Why did you hire Kristin as your coach?
I was doing well in my career, but found that I wasn't living my life consistent with my values. My job was consistently edging out other interests and taking precedence over personal relationships and taking care of myself.
What were your goals and what did you want to accomplish?
When I approached Kristin for coaching, I had one main goal:
- I wanted to be able to continue my career and to be successful, without allowing my professional obligations to trample the rest of my life.
I had other goals that cropped up along the way that we also worked on, but at the time, this was the BIG goal, and I wasn't sure if it was even possible when I first started coaching.
What are the tangible results of your coaching experience?
Coaching was effective for me in that it helped me see new alternatives. It challenged some of the beliefs that perhaps I wasn't even conscious of. It gave me tools to create the life that I may have acccepted as not possible before.
Immediately following coaching, I had more perspective. I was able to have boundaries for my career and give my desired focus to relationships, my health, and interests. I completed a marathon later that year, but perhaps the bigger accomplishment was that I was not cancellling dinners with friends or my husband because of work - as I had previously! Since it's been several years since that first coaching period (I'm recently back for a little tune-up), I can see the opportunities that I have been able to capitalize on that I would have missed if I had not makde some of the personal changes during coaching.
What are some of the intangible results of your coaching experience?
I am able to live the life I intended with more joy and excitement and less anxiety and guilt. In addition, coaching seemed to be the course correction that has led to subsequent improvements as well.
What are Kristin's strengths as a coach?
Kristin is amazing - I think that she can quickly get to the heart of the issue and give you concrete tools to help you make immediate changes. In my experience, Kristin seems to know the answer to an issue you bring her, but she is incredibly efective at helping you find the answer for yourself and determine the pace of change needed/desired in your life. I think of her as a "guide" of sorts. During our coaching, she asked a couple of questions in a "do you think it's possible that_____" way, which I said no, I think it's really this other issue. We made great strides and I was happy with where we landed. However, after we were done with coaching, I found myself reaching the exact conclusions that Kristin posed during coaching, when the time was right for me to see it.
Was your coaching investment worth it to you?
Coaching was one of the best investments I've made. There are so many benefits that aren't easily monetized, but even focusing purely on the financial returns, via career and other choices influenced, it has more than paid for itself.
I understand you have a fun story you'd like to share?
Yes, I have a story I'd like to share with anyone reading this. If I'd read this same story before coaching, I'm not sure what my reaction would've been. So, keep an open mind about it.
One of the things Kristin and I discussed was how we can change what we bring into our lives by being more aware of our thoughts. I wasn't sure what to think about this concept. So, as a fun exercise, Kristin asked me to think of an object and then just notice how in unexpected ways the object would begin to show up in my life. I thought of a pinecone.
In the days and weeks that followed, I started to see pinecones in the most unusual places. One of my favorite examples happened about a week into this exercise. In the 2 seconds I passed by a TV playing in the background, there was a restaurant shown with hundreds of pinecones hanging from the ceiling. Years after my initial coaching ended, my husband and I had the opportunity to move back to our home town (something we didn't think would be possible until retirement, unless I were to leave my career path. So that in itself was a wonderful result, and one that we both feel can be traced back to some of the changes made during coaching).
We found a house in the neighborhood that we drove through during our dating years and began the buying process. The house had been vacant and so each of our showings and inspections were much of the same - an empty house. However, prior to closing, we had one final walk-through. The house was empty as it had been for every other visit. But, this time, there were two GIANT pinecones on the mantel. It was a nice reminder to keep focusing on what I do want and less on what I don't.