“It still amazes me. Every time I see it happen in someone’s life, it’s like, coaching works,” said Marlo Zosel, owner of CŌR Coaching as she told me about one of her client’s excitement about a success. “Hashtag coaching works.” She was driving on Hwy. 52. I was sitting shotgun, taking notes. We were on our way to an all-day REFINE Community Leadership Day in Bloomington, MN.
“What coaches know is that to stay accountable it’s good to be connected to someone who holds you accountable. I am a coach and I have a coach,” Marlo said. “…an outside objective voice that will just hold that space for me to struggle and figure out what’s best, what’s next. Then, guide me and get me thinking more outside the box.”
Marlo does two types of coaching:
- Life Coaching to help women entrepreneurs achieve work-life balance.
- Health Coaching using a health system that she coaches people through.
When life coaching, Marlo says, “We don’t know the terrain ahead, but we’ll discover it together.” The health system she guides people through has tiny manageable steps. “It’s more like let’s walk this together through this paved path.”
Health and life coaches are among my favorite people to talk to and interview, because I want to achieve optimal success and wellness. My guess is, that if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you have success and wellness goals too. I’m excited that Marlo and I were able to connect and that I can share a few of her insights here, because she is all about helping people achieve, “long-term transformational success, not just success in the moment.”
#CoachingWorks, an interview with Marlo Zosel
Q: What drew you to Life Coaching?
A: I used to be a Special Ed teacher in a high school. A lot of my job was transition, goal setting, and making sure my students had the skills for after high school — really gaining an understanding of who they were and what they wanted to do. And then, setting the goals around them. That’s the piece I really loved about my job. I find my greatest joy when I see others accomplish their goals, so I see it as a good fit.
Marlo left her teaching position after five years, when she started having children of her own, so she could be at home with them. Now, she’s been a Life Coach for four years. She has taken Master Courses in Conversational Intelligence, Strengths Based Coaching; and, has been trained by Center for Obesity Prevention and Education. Her clients are in various states, because she is able to coach both in person and over a webcam.
Q: What problems do you your clients come to you with?
A: A lot of women that I work with really want a sense of balance in their life. They also want confidence; not only in who they are, but also in what they’re doing. They want to feel better in their bodies and have more energy.
Q: What do you feel are their common hurdles?
A: Negative self-talk. Negative self-image in all areas of their life. A tension that there’s something more, but they don’t know quite how to get it.
Q: What seems to be the cause?
A: I think the cause is as varied as the people, but it all kind of funnels down to the same symptoms or feelings of inadequacy.
Q: What is your role in helping them overcome and achieve goals?
A: I’m really a guide who supports, encourages, and holds accountable; because, my approach is that every person is the expert of their own life. So with a little understanding of who they are and why they do the things they do they have it within themselves to accomplish what they need to – both in health and in balance.
Q: What’s the coaching process like?
A: With coaching it’s about understanding what the person needs and wants. That’s hard to do from an intake form. I like to just have a conversation. I just really want to hear and understand where they’re at right now and where they want to be. What brought them to talk to me? What do they want to see in their lives that they don’t have? Then, we kind of assess that gap between where they are and where they want to be. If I feel that I can help them, then it’s a good fit.
For health coaching, the process begins with a 15 -20 minute Health Explore Call. A day after I interviewed her, I did a call with Marlo. I’m on a plateau-busting mission and I’m not sure that I can get to the other side of the plateau on my own.
During our conversation, she asked me to share my goals. Then, she asked what it would mean to me to achieve those goals. Then, we talked about what my life is like today. What do I eat on a typical day? How much do I work out? What kind of exercises do I do? Talking about where I want to be in life and what my realities are today with someone who isn’t a family member, or friend gave me some clarity about some of my self-sabotaging ways.
Q: When someone starts the health program what does it look like?
A: The first step is usually getting to a healthy BMI. Eating, that’s where it starts. Learn as you lose. You don’t need to have it all together before you actually see results. With Paleo, or Keto you kind of have to have your act together before you see the results. [With the health program’s fuelings] you get a good routine going. We use the fuelings as a tool for a client to learn healthy habits. You’re engaging with your coach, the community of health-conscious people, and doing the Habits of Health workbook. You’re working through some of the mindset pieces. It launches you at the beginning to really be successful.
So we always say we’re always on the journey. If we’re running this big longtime lifetime marathon. I’ve reached this, what’s next?
Once the healthy BMI, or weight goal has been achieved, there is a transition period, followed by maintenance. One important distinction that may be clouded by my own personal goals is that the health system Marlo offers isn’t a diet. It’s a health program.
Q: What are the fuelings?
The fuelings are a tool. You’re getting 100% daily vitamins and minerals through them. It’s all clean. There are no preservatives. You’re eating good, nutritious food. We do have fuelings that fall under certain dietary restrictions, so people with intolerances can engage in that piece of the program. Once people learn how to live the lifestyle that tools like the fuelings are teaching, they transition away from the tools. It’s all about living a transformational, optimal lifestyle.
Back to plateaus…
When it comes to plateau-battles, if Marlo has a client who is really struggling she has nutrition consultants and doctors that she can work with to help the client overcome the plateau. They can sort out why someone may not be losing weight. “We work with a lot of people who have been trying a lot of things for a lot of years,” said Marlo. The habit-focused program she uses with her clients has predictable results when it’s followed.
“Women see a 10-pound weight loss per month when they follow the program. First, we get the inflammation out of your body. Then it’s a couple pounds per week after that. It’s not overwhelming.”
What goals are you struggling to achieve?
Have you plateaued like me, or do you need a bit more energy? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your 15-20 minute Health Explore Call, or to learn more about her life coaching. Make sure you mention that you found her on 40 Fit N’ Stylish. You can also friend CŌR Coaching on Facebook.