Life coaching has been one of Goshen Land’s non-negotiables when dealing with its scholars and Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club (CGFC) members. Public school kids who are scholars and members of CGFC are being life coached weekly under its program run by Goshen Land Caring Hands. Through life coaching, these students are being trained in the aspect of leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence. By regularly inculcating principles and values through life coaching in the minds of these kids, they are given the opportunity to dream big and achieve their vision for them to have a better start in life.
One of the students whose life was transformed through life coaching sessions was Jose Pumihic III. Jose, now a third year BS Education student at University of Baguio, got involved with Goshen Land Caring Hands through CGFC’s grassroots football clinics when he was in high school. Jose is one of the pioneer members who went through life coaching. He says that through life coaching, he noticed that there has been a great transformation in his life. According to him, he only used to attend life coaching sessions every Saturday just for the sake of getting his allowance. As he shares his story, he recalls that he used to have a happy-go-lucky mindset. Back then, he would skip class just so he could play computer games.
One of the lessons that was instilled in Jose’s mind was when he was asked by one of the life coaches about his purpose of existence. He realized that the only way for him to a have a purpose-driven life was to allow Jesus to take lordship over him. As he recalls, he says that he used to have dreams about death every night and cry because of anxiety over what might happen to him when death comes. Those moments lead him to seek God to the point of submitting to Him.
By realizing his purpose, he understood that there’s more to life than just skipping classes to play computer games and waiting for Saturdays to come for allowances. He had a change of mindset. He finally recognized that the life coaching he receives every weekend is for his own benefit. Out of his own will, he gradually focused on his academics and sports and less on computer games. He began to apply the discipline he receives as an athlete to his daily lifestyle.
It was not an easy journey for Jose since he received great opposition from his peers. But it was in those moments that his integrity and his convictions got tested. Through sheer grit and persistence, he was able to attend college on a football scholarship and became a dean’s lister in their department.
Being one of the pioneer students who have been attending life coaching sessions, Jose now imparts his learnings to the new set of CGFC members and Goshen Land Caring Hands students as a life coach and football mentor. He relates football concepts to life experiences which kids can relate to. He desires to see change in the life of the kids he mentor just like how his life was transformed through life coaching.*** Erin Reyes & Louella Pader