Did you have big plans for your life, but time tripped you up and now you are wondering if you can ever get back on track?
You have tried to redirect your life, but someone or something always derails it. Now you are looking a mid-life or late-life and wondering if you should just give up?
I can tell you that you should not. What you need is a coach for team you. A coach can help you target weak areas, focus you on the game, and cheer you on to the win. We understand when kids need coaches, but as adults we think we should know everything. Should we? Professional athletes have multiple coaches throughout their lives. Singers and musicians often hire coaches to improve their careers. A coach by any other name (publicist, agent, trainer, fitness guru, dietitian, tutor) are still coaches in the end. Many top executives now have coaches. So why not you?
There are many reasons people are reluctant to hire a coach, the first being coaches are a best-kept secret. People do not talk about their coach, so there is a lack of awareness. No one is surprised to find out a young athlete has a personal coach. We know if they are going to make it onto the varsity or college team, they have to invest time and money in developing their talent. Most people would encourage students to hire a tutor while prepping for the SAT or ACT if they want an academic scholarship. So what happens when we enter adulthood? Why do we believe the adult world is easy to traverse? Once we become adults, we think we should know everything and be able to navigate work, relationships, and paths to our dreams without assistance.
Hiring a life coach is an investment in yourself. An investment in your path to success and satisfaction. Life coaches make a difference just like any other coach. The word coach typically conjures up an athletic coach, but the original word is Hungarian (kocsi szekér) to define a large carriage. The word literally means to carry. In the 1600s it was related to education to prepare a student for an exam and from there it expanded to athletics, railroad cars, and airplanes economy class. That is what a coach does; provides assistance to get you to your destination.
Do you need a coach? Only you can answer that, but if you have lost direction, struggle to get beyond barriers, and are settling for something less than you want, then a coach can help. Coaches do not have the answers; you have the answers. What a life coach does is ask the right questions to help you determine which path you should choose, help brainstorm options when barriers present, and celebrate every success you achieve. When was the last time someone cheered you on to victory? Life coaching will change your future.
Penny Dunning is a certified life coach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a MBA from Western Governors University – Indiana. She has 30+ years of experience in IT and healthcare management. Currently, she is the publisher of Chatter House Press and the Director of Career Services for a large workforce board.