At my final life coaching session, Marielle turned life as I knew it on its head. I thought I had prepared for the session, done all my homework (well, most of it, anyway) and was ready to dive in one more time.
Certainly, I had written my “Completion Report” listing what I had learned over this journey, acknowledging myself for changes made, and celebrating those changes. I acknowledged Marielle’s contribution in getting me started in the first place, for showing me other perspectives to some of my challenges, and for her ongoing support. Oh, and for keeping me focused (I sometimes have a tendency to go down bunny trails – interesting things you can find there ;-). I even had at-the-ready, a few suggestions to make the coaching experience even better.
Instead of dwelling on that Completion Report (I guess that the exercise of doing it was more important than going over it point-by-point), Marielle did a “mirroring” exercise with me that took me back to the beginning and what she had observed were my highs and lows (more highs than lows – quite a surprise!) during the entire process.
Hearing my insights and my challenges mirrored back to me in that way was an inspiration. From frustration over what I discovered was out of my control anyway to the huge procrastination roadblock, I had found ways of moving forward that excited and encouraged me. From the realization that I had overcome challenges in the past, so I could do it again came a re-commitment to succeed in my goals. I found I can have my cake and eat it too. I can increase my freedom by using the tools that conquer those barriers and help me attain my vision of the real me.
Goal by goal, we looked back at that vision. I had discovered my “financial” goals were less about making money (although I have to do that as well), and more about making an investment in myself. I had found that lack of organization was the underbelly of procrastination and that I just needed to schedule it in and DO IT! It is, indeed, all doable. I just need to continue to work on changing my habits for the better and remember to breathe.
In the end, I realized that I had made huge strides over the twelve sessions and that the momentum was with me. I will continue to refine my approach and to keep it real as I reveal more and more of this better version of me.
And, for that, I thank Marielle and I celebrate!
(Stay tuned for future updates.)
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!
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