My clients come to me because what they have been doing isn’t working anymore - and they are ready to do something about it.
They’ve spent the first half of their life building a successful career or business, but are finding they are getting burned out, hitting a plateau, or just wondering what’s next. As a result, they're stressed out, their relationships are struggling, and they are frustrated because they just don’t know what to do about it.
I help my clients learn tools and strategies to lower their stress levels, be more productive and efficient, make more time for themselves and what matters, and just start enjoying life again - all without losing their edge.
Looking back, I have been a coach all my life, but you might not know it looking at the Environmenal Engineering degree and Project Management postions on my Resume. For the first 12 years out of college, I worked hard building my career...and my life. I thought I was doing pretty well - I had a promising career, a beautiful wife, and 2 young boys living in a nice ranch in the suburbs in Central Wisconsin. I was finally on my way to living a happy, fulfilling life full of family vacations, birthday parties, and saving enough money for retirement so I could, well, finally relax and enjoy myself!
But the truth was, the stress of running a dual income household, raising 2 kids, working 40-50 hours a week, and trying to “make it all work” started to take its toll.
I found that life started to get complicated.
Being married was hard.
Being a dad was hard.
Trying to "make it all work" seemed, well, like an impossible dream. I realized early on something needed to change. I wasn’t happy in my current career path, so I found a new job, thinking THAT would be the answer.
My new job paid more and I was spending my time at work differently, and I thought I was finally "on my way".
But life had other plans... 2 years later the economy tanked and I was let go. Suddenly, for the first time in my life I questioned who I was and what I was about.
I turned to a career coach, who after a battery of tests and assessments encouraged me to pursue a career in project management. I obtained my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification and then started down a path of different jobs in different companies.
My wife and I also moved to a different city and built a new house. Surely that was the answer… new jobs, new city, new house…
Unfortunately, what I was beginning to learn was that changing things on the outside was rarely the answer and I was really just kicking the can of unhappiness and misery down the road.
Despite all the changes I was making, I found life wasn’t getting any easier and instead I was becoming even more disillusioned in my career direction, and feeling more and more stressed out, unfulfilled and just plain stuck in life.
Perhaps the biggest turning point for me was a couple of years later when I experienced a major marriage crisis. I started to question everything I thought I knew to be true and was faced with a decision that would hold major ramifications for everyone and everything in my life.
After reaching out and working through some incredibly difficult personal and relationship issues, I realized for the first time that I was the only one totally responsible for my own happiness and that I could never again rely on anyone else to make me happy.
Another way to say this was that I started owning my own shit, and stopped blaming everything and everyone else for my unhappiness.
Around this time in my life I started really digging deep and taking a cold, hard look at my life and was honest about what I wanted. I read books and spent thousands on retreats and workshops. I watched videos and listened to podcasts.
And while I was starting to intellectually understand some things, I found more and more I was only consuming more and more information, and was having a hard time applying what I’d learned to my own life where I could see actual results.
It was during this time I was introduced to the concept of life coaching and hired my own coach to help me get a little more clarity on what I was searching for. The more I learned about coaching, the more I realized I had been a coach my whole life, no matter what job or position I’d held.
I've always gravitated towards the people side of things and not the technical side, and where I’ve always excelled were the basic skills of professional coaching: asking powerful questions, active listening, and empowering people to find their own answers to problems.
I realized I’d already been helping friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and even friends of coworkers for years to live more meaningful lives through finding more satisfying jobs, improving their relationships, and just finding more meaning and happiness in life.
After experiencing some incredible life changing coaching conversations myself, I knew coaching was the direction I wanted to head and became a certified Life Coach through the Martha Beck Institute.
My bookshelves are packed with every self-help book imaginable (just ask my wife!). I've listened to hundreds of hours self-help, financial and goal setting CDs, webinars, and podcasts. And I've learned the hard way that the reason the self-help industry is multi-million dollar industry is because everyone is always searching for the golden egg. The ticket. The answer.
But the problem is everyone is looking in the wrong place. The answer isn’t out there. It’s been right in front of us all along.
We just need some help finding it.
See, knowledge is not enough. Reading not enough. We need to feel it. To experience it.
Get out of your head.
And that’s why working with a coach is so important of you really want to make some big changes in your life. What I’ve found working with my clients, and working with my own coach, is no matter what our challenges, at the end of the day we all have the same problem: We need to get out of our own way.
A life coach can help you do just that – help you get out of your own way by helping you see where you are getting in your own way, holding yourself back , and keeping yourself safe.
As a professionally trained life coach, I’m not here to tell you what to do. It’s your life, and only you know what’s best for you.
But what I will tell you is the people I know who are genuinely most fulfilled and happy in their lives have learned to really live their values. They know what is important and where true happiness and fulfillment come from (hint: it’s not stuff, money, or fame!)… they’ve learned to continually orient their lives around the things that truly matter.
As a life coach, I don’t claim to have everything in my life figured out - after all, I’m only human. But what I can tell you is I strongly believe in the work I do because of the results I’ve seen in my own life and the lives of my clients.
If you are ready to try something different, then I'd like to invite you to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary "Rapid Change" coaching session to see if coaching might be right for you and to see how I might be able to support you.
You can click HEREfor more information about what this first session is about. Don’t worry, there is no hard sell or obligation for you to do anything. I don’t workwith everybody, and sometimes there is just not a good fit.
But if you are tired of the results you are getting in your life, and know you need to do something different and want to sart having some significant shifts now, please give me a call!
Your life is waiting!
MORE ABOUT ME
I currently live and work in Waunakee, WI which is just north of Madison. I live with my wife, my two boys, and the newest member of our family our 90# Weimaraner named Thor.
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