With a little help from my…coach!

We’re digging into a little self-care strategy today!  What to do when there is an aspect of your life that isn’t living up to your expectations, despite all of the energy and effort you’ve dedicated to the cause…

In 2018, I was working in state government and was profoundly burnt-out and exhausted.  While I didn’t want things to change because I knew what to expect after nine years of working with the same agency… I knew things couldn’t stay the same. 

And that’s when a whole lot of “opportunity”, aka change, showed up in my life!

Isn’t that the way it frequently happens?  You hit a point in one part of your life where things have to change and you follow through…but then that starts the dominoes falling and every aspect of your life is impacted. 

Honestly, how could it not?  

But that’s when the overwhelm starts.  (Talking from recent personal experience here!)

Maybe you have a great idea for a new product or business or career but Imposter Syndrome sneaks in and tells you there are so many others out there more qualified, better-spoken, more attractive, more experienced…  You get the idea.  And then you set your idea to the side and walk away.  (Did it!)

Maybe there is an aspect of your health that you want to change and you can find all the steps online or in a book, but it’s hard!  Again, that little voice starts whispering in your ear that you’re never going to change, things will always be the same and you are nothing more than a victim of your own efforts.  (Been there, too!)

That’s where a coach comes in. 

As I look back over my life, I can see so many folks who acted as coaches but I knew them as friends, relatives, work colleagues, advisors, counselors, professors and teachers.  At the foundation, a coach is simply another person who is able to see your potential and willing to remind you of it when you lose your vision and your confidence. 

They provide you with the information you need to be able to accomplish a particular goal; they help you anticipate when and where the big challenges are going to pop up; and they help you find your own motivation to keep going, even when things are really hard. 

These days you can find a coach for just about any topic – health and wellness, self-care, online marketing, dog training, guitar playing, healing your gut, writing a book, public speaking, watercolor painting.  Seriously, name it and there’s a coach out there for that!  Some of the coaches who have helped me change my life since 2018 are Susan Garrett (dog-training), Jeff Walker (online marketing), Carolyn Ledowsky (nutrigenomics) and Lisa Fraley (small business law). 

And the biggest thing that I have learned from all of these amazing coaches?  I am capable of far more than I ever would have believed if left to my own devices.  Am I truly smarter because of these coaches?  No…but I am significantly more willing to face the changes in my life and embrace the opportunities that accompany those changes because I know I’m not alone. 

 Always remember – you are not alone.  Whether you are trying to train a dog, start a business, lose weight or live with food sensitivities, there are others who have a very similar experience and can help you navigate your own journey.  And many of them are coaches!

If you’re curious about how wellness coaching might help you achieve your goals (or help you define your goals!), I’d be happy to chat with you!  Send me an email at melissa@melissaoverman.com and we’ll set up a time!


challenges, change, coaching, opportunity, Self-Care Strategy

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