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Chamber marks opening of life coaching business

May. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Peggy Sovine, creator of Sovine Life Coaching, believes dreams can come true for those who are willing to work to make them happen. However, many don't realize their life's dream because they lack motivation or are just unsure how to plan and set goals. This is where Sovine comes in.

"I opened the business to inspire, encourage and teach that your dreams are truly within your reach," she said on her website.

Sovine, with the help of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the official ribbon cutting of her business at 300, Suite 1-A, Prestige Park in Hurricane, on April 10.

Life coaching, according to Sovine, begins with what a person wants and needs.

"Whether you need more self-confidence in your relationships and your work environment or if you need self-fulfillment personally," she said.

Sovine likens herself to a personal trainer who will help her clients define what they want, make a plan and follow through. She will be there to push them forward and encourage them.

"I feel like I can help people better themselves, and make their careers, relationships, and overall life better," she said.

As an example, she says many people do not like themselves because they have been put down while growing up, maybe during their marriage, or at the place they work. They might not believe they are attractive or that they can accomplish anything. Still, they want to soar and be a productive person. She asks them who they want to be, and what they want to achieve.

"We define what that is. We set goals and we follow through. I am there for the entire process, just like a personal trainer is for your weight loss goals," she said.

She said many do not reach their potential because they do not believe in themselves.

"We live up to what we think our potential is. If we set our standards at a low point, that is what we live up to. If we learn to set our standards higher, we go for more," she added.

To accomplish this, she has the client pick out his or her best characteristics. Together, they emphasize them.

"Sometimes it takes a second set of eyes. We are our own worst critics. As a coach, I can point these out and encourage those better qualities," she said.

If a client wants to change jobs or has found himself or herself unemployed because of the economy, she can help her client look at what he or she wants to do realistically. Does the client have talent in that area, is there a place nearby where that person can work in this field, will the family support him or her in this endeavor, is the person willing to sacrifice the time it might take, and is the change financially feasible? She will then help her client make a plan or to rethink their plan asking, "How can we get there?" If the plan isn't feasible, she can suggest other jobs or careers that are related to that field.

Sovine believes in having a positive attitude and making positive choices.

"I am a huge proponent of making positive choices. Positive energy helps us go forward," she said.

Sovine recalls being 40 and wanting to return to school. The decision was difficult because she would be 46 before she finished. She knew she had to look at it in a more positive way. If she went back to school, she would be finished in five or six years with a double masters. If she didn't go, she would still be older, but without the two degrees.

"I will be 46 anyway," she said and chuckled. "When we want something bad enough, we find a way," she said. She went on to earn a BA in psychology from Ohio University as well as an MA in Education and Mental Health Counseling from Lindsay Wilson College.

Not only do older people need life coaches, but sometimes younger people who are trying to make decisions about college or future careers can benefit from talking with her.

"From high school through middle age and older, I can help you make decisions, realize dreams, and follow through to find the best career and personal you that you can be."

Sovine believes people who fail to achieve dreams get discouraged, overwhelmed, and are sometimes put in places they don't want to be. In a bad economy, people take "a" job rather than "the" job. She would like to help people achieve their dream job.

"With coaching and patience, it can happen," she said.

She also can help people deal with work situations from getting along with others to tips on getting promotions.

"If you want a promotion, always be proactive," is one of her suggestions.

For people who are changing jobs and haven't dealt with interviewing for many years, she can make suggestions such as how to conduct oneself and how to dress.

Home life is another area where Sovine can help individuals or families. Dealing with young children or teenagers can be difficult. Sovine can suggest helpful ways to talk to children without getting into an argument. She suggests validating them before insisting they do something a certain way.

"'You have to validate them. 'I understand. I was your age. While you are in my house I can help you with making good choices.'"

Originally from Southern Ohio, Sovine spent the majority of time raising her two sons as a single mother and managing highrises and commercial real estate in Dallas, Texas. After remarrying and coming to West Virginia, she has been an assistant to the president and senior team of a coal company.

However, a few months ago, at age 55, she decided to make a change and do what her heart was telling her, which is helping other people.

"If I am going to work 12 hours a day, it is going to be what I love and to help people," she said she told herself. She believes she can help others gain insight into their own career dreams.

"I don't want anyone's personal issues to hold them back. It is in us all; we just have to learn to let it out," she said. "I feel that people should have more passion in their lives, be happy, more confident, and ready to meet the world head on."

Perhaps the closest issue to her heart is rekindling the romance couples had when they first met, by helping people create the intimacy they once had.

"That is the soft spot in my heart. It happens over time and it doesn't have to. We chose that person we are still with," she said.

"I work with couples on intimacy issues because I believe all relationships have hills and valleys, and have to work on them every day," she said.

One might ask why not therapy and why life coaching? Sovine said she will know if someone requires therapy.

"If your issues are significant enough for therapy, I will have the insight to refer you to a good therapist. However, there are also many who just need a little motivation, insight, and a personal cheerleader, someone to help set goals, and hold you accountable," she said.

For more information, or if you want to talk to her on the phone to find out if life coaching is something that will be helpful for you, call 304-539-5000. Her website address is sovinecoaching.com.