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Life coaches helping Whistlerites make choices, achieve more

Should I stay or should I go?

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"In fact, probably the biggest part is the accountability. Lots of times with kids and work you say, ‘yeah I’m going to do that.’

"But you don’t do it and there is no accountability and after a while it builds up on you.

"It has helped me weed out some of the stuff I don’t need to be doing by focusing on the things I want to achieve. It helps you focus on the stuff that matters to you. It brings everything into sharper focus rather than just hitting things with a shotgun blast."

Life coach Bernie Lalor-Morton has seen many locals wrestling with that go or stay dilemma.

"The stress is in the struggle," said Lalor-Morton who has seen her Whistler practice grow over the years as people try to work out the career moves, choices in education and achieving balance in their lives.

Part of his Inniss’ work as a coach is to ask the client the right questions.

"It’s also about listening to what they say and listening to what they don’t say, which can be just as important," said Inniss leaning forward over an untouched cup of coffee at a local java joint.

It’s easy to imagine why anyone would feel more personally powerful after spending time with Inniss. He rarely breaks eye-contact, he positively exudes optimism, and his open manner begs you to confide then get up and get going with your life.

Everything seems possible.

But he makes no bones either about the fact that change means work and the brunt of that work falls on the client.

"Living by choice is a radical act," said Inniss.

"It is going to be uncomfortable initially. But what if you could have it all? You are not going to know unless you try."

In general the first coaching session is free. After that, said Inniss, clients can expect to spend about $200 to $500 a month on sessions, which can be done in person or over the phone.

Most people need to spend at least three months with a coach to get their personal plan underway.

It may seem like a big investment but the rewards can be substantial too. Clients can make and keep more money, have more time, get more done with less, figure out what is next, eliminate the hassles of life, feel better physically and emotionally, improve communications skills and have more balance in their lives.

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