Especially in these difficult economic times, this question often surfaces.  As with most questions, there is not just one answer.

Setting goals and being accountable to someone are two proven strategies for success.  They not only keep you on track, but they shorten the time period in which you realize your goals.  Working with a coach guarantees that your goals are realistic.  Additionally, the coaching process is specifically designed for accelerated completion of your objective.

Problems, on the other hand, unexpectedly arise and they can unsettle and disorient you.  Addressing the situation–ex. divorce, loss of a job etc.–in a systematic way seems almost impossible.  A coach works with you providing emotional support.  Your coach capitalizes on your gifts and potential, helping you address the situation and ultimately solving the problem.  In the process, your problem solving skills are enhanced so that you are more ready to face future problems.

At other times, you “know” that you can become more than you are now.  You long for that self-actualization, but you’re not sure of your next steps.  Having a coach who is an expert in women’s stages of development opens up new possibilities.  Asking challenging questions, exploring “out of the box” opportunities, and creating a new vision for your life–all are the collaborative work of you and your coach.

In each of these instances, the coach provides vital support and resources that enable you to live your life more effectively.  Yes, you could go it on your own, but having someone with you expedites the process and enrichens the outcome.

Kathleen Loughlin Qualifications & Experience

Ed. D.     Columbia University
Adult Development & Adult Learning

Certificate:   The Institute for Life Coach Training

Author:  “Women’s Transformative Learning Experiences”  extensive articles on adult learning & development

20+ years of facilitating learning as professor, mentor, coach