with Blackdown Shepherd Huts UK has supported them to build a culture of well-being that recognises everyone’s individual talents promoting trust, authentic connection, full engagement and retention.
On a more general level I’m all about supporting individuals and collective groups in business to understand the true nature of power and facilitating them to move away from control, prompted by fear and the need for certainty and to unlock the spirit of business so we have full engagement and human flourishing, innovation and full participation and collaboration.
How do you stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in your field, and how do you incorporate those into your work with clients?
I perceive that if you’re not learning and evolving then you’re not growing so I typically invest in myself each year in some form of personal development. I’m trained in a wide range of tools, such as Organizational and Relationship and Social Intelligence which involves a deep immersion into understanding systemic theory and how that impacts us and all of our relationships. I use tools that help leaders cut through the complexity that often leads to inertia and an ability to react well to changing circumstances. I’ve also pushed myself out of my comfort zone in training as a firewalk instructor which builds immense courage and faith in oneself. I regularly undertake supervisory sessions with my own teacher and coach to ensure I am on track and constantly updated and inspired. Additionally, I read prolifically on a wide range of subject matters.
Finally, what advice do you have for someone who is just starting out as an entrepreneur, and what should they look for in a business mentor or coach?
Advice to an entrepreneur starting out
1. Know yourself and believe in yourself.
A great coach and mentor can support self-reflection to build self- awareness, emotional and spiritual intelligence but in the end it is our beliefs that will direct the course of our life. The great entrepreneurs come to understand that “seeing is not, in fact, believing; believing is seeing” and so they build and create themselves from the inside out by transforming how they see themselves over time.
2. Dare to dream and envisage a bold future but focus on the here and now, staying in the present
Start with the end in mind. Don’t work all day and forget your dream but equally don’t dream all day and refrain from acting on your dream. Start each day imagining what you wish to achieve and how you want it to unfold. As you stay focused on the present moment and take appropriate right action possibilities unfold much faster and synchronicities become second nature. Knowledge and experience is important but in the end, it is the imagination that transforms someone from good to great.
3. Play to your strengths and allow others who support you to do the same
The best start-up teams have diverse talents and a common set of values. They’re never frightened to ask for help and to be willing to listen to the uncomfortable. They hold themselves accountable whilst not trying to be all things to all people.
4. Balance in everything
Get the balance right between time and space for sustainable performance that way you can achieve more with less effort. Time is masculine energy and space is feminine energy so for any creation to come about we first need to give ourselves the space so we can become inspired and for the idea to percolate and the vision to come into fruition. We can then up-level our thinking to achieve more with less effort when we initiate the action. This allows for sustainable performance because time is doing and space is being. The being allows us to remember why we started the business in the first place and why we wanted to make a difference so we can tap into all the rewards of that.
Selecting a great coach/mentor
Coaching for me is an art not a science. You need deep listening and to be willing to be uncomfortable with the silence because it is in the silent space that the insights begin to flow. As a coach I am always listening for the story in business or in someone’s life that is unfolding and for the metaphors they express and watching the body language for sensory acuity to gage where someone is off-balance and conflicted.
A great coach needs to be fully present with their coachee because they can then know when to hold back or when they need to jump in. The best coaches build excellent rapport, trust and safe space and often that means needing to be willing to go first with vulnerability to enable full exploration of a subject area. They build curiosity and thus the desire to explore more deeply what might be getting in the way of someone’s progress and growth
A great coach goes to the unconscious space-the dreams, fears, hopes where a business or individual will sabotage and how that hijacks them. It’s also about identifying their unique gifts and bringing those aspects out in the work they do so they can play from those gifts and that is what makes them come alive. But it is also about recognising the dark side of those gifts and drawing out those distinctions for them. For example; success and the drive for it doesn’t actually solve your problems, it actually creates higher level problems. True success is loving the life you have and enjoying that in every moment.
Finally I’d say a master coach/mentor is able to move you into genius territory, by this I am referring to the wildest dreams, the impossible goals, the big thinking, but with tiny steps so you don’t get overwhelmed. It’s always about helping people understand their own power so the coach always holds the intention of seeing them in their highest potential. It’s never about jumping in and solving their problems but in supporting them to navigate the unconscious territory.