A Coaching Journey – Pt. 5

So, after a bit of sweat and hard work, I got the strategic structure for Goal #2, and am hopefully on my way to staring down the other two goals.

In the meantime, I was so energized by the process, and revving my engine to move forward, that I decided to put some fuel in the tank and work on my scheduling (an action, not a strategy). Perhaps that was my way of celebrating. Or perhaps it was more of a visioning exercise for me.

I took pen to paper (sometimes computer just doesn’t cut it for me), and “chunked” my general schedule to reflect my weekly and/or long-term planning (e.g., cleaning and organizing; regular and not-so-regular appointments; writing; personal; follow-ups; correcting past sins…that last one will be explained in another blog). Then, I listed my “locked in” times in the average week.

Having completed this outline, I created a schedule for the upcoming week – times and all. (You should know that this is not like me. I generally only make lists when I am completely overwhelmed – and that is because I figure that, if I can write it down, it is do-able.)

In the meantime, as if trying to tell me something, I received a free scheduler in the mail (not a calendar, but an actual scheduler!).

As I said, I listed by the hour or half-hour, what my week would look like, with a little “to do if there is time” at the bottom of each day, as well as underlines and stars for the very important tasks. Then, as I completed each task (not always on time, but darn close), I checked it off. And, oh, it felt so good!

Unfortunately, I dropped the ball after a week. Habits (good or bad) are not made in a day (or a week). I’ll take another stab at it (again and again, if need be), and finally get there, I hope. After all, I do have that scheduler!

 

 

 

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The above entry is part of a guest blog series titled “A Coaching Journey” written by my friend, client, and talented writer, Linda Epstein. She has graciously agreed to write on her experience with the coaching process as she navigates it, to give a first-hand view of what the journey is like. Visit weekly to find out more!

 

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A Coaching Journey – Pt. 4

I was reviewing my notes and prepping for my Strategy session with Marielle when I noticed that all three of my primary goals, and even my secondary goal, had a common roadblock that was preventing my moving forward. And that roadblock (or, rather, “a brick wall”) was procrastination. Marielle would call this “an insight”. And, indeed, it was.

I discovered that I am a world-class procrastinator, and that I have been letting it get in the way of my success in many areas of my life. So my strategy for the Strategy session was to start with Goal #2 because it specifically mentions procrastination in my “shined goal”.

It was the right choice, but easier said than done. The tendency, of course, is to want to smash down that wall and to act with full force…but, wait a minute: Action is later. Strategy is meant to lend structure to that strategy so it becomes a sustainable entity. It also isn’t supposed to cross over into the other goals. So I cooled down and struggled with the rules and the structure required for Goal #2. I wanted to cross over, but Marielle gently, yet firmly guided me through the task at hand.

I guess that’s what coaching is, and why it is one-on-one or small group rather than a larger group lecture. The hard work lays the new foundation so that, when I am truly ready to knock down that wall, I won’t fall under the weight of the bricks.

So, after finally setting a seven-point strategic structure, I was finally ready for Strategy #8 – to celebrate!

I do have homework – to discover in writing how I got to where I am in the first place – but I am celebrating moving forward with my goals in 2015. And I am looking forward to setting Strategies for my other goals. Hopefully, the next go-‘round will be easier.

 

 

 

IMG_1837About the Author:

The above entry is part of a guest blog series titled “A Coaching Journey” written by my friend, client, and talented writer, Linda Epstein. She has graciously agreed to write on her experience with the coaching process as she navigates it, to give a first-hand view of what the journey is like. Visit weekly to find out more!

 

Read the rest of “A Coaching Journey” by clicking below:

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A Coaching Journey – Pt. 3

So, here I am. Face-to-face with Marielle and about to set my Primary Goals. I’m still unsure. I feel like I am confronting my future and stepping out of what has become a comfort zone for quite some time. But isn’t that what I wanted? So, I take a deep breath and dive in.

Marielle, intent on making this as straightforward as possible, gives me an overview of what to expect. She doesn’t sugar- coat the changes that I will need to make, but assures me that I am in the driver’s seat and she is just a passenger on this journey (that is reassuring, isn’t it?).

Each session, Marielle explains, will have a theme. This one: Setting Goals. Shouldn’t be too hard.

Before we begin, we consider what is in our lives at that moment and what emotion is attached. Then, we set it aside for now, so that we can focus on the task at hand. It is the way in which each session will begin.

My top three goals are fairly easy to list: Finances, Organization, Relationships. I have a secondary goal of Health, which, as I mentioned in my first entry, is moving ahead rather well and is, as it turns out, proof that I can do this.

Fleshing out the details of these goals is a little more difficult. For example, I know that I need to get my finances in order. Who doesn’t? But, how do I want to alleviate this stressor without disturbing my preferred lifestyle too much, yet shake up the status quo?

We work on a general statement, and I discover that I want any paid work I do to energize and excite me while reducing my debt. Is that possibility out there? But we haven’t yet arrived at that point. We are just setting goals. Focus, Linda.

Marielle asks me to reduce my larger goal to a few words – a motto, or banner, that will flag my desire when I hear or see it. She calls it “a shined goal”. Easier said than done, but we finally get there.

Later, as I re-read these slogans, I decide to place them front and centre on a sticky note, so that I will absorb them into my psyche.

Still unsure of the future, I feel ready to move forward to Strategies. But that is the next session and my next blog.


 

 

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About the Author:

The above entry is part of a new guest blog series titled “A Coaching Journey” written by my friend, client, and talented writer, Linda Epstein. She has graciously agreed to write on her experience with the coaching process as she navigates it, to give a first-hand view of what the journey is like. Visit weekly to find out more!

 

Read the rest of “A Coaching Journey” by clicking below:

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A Coaching Journey – Pt. 2

“So I have committed (I think) to take my self-improvement goals into my life as a whole with the help of certified results coach, Marielle Gauthier. I am feeling rather positive that the time is right, and that there are parts of my life that can be improved, although I have to admit to some trepidation. After all, this is likely to change the way I currently live my life.

I had just settled into that last thought when I received the Preparation Questionnaire from Marielle. The first question sent me into a panic. And I mean PANIC! What did I want to get out of coaching? Why was I doing this? I knew that there was an indefinable something that was missing in my life. But what was it?

I skipped the question and managed to answer the rest (even the strange ones, such as “I recycle at home – True or False”), even though there were some about which I was ambivalent. Then I went back to the first question, and the best I could do was to write that I wanted to take my life to the next level with the help through coaching (after all, I wasn’t managing to get there on my own).

So, in short, I do want to have a fuller, better life – one that fulfills me on every level; but I am even more frightened about this step into the abyss than I was when I started my physical health journey.

My next blog will discuss my first face-to-face with Marielle, and whether I am feeling more settled with this major decision about my life. Hope to “see you” then.”

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

The above entry is part of a guest blog series titled “A Coaching Journey” written by my friend, client, and talented writer, Linda Epstein. She has graciously agreed to write on her experience with the coaching process as she navigates it, to give a first-hand view of what the journey is like. Visit weekly to find out more!

 

Read the rest of “A Coaching Journey” by clicking below:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

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A Coaching Journey – Pt. 1

Why I Chose Coaching – Guest Blog with Linda Epstein

 

I am 67. Retired for seven years. About 18 months ago, I started working with personal fitness trainer and health coach, Matt Jodouin, owner of Fortitude Health and Fitness. Not only did Matt manage to get me off my sedentary butt, he has gently led me beyond what I thought I could do. I have become stronger, more flexible and better balanced (that’s physically!). So far, I have lost 23 lbs and gained energy.

I realized that it was time to up my game and to take my self-improvement goals to the next level. It was time to set goals that would impact other areas of my life. So I started working with Results Certified Coach, Marielle Gauthier, owner of Redworks Communications and Coaching.

This guest blog chronicles my experiences, both positive and challenging. I invite you to join my journey (almost “live”) as I (hopefully) move forward under Marielle’s guidance and my hard work.

 

 

 

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Linda Epstein


About the Author:


The above entry is the first of a new guest blog series titled “A Coaching Journey” written by my friend, client, and talented writer, Linda Epstein. She has graciously agreed to write on her experience with the coaching process as she navigates it, to give a first-hand view of what the journey is like. Visit weekly to find out more!

 

 

Read the rest of “A Coaching Journey” by clicking below:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

Have you heard about my NEW Up Your Game Coaching Program? If you’re ready to propel your career or business to the next level, this program is for you! Click Here to learn more.