Client Spotlight: Tammy Jackson
Name: Tammy Jackson
Career: Program Director, The Family and Community Ties Foster Care
Coaching: 10 weeks of 1-on-1 coaching with coach Kim Ades
Why did you decide to get coached with Frame of Mind Coaching?
I had started a new position in a higher level of management and was struggling with the politics at work. I began looking for coaches online and I was matched with five coaches, including Kim, on a coaching website. I began chatting with these coaches to see who was a good fit. Right off the bat, I was resistant to having a coach because I didn’t think anyone could point out certain aspects of myself that I had not already considered. With the exception of Kim, there weren’t any coaches who could teach me and create those “aha” moments for me. The first time I spoke with Kim, she nailed me. From then I knew she was the right coach for me.
How did journaling affect your coaching experience?
Journaling was difficult for me, because I’m more of a talker than a writer. Even thought I don’t like to journal, I found that my conversations with Kim were more helpful because of the constant contact. It was useful when Kim would reflect on my journals and ask questions. I journal every so often now as an outlet.
What did you learn from coaching?
-I have gained a lot of inner strength from coaching. I don’t feel trapped in situations anymore, which is very empowering. I used to feel moments of helplessness, but I’ve learned that I can accept a situation and turn it into what I want it to be. These days when I struggle, I am able to move instead of staying stuck.
-What surprised me is that so much of my life is based on my perception of my circumstances. At my job, I discovered that it was my perception of the situation that was causing me stress, not the situation itself. By paying attention to my thoughts and beliefs, I have seen a difference in every aspect of my life.
-I recently lost my 15-year-old dog who was my heart and soul mate. I was able to generalize the skills that Kim helped me cultivate so what could have been a long, sad state of affairs turned into beauty, acceptance and happiness. I have Kim to thank for that.
-I think everybody can use a skilled coach who is a good match for them, no matter where they are in life. Just remember – there’s no easy part of coaching. The harder you work, the greater the reward.