Kirsty Woodward – Life Coach
I have always been in the humbling position of people opening up to me and talking about their lives. Some of them have been friends at school, some came later in life, others are people who have simply walked up to me in a shopping center.
I used to find myself coming home to my husband and saying “I need to learn how to ask these people better questions”. I hadn’t heard of coaching until I had a conversation with a TCI girl at a lunch function. A couple of weeks later, I found myself at my intake in Sydney.
After spending the weekend with amazing people, immersed in the incredible teachings of Mr Joe Pane and Mr Jonnie Cass, my way of thinking changed. It was like there was another level of thought I wasn’t conscious of before. I loved the fact that coaching came from a place of love, no-judgment and service. I think I had about two hours sleep on the Sunday night and the very next morning started making calls to networking groups in my area and surrounding areas.
After being a mum for nineteen years, my business contacts were thin on the ground, not to mention my expertise. I’ve done various jobs (receptionist, (fail) secretary (fail) retail (loved talking to people) and I’m addicted to TAFE courses. Any course that will push and challenge me - millinery, florist, makeup, ceramics, sculpture, life drawing, and Cert IV small business - any further learning I can wrap my hands and mind around. A few years back I started archery. I love the metaphor and analogies I get from that. I love the discipline that is competing.
So, after my FOCS intake weekend I had a mum at school lined up to be my first pro bono. I figured I’d stick to what I know. I soon found I had identified a need, and started my business talking to women one on one. It’s not a big business, but it’s mine. I’m called Kirsty Woodward – Life Coach. I have a dove on my business card. It resonates with all women for different reason, and I love that. I love the many facets of their lives. So many women have forgotten they have choices and I love walking with them, and seeing their growing confidence in themselves.
TCI has provided me with the tools to help change the lives of these ladies. NLP or now META 1 is like falling down a rabbit hole or being shot from a cannon. There’s the rush and you’re not sure where you’re going to land, but it’s going to be OK. I admit I can’t watch movies in the same way anymore, I find myself looking for the metaphor or analogy I can use in my next coaching session.
I love the fact that TCI has given me the space to make my business my own. The support I’ve received has been unfailing. I thought, when I started, I had to be great, and something for every one. But as I’ve gone on I’ve relaxed into my role. I understand myself better and through that I can serve my clients better. There is nothing like having someone want to give you money after a session. One of my pro bonos turned into my first paid client (happy dance after). From there I’ve gone from strength to strength.
I’ve now finished my formal study with TCI. I can happily say that not a day has gone by since my FOCS where I have lost my focus or connection with my “WHY”. That weekend, two and a bit years ago lit a fire in my belly and I have no intention of letting it ever die out. Everyday I do something regarding coaching. Every time I attend an event or webinar I’m inspired by the people I meet, their journeys and their lives. When I look back on the other things that have inspired me over my time it’s books like “Feel the fear and do it Anyway” – Susan Jeffers, or principles like “Say YES and work out how”, and one of my all-time faves – “Lean into it” – SP
With all the assessments and other requirements done I now have the luxury of setting my own pace. I’m doing exactly what I set out to do two years ago. I love that. I feel like I’m cheating the system somehow, like you’re not meant to love your job or make money out of doing what you love, yet that’s is exactly what I’m doing through Coaching. I love it. From here it’s a matter of building blocks, continuing to gain further knowledge that I can pass on to my clients to serve them better.
The future excites me, I’m not sure what it holds, but I’m excited about the next chapter.
Let yourself fly