Life coaches helping Whistlerites make choices, achieve more 

Should I stay or should I go?

That’s the age-old question facing many in the resort these days as the winter season winds down.

Upwards of 3,500 people come to Whistler each year to work and with more visitors coming in the summer than the winter now many workers are tempted to stay and make the resort home.

But it can be a tough decision to make. Most come for the lifestyle – the awesome skiing, the buzzing social scene, the great outdoors.

And with good schools it’s a great place to raise kids.

However, there is no denying that it can be a hard place to find a mate, since everyone is so mobile. It’s also expensive and career advancement is somewhat limited.

So how do you make the right choice?

For a growing number in Whistler the answer has been to talk to one of the three certified life coaches in town.

"We take people from were they are and get them to where they want to go," said life coach Ian Inniss, who has lived here for over a decade.

In many ways Inniss is the perfect example of a local and the dilemma many face.

He loves the lifestyle that is Whistler but wanted more out of his career long-term than he was getting out of his human resources job.

"I ended up asking myself what do I do next?" he said.

A firm believer in, "if you ask the right questions life will meet you half-way," he began to notice information on life coaching.

"I love working with people and making a difference," said Inniss, so he decided to give a try. He completed his certification with the Coaches Training Institute, which is based in California but offers courses in Vancouver, and set up Infinite Endeavors Consulting Group over a year ago in Whistler.

Everyone can benefit from coaching said Inniss, whether you are trying to determine what’s next in your life, trying to find balance in a professional life, building your business, or working to take your sport to the next level.

Life coaching is quite different from counselling or therapy.

In a coaching relationship the client is not seeking emotional healing or relief from psychological pain.

He or she is reaching out for a higher level of performance, learning or satisfaction and the client must be willing to take action to move towards the goal with the support of the coach.

"It helps you focus on the things that matter and it is nice to have someone you are accountable to," said one of Inniss’ clients who prefers to remain anonymous.

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