I have a rather well established and respected relationship with words, yet, when faced with the challenge of explaining what my The Coaching Institute (TCI) journey has meant to me, so far, I stared at a blank page for longer than felt natural. Not because I didn’t know what to say, not because I was uncertain of my growth, not even because I was procrastinating or fighting perfectionism. I stared at a blank page because I realised the pure frailty of the English language when attempting to describe that which changed my world.
For me, the TCI journey has been about learning, growing, and connection, and it is so much more than that, it has been about exploration, awareness, and stretching myself in ways I did not realise was possible. I liken it to a parallel universe, the change in my existence has been so beautifully extreme that if feels like I have crossed over into a completely different version of reality, a version where I can now see that I truly have all I need inside me right now, and always did.
I came to TCI thinking I was in a pretty good place. I was seeking a “boost”. I was feeling flat. I decided to attend Courage To Be You. I expected to come away feeling “happier” – that was the aim. I didn’t expect to receive so much value and growth, so much enlightenment and opening of my mind on the very first day, let alone an understanding of happiness itself. More significantly, I didn’t expect to find the amazing connection, warmth, and completely unconditional acceptance of the TCI community.
I instantly felt complete certainty that I had found my tribe and more than that, that I had been welcomed into my tribe.
As I delved deeper into the world of TCI and as I leaned into learning, I began to get clarity around my lack of clarity. For the first time in my 40 years, I discovered something that should have been obvious, yet, I had no idea. I discovered I was in charge. I discovered I am responsible for myself. I discovered I create my world, my life, my future. Wow!
I joined TCI in April. My journey has barely begun and I love knowing now that I can say with absolute certainty that my journey will never end. Every day brings new challenges and new possibilities and every day, I have moments of fear, I have moments of awareness, and I have moments of epicness leading to growth. Every day, I grow. Every day. I wake in the morning with the knowledge that “Today will be epic.” How could I ask for more than that, yet it is more than that. I am more than that. I am so much more than I ever thought possible. My journey is amazing. And MY journey has taken me into the path of others whose journeys I have had the wonderful privilege of influencing.
I have not changed their worlds, for only they could accomplish that, yet with the tiniest fragment of growth and knowledge taken from MY journey, I have been able to share and to influence and to give and to love and to be. I’ve had the absolute pleasure to work with a group of people who were considered long-term disability support pensioners and were going through the “return to work” process. Through a series of workshops, I was able to connect with these wonderful people on a completely different level to any they had experienced. I was able to share my learnings and encourage their growth. The change in this group was incredible and by the last week, every participant was smiling, confident, and enthusiastic about their own potential.
That is what it is all about. Thank you, TCI. Thank you, Sharon. Thank you, Joe. Thank you, coaches. Thank you, friends.