I first started with TCI at the end of February in 2013. So keen to get my coaching journey underway, I flew up to Sydney to get started rather than wait an extra month for the next Melbourne intake. The FOCS weekend was awesome, validating, inspiring, jam packed with ‘cool shit’ and just what I needed at that time in my life in terms of detailing what was possible and how I could add value and make a real difference in other people’s lives.
I had previously been working as a senior leader with a multi-national travel retailer. I loved the industry and certain aspects of the role, such as 1:1 coaching and the 1:many training/facilitation. However, the constant push to grow profits as the primary focus just wasn’t for me. I had already left this role before starting with TCI and had subsequently created a situation for myself where I had to get a successful coaching business happening quick smart, as my wife and I had just started building our house at the time and our 2 boys were always going to need food on the table!!
With a strong appetite for the classroom component of the course, I booked in and completed all of those days with Joe Pane, Sharon Pearson and Johnnie Cass as quickly as possible. And with a real need to earn money, I got out there, joined business networking groups and started coaching as soon as I could. I needed to earn 100k in my first financial year, just to keep the wolves at bay, so I set the goal, focussed on where I could add value and make a difference, and I achieved my goal. This was working as a generalist, coaching and training anyone and everyone!
Half way through that first year I had a light bulb moment while crewing up the back of the room for Sharon as she ran her Meta Dynamics program. The dream I had had 16 years ago whilst living in a village in the Himalaya of NW India, to take clients there, became a crystal clear Leadership Development Program. By this stage in my coaching journey, I had become addicted to taking action, and so I formed the company in February this year, Leaders In Life Pty Ltd, and in October 2014, I took my first group of clients on a 12 day High Level Leadership Program in the remote Himalayan mountains around the very same village I had the vision in all those years before. We already have the minimum numbers required for our next trip in May 2015.
All of my services are now branded under Leaders In Life, and the snowball is definitely gaining momentum. Leadership has presented itself as a niche and my clients now include one of the top 4 banks, large private schools, a private hospital, small to medium size businesses, BNI, younger coaching students and the 1:1 life coaching clients.
I regularly pinch myself and drop into Gratitude for being in the creation of Living the Dream. I am in my purpose (to help raise the level of human consciousness), and I have more time than ever to be with my family, surf, camp and love life.
One word sums it all up….WOW.
I mostly have to attribute this success to trusting the advice of Those Who Know. Stand on the shoulders of giants. Say yes then figure out how. Action is the antidote to Overwhelm. And definitely find a place where you can give and add real value to the situation. It ain’t easy, and blessings for that!!!
Light and Love… Jem