What is a Catalyst?

I’ve recently re-branded myself as a Catalyst Coach. As I am working through this process, pretty much everyone I talk to asks me what a Catalyst Coach is. I try to explain, they listen, and the conversation moves on. Mainly because many people don’t understand what a life coach is, let alone what a catalyst is. I’m both. I am a life coach who acts as a catalyst in someone’s life.

Definition: Catalyst

Let’s get technical for a minute… According to Dictionary.com, a catalyst is:

  • Chemistry. a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected.
  • something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.
  • a person or thing that precipitates an event or change: His imprisonment by the government served as the catalyst that helped transform social unrest into revolution.
  • a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic.

More or less, a catalyst is an event, action, or person that sparks a major change in someone’s life.

Life’s Catalyst’s

As a life coach, I am (hopefully) a catalyst that can spark change in your life. However, I prefer for my clients to be their own catalyst; to be their own spark. To dig down deep within themselves and find the strength that they need to overcome any and every situation in their life in order to find freedom and themselves.

Some catalysts are life events, if you are lucky they have a minor impact on your life; others may have a major impact on your life. A minor event might be something as simple as a book falling off the shelf in front of you and you choosing to pick it up and read it, thus causing inspiration and subsequently change. A major event could be losing everything and finding yourself homeless and standing in the middle of a tornado.

My Catalyst

No Joke, it was the day after Christmas in 2015. I was in Texas, homeless, standing outside in the middle of a tornado. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many catalyst moments before in my life; but this one was the biggest.

I remember having no fear as I stood outside listening to the tornado sirens blaring, watching as one tornado whirled its way across the highway, completely unaware that a second tornado was touching down and creating a path of destruction just a few doors down from where I stood. Outside. In the middle of it all.

While the moment itself is awe inspiring, it’s everything that has happened after that has had a huge impact on me. From choosing myself over a bad relationship to finding peace in being homeless and virtually lost. From living in fear to choosing strength (my own inner strength) and love. From realizing that life is nothing but a series of choices to embracing self-awareness and opening my level of perception.

You Are A Catalyst

You don’t need to stand outside in the middle of a tornado to be your own catalyst. You can be a catalyst in your own life, simply by making the choice to be. You can be a catalyst in someone else’s life, simply by being yourself.

I am a catalyst in my own life, simply because I choose to be. I am a catalyst in my friend’s lives, simply because I am me. I am a catalyst in my clients lives, simply because they choose to work with me (catalyst moment), and because I am me.


Welcome to Catalyst Coaching by Kallasandra Moran!