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I Have Learned the True Power of Contribution and Gratitude

I initially enrolled in TCI following after a mentor of mine, he was the only person I'd ever been reprimanded by, where afterwards I felt better about myself, and more confident than before I was called into his office. The way he mentored others and brought out the best in them blew me away... and it only took me 10 years to act on it.

After finally approaching and connecting with the incredible team at TCI, I quickly realised that the anticipation I had of receiving the tips and tools on becoming a coach, was about to be blown out of the water.
I did my intake weekend with the incredible Joe Pane, where I put my hand up to be the person coached as an example for the group; (I was determined, yet absolutely TERRIFIED!); that one decision to lean in and step up has made the most significant impact in my life to date. In the 20 minutes that followed, I reconnected with myself. I was reminded again of who I am, what
my passions are, what my drivers are, and, most significantly: I grew up.

Joe masterfully and gently guided me to the source of my procrastination, my fear and the cause of the results I was getting in my life, I was afraid of taking responsibility and stepping up to become the strong, powerful, significant woman I always knew that I was and wanted to be.

From that moment onward I have grown immeasurably. I recently completed my first 50 hours of coaching, have developed two products, focused on serving and contributing, and am gratefully and joyfully currently serving 12 clients.

But more than these incredible external successes, I have grown into myself. I have the voice, the stance and the character of a woman of confidence and strength. I am proud of who I am. When I experience those moments of white-knuckled fear, I get a sense of excitement, because I have learned that when I lean in, I experience success and breakthrough more often and more significantly than by any other means.

Finally, I have learned the true power of Contribution and Gratitude. More than anything, this is what shines through to me as a member belonging to the TCI community. There is such a sense of encouragement, grace and love. The staff and students are truly focused on service, and it's transformational. As I have shifted my focus from "how can I earn the money to pay the bills" to "how can I intentionally contribute to the lives of those around me" and "for what, right now, can I express deep and sincere gratitude?" I have noticed a shift, not only in what I'm speaking about and acting on, but on the things that are coming into my life.

And so, in that place, I want to say thank you, to the staff, the students and the entire TCI community for helping me to notice again who I am and the wonderful value I have to offer. For being a community who embodies "Be, Do, Have"; and for the joy of the journey! If any of you are in a place of fear, procrastination, distraction or you're doing "stuck": Reach out! Lean in! I am here to serve, WE are here to serve, to love and contribute, and we have complete confidence that you have everything you need within you right now to create the transformation you're looking for!

Sarah Morris
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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