After being a media coach for a decade, I came to a crossroads in my life. Three longtime friends, and both of my senior dogs, had passed away. I grieved these losses hard for months. What followed in their wake was a keen sense that life really is short. I had a wide open road in front of me. How could I make the most of the time I had left on earth? How could I honor my friends by not taking that life for granted? I had no idea.
So I hired a coach.
I knew about life coaching but was skeptical. I live in California and had heard of people taking a weekend course, or doing one of those “personal development” seminars, and calling themselves a coach. Not my style. But Donna had not only been coaching for 17 years, she was certified by the Co-Active Training Institute — a premier coaching school accredited by the International Coach Federation, and the gold standard in training executive coaches and fostering leadership development.
As Donna and I talked about what was possible for my life, I became intrigued by the tools she had at her disposal. She asked powerful questions that left me speechless. She challenged me. She championed me. She focused on me as a person, not a problem to be solved. She never gave me advice. She helped me see that the answers were already within me. That I am naturally creative, resourceful, and whole.
The experience was profound. My life changed dramatically for the better in the time that we worked together. I believed in my worth, both personally and professionally. I found a happy and healthy relationship. I raised my media coaching rates 50 percent and watched my business grow, not shrink. I let go of work projects that drained me and instead focused on what I loved to do. I operated from abundance, not scarcity. Working with Donna sold me on the immense value of Co-Active coaching. I am still a client.
And I finally realized how I wanted to make the most of my time. I decided to embark on the rigorous certification process toward becoming a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach).
So what is Co-Active Coaching?
It’s about change. It’s about moving out of your comfort zone and going for what you want instead of what you think you can have.
Coaching is not about examining your past, it’s about making the most of the present and dreaming up the future.
What can you expect from coaching? Increased satisfaction in the fundamental areas of life: family and friends, career, health, money, personal growth, fun and recreation, physical environment, and romance. You will make more conscious choices and take more resonant action.
Help you determine your purpose. What does your life look like when you are focused solely on fulfilling your purpose while staying aligned with your values?
Uncover where you are stuck. Could you benefit from looking at a situation from different perspectives?
Process your feelings. What do you need to let go of to invite growth and new possibility?
As Co-Active coaches like to say: “We do not coach for a problem to be solved. We coach for a life to be lived.”