I am very lucky and grateful every day. | The Coaching Institute

I am very lucky and grateful every day.

The journey started for me... a very long time ago, however I decided to sign up to The Coaching Institute (TCI), and create a coaching and training business around the middle of 2015. I don't recall the moment when I knew this was my future; however once the lever got pushed down to "start", there was no way to pull it back to "stop" - no matter how many times I've wanted to! Right now I am still in my full-time role as a project manager, working on global programs. I consider myself incredibly privileged in regard to my work. Who gets to say that they have two roles that they truly value, that overflow their need for contribution and growth? I am very lucky and grateful every day, however I also know that I created that reality. One of my driving forces now is that if I created this reality, what other realities could I create, not just for myself but for those that I will work with in coaching/training and facilitating teams! It's an exciting prospect!

My business is Inspired Outcomes Coaching and Training. The niche is still in development; however it is focused around personal optimisation in business. There are three aspects that the clients primarily focuses on – health, wellness & relationships - within and external and career/work. I love training and speaking with the intention of sharing opportunities for growth and development. When coaching, I can do this on a more personal and connected level, which is such a joy. Often my aim is to give my clients the gift of forgiving themselves, finding trust and love, to allow themselves to be their most incredible version. I also use that growth in their internal environment as a catalyst to being a role model as a parent, as a partner, as a friend and leader within their community. When I think of milestones, it doesn't relate to when I signed my first paying client (for those who are wondering, my first paying client was a pro bono client who I offered so much value to that they started to pay me for my services). The milestones that I am most proud of relate to working with clients who have taken massive action to change their lives and being able to be a witness to that. If all of my milestones can be watching others grow, then I'm pretty sure the rest will work out!

The goals for the business in 2016 are to start speaking to groups and running regular workshops as well as to go part time with the ‘Movember Foundation’ so that I can work with more organisations in developing highly productive and collaborative teams. Long term, my business will be international - I'm not sure how, yet, but I do know that that will work out... somehow!

If I were to objectively consider where I do see myself as "successful" in the journey, there are two things that I identify. The first relates to my "being" when I coach. When I coach, I remove any options for my head to get involved - my client doesn't care if I don't know where the session is going or what the next question will be is, they don't care whether I've done this before and they also don't care about my issues or needs. They only care that I am 100% present and connected to them and for them. Giving anyone 100% presence to anyone is a gift, but doing it in coaching is a non-negotiable for me. It honours the privilege that you have as a coach in connecting with someone who is willing to allow you into their intimate space. I am incredibly passionate about this!

The other area that I believe I have success in is in putting one step in front of each other, even though I was, and frankly still am, scared as heck and for the most part have no idea what I'm doing! Don't let the delay in this article allow you to judge my capacity to put one foot in front of the other or how hard it was to do that from a standing start. When I look back on what I have actually achieved I do surprise myself on the steps that I have taken! And sometimes looking back is a good thing. The surprising part is actually realising that the little steps are the ones that make the biggest ripples – it’s about momentum. Taking the tiniest actions are the ones that have been leading to my greater sense of self-love. I'm done listening to that voice trying to keep me safe by telling me that I'm not enough. I'm learning to trust my ability to handle whatever will come, and that's become a freeing experience. I have also learned to give myself a break. I am in no way perfect, and actually admitting that has given me space to accept and grow even more. When I stared to connect with the idea that I might be good enough, just as I am right now, life has started to expand and has somehow become easier. I repeat many times a day now "I am enough".

For all the small steps, writing this has not been one of them, putting this out there is a big one for me! I also know it is now just the start... The difference is that now, I'm ready to embrace whatever the outcome is! Through writing this I've allowed myself to reset... My intention in writing this was also to help others connect to their own journey.

Shannyn Merlo
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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