Monthly Archives: January 2011

Introduction to Body Mind Institute

Hello all, I consider my approach to coaching a wholistic approach and recently I met Lars Gustafson who I am excited to tell you a little about, also because of his wholistic approach  and because of a program he has to offer you-for FREE. Lars is the founder of The BodyMind Institute
as well as an Author, Speaker, Life & [...]

Life Purpose and Career: Interview with Ann Hogan

Ann Hogan is a professional Life-Career Coach with 20+ years of combined life-career experience as a student, medical lab tech, parent, school and community volunteer, facilitator & Certified Life Skills and Career Development Coach.
“One of my personal desires is that every adult who is a role model to children & youth, has the essential life-career skills required for all to enjoy successful relationships, lives & careers,” is what she says about herself.
We asked her 10 questions about career and finding life purpose sent by the readers of The One Question.

1. Have you found your life purpose? How?

Yes-I believe that my life purpose has evolved to the point where I know I am meant to be a coach, to assist other people to find their life-career satisfaction/success also.

I did a spiritual gift inventory after I became a professional coach and the results indicated that my top 2 gifts were compassion & teaching. I felt very validated by that.

I found my purpose as a coach through a series of processes. The most important point, I think, is that I took the time to reflect on my life experiences.

After raising our children in partnership with my husband and after working as a medical laboratory technologist for over 20 years, I came to a point of feeling “ burned out”. That negative state was a strong sign that something needed to change.

So, I took a leave from work and also attended a 3 day Career Planning workshop. The reflection process in the work shop was where I asked myself such questions as;

What activities were meaningful for me throughout the years, both personally & professionally?
o When did I feel proud/ have a sense of accomplishment? etc.

We did many activities including visualization in that workshop. I came away from the workshop knowing that I wanted to work directly with people, probably on a one to one basis so I could get to know people at a deeper level and to assist them in some way. However, I remained unsure of what my preferred career would be.

Then one day I planned on attending a Power Within seminar. I set an intention that day, as I entered the conference room full of several hundred people, that I would meet someone who would somehow assist me in moving forward with my career choice. I chose a row to sit in and a lady to sit beside. When I struck up a conversation at break time with that lady, she informed me that she was a Life Skills Coach. I loved what she had to say about being a coach and the rest is history. I found out where to get the education/training and I went back to college and earned a two year Life Skills & Career Development Coach diploma.

When I pay attention to my feelings, thoughts, and insights and when my experiences are in alignment with my purpose, I feel fulfilled.