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Seeking Empowerment: A Case Study

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 26 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
Life Coach Challenges Concerns

Forty-two year old car mechanic Grant Ryan, from Milton Keynes, never really saw himself as a get-up-and-go sort of person. After leaving school he married his childhood sweetheart and went into the family business, and felt he was more or less set up for life. His father’s ill health meant he inherited the garage business at the age of 31, but he divorced four years later.

“My marriage was comfortable but nothing special. We’d both turned into our parents a lot sooner than we expected, and neither of us was prepared for that. I’ve got two great kids so I am lucky, and I still get on with my ex, but after a while you start thinking there has to be more than this to it all”.

Shock to the System

Grant spent most of his time at work, or at home thinking about work. When Grant was 38 however, his father collapsed and died from a sudden heart attack. That traumatic event was enough to make Grant take stock of his life.

“My dad was only 63 – that’s no age at all. His death made me realise how little time we really have available to do the things we really want to. It let me see my life through a fresh pair of eyes, and I didn’t much like what I saw”.

Having no real direction or focus Grant sought the guidance of a Life Coach. For one hour a week, over a period of 8 weeks, Grant would offload concerns and worries and return home filled with renewed enthusiasm. At first Grant wasn’t sure if his commitment to change was enough to create the dramatic shake-up he wanted. Over the course of sessions however, his Life Coach Annie would allow Grant the opportunity to voice his concerns before helping him to define goals and shape plans that would help him achieve what he most wanted to.

Open Challenge

Annie would challenge Grant to expand his ideas and to think bigger and better thoughts. At first Grant would set himself relatively small, safe challenges, but because he was fulfilling these in no time he began to think up challenges that felt a lot more daring.

“In the space of 8 short weeks I went from feeling too timid to even go out for a drink without my mates, to signing up for a course of Salsa classes every Thursday night. I was mixing with a group of lovely people I didn’t know but I was loving it. After the fourth class my confidence was so much more in evidence that I decided I would make my next challenge much more daring”.

Grant felt so empowered by the Life Coaching sessions that he signed up to do a charity Sky Dive. Without the help, guidance and support of his Life Coach, Grant doubts he would have summoned up the confidence all on his own. Not only had his self-esteem and confidence levels rocketed but he was also inspired to take more of an interest in his health, fitness and general wellbeing.

“I feel like a new person. I can’t believe that for so many years I was content to just get on with my life and to not want more than I had. Life Coaching has given me back the power, which was mine, but I just never knew I had”.

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Hi There, I started as a case study for a life coach who is doing an 18 month integrative life coaching course here in Cape Town at the Business Graduate school. sounds impressive and is a very expensive course and my sister in law referred me to it. Suggested I be a case study..As she is enrolled on it too. I thought great idea as I had recently resigned from managing a florist to run my own business from home so thought I could do with the support and guidance. I first saw Angie at the end of March 2017..Full of enthusiasm, believing that the journey would help me build my business and gain confidence and create balance with family kids social life etc. 6 months down the line I am struggling to see any positivity out of the experience. I am not going to list all the exercises she sent me I just think as far as supportive and helpful I am utterly disappointed. I have really enjoyed siting in her conservatory for sessions sipping cayenne roibos tea. But the thought of continuing with her till December fills me with horror and I certainly do not want to pay her another penny...My most recent exercise set by her has been to hug myself which has been going on for six weeks, and I have told her I hate doing it and I see it as a useless exercise. I am now googling experiences of case studies for life coaching as I am doubtful if every experience is great and I think my life coach is ill equipped to help me grow emotionally. I would really value your advise. It is obviously a long story and I have not covered everything and obviously there is her side of the story to and the truth somewhere in the middle. How can I find to positivity to continue on this journey and make it through to the end of the sessions in December kind regards Camilla
Camilla - 26-Sep-17 @ 5:29 PM
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