Finding Your Coach

Diving Deep Within

Non-Fiction - Self Help
150 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2019
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within by Melinda J. Kelly is a non-fiction self-help book for individuals who find themselves in something of a deadlock when determining which direction their life should be taking. Kelly explains that, like herself, many will hold on to what they have committed themselves to for years simply out of habit, because so much time has already been invested, and/or because they feel like letting go would be too risky or emotionally devastating. What Kelly hopes to achieve in this insightful guide is to give readers the tools necessary to dive deep and find their way, choosing a path that leads to fulfillment and success in all of its many forms.

Melinda J. Kelly has compiled a well constructed and extremely personal reference based on decades of work and experience in Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within. I found the inclusion of her own stories made everything she presented that much more relatable, with my favorite part being three, where she discusses what success means to different people. The standout line and my own “Aha!” moment didn't arrive until the end when she says, “ An old phrase that has taken me a long time to understand and one that I quoted earlier—'Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get'—was one of my guiding stars.” Kelly has a great deal to offer and I'd recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves at a crossroads in their life...and frankly, at one point or another, that is all of us.

Jack Magnus

Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within is a nonfiction motivational self-help book written by Melinda J. Kelly. Kelly reached that place in her life that so many others experience at some point. Her family’s business was no longer the cutting edge and special thing that it had been, and it was now time for her to consider doing other things with her life. Figuring out exactly what would be a fulfilling and appropriate use of her skills, talents and experiences was the first step in embracing her voyage of self-discovery. She had to consider who she was and what she actually wanted -- apart from the traditional deference women of her generation were trained to give to family and familial relationships. This time, the focus was on herself. She was an experienced researcher and had literally grown up with a computer at her disposal. Thus armed, she set out to discover who she wanted to be.

Finding Your Coach describes the voyage to self-realization that Kelly experienced, and she shows how readers can set out on such journeys for themselves. Her first step is determining whether one is an introvert or extrovert, and many may discover that they’ve got a little of each in their psychological makeup. She then poses a number of questions to her readers about their relationships with others, particularly parental figures, and whether being considered nice is really that important after all. Along the road to self-discovery, Kelly discusses the role of coaches, mentors, even facilitators at seminars and authors, and she shows how each type of coaching can help the reader determine who they are and how they want to proceed with their life journey.

Melinda J. Kelly’s book gives readers a wealth of insights and ways to learn more about themselves, decide what they want and figure out how to effect the necessary changes to make it happen. Her book is well written and organized, and her writing style is smooth and conversational. Kelly, in effect, shares with her readers how she became her own coach, and she offers her insights so readers can initially help themselves, and then expand and use other sources of help. Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within is highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

Designed to help the reader find the right life coach, depending on the circumstances surrounding their life, Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within by Melinda J. Kelly is enlightening and relevant in the modern world. Kelly first explains the importance of knowing who you are. She discusses how someone’s personality and what they look for when relating with others can be an indicator of the type of coach that could work for them. In Part II of the book, she explains the value of understanding your coach and weighing whether they could be the right mentor for you. In the third section, Kelly defines different types of success from financial, personal, emotional and collective success.

Melinda J. Kelly’s Finding Your Coach goes beyond the client-coach relationship to external issues that also play a role in the relationship’s success. She points out a factor that many people tend to overlook when picking a coach, which is that different people relate best with different coaches. What could work for one person may not necessarily work for another. After the whole coaching endeavor is done, some remain stranded on where to begin and how to apply the new knowledge they have acquired. In Finding Your Coach, Kelly explains what follows. She defines success, explaining it from different points of view, and shows how the answer to what success really is could differ from what society commonly refers to as prosperity. The book instills confidence, urging the reader to celebrate small successes and to understand success by the way they impact other people. Definitely accessible, Finding Your Coach is a powerful and informative tool.

Faridah Nassozi

If ever you're at a point where you need to make a decision that will probably change the course of your life and you do not know what to do or what decision to make, know that we have all been there. What path do you choose when the future is so uncertain? In her book Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within, Melinda J. Kelly offers some guidance on how to navigate this critical moment by awakening the coach inside you. It all starts with discovering who you truly are because only then will you be clear on what you want. The choices you make are also affected by the people in your life. Take the lessons from them but do not lose sight of your own goals and dreams. Finally, decide what success really means to you and go for it. This book will guide you on your journey.

Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within by Melinda J. Kelly is a recommended read if you are currently at a crossroads, whether in your personal or professional space. It is also a good read to prepare you for such moments because we all face them at one time or another in life. Melinda J. Kelly offers a guiding hand through her own journey, the people she has met along the way and the lessons learned. The book is divided into three parts that directly feed into each other to create a complete and comprehensive path to discovering who you are and what you really want out of life. Once you have those answers, making decisions becomes easier, even in conflicted situations.

Mamta Madhavan

You have hit a crossroads in life and do not know what to do. There are so many questions in your mind and you are trying to figure out what you want from life. Finding Your Coach: Diving Deep Within by Melinda J. Kelly is a useful guide for all readers who have arrived at a crossroads and are looking to make that transition in their lives which will help them dive deep within, rediscover themselves and find out parts of themselves which they never thought existed. This is where working with other people like coaches gives answers. Reading this book will help readers to analyze their lives and look at it from a different angle, and then see where positive changes can be made so the progress and transition are smooth and easy.

I like the way the author has handled a relevant topic and she gives hope, courage, confidence, and guidance to readers. The personal experiences shared in Finding Your Coach make it easy to connect with what she is trying to convey. There are many personal questions asked that will help readers delve deep into themselves and discover areas which have been concealed till now, even to them. She has handled the topic methodically, making it easy for readers to comprehend the concepts and apply these in their lives.

This book is an eye-opener to the concept of coaching. Life coach. Style coach. Business coach. Coach. You name them, they are all there. Finding Your Coach is good for therapists and counselors as the strategies and questions can be used for interactive sessions with their clients while navigating through their personal problems. The author’s seven suggestions are good for readers to learn more about themselves, thereby leading them onto their path to success. As Aristotle rightly said: ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’