Defining & Achieving Your Goals With Life Coaching: In The Situation Room with Dawniel Patterson-​Winningham

Here’s The Situation… A. You have personal goals you wish to achieve, but lack the motivation to get any of it done. B. You know what you want out of life, but for whatever reason are afraid to go for it. C. You are aware of what you need to do well in advance, but procrastination has caused you to once again wait until the last minute to pull it off. If any or all of these fall under your personal “handicap” umbrella, then you may need to seek assistance from a life coach.


The Situation Room with Michelle Cuttino sits down with Dawniel Patterson-Winningham, Life Coach extraordinaire, to discuss her coaching services, her Girl! Power guidebook and her tips on helping you achieve your personal goals. Whether it’s self-publishing, writing a novel, starting a business, changing careers, etc., Dawniel’s role is to help keep you on track toward accomplishing your objective.


Michelle: You’ve been a corporate performance coach for years. What made you parlay that into your Dreamscapes private-life coaching venture?


Dawniel: To be honest I would have to say a couple of different things.  When I started to expand my world I started to see women who had their own brand and were successful in their own right and I began to think to myself, why not me?  I grew up in an environment where you worked for a company all of your life and then you retired.  I didn’t know anything about being an entrepreneur so I didn’t know that was even an option.  Once I discovered that you can not only work, but you can do what you LOVE outside of work, I thought why not?


Michelle: If most of people’s problems seem to be mental blocks or inborn traits, wouldn’t it be wiser to seek psychological help? What would be your argument for life coaching versus therapy?


Dawniel: Therapy to me is for those who would like to relive the past.  Life coaching is for those who are ready for the future.  If you are not in a place where you can leave the past behind and get ready to take the future head on, then life coaching may not be for you.   I definitely don’t have a couch for you to lie on!


Michelle: What is the message you wish to convey during your motivational speaking engagements?


Dawniel: Be you and LOVE you for it.  Whatever you pursue with your passion will equate to more money.  People try to do it the opposite way around, they try to pursue the money first without regard to what they really like to do and what they are good at.  If you pursue the PASSION first using the skills that God gave you, then the money comes naturally.  God gave me a big mouth and I use it to speak in public!


Michelle: Your book is entitled The Girlfriends Guide to Girl! Power. Where did you come up with the idea for the title and what is the general theme of the book?


Dawniel: The Girlfriends Guide to Girl! Power is my gift to ALL women.  To stop hating and work together to get to the next level.  There is more than enough for all of us.  Operating as if there is a scarcity of success only serves to set us all back.  This book is about supporting each other regardless as to which stage in life we are going through.  We have all either been there, or will be there eventually.  We are on this journey together.


Michelle: You have a Girl! Power book for kids, tweens and adults. What are the differences in your messages for each, or is it pretty much uniform except the wording changes to adapt to the specific age groups?


Dawniel: For the most part it is all the same, just told in different voices.  My daughters Hope and Faith are helping me with the Girl! Power for tweens.  How appropriate because this is THEIR WORLD NOW and they are living it.  That world is totally different than when I was there age, the challenges with social media and the media make it something that I may not be adequately equipped to speak on without their help.


Michelle: You also write monthly columns for various magazines. Tell us a little about that.


Dawniel: Writing for magazines is just a natural step for me.  It is a way for me to give back just a little each month to help women improve themselves over time.  I say to everyone that I am a coach, so whether you read my book, see me in person speaking, have a 1 on 1 coaching session with me, or read a magazine column, my message is the same.  I love you and believe in you, and I need you to love yourself and believe in YOU!


Michelle: What do you consider to be the three biggest obstacles your clients face when it comes to realizing their dreams? What are some of the suggestion you offer to overcome each of them?


Dawniel: Fear, Procrastination, and Time Management.  For all 3 of these I would say get help.  Even a couple of sessions with a coach can help you get to the root of each of these issues and help you determine which 3 (or maybe all) of these you need help with.  My mantra is “if you could have done it yourself without coaching, you would have done it by now”


Michelle: What do you feel is the criteria to seek assistance from a life coach?


Dawniel: You have to be willing to move forward and quickly.  Check your feelings at the door.  Be willing to invest in yourself because while it is NOT free, it is worth it.  You will certainly reap the rewards with the right coach.


Michelle: What are the different coaching plans you offer?


Dawniel: I offer plans for those who don’t yet know what they want to do in life (purpose coaching), for those who know what they want to do, but don’t know how to go about it (passion coaching), for businesses who want to create multiple streams of income, for people who want to start their own coaching practices and finally for those who want to publish their own book and need help getting published.


Michelle: How are your coaching sessions conducted?


Dawniel: On the phone, in person, via chat, via text you name it.  I am always accessible and I tell my clients that I never miss an opportunity to coach!


Michelle: As a performance coach, life coach, motivational speaker, author, publisher, and mother of three, where do you find the time to handle your myriad responsibilities?


Dawniel: That’s simple.  I don’t sleep.  But seriously, when you find what GOD has in store for you, you will also find that you don’t want to sleep 1/3 of your life away.  I slept for 40 years.  I am rested now and ready to go.


Michelle: If you have to give five “Do’s” when it comes to time management, what would they be?


Dawniel: Cut out the stuff that is not relavant.  Treat your time like you treat your money.  Do everything now.  Do everything quickly. Is that 5?  LOL  Do what the BEST already are doing, don’t spend time trying to re-create the wheel!


Michelle: Personal development varies from person to person, but what would be five universal “Don’ts”?


Dawniel: Don’t ever stop learning.  Don’t treat people poorly, you never know who you will meet on the way down.  Don’t underestimate the power of GOD, ask him for what you want.  Don’t ever be too smart to ask for help.  Don’t ever underestimate the power of YOU!


Michelle: How can someone reach you to get more information on the services you provide or to purchase your products?


Dawniel: Of course my books are available for purchase on Amazon and for the Kindle and the Nook.  For other apps on smashwords!;;;; and/or


Michelle: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, Dawniel. Any parting words of motivation for us?


Dawniel: Always do what you love and love what YOU DO!



About The Author:


Dawniel Patterson-Winningham is a successful corporate performance coach and Assistant Vice President at JPMorgan Chase.  In addition she is a private life coach (DreamScapes Coaching) specializing in helping people achieve the dream of leaving their 9 – 5 and becoming entrepreneurs and provides pro-bono coaching to non-profit entities looking to expand their reach to assist others.  She currently writes an empowerment monthly column for 10 magazines.  She is CEO of her own publishing company (Twin Power Publishing) in which she not only publishes her own books, but also coaches aspiring authors on completing their own self published titles.  She is the mother of 3 including twins and currently resides in Katy, TX; a suburb of Houston.  Her books are available on for purchase and also available for download on most e-readers.


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