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Guest Post by Nora Whalen…Enjoy!

Not everyone knows this, but I want let you in on a fun statistic. A person that works with a professional life coach is 3 times more likely to create sustainable positive results.*

Isn’t that crazy? With all the self-help books out there, amazing personal development blogs, televisions shows, etc. the one thing someone can do to make positive change in their lives is to partner with a coach. If you partner with a coach your chances of achieving sustainable results more than triples. Who doesn’t want to do things faster?

The key word is sustainable. Like so many people I know, I have the ability to set goals and the ability to achieve them all on my own. I can follow directions, read like crazy, and come up with a plan of action. A new workout schedule can be easily implemented. Writing on a daily basis, check! But here’s the thing – when I work with my coach to achieve a goal, I get the results I am after faster, and life is too short not to take the fastest way possible. At least, that’s what I think.

I’m sure you know the quotes that have been attributed to several sources: “knowledge is power”, and “with great power comes great responsibility.

After receiving training to become a professional coach, I wanted to be of service to others. Knowing that people could get results more than 3 times faster and that there is a way to shorten someone’s struggle to make positive change, I wanted to help more people. The more I explored that desire, I realized that I really wanted to help women and that many of them are those who can least afford to hire a coach.

In 2009, I met Lynn Zettler, PCC, and we found that we have a common passion for helping women in need and a burning desire to offer them something unique. In 2012 Nancy Olson, PCC and Lindsay Welch, PCC joined the team and we developed a one-of-a-kind model for Women For Change Coaching Community (W4C3). By offering one-on-one coaching opportunities to women who are financially challenged (annual household adjusted gross income of less than $40,000) in addition to learning, community, and relationship building events for coaching clients and W4C3 coaches, W4C3 strives to enhance the lives of as many women as possible. We like to think we are creating sustainable positive change one woman at a time.

W4C3 launched in July 2012, with a full board of directors, numerous volunteers, coaches, and clients. Our doors are open and Lakesha was kind enough to let me share the news with you.  Perhaps you have struggled with achieving some of your goals. Perhaps you know someone who needs a partner to help them find a job, improve their communications skills, or make some changes at home. Whatever the case may be, I am happy to say that you now have the knowledge to help yourself or those you care about by helping them find a coach! 

Remember that with knowledge comes great responsibility.

* according to 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study

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Nora Whalen is a Founder and Vice President of Women for Change Coaching Community, a nonprofit with the mission to bring together a community of support to make coaching accessible for all women who are seeking positive change in their lives. A coach herself, Nora is passionate about women embracing their own uniqueness. She lives in Charleston, SC with her two spunky dogs Bella and Coup.

 

Kesha’s Personal Thoughts on Coaching

I want to quickly piggyback on what Nora has stated about getting results that much faster with coaching. I have reached out to and received great feedback from coaches in different aspects of my life, both personally and professionally, and I can testify that they’ve been tremendous in helping me grow, learn, prosper, and overall just achieve some of my goals that much faster!! *hugs*

So I want to give a shoutout to these fabulous coaches who I have worked with this year alone:

Over to you…

If you know the value of coaching, please forward this message on to others so they can benefit too. Or maybe you’ll decide to work with W4C3 yourself. Either way, let’s get the word out guys!

 

Wassuper, it's yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different and challenge what's "normal!" I am wildly passionate about helping highly driven women pursue fantabulous relationships, juicytastic careers/bizzes, and authentically inspired lives.
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  • I whole-heartedly agree and support this.

    And congrats to you ladies on founding such a wonderful thing for the world.

    Rock on and ryze up!

    P.S. Kesha, I really, really enjoyed our talk – you’re super fun 🙂

  • 3 times faster! This sounds so unbelievable! You’re a great woman, because your aim is make this world a better place!

  • I wholeheartedly agree. I worked with a life coach for a few months and that put me on the right track for launching my site and he gave me so many tools that I use on a daily basis today.

    What I love about working with coaches is that it’s an opportunity to contemplate a different perspective and when we get into the habit of doing this we can shift more quickly.

    Today, I love to say “it’s none of my business.” It’s none of my business why someone is in a bad mood, seems to be upset with me, or is stirring up drama. It’s their business.

    To each their own. And working with a coach helped me understand that it’s fun to focus just on being happy and to let others handle their own business!

    Thanks for promoting this, because people need to know what a benefit this is for a happier life! ~Kimberly

    • That’s wonderful Kimberly. I am so glad that you had a good experience and that the results stuck. Sounds like you are much happier for it.

      With gratitude,
      Nora

  • What an amazing project Nora! It makes me giddy to know your organization exists!! Are you still looking for volunteers?

    • Hi Eyenie!

      Yes, we are. I just saw your application come through to be a coach. I’m very excited! Can’t wait to learn more about you. Thank you!!!

  • Nora, this is a great post! I am a believer of investing in oneself to achieve results. And yes, that means paying money for help and guidance.

    Kesha, thanks so much for mentioning me in your coaches section. I really appreciate it!

    • Thank you! I am with you when it comes to investing in yourself. 🙂

  • Alicia

    I think turning to coaching is a great idea for many women. Most people just don’t know where to start, but I think people don’t realize that it doesn’t make them any less of a person to ask for help.

    • Absolutely! I think asking for help when you need it shows your strength. 🙂

  • Fabulous initiative Nora, and I wish you every success. It’s often said that those who are most in need are the least able to afford, and its such a simple way of giving back and adding to the spark of creation in the world. I tip my hat to you.

    Thanks Kesha for the shout out, I’ve been in hibernation mode lately doing a little life and business sorting so have cut myself off from blogging, and social media. But I’ll be back into the swing again over the next couple of weeks.

    Looking forward to catching up on your podcasts too.

    • Thank you so much Jackie! It has really been embraced by the international coaching community and it’s wonderful to see some many women wanting to give back. The community is so positive and generous. I love it!

  • I have been coaching for years and I can say that very few endeavors in my life have proven so rewarding. I’ve made some pretty awesome relationships and seen many successful clients go on to achieve their goals. You have my vote and support. We stand united as women helping others.

    • So grateful you see this as a worthy cause. I truly support as well as I know there are many women who need their help but thought they couldn’t either afford it or hadn’t known about them so I’m helping to spread the word.

      Thanks Tammy!!

  • Beth

    Dear Nora,

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but glad I stumbled across it in the long run. (Besides, it was meant to be–generate new interest in the post, you see?)

    Beautifully written, powerful piece on a topic we can all use. I think there really is a difference in how men and women have experienced coaching, team play, and subsequent team work. Our later opportunities in life, such as W4C3 is now providing, allow us to fill in earlier gaps in mentorship and move forward, apparently at triple the speed we might if we were travelling alone.

    Thank you, Nora, for the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and give credit to my mentor Steve Feinman, who is a gentle but intensely focused representative of SCORE – the Service Corps of Retired Executives. This wonderful organization can be found at http://www.score.org/

    Blesings-Beth

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