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Timing and the Coaching Process

Have you thought about ADHD coaching for you, your teenager or college student?  If so, I urge you to continue reading.  Since I began this journey as a coach over 10 years ago after a long corporate career and a new Master’s Degree in Education, I have seen the difference between clients who come to me in crisis and those who are not.

Whether diagnosed as a child or an adult, living with ADHD symptoms is not easy.  Struggling daily with time management, holding down a job, getting through college, making a career change or  life transition can seem unbearable.  My observation over the years is that many of my clients with ADHD “tolerate” excessive burdens and seem to go on carrying the weight of the world convinced that this will be their reality forever. They arrive from home or school exhausted every day. Some have problems with finances or getting meals together for their family.   As you are reading this, you may be saying to yourself, “Wow, that is me!” The idea of this article is not to spiral anyone towards doomsday but rather to deliver a strong message of hope!

When clients approach me in crisis, i.e. just terminated from their employer, failed a class, in terrible financial stress, coaching can be very effective but handled, as you would imagine, in a different dynamic.  My message today is simple.  When coaching is started in a more proactive way in a state of non-crisis, the coaching process will and can be more enriching without a heightened state of stress and worry that will not cloud the process. Clients can see their lives through a different lens and will weigh decisions better, prioritize and attack long term problem areas without the pressure of trying to fix or get control of one specific crisis area.  I realize that procrastination can be a big factor and the thought of investing in this process is a decision not be taken lightly.  It is an investment that many of my clients have found to be well worth it.  An entrepreneur, for example, who receives objective coaching on work/life balance, is often invaluable and life altering.  These changes can save/enhance marriages as well as careers. For a college student, a weekly coaching call can be grounding to keep on track with the week’s activities and for strategizing around obstacles before they become roadblocks.  Sometimes this can mean the difference between success or “just getting by.”

My coaching style focuses on improving the quality of each client’s life while keeping in mind the creative and inspiring gifts that accompany ADHD. As the saying goes, “timing is everything”.  Is now the time for you to begin the journey?

For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant and Speaker at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available worldwide

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