Ellen Bower   Ellen Bower
Life Design Strategist & Visionary Leadership Coach
~ Life Enrichment ~ Career Resilience ~ Life Transitions ~ Business Acumen ~ Executive Leadership ~ 

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"Tell me what you plan to do with your one wild and very precious life?" ~Mary Oliver

The Story Of Coaching

Devoted to celebrating life through compassionate living, coaching is closely regarded as mentoring and has been a way of human life through the ages. Perhaps one of the more original examples of a coach as mentor is in Homer's Odyssey. Mentor, a trusted friend of Odysseus, King of Ithica, served as teacher and overseer of Odysseus's son, Telemachus, when Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan war. When that war was over and Telemachus and Odysseus were reunited, Mentor was praised and recognised as having fulfilled a task for which Odysseus was forever grateful. The word "mentor" has gradually come to mean "trusted person, informal coach, wise advisor, teacher, friend, sponsor, safe guide, example."

Coaches, as mentors, model the way for us through their humanity, competence and caring, and help us develop our optimal pathways through life. They are a source of inspiration and are gifted in areas where others need and want to gain expertise.

The Story Of "You"

Getting in touch with who you are and the value of who you've become used to be a time-consuming, personally costly and frustrating experience. Focusing on yourself was considered frivolous, a waste of time ~ unnecessary. Thanks to the personal discovery advancements in development resources that have been created over the years, the process of knowing your value in the world has become much simpler. Your talents, inherent skills, preferences, lifestyle needs and even your whims have never been easier to discover.

With self-discovery, though, comes responsibility ~ the call to do something special with what you've created in yourself. This may mean a new standard of success, a career or lifestyle change, a new or enhanced relationship. These changes are all valid and worthwhile because every part of you is worth further developing.

Does Any Of This Sound Like You?

  • You have extremely high standards for yourself, and for those around you.
  • You are committed to being successful and you want to be the very best at what you love to do.
  • You don't often take time for yourself and sometimes grow weary with all you need to do in life.
  • People often tell you that you're creative. Or clever. Or resourceful. Or Inspiring.
  • Once you've achieved something, you're already on to the next thing in life.
  • You want to feel inspired. Passionate about your work. Deep satisfaction with life.
  • Fear of what other people think of you or your decisions sometimes stops you in your tracks.

If any of these statements are true for you, then you are like many people honourably trying to navigate a fulfilling life. A Professional Life Coach can help you discover and market the brand, "YOU", by helping you understand exactly where you are in your life, and then charting the course to exactly where you want to be.

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