When I started this journey, I was a mum with two very young children. I came to The Coaching Institute wanting personal development, and coaching seemed really applicable as a parent, and I wanted more information in relation to understanding how best to use coaching tools with my kids. Once I started, I realised just how applicable the knowledge was to my industry, leadership in the Community Sector.
Initially, I used these tools with myself to improve my parenting skills. But it didn’t take me long before I could see how relevant they were to the community sector, which I had previously worked in as a leader. I started off offering pro-bono sessions to people I had previously worked with, this was a great way of building my coaching muscle as well as seeing the results that could be achieved whilst working in this sector.
Everything about my coaching has been approached as an explorative journey: my study and my business development. I have grown exponentially as an individual, as a mother, partner and now as a business owner, none of it has been static. It’s been a journey of self-inquiry and one that has provided an amazing amount of opportunities to do what I love coach and train whilst developing a flexible business that allows me to work a small amount of hours, whilst earning good money.
My biggest challenge has been trusting that I have something of value to offer – this was quite a big mindset shift. Becoming self-employed after a life-time of being an employee has presented many challenges and many wonderful rewards.
The power of the many teachings I have received at TCI are profound. Now having 100% confidence in my ability to assist others in shifting their perspectives and available choices, has enabled me to create big shifts in my clients.
My number one piece of advice? Don’t compare yourself – you’re you, and not any other coach. Learn broadly and deeply. Do it again and again. It’s so easy with TCI to do this. There’s information everywhere – I need to learn how to implement it into my work. My future is to have an awesome business that goes international and to become even more of a role model to my children.
Trust yourselves. Completely. If you’re not modelling self-confidence, what does that say to the people around you? What does it say to your clients?
I didn’t have a clue as to what I was signing up for when I started… it didn’t take long for The Coaching Institute to blow me out of the water. TCI has changed the way I think and the way I am. I am so grateful to have been a part of the TCI community – a community which has multiple values associated with it.
You feel like you’re not on the journey on your own… you’re part of a family.
A different world to the one you start off in.
It’s a lifelong journey. Don’t let your ego get in the way.