I was laying in bed at 2am one morning, google searching all sorts of things, not necessarily coaching, but inspirational things, because my work at the time recommended I do more study. I couldn’t think of doing anything worse! Another reason I was searching for more was, I felt lost and I knew there was more to life than mediocre. I wanted to be an inspiration to myself and my daughter. That is when I came across ‘The Coaching Institute’. I sent away for a welcome pack immediately, spoke with Fiona, got started, and did my FOCS weekend beginning of October 2014. It was AMAZING!!! I was initially able to know that I was starting my new journey. It was a bit of recreating me, and really doing something for me.
I’ve been a counsellor in a construction industry for almost 6 years. I’ve worked in prisons, in detox for young people, and was a swimming teacher at another time when I was trying to find myself. I kept burning out. I knew I liked working with people, yet what I found frustrating was being stuck in the problem. My counselling style is so solution focused, which is what I love so much about my coaching journey. Coaching has proven to be so much more valuable than what a session in a counselling room can provide.
I’ve started my own coaching business. My business name has changed since doing the leadership business training last week. I’m still brainstorming. Every name that I’m coming up with is taken. I’m looking along the line of ‘creating change’, with a catchline of ‘growing beyond possibilities’. My husband and I have bought 40 acres of serene land in East Gippsland (2.50 hours’ drive from Melbourne CBD), and building a retreat, so we’ll be running workshops for business around team and personal development, with a focus of reducing burn-out, because I’m passionate about that. I’m signing up a corporate company doing 3 days training and a 3 month retainer after that, for ongoing contact to see what we’re working on.
Since beginning my journey at TCI, I’ve had many successful moments. My biggest milestone has come from attending the ‘Meta Dynamics I’ training by really coming out of myself, and really truly being able to be me. I went from not being able to speak to people, to being able to speak to people confidently. Sharon busting my spider phobia was a real breakthrough, making me believe nothing can stop me now. Another milestone was when I ran a ‘6 Core Needs’ workshop at work with my colleagues and boss (senior counsellor) who hates Tony Robbins and coaching, absolutely loved it! And my boss even gave me extra time to present! I’ve also done training sessions on ‘6 Core Needs’ and ‘4 Levels of Thinking’ with some young apprentices in the construction industry, some spelling and learning strategies training with some young people, including current VCU students, which has been very successful, and absolutely phenomenal. The last really big success is, last Thursday I resigned from my job! I end work at the end of June and am starting my coaching full-time! And, YES I DO HAVE SAVINGS! This was planned!
I plan to have a retreat that is unstoppable. I want to be able to serve many people, and be helpful to individuals and businesses. I want my retreat to be a place where they come and grow emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and mentally. That’s my long-term goal. Meanwhile I’d still love to work with individuals, and the community.
I attribute my success to my amazingly supportive husband and daughter, Sharon Pearson at the Meta Dynamics training, for her respect and honesty. I’d like to thank Lauren who I’ve spoken to many times, Diego in events, Matt Lavars, Thomas from the Ninja’s crew who came with me to find spiders after my training, and all the TCI members. I’d also like to thank the TCI community, for the students who I have coached, and been coached by. I wouldn’t be who I am, or where I am without them.