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Cora Whittington describes her coaching style as holistic — intuitive and spirit driven yet practical. As a life and business coach, Cora works with both personal and corporate clients, so they can shift themselves back to living in self-harmony.
Her clients refer to this shift as hitting “ground zero”: a neutral space where there’s no attachment to the past, where they achieve the clarity of mind and spirit to start fresh, to make clear choices, to create new perspectives and possibilities, and to see adversaries in a new light.
Cora learned her coaching style both from her own coaching teachers and by going through her own significant long-term adversity: she endured over a decade of fighting to save her century family farm from being expropriated by the city and county to be the buffer zone around a landfill site.
The adversity kept Cora in a state of perpetual fighting for what was “right” and what was “just”. She lived from the perspective of being a victim and needing to protect her home, their livelihood, and her family’s century of history and memories.
Then, through her training and personal self-development, Cora made her own energetic shift to ground zero. She no longer saw “those people on the other side” as adversaries. Instead, she was able to let go of this stressful and exhaustive mind frame and began to deliberately create her life and future anew.
Those past adversaries are today her friends and colleagues. She is respected for the graceful way in which she handled the situation, garnering her great respect in her community.
Through the experience, she created an amazing new career and a new life and home that no one could have convinced her was possible during the long years of stress.
“It’s so easy to be hooked by what we think is real,” Cora recalls. “We were fighting to save a property, but we weren’t that property. I could have continued to do that ‘poor me’ stuff and be angry to the end of my days but then I decided to not be that person. Instead, I re-created a better story — and then there was a better story.”
When Cora stopped struggling and focused on building something new and great — she ended up building an award-winning retreat centre and B&B called Golden Pathways.
Making that shift was one of the catalysts for Cora to become an executive and life coach and organizational development facilitator. She decided there was a better way for others to live and work and to be free of internal suffering no matter the cause.
Cora’s real-life learning still motivates her to help others experience that shift. With more than 2,500 coaching sessions and over 1,500 training sessions under her belt, she enthusiastically guides and supports clients and organizations in their making their own shift and finding their own ground zero and creating futures that surprise and delight them.
“I guide people to becoming clear about what they want, get to neutral, and then take inspired action,” she says. “This is part of the process of shifting, to moving into new possibilities and deliberately creating your future.”
Hitting the reset button is why Cora’s website is filled with testimonials and stories about lives changed and success experienced. Cora is adamant that, even when companies think they won’t have the resources to implement all of the newly discovered intentions, the simple energetic shift that happens when a team gets engaged can inspire everyone to share the work and to make room for more positive progress.
“It’s powerful when we can get people to move from wallowing in the problem to being solution-focused,” she says. “It’s still ideal to go through the whole strategic planning process to really instill the new action plans but, even with a single day of facilitation, you get to hit that organizational reset button.”
Cora explains the same prinicple works with personal coaching.
“I help facilitate the shift to who you want to be,” she says. “All the talking about the problem and how bad it is will not help shift negative energy. Together we can clear the energetic imprint of past experiences and then the shift happens, and you can see opportunities and clear actions in a way you never imagined.”
Cora Whittington, Executive and Life Coach, is located at Golden Pathways Retreat and B&B at 3075 Wallace Point Road in Otonabee. You can contact Cora by phone at 705-745-4006 (office) or 705-875-2784 (cell), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit coachcora.ca. You can also find Coach Cora on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.