With retirement in the traditional sense under my belt, I have been increasingly spending my time supporting others in coaching and mentoring relationships.
Over the past 20 years I have worked with a diversity of young adults in a variety of different circumstances, and I have figured out that coaching twenty-somethings is my sweet spot. And I have observed with concern how many people that age today are badly in need of thoughtful guidance.
I recently started a life coaching practice that focuses on assisting people for whom the road to adulthood — or “adulting” — is neither obvious nor easy. Sometimes the struggles are so significant that a young person continues to live quietly at home for an extended period, not taking the steps that a typical person that age might take to gain adult independence. It is commonly labeled as “failure to launch syndrome” and it is sadly something of a pandemic these days.
The approach of my coaching program is to help struggling twenty-somethings to remember and re-activate interests that may have dimmed in recent years, create a compelling vision of the life they would like to build, and then make plans and take practical steps to make their life vision a reality. As the work proceeds, the client gains confidence and capability with every step.