Coaching is becoming widely recognized as an effective method to living a better, more fulfilled life. The coaching process itself is designed to bring about increased self-awareness and clarity and result in action plans that help us reach our goals.
In this blog post I wish to share with you what I learned about myself through my own coaching experience.
As of today, I have been in private practice as an educational therapist and coach for nearly 5 years. Initially, my practice only served students who struggled with executive functioning deficits and study skills. My masters degree as well as 7 years as a special education English teacher exposed me to the various facets of education and I became fascinated by how dyslexia impacts reading acquisition.
In an effort to grow my young practice, I made a decision to eventually provide reading remediation services. I subsequently flew out to Colorado for extensive and highly specialized reading remediation training under the nationally recognized dyslexia expert, Joyce Bilgrave. I returned to Colorado 3 more times and spent a combined total of 5 months of supervised teaching reading to kids with dyslexia.
I had the advanced educational and teaching background. I sought and received exceptional specialized training. I had experience and proven results teaching kids with dyslexia to learn to read. In short: I was ready to start offering reading remediation in my own practice.
However, in spite of the significant time, effort, and even money that I put into preparing myself to offer this new service, something I was not quite clear on was holding me back. I hired a coach, a wonderful woman who is also a reading remediation specialist, to help me find my way and understand what was holding me back. What a wonderful learning experience in self-exploration that was. Something truly unexpected happened during the course of our work together. I learned that while there is no greater gift than teaching someone to read, I also learned that teaching reading was not my calling. I can’t really explain it, but a voice from inside told me that my true path is to focus my energy serving individuals who struggle with executive functioning deficits and ADHD.
What I Learned Through Coaching
Working with my coach taught me to listen to my inner voice and follow my true path. While I found teaching reading to kids with dyslexia exceptionally rewarding, I was truly passionate about serving those suffering from executive dysfunction and ADHD. That was what the universe needed me to do and I acquired that clarity through working with my coach. Within months of making that profound realization and aligning myself with my true path, my practice filled to capacity and I had never felt so fulfilled.
So what can we learn from coaching? My personal experience took me through a journey of self-exploration and led me to a place of unparalleled fulfillment and satisfaction. What will you learn?
Eran Grayson is a time management consultant and executive functioning coach in private practice. He specializes in helping college students and busy professionals who are struggling to meet the demands and expectations that are placed upon them due to difficulties with time management, planning, and organization. As an ICF certified coach, Eran is trained to work with a variety of individuals and needs. He is frequently sought by business executives and entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time to do it all. In addition, his background in educational therapy and expertise in time management has made him a valuable asset to the ADHD community which he has served since 2003. Eran provides a non-judgmental space for his clients to increase their self-awareness, identify their obstacles, and achieve their goals. He has dedicated his professional career to serving his clients and helping them grow and transform their lives.