Interview with Michael Arriola
Life Coach Report checks in on one of our coaches this week. A word from our fellow travelers is inspiring, helping us stay current with the ever forward leaning field of Coaching. It's always a good time when we connect to share our stories giving us a great opportunity to grow our energy and camaraderie.
This week we are privileged to visit with Michael Arriola!
What brought you to coaching?Several years ago I started mentoring young Christian men with troubled backgrounds. For some it was working through an addiction, while others it was pursuing training for a career, or going back to school to finish a degree. I was able to see marriages restored, relationships renewed, career paths taken to much success.
It was very rewarding playing such a part in a person’s growth and development, but there was still a dissatisfaction that I had from not being able to do more. Some of these men that I worked with were very bright. After they sobered up, found a career, became a better husband and father, I felt like there was nothing else I could do for them. I basically turned them into the average functional person in the community, when in actuality they could go so much further. I just didn’t know how to get them there.
Then one day, just a few years ago, I was reading up on some mentoring tips and I discovered Life Coaching. My immediate thought was, “Well, I already do that”, however, as I kept searching I discovered that this was it! Life coaching was exactly the type of training I needed.
For so long I felt like I was doing a disservice to those I worked with. Once I was able to help them become functional in the community, go to church and love their families, I really did not know what else I could do for them.
Coaching however, started with individuals who were already functional, and took them to whatever level they (not me) believed was next for them. This was it for me! I knew if I were going get to the next level myself, I had to get training. Shortly after that I enrolled at Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
Where do you see yourself impacting others in coaching?Many of the clients that I currently work with are millennials that find themselves living unsatisfying lives, with unsatisfying careers. These individual tend to be full of potential, highly committed, super ambitious but a little on the stuck side.
They just are not sure what to do next. One thing that they each share in common is a discontent with average 9 to 5 job. They want to start their own business, explore an old passion, embrace their creative side, and if possible get paid for all of it.
I come across this type of client so often, that I am just thrilled when we meet, and cannot wait to start working with them.