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Life Coaching for military and veterans

Military Musters, helping our military and veteran community identify and achieve personal goals.

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One of the greatest privileges in life is being able to help someone acknowledge and pursue their passion. We at Military Musters strive to assist people with this goal, particularly through our life coaching programs. One story we would love to share is that of Susan Reynolds.

susan reynoldsWhile browsing through her Facebook Newsfeed, Susan noticed that the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network had posted a link to the Military Musters site. She decided to explore the different services that Military Musters offers. From the very start, Susan says she has enjoyed being involved with the Military Musters team. She noted, “This has been one of the most positive and enlightening experiences ever.  I have enjoyed the process from the first email, first phone call from Tara, emails from Don, to my coach Carol.  I have shared my experiences with others because it's been that great.” Through her various sessions with her life coach, Carol, Susan was able to refocus her goals, and remind herself what really mattered in her life, both personally and professionally. Susan stated, “In one of my last sessions with Carol I said to her that in my early adult years I was always focused on working with children.  Helping children, caring for our children, through healthcare, advocacy, education, special needs care has always been the issue that gets me going.  My passion for children is who I am.” Once she had this ‘a-hah’ moment, she was able to recognize the fact that she wanted to take her life in a new direction. She knew that her passion and her gifts could be shared with people who would truly benefit from them, and that fact gave her immense joy. “To have the realization and knowledge on who you are and what you are meant to do is fantastic.  I am now on the path to starting my own business,” Susan says.

Susan acknowledges that military life can be difficult, and encourages others to explore all of the resources that are available through various organizations. Though there are different options, Susan believes that coaching is one of the most beneficial. She says, “While I believe that counseling is a wonderful thing, coaching provides something else.  The collaboration from coaching is vital to the self-actualization process.  That collaboration is what sets Military Musters apart.”

We are so glad that Susan decided to allow us to help her on her journey, and we wish her all the best as she continues to enjoy this new life path.

written by:

Julie Barrowclough
Military Musters Communications Team Member

 

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Introducing Carol Courcy, A Master Certified Coach and Military Musters Volunteer.

To be able to provide services to veterans, Military Musters must work with experienced professionals who volunteer their time to help the veterans we serve. When these amazing people give us the chance, we love to interview them and share their story.

Carol Courcy is a Career and Life Coach with over 20 years of experience in corporate coaching. She is the Author of Save Your Inner Tortoise - Learn How to Cross the Finish Line Joyful and Satisfied. b2ap3_thumbnail_save-your-inner-tortoise-lowres_20140903-030025_1.jpg

Carol was introduced to Military Musters by Deb Humphries, also a Military Musters coach whose son is a Marine veteran. She was eager to lend her coaching skills and to be of service to those who protect our country. She and Deb had created a program to provide coaching to local veterans but they wanted to have an impact on the larger veteran community. The solution…Military Musters who is one of the only nonprofit organizations with programs focused solely on delivering Life Coaching and Holistic Healthcare to our military and veteran communities. Their program provides life coaches the opportunity to give back and support our troops and their families.

Since joining together Carol has worked with five clients and says that working with Military Musters has been a very positive and heartfelt experience - for her and her clients. She appreciates the careful screening of Military Musters’ In-Take Process. Each veteran or military spouse that applies is assessed to find out which services will be the most effective for them, so by the time they meet Carol, they are ready for coaching. That “good fit” makes everyone’s time together much more productive. Given her favorable Military Muster’s experience, Carol now likes to refer veterans to Military Musters before she works with them. A win-win situation!

Here are some of our main questions covered in our interview with Carol about coaching in the veteran and military communities:

Q: How is coaching different than counseling or therapy?

A: Although all three of these supportive professions have the benefit of the client in mind, they come from completely different perspectives. The beauty of counseling or therapy is healing past experiences that stall moving on. The professionals lead the recovery process. Sometimes letting go is necessary (therapy) before moving forward (coaching). Coaching’s focus is moving forward by setting goals and accountability measures to secure a new future. In coaching the client/veteran-- NOT the coach-- leads with goals and desires. It is not usual for a coaching client /veteran to also be in counseling or therapy with the professionals working in concert for the benefit of the client/veteran.

Q: How are corporate coaching and veteran coaching similar?

A: Both kinds of coaching require the client to do a lot of work outside of the coaching meetings. The coaching meetings are for learning, progress reports and planning next steps. The real work happens between meetings when the client employs their learning in real life. As the client checks in, both client and coach partner to make sure the goals are right and the speed of activity is right allowing the goals to change or evolve. Coaching usually lasts between three and six months with “booster shot” meetings as needed afterwards. Both corporate and veteran’s coaching include measurable goals.

Q: What is the difference between corporate and veteran coaching?

A: Corporate coaching can include three parties: the corporation, the employee/client and the coach. When a corporation encourages an employee to participate in coaching, they and the coaching client are directly affected by the results. In its early days, coaching used to be a way to get under performing employees to perform at a higher level. More recently, coaching is used to reward high achieving employees to increase their contributions and job satisfaction. Company core competencies and goals are often a part of the goal setting, results and accountability features of corporate coaching.

Veteran coaching (similar to outplacement coaching when shifting jobs) only involves two parties: the veteran and the coach. The veteran is participating in coaching for their own gain to realize goals using their strengths along the way. We [Carol and Deb] have observed that even though veterans no longer have a role in the military, they remain “mission driven”. As active-duty military their whole life was impacted by this mission. When they become veterans, they can benefit from working with someone to find their own “mission”. Career and life coaching can help veterans plan what they want to do by realizing the strengths they wish to take with them after the military, let go of those no longer needed and set new objectives to fulfill their own mission. Simply said, the focus is on achieving personal goals while having insights and fun along the way!

WE are honored to have Carol on our team of life coaches who volunteer their time to create a positive impact in the lives of our active duty service members, military spouses and veterans. You can learn more about Carol, her book and her other contributions at www.saveyourinnertortoise.com.

Thank you, Carol!

~ The Military Musters Team

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