*Gwen propped her elbows on the desk, and let her head fall in her hands. She felt overwhelmed, and an anxiety attack caused invisible fingers to cut off her air.
- She was getting further behind at work, no matter how many hours she put in.
- Her energy was nearly depleted. Though she nodded off in the recliner before ten most nights, it was getting harder to bounce out of bed in the mornings. She felt fatigued before her day even began.
- She’d gained twenty pounds in a year and a half.
- Her husband complained about their sex life, and the lack of attention he received.
- She couldn’t spend time with her friends like she used to, and felt lonely when she saw their pictures and postings about great times they had without her.
- Her bank accounts were almost empty. Between soaring gas prices, restaurant tabs from stress dining, high grocery bills, mortgage payments, taxes, utility payments, and insurance premiums on their house, cars, ATV, and her husband’s small fishing boat, there wasn’t much left. All it took was a last minute party invite, to throw Gwen’s account out of balance from pressures to purchase something.
- And the biggest weight of all was Gwen’s spiritual life. She felt guilty that there didn’t seem to be time left in the day for God. The only time He heard from her lately, was when she wanted something.
Each one of these areas made Gwen feel guilty. And as her thoughts rattled between work tension, her failing health, loneliness, financial matters, and a dryness in her soul, Gwen’s discouragement deepened. She needed help, but had no idea where to go.
Gwen, and I, met soon after her mini-meltdown. Introduced by a mutual friend, it soon became obvious that Gwen’s situation wasn’t permanent, although to her, it felt that way.
In less than two hours, through a strategic brainstorming exercise, she looked at me in shock. “I didn’t know I had that much stuffed inside me. How did you get all of that gunk out in such a short time?”
I chuckled, “This is what coaches do. We start by helping our clients figure out what’s bothering them. The big stuff, and the little things. This lets us help you figure out what’s lacking most, and where we need to focus, so we can truly get you unstuck. From there, it’s a matter of taking things one step at a time, and guiding you to do something about filling the voids. I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly we can get you moving in positive directions, and how much better you’ll feel.”
“I feel better already, just seeing it in writing,” she said.
“Most of my clients do. Now you know exactly what you’re dealing with, and when your problems are written in black and white, you can often see immediate resolutions. When we try to push our fears and worries out of our minds, they simply build up in our subconscious. Now I can help you create a doable strategy to start knocking some of these pressures out of your life. Simple tactics will get you there in a hurry. Not all of it will be easy, but you will feel great when you’ve tackled things head on.”
Gwen smiled, “Where were you ten years ago? With you here, I don’t feel like I’m trying to deal with this mess all alone.”
- They guide their clients through strategic play books, customized for the client and their unique situations.
- They prioritize tactical ways to make their clients succeed.
- They encourage through pep talks.
- They help clients see weaknesses they sometimes can’t see, when situations are too close and personal.
- They wisely guide the client to find their answers to the questions in their circumstances.
- They improve a client’s clarity, offering clearer vision to what is possible, even when things seem impossible.
- They help clients see the finish line ahead, even when it seems very far away.
Could you use a supportive hand to get your life back in order? Have you tried more ways than you can count to do something on your own, without success?
Anita Fresh Faith
*The name has been changed for privacy protection.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.