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Is Coaching For Me?

"A coach is someone who shows you how to do or master something, whether it be reaching an important goal or making a difficult change. A coach stays with you and helps you select the goal, engage with it, progress through it, achieve it, and integrate the accomplishment into your life. -Thomas Leonard (founder of the coaching movement, my mentor) (quote-anywhere in page) The benefits of coaching appear to win over even the most cynical clients within just a few weeks."

-Industry Week


What is Coaching, anyway?

Take this self-assesssment to determine if you are ready for coaching.

T or F:  I see a gap between where I am and where I want to be.
T or F:  I'm willing to take the time to invest in myself.
T or F:  I value having a sense of direction and a balanced life.
T or F:  I will put in the required effort and keep at it, even when I feel stuck.
T or F:  I'm ready to stop struggling financially, personally and professionally.
T or F:  I'm ready to shift from what has been to what could be.
T or F:  Were the actions I took yesterday consistent with my long-range goals?
T or F:  I'm not satisfied with some aspect of my life.
T or F:  I'm ready to grow.

If you answered TRUE to any of these statements, read on to learn more!

Coaching is an active collaboration designed to generate strategies, solutions and new perspectives to solve problems and meet goals. Simply put, coaching can change your life!

In coaching, growth and change are built on taking action and learning as you go. The foundational belief is that you are creative, resourceful and whole. The coach takes you seriously and is ready to help you realize your potential. In a safe, confidential atmosphere, momentum is created, reserves are built up, strategies are developed. The coach supports, encourages, challenges, helps you to prioritize choices and develop a plan for you to live your life at your highest level of effectiveness.

Who wants coaching?

  • People who are ready to make changes, but just don t get started.
  • People who dread Monday mornings.
  • People who have great ideas, but lack the organization or confidence to make them happen.
  • People who are in transition (career, relationships, etc)
  • People starting their own businesses.
  • Groups and organizations that want to build effective teams, improve communication.

How it works.

  • Frees you from what drains you time, energy, resources.
  • Clarifies your dreams and goals.
  • Identifies blocks that prevent you from moving forward. Helps you to give attention to what really matters. Develop strategies to overcome obstacles, fears, concerns.
  • Works with you to develop a specific plan of action. Supports you to carry it out, step by step until you reach your goal. -Creates new frames of reference, which free you to move into action.
  • Asks provocative questions, which challenge and confront the status quo.
    Wakes you up to possibilities. Inspires you to step out of the routine.
    Provides ongoing support and accountability to keep you on track until you reach your goal.

How is it done?

Coaching is usually done by phone. It is a peer alliance, with you setting the pace. There is an initial Design meeting, where we determine our direction together. Then, we meet for 30-minute sessions 2-3 times a month. Generally, there is at least a three-month commitment. The purpose is always to enhance performance towards very specific and measurable goals. Coaching is a highly focused, active collaboration directed toward success, which is defined by you. Expect to make some significant changes! Coaching is a very powerful experience.


I invite you to call or e-mail me for a 30-minute free consult. It is an opportunity to talk together about what you are looking for, ask questions, learn more about how coaching works and whether I can be helpful to you on your path.

Some thought-provoking questions

  1. What would it be like to do work that you love?
  2. What would your life be like if your wish came true? What would be different? Same? -If you could only say 50 words in a day to a loved one, what words would you use?
  3. How does exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed work for you? What are the benefits?
  4. What do you want to be remembered for?
  5. What do you savor in your life?
  6. What parts of yourself are you NOT using? What strengths are on the sidelines, waiting?
  7. What price are you paying by NOT changing your life?


" Live the question and someday you will live into the answer."



" Take the first step in faith. You don t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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