Dear Barb—Coached

Dear Barb:

My life is a mess! I just graduated AU and I was fortunate to secure a fantastic job making great money.  For the last few years my main focus has been getting through school and I kind of let everything else go.  Now I’ve started my new job, but I’m not sure how to organize my life.  I have tons of student debt and I’m going to have to buy a new car shortly and probably move to a place closer to my job.  I want to start eating better and incorporating exercise into my life, but I just don’t know where to begin.  I feel so overwhelmed.  My parents have helped me a lot, but I know I need to stand on my own two feet and get my debt paid off and start saving for the future.  I’ve talked to some friends who seem to have it all together, and they have offered me some good advice, but I just don’t know where to start.  Even my apartment is a mess.  Thing have been piling up and I know I need to throw stuff out, but again, I don’t know where to begin.  Looking forward to any advice you can offer.  Thanks, Zack.    

Hey Zack:

Thanks for your letter.  Your feelings of stress and frustration are coming through loud and clear in your letter.  You want to move ahead in your life and you have so many things that need to be done that you don’t know where to start.  You want to get your debt paid off, buy a new car, move into a new apartment, and clean up some of the clutter you are living in.  This is a lot to do all at once, plus you are just starting out in your career.  You are going to have to take it one step at a time and so first you need to prioritize.  One way to help you prioritize your goals and organize your life is to hire a life coach.  A life coach is exactly that, a coach for your life.  Life coaches play an important role in the careers of many professionals, such as athletic training, business leaders, executives, financial planners, as well as people like yourself who are just beginning your life and your goals are not clear yet.  According to Newsweek Magazine a life coach is “Part consultant, part motivational speaker, part therapist and part rent-a-friend, coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals – career, personal, or most often both.”  I believe a meeting with a Life Coach will provide you with the direction you need to find your goals in all areas of your life.  There are many sites online to help you locate a Life Coach in your area, who will be a good fit for you. and are sites that will explain in detail how you can benefit from hiring a Life Coach and where you can locate one.  Good luck with your future, Zack.

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