Ad Agency Manager and "budding" Coach:
Q: Why did you hire a coach?
What did you want to see happen in your life at that time?
A: I hired
a coach because I wanted to have balance between my work
and personal life.
My main goals were to:
- Develop balance.
- Completely declutter and organize my home.
- Eliminate all the little things that irritated me.
Q: What was memorable or meaningful
about your coaching experience with Kristin?
A: Every time we spoke,
she started the call with a very upbeat salutation using
my name, and I knew she was really looking forward to my
call. I loved this. Whether I had only done a little bit
of my homework or a lot of it, she was always positive and
encouraging. I also admired how Kristin's life had changed
and it really made the idea of creating my own wonderful
life seem possible. Kristin is a good role model.
Q: What are the tangible results
of your coaching experience?
A: During the time I worked
with Kristin, I was able to change from a cramped, small
house into a perfect sized home with a spectacular view.
And the change has made very little impact on my financial
life -- I actually seem to have more money than ever!
I am able to step back from all the craziness at work --
building my new life is much more important to me than all
the politics and discouragement that is a daily part of
my work life. I am now studying to be a coach so that I
can help people make important changes in their life.
Q: What are the intangible
results of your coaching experience?
A: I feel like I've made
a lot of shifts:
- Eliminating things that irritate me or drain my energy.
- Focusing on my future in a way that can't be altered
by others' opinions.
- Taking charge of my personal environment without waiting
for permission from others.
- I'm more confident and believe in my ability to overcome
- I do my best to encourage everyone I know since I know
how helpful that's been for me.
Q: Why do you think coaching
works? What about it works for you?
A: Coaching worked for me
because of the encouragement, accountability, and the totally
new ideas that Kristin brought to the subject. I can't thank
Kristin enough for all of her support and encouragement.
She really opened my eyes so that I can see myself living
in the best possible life I can imagine. Kristin is phenomenal.
Q: What are Kristin's strengths
as a coach?
A: Kristin is super positive
with the perfect mix of fun and high expectations.
Q: Do you think your coaching
dollars were worth it? Why or why not?
A: Coaching changed my life
and continues to change it -- that's worth so much more
than money. I'll admit that the money was a little tight
in the beginning because my life was such a mess; however,
as coaching cleared up problem areas and raised my personal
standards, I never gave a thought to the money I spent for
a firm believer that a client's "outer" world
reflects their "inner" world...in other words,
if your home, car, finances, feel messy to you, chances
are there's something out of balance in your life. It's
not just about clutter. It never is.
So, when Leslie initially contacted me for coaching with
the desire to organize and declutter her home, I knew there
was much more in store for her. As a coach, I always look
at the symptoms that clients present to me. What's right
on the surface? For Leslie it was quite simple -- she wanted
to organize her life and her house. However, to create lasting
change with my clients, I always dig a little deeper and
I look for the source underneath the symptoms.
In other words, why did Leslie allow her home and life
to get out of whack? We talked about that first.
Leslie is a super loving, supportive, get-it-done type
of person. For example, she's a very loyal friend and I
was always impressed with how many people came to Leslie
for advice. Leslie's loyalty and drive started to get in
the way of her dream of living a balanced life. Working
for an advertising agency requires long hours and last minute
changes to serve clients' needs. Being a hero at work and
"saving the day" was actually an energy source
for Leslie. However, she discovered it was an unhealthy
one. Realizing that was the catalyst for Leslie's transformation.
Leslie found it very difficult to unplug from work and
focus on other areas of her life. As a result, the non-work
portion of her life started to deteriorate. I remember during
one of our first conversations I asked Leslie this question:
"When did DOING a great job at work become more important
than BEING truly happy?" That was a moment of truth
for Leslie and she made the choice to make some serious
With that level of committment, I was able to coach Leslie
to create the balance she sorely lacked. It was actually
a breeze once the committment was made. One assignment we
created was to set an alarm clock at work to signal the
end of the day. When that buzzer went off, it was her cue
to wrap up and go home. This is a very easy way to create
a boundary at work...and we all need those boundaries!
Leslie was incredibly dedicated and spent at least one
hour every single evening working on her home. She knocked
down walls and did a major overhaul. Eventually she realized
she'd like to move. Fortunately, her home was now in great
shape and sold very quickly.
Along the way, we focused on fitness, relationships, finances,
self care and all of the important topics related to balance.
Now, with her life and home in great order, Leslie feels
much more energized and efficient at work and is ready to
tackle a new goal...she's currently enrolled in coaching
training so she can learn to help others.
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