No more spinning your wheels

Define your purpose and align your goals to assure your daily actions move you in the direction of your dreams

Helping people reach success and fulfillment through life coaching based on the science of Positive Psychology and the art of engaging inner wisdom.

Are you ready to live empowered even (especially) Under Stress?

What would you like to do?

enLiven Core Value

As my client, these don’t need to be your core values or even top strengths of your character. But what they do need to be is something you’re willing to commit to, in synergy with your innate values and strengths, to achieve the goals you set. Commit to and embrace these values with me to engage in an experience that will change your life.

“I persist toward my goals despite obstacles, discouragements, or disappointments.”

Perseverance is sticking with things. It means being hardworking and finishing what is started, despite barriers and obstacles that arise. There is pleasure received from completing tasks and projects. Sometimes we must dig deep and muster the will to overcome thoughts of giving up. Perseverance involves organizing oneself to support activities (e.g., scheduling breaks and sticking to them, rewarding in small ways along the way), but when all else fails, this strength helps the person to barrel through until the project is done. This helps build further confidence for future successes and goal accomplishment. Perseverance involves the voluntary continuation of a goal-directed action despite the presence of challenges, difficulties, and discouragement. There are two vectors of perseverance. It requires both effort for a task and duration to keep the task up.

 

“I seek out situations where I gain new experiences without getting in my own or other people’s way.”

Curious individuals are interested in exploring new ideas, activities and experiences, and they also have a strong desire to increase their own personal knowledge. 

“I am realistic and also full of optimism about the future, believing in my actions and feeling confident things will turn out well.”

The character strength of hope has to do with positive expectations about the future. It involves optimistic thinking and focusing on good things to come. Hope is more than a feel-good emotion. It is an action-oriented strength involving agency, the motivation and confidence that goals can be reached, and also that many effective pathways can be devised in order to get to that desired future. Optimism is closely linked with having a particular explanatory style (how we explain the causes of bad events). People using an optimistic explanatory style interpret events as external, unstable and specific. Those using a pessimistic explanatory style interpret events as internal, stable and global.

 

“I am aware of and understand my feelings and thoughts, as well as the feelings of those around me.”

When a person knows what makes other people tick, he or she is displaying social intelligence. They’re aware of the motives and feelings of themselves and others. They can feel comfortable and say the right thing whether they’re in the boardroom or the janitorial room, in a school setting or at a construction site. Social intelligence involves two general components:

  • Social awareness: what we sense about others
  • Social facility: what we do with our awareness

“I take charge and guide groups to meaningful goals, and ensure good relations among group members.”

Leadership can take on many forms. For our purposes, leadership refers to the tendency to bring people together and encourage cooperation, while maintaining good relations within the group. Like teamwork, leadership involves being committed to the goals beyond ourselves, Leadership involves setting goals and accomplishing them, enlisting effective help, building coalitions, and smoothing ruffled feathers. Effective leaders are able to provide a positive vision or message that inspires dedicated followers who feel empowered and perhaps even inspired.

“I manage my feelings and actions and am disciplined and self-controlled.”

Self-Regulation is a complex character strength. It has to do with controlling your appetites and emotions and regulating what you do. Demonstrating self-regulation facilitates effectiveness in pursuing and achieving goals by controlling reactions to disappointment and insecurities. Self-regulation helps keep a sense of balance, order, and progress in life. Self-Regulation can be viewed as a resource that can be depleted and fatigued. A useful metaphor can be that self-regulation acts like a muscle, which can be exhausted through over-exertion or strengthened through regular practice.

My philosophy is based on the premise that…

our basic needs, beyond mere survival, are to feel good about out lives. I don’t mean all happiness all the time, rather, taking a wider view, that we have purpose beyond ourselves and our inner circle, that we recognize the beauty around us, that we live with grateful hearts, experience joys, appreciate sorrows, have hope for the future, be inspired and act in ways that inspire other, and are present in the important moments big and small.

Who am I?

I thought about starting you off with my LinkedIn style introduction. You know, the braggadocios one that tells you about my INCREDIBLE skills and experience… but then I realized that my life coaching profile isn’t the Me that you will get to know when you sit across from me with a coffee (whether in person or connected via technology of some sort). You are certainly welcome to see that version but I warned you! Here’s what I really want you to know about me (and likely what you’re actually looking for on this page anyway).

If I look at my life through my retrospective lens, I see a pattern emerge. I see that I’ve so often come into situations in chaos and helped to bring order. It could just be coincidence since I didn’t understand that explicitly as my role at the time, but I think I have experienced enough now to recognize when something is put before me for purpose, and these opportunities to take messy things and bring some semblance of order were exactly that, opportunities that would prepare me for a future that I did not yet know.

I’m a former school psychologist turned personal development coach. It took me a while for me to to recognize the signs that were laid before me and to then listen to my intuition that was guiding to pursue a career outside of my safety zone! I was finally forced to take serious action or flounder directionless. Though my gut knew my direction, my head was afraid! This logical brain couldn’t compute the compelling sense that was pulling at me, but in Faith, I followed my heart and began building what had just been the sparks of my vision for enLiven Wellness Coaching. I am still amazed how certain people and circumstances seemed to fall into place as I began taking purposeful action directed toward creating my emerging vision for life.

I’ve been through tough stuff too. Bad decisions, job loss, divorce. In my training AND experience, I know what it takes not only to recover from setbacks, but to thrive because of them. Did you ever write a paper, lose it, lose your sh!t because you lost it, and then write an even better paper? That’s what I mean. Author, Nassim Taleb calls it being antifragile. I am a student of positive psychology, a very new branch of psychology. In fact, When I earned my psychology degree in the 90’s positive psychology was not yet a concept of study. It was pioneered by the Marty Seligman, the self proclaimed pessimist psychologist who studied learned helplessness with dogs and rats in the 60’s. I bring the science of education and positive psychology and the art of tuning into instincts to show clients how to understand their purpose, not fear failure (instead embracing it as a point of reference toward success) and direct their thoughts, emotions and actions towards their purpose using an organized goal hierarchy.

My new professional direction began to take shape around the middle of 2014. It started with a job loss. Go figure, right? I wasn’t heartbroken over it, though. In fact, I’d known for a long time that the job was not something I was meant to do long term. Instead it was a stepping stone; a training ground, a place of experience to gain skills, knowledge and courage to run a business of my own. (There’s that hindsight again!)

After the layoff, I set intentions to grow in my own physical fitness and spirituality, another decision that drew people and situations to me that ultimately would solidify my path as a life coach.
I am incredibly grateful for everyone that has touched me on this journey.
I launched enLiven Wellness Coaching, llc in November 2015, scared to death that nobody would knock on my door. I quickly learned that living in that fear would most certainly make it reality. But given that, I also learned that I could change those circumstances with action. Each incremental step, no matter how small revealed another stone on which to step. As I have held fast to my instincts to continue growing my practice, I am so fortunate to have grown enLiven Wellness Coaching in to one of the top personal development life coaching practice in Toledo.

As I mentioned in my personal story, I have so often found myself in the midst of transition and more importantly, as an agent of change. I’ve come to no longer fear change, understanding that change is the only constant. Instead, I have learned to shape that change for the better.

I mention this for purpose. There is incredible value in having the support of a personal advocate that can help you navigate the opportunities for growth that occur when you decide to push through the status quo. In a nutshell, that is what enLīven Wellness Coaching is about.

Coaching Process

Format

The descriptions below provide a general idea how we will work together, though we will always make room for anything important that may pop up. For example, we may be focused on a given goal but when something pops up that needs to be addressed before it takes you off track, we will make space to keep you progressing.

We will work through the following three major phases, then repeat each time we set new goals (but condensed each time since we will already have established a strong base of trust and rapport):

Complimentary Consultation

Generally conducted via telephone, this free 30 minute session is designed to check for fit and feel. It is important to determine whether our styles and expectations match. I will openly share whether I feel the match is conducive to your goals and will offer referrals if I believe you would be better served by another professional. During this conversation, we will also lay out your preliminary goals and identify some of your key strengths and assets. Prior to the consultation, you will have to opportunity to complete three surveys that identify your top character strengths, your most important personal values, and a third that provides you with an overview of your well-being.

enVisioning Session

This first “enVisioning Session” is primarily where the Vision & Exploration Phase occurs, but like any recursive process, we may revisit this throughout our work together. Prior to the session, you will have additional questionnaires and surveys that dig more deeply into your psyche and often reveal insights that help you not only in our session, but beyond as you use new and upgraded skill sets.

We will review your personalized Well-Being Report and dig into your goals, laying out the hierarchy of your goals in relation to your life’s purpose. By providing this structure, you can more easily identify the daily activities and decisions that move you forward and those that just keep you spinning your wheels.

This session will take 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Action & Implementation

Following the enVisioning Session, I allow you the flexibility to use your time in a way that best fits your needs. We put systems in place and determine how to best utilize coaching supports. Not including the enVisioning Session, your monthly subscription provides you about 4 hours of coaching support per month. Some examples include:

  • Four 1 hour weekly sessions in person or via video conference/phone.
  • One 4 hour session to complete an important project.
  • 20 10-15 minute daily phone/video conference/text message check-ins.
  • Two 2 hour sessions per month.
  • Any combination of the above or something else that makes sense to your situation (most people choose weekly, but don’t let that constrain you).

Process

The descriptions below provide a general idea how we will work together, though we will always make room for anything important that may pop up. For example, we may be focused on a given goal but when something pops up that needs to be addressed before it takes you off track, we will make space to keep you progressing.

We will work through the following three major phases, then repeat each time we set new goals (but condensed each time since we will already have established a strong base of trust and rapport):

Vision & Exploration

  1. enLīven and Discover: During the Vision and Exploration phase, which generally occurs during the enVisioning and early Action and Implementation sessions, you will lay out your short term goals as you currently understand them and set some preliminary action plans to energize the process.
  2.  Setting the Foundation: Personal Values are our guiding principles, whether they are clearly understood or not, that inform our worldview and guide our decisions. Character strengths are positive characteristics that guide the way we think, feel, and behave in ways that benefit others and ourselves. Data from these assessments as well as others provides deeper understanding of self and mindset for the purpose of continuous personal growth.
  3. enVisioning and Momentum: We will develop a long-term vision and set loose monthly benchmarks to provide initial inertia.

Systems & Strategy

  1. Strategizing: Once you are clear on the desired outcomes for our coaching, we will create a high-level strategy for the outcomes you will achieve.
  2. Prioritization and Milestones: Once you are clear about what you are looking to achieve for the next three to six months, we will prioritize what is most important from session-to-session, and look toward where you should focus your attention next.
  3. Support Systems: We will brainstorm who will be critical to have on your team (the people you surround yourself with are vital to your success), and what other resources you may need to sustain your ongoing development.

Systems & Strategy

  1.  Digging In: You will be trying things out, testing ideas and making things happen. This is where all the vision and big ideas really get road-tested, and we will check-in frequently to ensure that you feel great about the direction you’re heading and the progress you are making. Sometimes, this is where internal, subconscious resistance rears up. If it does, know that it is normal, but also know that you need to be open about it and buckle down to work through it to create a new normal.
  2. Survive, Celebrate and Thrive: When challenges arise (and if you’re really challenging yourself, they should and will) we make a plan on how to work through them, and you will continue to move through the obstacles that may have stopped you in the past. We will determine when it makes sense to pivot, course correct or keep charging ahead. 
  3. Future Planning: We periodically revisit your long-term strategy and cue up the next set of major milestones. We will review what we have accomplished so far, and look for any learning or systems optimization that we can implement for the next round of life projects.

Corey G
Quality Operations and Customer Relations Manager

Authentic, empowering coaching

Todd successfully helped me at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Todd is completely transparent and professional in his coaching process, in a way that makes you feel extremely comfortable. His ability to connect to people and his passion for helping others is very visible. I have benefited from his direction. He will not disappoint!

Heather Janis, C. Ht.
Certified Hypnotherapist / Auroratide Hypnotherapy

Secure, Nurturing and Awakening Environment for Personal Growth

Todd has an incredible way of creating a very secure, nurturing and awakening environment for personal growth. Whatever your goals, he will confidently help you navigate the way.

Wendy Nathan, MS, LSW, PCC-S
Clinical Counselor & Certified Wellness Coach / Thrive! Counseling and Wellness Coaching

Professional Recommendation

Todd has a gentle and caring spirit with a passion for helping others. I would highly recommend him for wellness coaching and counseling.

Pamela Z.
Writer / Ohio

He knows just when to gently lead, or give me that kick-my-butt push I need to see results.

Todd is one of the most intuitive individuals I’ve ever met. He has guided me as a life coach while my business was evolving. His insights into situations have always been spot on. And he knows just when to gently lead, or give me that kick-my-butt push I need to see results. I would recommend Todd Smith to anyone looking for a life coach that will help you to clarify, organize, or just simply acknowledge, not only where you want to go in life and business, but how to get there.

Mike F.
Business Development / Minnesota

Focused on achievable goals

Todd helped me to prioritize and focus on achievable goals.

Keith B.
Educator / Ontario

Super grateful

Todd, thanks so much for helping me out! I’ve got the habit set right now, so I’m super grateful for all of the help that you gave me.

Leah B.
Corporate Executive / Silicon Valley

Deeply Appreciative

Todd is amazing. I was deeply appreciative of how much he invested in me.

Susan K.
Executive Administrative Assistant / Michigan

Knowledgeable and Encouraging

My husband and I are enjoying the subtle changes we are making in our daily habits. Todd is very knowledgeable and encouraging.

Accomplish Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest Goals

make really impressive Personal growth to Live an Empowered Life guided by your Values, Passions, & purpose

Which scenario best describes You?

Corey G
Quality Operations and Customer Relations Manager

Authentic, empowering coaching

Todd successfully helped me at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Todd is completely transparent and professional in his coaching process, in a way that makes you feel extremely comfortable. His ability to connect to people and his passion for helping others is very visible. I have benefited from his direction. He will not disappoint!

Heather Janis, C. Ht.
Certified Hypnotherapist / Auroratide Hypnotherapy

Secure, Nurturing and Awakening Environment for Personal Growth

Todd has an incredible way of creating a very secure, nurturing and awakening environment for personal growth. Whatever your goals, he will confidently help you navigate the way.

Wendy Nathan, MS, LSW, PCC-S
Clinical Counselor & Certified Wellness Coach / Thrive! Counseling and Wellness Coaching

Professional Recommendation

Todd has a gentle and caring spirit with a passion for helping others. I would highly recommend him for wellness coaching and counseling.

Pamela Z.
Writer / Ohio

He knows just when to gently lead, or give me that kick-my-butt push I need to see results.

Todd is one of the most intuitive individuals I’ve ever met. He has guided me as a life coach while my business was evolving. His insights into situations have always been spot on. And he knows just when to gently lead, or give me that kick-my-butt push I need to see results. I would recommend Todd Smith to anyone looking for a life coach that will help you to clarify, organize, or just simply acknowledge, not only where you want to go in life and business, but how to get there.

Mike F.
Business Development / Minnesota

Focused on achievable goals

Todd helped me to prioritize and focus on achievable goals.

Keith B.
Educator / Ontario

Super grateful

Todd, thanks so much for helping me out! I’ve got the habit set right now, so I’m super grateful for all of the help that you gave me.

Leah B.
Corporate Executive / Silicon Valley

Deeply Appreciative

Todd is amazing. I was deeply appreciative of how much he invested in me.

Susan K.
Executive Administrative Assistant / Michigan

Knowledgeable and Encouraging

My husband and I are enjoying the subtle changes we are making in our daily habits. Todd is very knowledgeable and encouraging.

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