PEL Coaching Leadership
Michelle Kunz is PEL Coaching’s principal coach and consultant. Her clients say that she is “inspiring”, “a masterful coach”, and a “good listener.”
I grew up in a loving and supportive family environment. But that environment was also rigidly informed by the cultural and spiritual beliefs of our religion. Although I had the benefit of knowing I was loved and hearing that I could do anything I wanted to do, I received the conflicting message that I needed to be perfect, and the only way to do that was to obediently follow a list of rules that I felt I could never get right.
I excelled in school, but I always felt that I was never good enough. Deep inside, I doubted my own worth and the worth of everything I produced. As I grew into young adulthood, I found myself in a pattern of self sabotage. My thinking was something like this: “It is impossible for me to be perfect. Why bother to even try?”
In my early thirties I earned a doctorate – the pinnacle of education – and began an opera career with singing engagements that included Carnegie Hall. I was teaching voice with a full studio and a waiting list. I was married and had a beautiful child. I had everything everyone seemed to want – everything people said was important. And still I felt my life was off track.
Then I hired a life coach. And through the self discovery process that unfolded that summer, I realized that I was living out the expectations of others, still trying to be perfect, and feeling miserable and unfulfilled inside. I purposefully chose to commit to the path that felt authentic to me for the first time in my life, and that included becoming a coach to others. I wanted to make certain my life would make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of others.
I am surrounded today by amazing coaches and friends, many of whom have supported me through difficult times. I work with my own coach to continue to help me find and break through my inner blocks and to achieve my goals. I feel free to choose what is important to me, to let go of the rules of others, and most importantly, to let go of the crippling idea that anything I do or be has to be perfect. Life coaching has changed my life, relationships, and career.
I earned my Certified Professional Coach credential from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), an International Coach Federation (ICF) – accredited coach training program. I have also earned the ICF Professional Certified Coach credential and am qualified to administer, interpret and debrief the Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, and Energy Leadership assessments.
I am currently accepting a limited number of new clients interested in life coaching, career coaching, executive coaching, or leadership training.