Working with a life coach is a powerful, personal experience.
These case studies provide an insight into the kinds of situations that my clients come to me for help with. Of greatest benefit are the solutions they came to as a result of coaching with me. (All names and locations have been changed.)
If something you read resonates, if it touches a part of your life that you would like to change, then please spend time exploring the site and then jump over to the Discovery Page where you will have the opportunity to book a complimentary session with me.
Amelia was 34 when she came to me for coaching around her goals.
She told me she loved to travel. Her career goal was to be National Sales Manager for her company which would involve a lot of interstate and overseas travel and being away from home for days, even weeks, at a time.
Amelia and her partner had also set a goal to start a family by the time she was 35.
The result was that Amelia never seemed to have the real motivation she needed to achieve her career goal and it was never quite the right time to start a family.
The family option won out as the priority. Amelia came to realise that if she kept going this way - being pulled in two directions by conflicting goals - her career goal would stall and having a family could become one of those "some-day" goals that might never happen.
She chose to reorganize her career goal to something just as stimulating and rewarding but without the travel component. Her love of overseas travel would now be satisfied by family vacations.
What goals do you have that conflict, preventing you having life the way you really want it? Please contact me for a Discovery Session to see how we can work together to re-sort your goals and life plans!
Jack, a lawyer, came to a workshop I was running on setting and achieving goals. When I asked the participants to share their achieved goals, Jack gloomily said he couldn’t think of any goals he had achieved to share with the group.
I knew he must have a law degree, so in the break I asked him if he had every really acknowledged achieving this goal and all the hard work it took.
Jack told me that he had studied long and hard at university with a goal to get his law degree first time around. But he revealed that when he passed with honours, he let it pass without any celebration. After all, it was only what was expected of him by his high achieving family.
Jack immediately put all his energy into finding a position within a law firm and being a success at it. He did well but never feel particular successful.
His energy changed and everyone in the workshop could see and feel it. He realized he had had sailed past several achieved goals without acknowledgement.
He was then back in achiever mode in the workshop and ready to set a new goal.
What goals have you achieved and never really acknowledged. Go celebrate!
Jane came to me for coaching because she couldn't understand how her dream job could have turned out to be such a nightmare.
For a long time she had a goal to work for a company that organised motivational seminars. She had participated in several of their events and loved the self-discovery and growth principles of the organisation. When she got the job as operations manager she was over the moon.
Although well qualified for the position, she found the pace and demands of the busy office and running a team too really overwhelming and stressful. She started dreading each day and often came home in tears.
Jane was very confused. What had gone wrong with her dream? What was wrong with her?
Using one of my favorite coaching tools (and the ones my clients say are the most helpful), I helped Jane to clarify values and discover and acknowledge her core needs.
Armed with this new awareness Jane decided to leave the pressure filled office environment. She got a less demanding job that was still in line with her values and also decided and study to become a naturopath.
Her new goal not only reflected her values of personal growth and health but could be achieved in an environment that was more compatible with her need for harmony and peace.
Everybody in her circle said she should because she had so much information and wisdom to share. She was quite enthusiastic in the beginning but it never really flowed and her efforts soon diminished to a trickle of words.
She felt terrible about it all. People kept asking her ‘How’s the book coming on?’ So she forced herself to keep going, convinced it was something she had to finish.
When she came to realize this, she made the choice not to continue writing and let the goal go. She was proud of, and comfortable with that decision.
Are they something you really want to achieve for yourself?
She decided to risk giving up a lucrative senior corporate marketing career to follow her dream of creating a unique and stylish fashion accessory.
Early in the coaching series Frances faced the challenge that she no longer had an assistant or a multitude of departments available to her at the press of a button to use as a resource or pass her problems onto for solution.
She now had the sole responsibility for planning, designing, manufacturing, marketing, administration, accounts and distribution.
This freed her head space and time up to concentrate on the most vital part of her new business - designing those amazing fashion accessories.
One of the first things I do with my clients is have them look back and see if there are any failed goals in their history, that they still feel bad about, that could be blocking them from moving forward.
In the first workshop that she was allowed to lead on her own, Leah came up against a difficult and disruptive participant.
Because of her lack of experience, and the difference between teaching and facilitating, she did not handle the situation well! On the evaluation forms that participants fill out at the end of a workshop, some of the comments were pretty scathing.
The training organisation, in a fit of overzealous damage control, fired her.
Leah was devastated. She wanted to throw in the towel and go back to teaching.
Her confidence in herself was shattered so she decided life coaching with me might help.