Meet Life Coach Maria Martinez, and learn why she became a life coach and hear about the importance of a match between a client and their life coach.
Interview with life coach Maria Martinez:
Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com, where we match clients with great coaches. I am here with Maria Martinez, life coach. Welcome.
Life Coach Maria: Hey, Corey. Thank you.
Corey: Thanks for joining me. Could you share with me why you became a life coach?
Life Coach Maria: Yes, Corey. Thank you for having me. Well, I became a life coach a couple of years ago and as we know, life will take us in several paths. My own path took me to a point where I wanted to reinvent myself. The last two jobs I held where in fact very rewarding. What I noticed that I was running low on that passion gas tank, what I call the passion gas tank, and that’s nothing but that level of energy and excitement that you feel everyday when it’s time to go to work. Well, when my tank started to run low, I came to the realization that I wanted to reassess what I wanted from life and that path, that journey as I call it, took me to better understanding my values, my skills, my abilities, and when I put all of that together and I blended it with what I love to do the most which is leading and empowering all the people to reach their goals, really the choice of becoming a coach, it was a no-brainer.
Corey: Great. That’s a great story. Can you share with me when should someone consider working with you as a life coach?
Life Coach Maria: That’s a great question and in fact a lot of the people that I speak to, even though they think they need a coach or they’re not quite sure whether they need a coach, they always come with that question in their mind. Let me start by saying – to answer the question – let me start by saying or quoting something I heard awhile, but they helped me get to where am I today and that is that when the student is ready, the teacher will not be [inaudible 00:01:52]. I would really encourage everyone to pursue their goals and their dreams, because the truth is that we have so much potential and most of the time we barely, barely scratch the surface. We barely touch on it and explore it, but I personally work with people that are ready to make a change, that are ready to take their lives to a new level. Typically, they are going to a transition or they are stuck in a change or in a challenge, and unfortunately, a lot of times, we are not really ready to invest in ourselves until we experience a level of pain or discomfort and that’s typically what people come to me. When I team up with people that are ready, like I said to make a change, to do something in their lives, people that want to untie their potential, reach greater levels of success, and live happier, healthier lives, and in my practice, I just give them motivation and support so that they can get to that next level. So the reason why somebody would work with me is not just because I am a hundred percent committed to their success, but because they deserve it and I want them to hear that message that they deserve to reach their fullest potential.
Corey: Is there an ideal client that you like to work with?
Life Coach Maria: Another good question.
Life Coach Maria: And the answer, I think for most coaches you know, is always you know, what’s your niche? What did you specialize in? And for me, Corey, my clients come packaged in different sizes and labels and backgrounds. Typically, people that are successful that might get stuck. You know, we all get into that funk once in a while. But the common threat for me is somebody that is craving to do more, craving to achieve more, to get to the next level. Recently I am attracting a lot of men and women, mostly in their midlife, contemplating a change that is going to lead into a more fulfilling life at a personal and professional levels, whether that is through health and wellness, which is one of the areas that I am really an advocate for or in a career move, in terms of a new leadership approach in the relationship. The bottom, the common threat is that deep desire, that craving to do something else with their lives and get to a new level.
Corey: Great. So in your experience, how important is a match between a coach and a client?
Life Coach Maria: For me, that match is far amount. You may find other coaches, other people that don’t see as a deal breaker, but for me it is important to have a level of chemistry, something in common. It doesn’t mean that we are going to agree on absolutely everything every single time, but if there is a certain level of, “I can relate with you in some extent,” I think it brings that ability to relate much faster so that we can make things happen that faster. Having said that, my job as a coach is to get my clients to look at things from a different perspective, to challenge them, and to stretch them, but that can be done with respect and with empathy, because we don’t know where they’re coming from, right? So, the way I see it, that match is essential because it is the foundation for a good coaching relationship, and therefore a good coaching experience.
Corey: Thank you. Can you share with me a success story?
Life Coach Maria: I’d love to. The one that comes to mind, because he’s fairly recent, is a client who came to me to work specifically in productivity and goal setting. He just wanted to be on top of his game and through our work together, we started to explore values and purpose and what was his life mission and what was he really trying to accomplish with those goals and being productive and getting things checked on the to-do list. Well, after a couple of sessions, we realized that it was more [inaudible 00:06:00] journey about – not so much about the outcome, although that is really important, but about enjoying each moment, each step of the way, and being present. About increasing that awareness that makes you enjoy, so that the gas in gas tanks stays full or as high as you can have it, and with self-care and putting things in place, of continuity, of consistent goal setting, keeping the eye on the price while taking care himself, he has been able to achieve that and more. So he is happy and I couldn’t be happier.
Corey: Good. That’s wonderful. I love that. Well, thank you so much for spending some time with me today Maria. I very much appreciate it.
Life Coach Maria: I appreciate that. Thanks Corey.
Corey: Okay, thank you.
About Maria Martinez:
Maria Martinez, MBA is Personal Development Coach. She completed her training through the Institute for Life Coach Training and is a member of the International Coach Federation; the leading global organization for the coaching industry. Maria is the Membership Chair for the Tampa Bay Professional Coaches Association and the current Secretary/Treasurer of BNI Capital Gainers Chapter. Maria is also passionate and very involved with the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and Toastmaster’s International.
Besides coaching, Maria enjoys writing and public speaking. In her presentations and articles, she talks about work-life balance, wellness, positive thinking, leadership and other topics of interest. Her blog as well as articles, which can be found at the Examiner, ezine Articles and Self-Growth.com give practical advice to individuals who want more of their lives and are ready to take the next steps towards a more fulfilling life experience.