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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why I Love My Job / Debra Weiler


AGE: 47

SALARY: Six figures

WHAT I DO: I do two types of coaching. One is career coaching, and that accounts for 30 percent of my business. Sometimes a person has been laid off and needs guidance in finding a next position. They're smart, and they're having a heck of a time getting jobs. I also do executive coaching. I work with executives in Fortune 500 companies to unleash their full potential as leaders and pursue their passions. I enable them to achieve big goals with much less effort by mastering their mental games. I teach them how to develop the mind-set of a champion and achieve a competitive edge. I learned these principles and tools as a world-


class athlete. I was the fastest woman swimmer in the Unites States when I was in high school and college. It helped me learn the mental aspects of being a champion. Visualization. Power of practice. Taper (athletes practice less and rest more just before a big event). I use a lot of the same techniques with my clients. I give my clients workouts between our coaching sessions to help them practice, practice, practice. Some of my client success stories include a client who lost 180 pounds, a consultant who doubled his salary when he dared to follow his passion, and a senior vice president who feared derailment and was subsequently promoted to her dream job as executive vice president. Most executives don't know how to rest. They start their days at 6 a.m. and push, push, push all day. They need to take 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes during their workdays. Most people are only tapping into 10 percent of their potential. Peak performance in any field is a function of your potential minus the things that hold you back. I teach executives how to visualize their goals and eliminate the obstacles such as emotions, self-limiting beliefs, low self-confidence, negative self-talk and fears that keep them from living their best lives. I work with clients by telephone. A typical contract involves six months of coaching, with two hours of coaching each month. I also do team-building seminars and training sessions in emotional intelligence and peak performance for corporations.

HOW I GOT STARTED: I worked with a coach to create my dream job. After 15 years of working as an executive for Fortune 500 firms, I wanted to create a career that would enable me to use my gifts and give me more freedom and time to do the things I love. While I already had a master's in psychology, pursued advanced education in coaching and graduated from Coach University after two years of rigorous study.

BEST PART OF MY JOB: My new career enables me to work less and make much more. Since I do most of my work by telephone, my work is extremely portable. In fact, in the summer, you're likely to find me in my swimming pool conducting a coaching session.

MOST CHALLENGING PART: Helping people break through the established beliefs and habits that are limiting their success and happiness.

WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING: The success of my clients. I am always amazed by what they achieve, and they surprise themselves.



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At FASTLANE Coaching, we’re experts in the field of human potential. Led by Deb Weiler and Colleen Mills, and based in Atlanta, Georgia, our exclusive executive coaching process focuses on executive development, leadership development, teamwork, high performing teams and organizational development. Using proven tools which include Emotional Intelligence Assessments, Leadership Assessments, Team Assessments and 360 Assessments, our one-on-one coaching process and training seminars help executives and their teams to attain peak performance by harnessing their talents, fueling their energy and mastering their mental game.