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
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:
- Danyelle Little, The Cubicle Chick
- Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca, Ryze Online
- Jackie Purnell, Respectfully Disobedient
- Angela Stalcup, Ladies Who Launch, Atlanta
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!