Men’s Life Coaching in Portland, Oregon

men's life coaching, portland

The reason you don’t have what you want is because:

  1. you don’t know what you want 
  2. you don’t have the tools to get what you want.

Overcoming Gravity is a unique men’s life coaching experience. Here, you will:

1. become crystal clear about what you want 

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2. learn how to use The Tools to pursue what you want.

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Let’s begin with a general area of focus.







Whichever option you choose, we’ll begin with a free thirty minute consultation to get crystal clear about what you want to work on, and whether we have a fit for men’s life coaching.

Clarity guaranteed.

Let’s get focused.

Part of getting focused is to intentionally cut through the resistance holding you back.

Whether the resistance is coming from your partner, your boss, your parents or your siblings, it depletes your creative energy and the confidence you could be enjoying.

And it’s not just others who generate resistance in you.

You are the main source of your own resistance!


Shake off “should.”

Another essential element of getting unstuck is to shake off the shackles of should.

What’s that? 

A “should” is a subconscious agreement with yourself. The problem with these subconscious agreements is that they heavily influence your decisions, but are not very compelling when you actually stop to think about them.


Part of our job is to move you from Should to Want to Will.

(More on that in a minute.)

Let’s get moving.

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I work with men who are struggling to move ahead in their personal and professional lives.  

I ask great questions that will stretch you and make you think.

We follow your answers to those questions to get to the heart of the problem quickly.

We’ll make connections you may never have noticed before.

Together, we’ll outline your options. Having choices and stating intentions is key to success and happiness.

From your options, we’ll make a plan that fits your needs specifically.

I’ll hold you accountable to that plan. 

You’ll gain the confidence to keep moving on your own.

Pretty soon, you’ll be wagging your tail again!

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Why bother?

Because you are temporarily off your game. You’re pinned down and conflicted

 Henry David Thoreau wrote in his book Walden: 


“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Our challenge is tget you back in the game. 

You’re stuck for unique and specific reasons.

It’s hard to ask for help, because you’re smart and can usually figure stuff out on your own.

I won’t offer you pity. Instead, I’ll offer you men’s life coaching in Portland and beyond.

It’s a fair trade. If you decide to work with me, you’ll pay me — and I’ll coach you to get focused and get moving.

Why do I coach men?

Because I could have used a good coach myself.

And, because men’s life coaching matches my unique background in the design and construction of the human experience.

I know how to get things done, and how to create something beautiful with what we have on hand.

I would love to opportunity to work with you; to accurately define and solve the real problem you face today, so you can get focused and get moving.

Why work with me?

Because I’m experienced, and I’m local.


There are lots of good coaches out there. From Tony Robbins to Seth Godin and beyond — Tons of podcasts and self-help books and resources everywhere you look.

So — why work with me?


  • I’m not a therapist — I’m a coach.
  • I’ll work with you directly to help you solve your problem specifically.
  • I won’t let you off the hook.
  • I’ll help you create a plan quickly and efficiently.
  • And I’ll hold you accountable to that plan.

Is life coaching worth the investment?


  • because you’ll save time — instead of continuing to waste time doing what you’ve always done.

  • because you’ll save money — and reach your goals sooner than if you keep struggling on your own.

  • and because you’ll feel better when you overcome the resistance that’s holding you back.

The next move is yours to make.

Take one small step today.

Because the first step is yours to make. It all starts with your free 30 minute consultationAnd to begin the process —

I’m just a click away.

And even if you’re not sure you’re ready — You’ll be glad if you get started.

Just click the clock to book your free 30 minute session.

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Consider this.

Two men stood side by side, looking at a pond.

The first man said, “What a dirty, stinking swamp!”

The other man said, “I think I’ll paint the Lillies.”

Or the group of men who stood atop a sandy dune, smoking their cigars, watching seagulls.

And one of them said, “If man were meant to fly, he’d have been born with wings.” And the other men nodded agreement.

Except one normally quiet man, who found his voice and said, in reply, “But wouldn’t it be wonderful to try?”

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Free your mind.

Right now, your mind is closed to the very options that could move your forward.

The first stage of our work is to open your mind to some new possibilities.

Once your mind is open, you’ll be able to say more clearly what you want, and from there we’ll be able to forge ahead with renewed confidence. 

Tools for Life

What is confidence, anyway?

There are many misconceptions about confidence.

Confidence is often confused with charm or charisma. You might know someone who is charming or charismatic. You may be charming or charismatic yourself. But charm and charisma are not the same as confidence.

Confidence is more like riding a bike.

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Confidence comes with repetition. It’s not inherently good or bad. It’s just what you do over and over. 

For example: if you repeatedly don’t speak up in difficult situations, you will get better and better at not speaking up when the going gets rough. You will become confident at clamming up and muttering under your breath.

If, on the other hand, what you want is to speak up and be heard, you can learn to take small steps with reasonable risks, even when it’s uncomfortable, and you will become more confident at speaking up in even the most difficult situations.

You may have some ideas about an area of your own life or perhaps a relationship or two in which you’d like to feel more confident.

Ready to move ahead?

You have a couple of options.

  • Book a free 30 minute consultation
  • Explore the free tools on this site.


Book your free consultation.

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(Click the clock.)

Explore the free tools.

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Getting to Yes!


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What are other men saying?

“I feel profoundly fortunate to have Mark Newton as a guide and coach. He is present, positive insightful, generous and smart.

My journey was underway before meeting Mark, but his help in moving through persistent procrastination, resistance and fear has been invaluable.

Mark is equally adept with sensitive matters of the heart and spirit as he is with practical matters of life and business.

And by defining “core issues” Mark helps me maintain focus on our work, keeping my eye on the ball. Go for it!

Can coaching help?

Yes. We will identify what you want to be confident at — in both the personal and the professional realms — and build confidence in those areas where you want to feel more confident.

As your coach, I will help you build confidence in relationships, business, leadership, and whatever other facets of your life in which you wish to excel.

The overall goal is to become confident as your most authentic, creative self.

Is coaching therapy?

No. Therapy deals primarily with your past.

Coaching, on the other hand, takes you where you are, gathers enough of your backstory to do relevant work, and moves you forward with concrete steps, encouragement and accountability.

Why a life coach in Portland?

Does it even matter anymore where anyone is? Well, actually, yes. When you talk to a local life coach in Portland, Oregon, we do still share some things in common that you won’t find if you’re working with a coach in Portland, Maine. I am a local life coach in Portland, Oregon.

Why a men’s life coach?

Because men are different. Not better or worse than any other gender, just different. And because I specialize in working with men, you will get the focused attention on what is unique about you in the context of what is unique about men.

What to expect.

It’s my job to motivate you and keep you moving. 

Specifically, what you get is one focused half-hour of coaching every other week by phone or in person, with clarity, motivation, and accountability from which we generate a clear plan of action, plus ongoing support for the 2 business weeks following the session.

I will encourage you to be in touch with me between sessions. Because the more you’re in touch with me — the more value you get for your coaching dollar.

Because between sessions, I’ll check up on you. And I’ll encourage you.

But I’ll also hold you accountable.

And I encourage you to be in touch with me — Because you may want to clarify or get help with what you’re working on or struggling with.

For maximum progress, I like to meet with my clients every 2 weeks until we’re done, either in person or here in Portland.

Because time gaps of more than two weeks tend to decrease the effectiveness of our coaching relationship — and slow your progress.

But you can choose your own rhythm.

Want to talk?

Just click the clock!

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Mark Newton is a men’s life coach in Portland, Oregon. He is the founder and CRO (Chief Rousting Officer) at Overcoming Gravity. A native of the northwest, Mark has had five careers. After beginning his professional work as an architect in San Francisco, he taught at the Academy of Art College. While still in the Bay Area, he followed his passion to build, working as a carpenter and construction superintendent. Then, for several years, Mark led small, vibrant faith communities in California and Oregon. As a men’s life coach, he coaches men here in Portland. Mark’s pronouns are he, him, and his. He works with creative men who feel overwhelmed — to get focused and get moving.