Tina Chapman, HCI Heart-Centered Life Coach • March 21, 2023 • 4 Minute Read
Coaching Success Stories: Tina
My desire to become a life coach came after a 2-year period of pondering what my second mountain in life was going to be. I’ve been a leader/manager in the corporate world for 30 years and have the desire to retire “to something”, rather than just retire. I had spent time praying and thinking about it and one day while visiting one of our daughters, she asked me if I knew anything about life coaching. She said that she thought I would love it. She introduced me to a podcast and I began my journey listening to life coaching. The concepts I was learning were intriguing and many of them were in alignment with many other training courses I had taken through the years. The idea that our thoughts create our emotions was revelatory! A few months passed by and one day I had the realization that I had received the answer to my prayers – I was to become a life coach.
I began my search for life coaching programs and had narrowed in on one that looked promising. As I started digging in a little deeper, I soon realized that the majority of the classes I needed to take were offered during the day and that just was not going to work for me. I mentioned it to a good friend of mine who had just completed the program through Heart Coach Institute and she arranged to have me meet with Robin Johnson. I recall that meeting well because it was the first time anyone had said to me, “Trust your heart” when making a decision. I did just that and enrolled in the program in June 2022.
The reason I explain the details of this story is to illustrate that God has a plan for our lives and that if we trust in him, he will guide us to where we need to be and give us assurance that we have made the right choice.
I absolutely love life coaching and know how powerful it is! For me, it is a sacred experience. When clients feel heard and understood, they trust. When they know that you genuinely care about them and their well-being, they openly share. Our role as life coaches is to guide them through the coaching process and ask powerful questions that allow them to work through their barriers and create solutions to their problems. The answers lie in their subconscious thoughts and feelings and our job as coaches is to provide tools and methods that allow them to access those.
One of the sweetest and most powerful experiences I have had as a life coach so far was in working with a client whose children had experienced both physical and emotional abuse. During one of our sessions, she brought up her son, who is now 24 years old, and talked about the challenges she was having with him. As we worked through the coaching process and I asked her questions about their relationship, it became evident that this son loved and cherished his relationship with his mother very much. She was the rock in his life. When I asked what she needed to do differently in order to show kindness and love to him, she said she needed to picture him as a broken little boy that needs love, compassion and empathy in order to heal from the way he was treated as a young boy. It was truly a beautiful and sacred experience that brought tears to both of us. Coaching is powerful and changes lives for those who are willing to follow through on their action steps to achieve their goals.