Finding life’s answers through self-awareness: One person’s true story of finding happiness in work

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

As someone who has worked both with and for a company that studies behaviors and motivators, I have an interesting perspective on exactly how useful and important understanding these subjects can be. And many times it starts with finding life’s answers through self-awareness. Having been a life coach previously, I was tasked with trying to help others find their way in the world, be it regarding their careers, personal lives or both. One client in particular had a life changing effect on me by what I learned through working with her. The story below will illustrate how important it is to truly understand your drivers and behavioral styles. Armed with this information, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and can help you avoid the things that won’t serve you well.

My journey as a life coach

A few years back I was attempting to gain a certificate for life coaching and I needed to complete a case study for course completion. My assignment was to choose one client to work with, gratis, for six weeks then write a paper on my findings. As part of the process, I was required to use assessments to uncover information about my client provided through the life-coaching program.

Wanting to fully understand the process, I took all the assessments myself before administering them to my client. I found them somewhat useful and interesting. We studied needs, values, strengths, intelligence and learning styles during our 6-week journey together.

Goals of the client

My client had two goals in mind, one professional and one personal. She not only wanted to find her “forever career path,” she wanted to uncover the reasons why she was still single. Through coaching practices, we were beginning to discover some of her success blockers. Slowly her questions were beginning to be answered but not at the speed and depth in which she desired.

She was gathering insight slowly but the outcome of our sessions was not producing true, lasting change. After the six-weeks of sessions were complete, I continued to work with my client to ensure her progress and long-term success. But at that time I still didn’t have the answers myself to what might uncover the information we were both anxious to find. As her coach, I was still searching.