Life Coaching Success Stories
Life coaching does work as you will see from these life coaching success stories over my many years or coaching.
Most of the people who come to me for coaching are already quite successful but they know there is more they can achieve.
Maybe their career has stalled and they don't know which way to go forward.
Or they have become so bogged down in the day to day running of their business that they are in overwhelm as to what to do to move forward.
Sometimes my clients need coaching to regain lost confidence because they have had an unfortunate experience at work that has knocked them about.
Or their are work relationships that are causing them stress and they want learn to handle better.
Whatever the challenge, a few sessions of life coaching has helped them get clarity on the issue and develop whatever is needed be it help in overcoming a setback, setting firm and authentic goals or behaviour and communication strategies.
Sometimes they know what they want but just need a sounding and help prioritising and to be held accountable to get things done.
Here are just a few of the life coaching success stories from my files. And, of course, names have been changed to protect their privacy.
The Environment You Work In
Can Be As Important As The Job Itself
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.
But disaster! Jane's joy was short-lived
Although well qualified for the position, she found the pace and demands of the busy, and often frantic office and the demands of running her team 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? And what was wrong with her?
Getting Jane clear on her values and needs:
Using one of my favorite coaching tools (and the ones my clients say are the most helpful), I helped Jane to clarify her values and discover and acknowledge her core needs - the things she really "needs" in her life to be happy.
Through this process she recogniszed that, while her values included personal growth, health and service -the same as the organization that employed her, she also had a real need for harmony and peace. These needs were not being met in the long, pressure-filled, team leading days of her new job so there was stress and anxiety.
Clarity leads to power!
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 autonomous environment that was more compatible with her need for harmony and peace.
Here's how I can coach you to have your career or job as you want.
Frances jumps the corporate ship to start her own business.
Frances had a great job with a good salary. But she was fed up with working for a boss in a large organization. She felt unfulfilled and had for years wanted to have her own business and follow her passion for fashion.
She decided to risk giving up a lucrative senior corporate marketing career to follow her dream of creating a unique and stylish fashion accessory.
She engaged me as her coach to help her get clear on the process of starting her own business.
Where is all my support?
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.
To do and to delegate or outsource?
I worked with Frances on a process to clarify what her strengths were (in this case designing, marketing and production). We then discussed how she would fill in the gaps by outsourcing the things with which she was not familiar or skilled in and would not be the best use of her time.
Full steam ahead
Armed with this clarity, she decided to outsource immediately the setting up of accounting systems and getting a cleaner (she was starting off from a home office). She also took on a virtual assistant to help her with research on the best path for manufacturing 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.
Here's how I can coach you to start or grow your business
How Leah Regained Her Lost Confidence
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.
This was the case with Leah (not her real name) - a client whose goal to successfully transition from being a teacher to a corporate trainer went horribly wrong. She decided to coach with me because her confidence was completely shot and she felt like a failure. Leah had been over the moon with delight when she achieved her goal of getting a job with an organisation specialising in change management, motivation and team building. So far so good....
Then, disaster struck.
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 and her ability to train was shattered.
How I coached Leah to regain her confidence:
When Leah told me what had happened, I coached her through my clear up process for failed goals. Through this, she came to acknowledge that she was not going to get everything right first time as a trainer. There were going to be lots of learning experiences (maybe not as severe as the first one) to benefit from.
Together we reviewed that dreadful day and how the drama had unfolded. Then I helped her work out a couple of strategies she could use to better handle the difficult participants and keep the rest of the people in the workshop engaged with her.
When Leah came to a frame of mind where she could look back on the reason for her failed goal and view it as "a mistake I now don’t have to make", her energy and motivation for her training career returned. She reset her goal and it wasn’t long before she was back on track with renewed confidence. Now she is demand as a confident and successful corporate trainer.
Here's how I can coach you to get your confidence and motivation back on track
Have You Acknowledged Your Achieved Goals?
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.
The lights went on for Jack when he saw that he had glossed over this major achievement, (as well as several sporting wins).
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.
A New Motivation
Jack committed to celebrating those lost and forgotten achieved goals by buying a new sound system for his car and a special dinner with his wife.
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!
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