The Story of
Hi there! I am Danielle A. Dittberner, ACC, founder of Reach 4 More Coaching. As with any new partnership, it is important that you know a few things about me and who I am before we dive in. And yes, I said partnership. Coaching is a co-created relationship to support you in achieving your full potential.
While I have not always been a professional coach, the qualities of a coach are woven throughout my story. My professional career started as a social worker. It appeared to be a good fit according to my interest in psychology and humanities and having a “heart of gold”. Being fresh out of college and in my early 20’s, I still had a lot to learn about the world. It was very challenging for me to leave serious, heart-breaking issues at work due to my empathetic and compassionate nature. I realized I either needed to adapt some thicker skin or I needed to change courses. I chose the later as changing who I was to fit the needs of a career path was inauthentic to me.
I traded intending to individuals’ psychosocial well-being for improving peoples’ financial well-being. I became a personal and small business banker at a Fortune 500 Corporate bank. I loved making a positive impact by educating clients on how to manage and grow their wealth. I coached new business owners and entrepreneurs through the start-up process. I provided personalized financial solutions to entrepreneurs to help scale their businesses.
Then the company began restructuring its operational procedures. This limited my ability to maintain great working relationships with my clients. I no longer had the freedom to discover or provide custom solutions for local businesses. As this gap emerged between my values and the integrity of the company, I was sought out for my next career.
My third transition landed me the opportunity to manage programs at Kelley Executive Partners (KEP); the Executive Education department under the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. My ability to identify and proactively address problems anchored my position. I was a leader in creating customized solutions and nurturing great relationships. I earned the nickname “Tenacious D” from colleagues and had a reputation for creating ease and flow.
At the beginning of 2014, I started focusing on improving my self-care. My extensive focus on my career left my personal life neglected and out of balance. I exhausted my time and energy on everyone around me by becoming the yes woman. I was constantly traveling and worked an average of 60-70 hours a week. Physically, my nutrition was poor, my immune system declined, and I developed insomnia. Mentally and emotionally, I began experiencing internal self-doubt, limiting beliefs, fears, and discovered past emotional wounds that needed healing. Spiritually, I was attempting to navigate through a world that was filled with a lot of unknowns. I was overwhelmed, stressed to the max, and I felt miserable.
I decided for the first 6 months to take a break from the outside world to reconnect and learn how to love myself again. I expanded my knowledge by reading. I tapped into my creativity through painting, drawing, and discovering new music. I nurtured peace and tranquility by spending more time in nature. I expressed love by spending more quality time with my dog Whiskey and my Mother, sister, and nephew.
Exercising self-care allowed me to begin feeling joy from within and realized I was on to something. What if there was a way I could help others experience this too? I wanted to entertain this intuitive question and researched personal development avenues. Taking a 6 month sabbatical from life may have allowed me to get some clarity, but it wasn’t a sustainable solution. I needed to enrich my knowledge more substance than what I had discovered and implemented on my own. Something that could teach me how to break through obstacles and cycles for good, and share my knowledge and internal gift with the world.
And Coaching was exactly what I had been searching for. In December 2014, I found a profession that was in alignment with my values. I could ask powerful questions that ignited others to think deeply about themselves. I discovered tools and secrets for overcoming challenges- with results in half the time of what I had personally experienced on my own. It sparked a fire inside me to make a positive contribution to creating a better world for everyone to live in! I knew then that coaching is my calling, my purpose in life, and started on my journey to learn how to fully serve others.
I received great support from leadership at KEP and the Kelley School of Business. I worked diligently on expanding my knowledge through continued education. I honed my skills by coaching to masters students, administrative professionals, and managers until 2017 when Reach 4 More Coaching was opened for business. Since 2015, I have completed the following training and certifications:
- Core Essentials Graduate at Coach U, April 2015
- Certified Practitioner of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile, December 2016
- Authorized Partner with Wiley, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, December 2016
- Authorized Partner with Wiley, Everything DiSC, January 2017
- Associate Certified Coach through the ICF, January 2017
- Received 60+ hours of Mentor Coaching from a Master Certified Coach, 2015-2017
- Advanced Coaching Program Graduate at Coach U, June 2018
- Completed 168 ICF accredited coach training hours, with an additional 36 hours in C-IQ to be completed by December 2018.
- Mastery for Coaches program with Alyssa Nobriga, June 2019
- Currently enrolled in the Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) for Coaches program with Judith Glaser (Dec 2018)
To assist others in their growth and evolution, I need to be a leader in my own transformation of mind, body, and soul. I model this by making self-care a priority. I find this is even more important to put in place now that I am an Entrepreneur doing what I love. I make time for self-reflection and awareness by journaling. I block out time for my hobbies, nature, and exercise to keep myself grounded. I complete my inner work, use the tools I have learned and developed, as well as keep myself current with new techniques and current research. I complete my inner work and use the tools I have learned and developed along the way. This allows me to maintain my integrity and live an authentic life. For this reason, I do not provide toolkits, exercises, or programs to clients that I have not done myself.
Being a certified coach does not mean I am free from challenges. We are all faced with hard and great times in our lives; how we handle them is dependent on our choices and mindset. I have the courage to lean in and face my fears instead of running or hiding from them. I have the tools to overcome struggles with less resistance now. I know how to restore my own balance, remain positive, and embrace my authenticity when I am faced with hardships. And I would love to support you in learning how you can too.