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Where am I headed? Who knows!

My choice to become a life coach became a relatively simple choice, once I had let go of limiting beliefs in my life. I have always been a people person and have been fascinated with uncovering how people think. As a personal tutor, swimming instructor and classroom teacher, I was always building my knowledge, and found myself increasingly curious as to how people process, understand and react to the world.

However, before my journey with TCI, my life had come to a stand still. My old job had become stressful and dissatisfying. This impacted heavily on my close relationships and my personal state of mind. I was stuck 'in the game' and believed that I was living life as it should be lived.I joined the TCI community in August and completed my first training in October 2014. It was an incredible weekend, filled with people who all were there because they wanted to be there and who gave it their all. The trainer, Joe Pane and the Ninja crew were accommodating and supportive of our first steps in the world of Life Coaching.

It has been one month since my FOCS training. Already I have completed 15 hours of my pro bono sessions and hosted two workshops 'Lifestyle Harmony' and 'My Personal Journey' with more planned for the next two months. I joined Speed Peer Coaching which has given me the opportunity to connect with coaches from the institute, boost my coaching hours and improve my own personal development by coaching and being coached myself.

Each week I create harmony in my life by working on several coaching tasks and enjoying life with my wonderful partner and son. One way I do this is by listening to Coaching Audio CDs in the car only when I am alone, and singing to songs or chatting with my son when I have company. I also set myself 7 Coaching goals each week, which all end up being completed. This helps me to stay on track, prevents overwhelm and allows me the lifestyle harmony that my old world did not accommodate for.

Where am I headed? Who knows!

For now I have set myself up as a Lifestyle Educator and Manager. I help people create the lifestyle harmony that they crave. This has proved to be attractive to working parents and people making the transition from one stage of their life to another. I work with children, teenagers, young adults and adults looking to create change or add value to their lives.

I joined TCI to gain the knowledge to enable me to address mental health in teachers in schools. My old job gave me a significant snapshot as to the lives of parents, children and the teachers in the education sector. That is still a priority. However, as I am discovering new things each day, I am enjoying the learning process and am striving to uncover the best of me that I am.

What I attribute most to my success is the belief that I am successful. I don't see this as a new career, but merely another teaching path for me to follow. By doing this, I have set up a transparent wall between my old self and my new self - allowing my skills, joys and learnings through whilst blocking all of my old fears and limiting beliefs. I also treat everything like bread (thank you Sharon Pearson!).

When I wake up some mornings and find myself in an unresourceful state of mind, I remember an anecdote relayed to me by Joe Pane at my FOCS training. He told us that in nature, ducks do not stand around and organise how they are going to walk. The mother just starts moving and soon all the ducks are in a row. So I stop listening to my inner voice, put one foot in front of the other and by simply acting, I achieve more in my day than I could ever have imagined laying in bed.

Katherine Barrington
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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