That’s the question I’ve received many times from friends and clients. Therefore, I decided to share a story about how my client’s life turned so well after only one coaching session with me.
(Got approval to share by the client)
On a Sunday morning in mid-July, I got a message from K.C. – a 38 years old man who is living in India. K.C. has a healthy lifestyle. He has a beautiful wife and adorable kids. He enjoys workout, outdoor activities, stays away from addictive substances, and has a passion for art. However, during the past five years, K.C. has struggled with work-life balance.
A day of K.C. started at 5:00am and finished at 12:00am (Not sure if I should call it late night or early morning). Twelve is the number of hours that he had to work every day whether it’s a weekday or a weekend. Twelve? Yes, Twelve. We all have twenty-four hours every day – no more, no less – to work, to recreate, to take care of ourselves and beloved ones, aspirations, hobbies, etc.; and K.C. spent half of that just for work. Every night he came home from work at eight, dinner in a hurry, gathered up for family prayer, spent a little time with the kids (if they were still awake), reading or painting until midnight. It’s imaginable of how tired, stressed and frustrated K.C. felt. That also negatively affected his health as K.C. started to feel pain on his shoulders. He realized that he hasn’t lived in the moment. He felt Lost. At the time he messaged me, K.C. felt like he wouldn’t be able to handle it any longer. He desired to make his life better somehow.
We decided to have a 60min session together when he felt ready and most comfortable. We got along very well. During the session, K.C. was very open and really thought through things. I could tell he was very serious and make efforts to figure out the best way to overcome the issue.
K.C. ended up the session with his final choice that he would talk to the employer about his current issue and would ask for a reduced schedule.
One week later, I got back to K.C. to keep updated
Me: Did you talk to your employer yet?
K.C.: I did, Dee. My number of hours of direct teaching has been reduced from around 30 – 42 hours/week down to 12 hours/week
(Apart from teaching, he also in charge of the paper work and other assignments at work)
Me: Wow. How do you feel about that?
K.C.: I’m happy. I’m relaxed. I feel rejuvenated. I bought a bike and just went for a 15km trail ride today. On the weekend, my wife and I spent time together which we haven’t done for ages. Thank you, Dee. You are the best.
Me: Wow. That’s awesome, K.C.
I’m very happy for K.C.
To be honest, I was kind of surprised of how an issue has lasted for five years could be solved in just 1 week after one life coaching session.
“What did you do to K.C.?” you may ask. I did nothing, but being:
A Listener – to be someone that K.C. can trust, be open and pour his heart out.
An Organizer – to collect piece by piece from the stories K.C. was telling, put them all together as a clear picture of his life and give it back to him.
A Neophilia– to question K.C. of how he ranked his important life aspects, what a perfect life would look like to him, what he would do to make things better, etc.
A Booster – to encourage him to get committed with his choice and take actions.
The story of K.C. is just an example of how Life Coaching can transform someone’s life from good to great. Even though it was only one session, it was the nudge he that needed to get out of the issue. That created a significant difference, not only in his life but the life of his family.