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Coaching for "Tortoises"

"Little by little, one travels far." ~~ J.R.R. Tolkien


What's a "Tortoise"? you may ask. I define a Tortoise as someone who may be challenged energetically or timewise, but has lofty goals and ambitions. You may face a physical or personal challenge that limits you or simply be a slow-moving, "energy-challenged" person. You may be in the midst of raising a family or going to school while holding down a job. But you still dream and have ambitious visions of what you want to accomplish with your life.

Tortoises often see their friends and colleagues racking up accomplishments and may feel inadequate beside them. But like the tale of "The Tortoise and the Hare," the Tortoise can achieve his/her goals by simply taking one step after another, rather than racing around like the Hare. It's not just speed, but persistence that leads to achievement.

Tortoises may also include "highly sensitive people" (HSPs), as defined by Elaine Aron in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. HSPs are very sensitive to their environment, both physically and emotionally, and may need more recovery time and solitude after a challenging or demanding experience. Because of this, HSPs may need to move more slowly than their more-extroverted counterparts.

As a successful Tortoise myself, I can help you optimize your success in a way that works for you, using strategies I've developed for coping with often-insufficient energy and time and finding ways to achieve goals slowly, but steadily.

As your coach, I can:

  • Validate you for who you are

  • Guide you in determining what really matters to you and letting go of what doesn't

  • Help you reframe what success means to you

  • Share my strategies for personal and time management

  • Help you to schedule and prioritize

  • Help you create short- and long-term plans of action to achieve your goals

Tools for Tortoises by Sharon Good

The following Tortoise tools are available at Good Life Press:

  • The Tortoise Workbook: Strategies for Getting Ahead at Your Own Pace (e-book)

  • Tips for Tortoises: Getting Ahead at Your Own Pace (e-book)

Click here for a complimentary "Tortoise" bookmark.


"Finding out I am a Tortoise (actually acknowledging what I suspected all along) has helped me to accept that my pace is different from the mainstream and that different doesn't mean wrong.

"When the old tapes start to play, I have new songs to record over them. I tell myself, 'I'm in the race for myself. This journey is uniquely mine. I am successful in my own right. Just keep moving forward and stand still when you need to regroup. That's the way you work and it's perfectly fine . . . ' "

"I'm a work in progress and I'm learning to enjoy the journey instead of lamenting the fact that others 'finish' before me.

"Thanks for all you're doing! I'm looking forward to your next teleclass."

~~ Donna Marie Castaner (www.lightforceva.com)

Tortoise Resources
(Click on the book or tape icon to see a detailed description at Amazon.com.)

  Balancing Act: Create an Incredibly Healthy Life That Fulfills Your Dreams (audiocassette) . . . David Essel
  Doing Less and Having More: Five Easy Steps for Discovering What You Really Want--And Getting It . . . Marcia Wieder
  The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You . . . Elaine N. Aron, PhD
  Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle . . . Stuart Wilde
  Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out . . . Richard Carlson
  Take Time for Your Life . . . Cheryl Richardson
book In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed . . . Carl Honore





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