‘Life Coach Michael Wigge has helped me change my life. I’m so happy to have come across his challenger site!’ Steve Francovic
Career Life Coach in Colorado: Denver CO, Boulder, and Fort Collins
Interview with Michael Wigge on Professional and Personal Development
-Michael, how important is personal development for you as a life coach/career coach in Boulder/Fort Collins/Denver CO?
-Wigge: I actually got into different development aspects because of my personal interest at a very early stage of my life. How to grow personally and professionally was one of my interests already at an age of eight, way before my career as a life coach and career coach in Denver CO, Boulder and Fort Collins started. Feel free to watch my TEDx Talk or read my motivational keynote speaker blog on these experiences to help you better understand my background.
-What were and are the personal aspects you’ve worked on?
-Wigge: Yes, I had a variety of personal obstacles and I already wanted to overcome them as a child and adolescent. I am glad that I could work on all of them with a successful result. Here my list of personal development aspects I dealt with.
Overcoming fear of speaking to crowds
Overcoming fear of loneliness
Improving my health and personal stress management
Learning to set boundaries to myself and others
Becoming a positive thinker
Living a healthy life in Colorado
Having a great relationship with myself
There might be many more, but this work has definitely changed and shaped my current life, because I would currently see my lifestyle as inspirational, which is the absolute ground work to be a successful life coach and career coach in Denver CO, Boulder and Fort Collins.
-These are great aspects of personal development. Did the development influence you on how you are?
-Wigge: In my first career as a travel TV adventurer, I often had to lead teams to produce my travel docu-series for the international TV market. My adventures required a team of people who would support me in research, video editing, camera work, and many aspects of a TV production. These 15 years taught me a lot on successful leadership, on how to solve conflicts, overcome fear, lead with appreciation, motivate team members, become a better listener to my team and become way more decisive.
Nowadays, I use these learning experiences in my challenge-4-change life coaching and career coaching program in Denver CO, Boulder, and Fort Collins, Colorado.
My former career also confronted me with the learning aspect of embracing change. And I clearly had to learn a lot on having great change management, because, for instance, I changed my marketing completely from analog to digital marketing. Being a successful TV reporter and book author in Europe and in the US did put me in a luxury position of being part of an exclusive TV circuit for a long time. This automatically gave me enough exposure to usually get more speaking requests as a motivational speaker than I could actually do.
But things changed over time through the process of digitization. The TV scene has changed because of the digitization and the internet. I had to embrace change to self-market myself through e-mail, SEO, and social media. It was an experience out of my comfort zone to have the same success digitally as I had in the exclusive analog TV world.
This brings me to my professional development in terms of self-motivation. This aspect is very important for a successful and happy life.
I traveled around the world for my “Trade Up” challenge to turn an apple into a Hawaiian home. This year of my life was one of my best learning experiences I had in my entire life. I had to become a true sales man to barter my products for bigger and better around the world. But I also had to constantly learn how to motivate myself and others to overcome periods of this project with lack of success. I had to learn how to never lose my focus on my major goal, on how to balance my personal stress level during this challenge, and how to overcome self-doubts of reaching the ultimate goal – a house in Hawaii!
My life coaching and career coaching programs have heavily improved after the lessons I learned during that year. Goal setting, self-motivation, being able to stay out of my comfort zone, and keeping a positive mindset are just a few of them I forward in my coaching programs in Denver CO, Boulder, and Fort Collins. I also learned the clear distinction between a coach, a therapist, a counselor, and a consultant, and I am happy to share this information with anyone reaching out to me.
-What benefits do your clients have from your amazing background story?
I work certified, systemic, and solution oriented. Most of my clients in Boulder, Denver CO, and Fort Collins embrace the necessary change they strive for after my three-months challenge-4-change program with six-sessions. After each 60-minutes coaching session, I motivate my life coaching clients for a personal challenge, the so-called field work. They basically get a personal challenge to face their issue in between sessions. A shy person would have to go out and try to speak to a stranger to work on overcoming shyness. This can be hard, but exactly there is the change happening – outside our comfort zone.
During “homework”, my clients have the chance to call me for support, and to send additional e-mails for advice. My three-months program is highly effective with an 85% success rate of satisfied clients, and additional monthly information on the subject matter.
-Could you explain your personal change to become such a positive thinker?
-Wigge: Yes, I grew up back in Europe, in a small town in Germany, in the 1970s and 1980s. I think I experienced a family life and a social surrounding dealing with fear and pessimism. I grew up with a similar mindset because this way of thinking seemed to be the status quo for me.
But my travels to about 90 countries have taught me all different options we have. If you look out of the window over there, you see a cloudy day. How do I perceive it? And do I really need to judge this current weather? I used to think ‘What an annoying weather, it’s always cloudy, I feel bad because of the weather’. Nowadays I think ‘one of the cloudy days in between sunny ones’. First of all, I don’t judge the weather as ‘annoying’ anymore. I don’t either negatively generalize that it’s ‘always cloudy’, because it’s an exaggeration and not a true fact. And I don’t give up the responsibility on how I feel to an external circumstance.
-That sounds so inspiring, but luckily it’s rarely cloudy in Denver CO, Fort Collins and Boulder.
Wigge: (Laughs out loud) I feel self-responsible for my own feelings nowadays, and I usually observe situations and rarely judge them. This makes such a huge difference on my personal mood, because I recognize that it’s only me who decides to be happy or unhappy. Be inspirational to be a great career & life coach in Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado! Feel free to spread the word to anyone who’s looking for help from coaches, psychotherapists, or counselors. I’ll help to figure out who can best help you.
Yours, Michael Wigge
Certified Life Coach & Career Coach in Denver CO, Boulder and Fort Collins