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What I do:

The Short Version...

I help people uncover and transcend the hidden mechanisms that are holding them back in life so that they can live lives filled with joy and vitality.


The Long Version...

You’ve heard that knowledge is power, and that’s true, but there are different kinds of knowledge and different kinds of power. Some kinds of knowledge tend to be simple and clear, even if they might not be so easy to master. To construct buildings, bridges and roads, for example, you'll need knowledge of math, physics and engineering. To help people address ailments and disease, you'll need knowledge of physiology and medicine. But when it comes to creating a life filled with happiness, vitality, and peace of mind - a life in which we live up to our potential, make the mark we were meant to make on the world, and enjoy the process - it is far less simple and clear what knowledge is required.


However, just like there are dependable, consistent physical laws governing engineering and medicine, there are similar laws governing you and your thoughts as well. In any area of your life where you are not quite reaching your potential or where you don't quite have the experience you want to have, there are natural, logical physical laws at play. We sometimes refer to these as blind spots or hidden mechanisms - "hidden" because you can't see them and "mechanisms" because your thoughts, experiences, decisions and judgements are a system that all work together. See, most of the time the human machine works extraordinarily well, keeping us safe and alive. Sometimes, however, the same mechanisms that keep us safe also limit us, keeping us from being who we want to be. And the real insidious part of it is that, though we can see the limitation, we can't see the mechanism. We humans just aren't that good at finding hidden mechanisms on our own.

I will lead our coaching conversations, but you and I will explore together the areas of your life where you're not yet having the experience of life that you want to have. As I ask questions, you will share your experiences and thoughts, and the hidden mechanism that is causing the limitation will start to reveal itself. We will start to understand the physics of the interacting parts, and the (no longer hidden) mechanisms will start to lose their power as you gain yours. You will stop being "at the effect" of your circumstances, and you'll start running the show. It will occur for you like an epiphany.


Fair warning - that's where the real work begins. There is no "hidden mechanism liposuction" that can remove your limitations without work on your part. Some of these mechanisms were created decades ago, and old habits die hard. However, the work of overcoming your limitations is extraordinary work, and it will occur like a privilege to be granted the knowledge with which to address them. It is the path less travelled, and it will make all the difference.


If you like what you're hearing, give it a whirl. Click on the button below to get in touch so we can schedule your free sample session. I'm looking forward to talking with you and hearing about how I can help you fulfill your potential, increase your level of happiness, joy and peace of mind, and make the mark you were meant to make on the world.



I have been formally trained in transformational education and co-creative coaching and informally trained by my many life experiences. I have been a teacher, vice principal, social worker, wilderness therapy instructor, personal development seminar leader, actor, documentary filmmaker, professional soccer player, and rickshaw runner. But what I love more than anything is a good conversation - a co-creative inquiry into what is holding my clients back from fulfilling their potential and following their dreams.



Afam O.

Asking the right questions in the right way is a fiendishly difficult task, yet Joe does exactly that, with comforting doses of wisdom and emotional intelligence. Joe has the rare ability to challenge without criticizing, to get beyond the superficial to the personal without violating any boundaries. Time spent with him coaching you leaves you asking empowering, growth-sparking questions about and for yourself long after your sessions.

Amanda J.

I knew I wanted to make some changes in my life, but I wasn’t quite sure of how to make them happen. I was stuck. Joe helped me brainstorm how I might transform these desired changes into reality. I was able to find the COMMUNITY I needed- exactly what Joe and I talked about! All the while, Joe's words of wisdom were ringing through my head. His advice is good as gold - I hope others appreciate his wisdom as much as I do!

Lorraine V.

I’d been wrestling with the idea of writing my book for over a year. After my first coaching call with Joe, I felt the weight of my book as something I “have" to do lift from my shoulders.  He got in there, found the muse, and helped me reconnect to what had me wanting to write in the first place. Since then I’ve written several pieces, including the beginning of what seems to be my book.  Joe has an ability to help people overcome their limitations and, in some magical way, rediscover the best of themselves. I’m grateful I get to work with him, and I know there are more breakthroughs to come with him on my team.

Eric P.

A lot of great things happen when you work with Joe McGovern. After one session, I had a huge epiphany in my "too busy" conversation, I hired a CEO for one of my companies, and I made several strategic hires for the other company. This has allowed me to shift my focus to bigger picture matters and generally be more effective at "moving the needle" in more places. Joe is someone I would trust with my most personal and sensitive matters as well, and he's a great human being to boot. I highly recommend Joe's coaching services.

Mulumba T.

Joe’s approach is subtle and disarming, and it led to the most incisive conversation I’ve had about my life in a long time.  Our interaction was so comfortable that we had nowhere to go but deep into my goals and, more importantly, what holds me back from them. By the end of a single session, I had a new perspective on my objectives, my fundamental happiness as a person, and exactly how to remove the “kelp on the hull” that slows me down. Thanks Joe!


"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

T.S. Eliot