My journey with TCI began October 2014. Boarding the plane to Melbourne, I felt quite nervous leaving my husband and two small children behind. At the same time, I was excited to find out what the FOCS (Foundations of Coaching Success) weekend was all about. It was the first time in over 7 years I was doing something for me.
To say the weekend was the start of big transformations is an understatement. I entered the weekend enrolled at the Advanced Practitioner course level. 3 days and a lot of emotions later I stepped up into the higher level Master Coach course. Little did I know this moment would be one of many moments of self- awareness and letting go of beliefs that were not serving me.
I had been a very loyal public servant for nearly 15 years. An executive level team leader of a team of 50 staff in a finance area, I was secured in golden handcuffs. I loved working with and motivating my staff to get the best out of them. I must admit I spent most of my time mentoring my staff on life than finances! As time went by I began to feel trapped. I started to feel limited by all the rules and feeling institutionalized, I came to feel I could no longer serve my staff the way I wanted to. I had out grown my environment but was so settled in my comfort zone. This caused A LOT of discomfort for me, and when I made the decision that I needed a change, after some exploration, I found TCI.
After the FOCS weekend, I was pumped and ready to make a change. The thought of going back to my day job bought no joy to me at all. I had two pro bono clients lined up two days after I got home, but as the days went by life, and me, got in the way.
My team was dissolved and I was moved into a new area and a higher level. So I decided to give myself a 5 year plan – I told myself ‘I will just do my study and start to build my business and then I will just walk out the door’…clearly I disregarded everything I had learnt, stepped back into my comfort zone and worked up a strategy to keep me safe.
Thankfully the universe had other plans and was not going to let this strategy play out. I was terminated from my position and left the Department in January. This was a challenging few months but once I got over myself it was time take the opportunity I had right in front of me and follow my dreams.
After the feedback I got from my mentor with my first triad call as a coach I hung up the phone and cried. My initial reaction was to say to myself ‘I am crap, I knew I should never have done this (insert disempowering comments here)’. But after a few moments, I said to myself “Enough is enough! Am I going to continue to follow old patterns or am I going to go back read the awesome feedback I received and do better next time because there is no such thing as failure only feedback”.
From that point on I decided to stop listening to my ego and listen to the experts.
Hope Blossoms is my business name. The hope represents what I want to give my clients, then take them from hoping to doing and taking action. The blossoms are to represent our mortality and how we need to get out and shine and not waste our time while we here.
I am currently working on a few things but one of my favourites is with my husband who is a fitness coach. We offer 12 week challenges to corporate companies that include fitness, goal setting and coaching as part of the package.
The day I walked in to speak to my first group and deliver a short workshop on goal setting my ego set in, but I got up and delivered it. Out of the 12 staff I delivered to, 6 contacted me for coaching sessions and from that 2 decided to stay on as paid clients!!
I have since been referred to two other Businesses from this and opened my mind up to so many other possibilities.
My plan from here is to continue growing and taking advantage of the amazing TCI community. A few of my aspirations are to be a motivational speaker, coach/mentor delivering workshops to woman, weight loss clients and corporate organisations on staff morale. I am so excited about my future and no longer focus on the HOW just the WHY.
This of course is the summarised version of my journey. I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a year yet!. My advice to anyone doubting themselves is to listen, really listen to what you are being taught. TCI offers so much to guide us to our success - when we are willing to listen and take action.