I was asked by my best friend to join her at a weekend workshop, she said it was called ‘Personal Power’, my inquisitiveness got the better of me so I thought why not. So in April 2013 I met Joe Pane and….wow…. he carried himself with such certainty like no one I had ever had the pleasure of knowing before. What was to follow and what was to be uncovered was beyond any expectations that I could have ever dreamed up! This was my first taste of what was to come, and I was hungry for more!
A little bit about me. I am a single parent working full time, and solely raising a 7 year old. I have a mortgage, I was always busy doing ‘stuff’ and I was just making ends meet, which ultimately meant I was living a pretty mediocre life (of course I didn’t know that at the time). I wanted so much more for my daughter and wanted so much more for myself. I just didn’t know how. I didn’t even really know what the word ‘more’ meant to me, I just simply knew that I wanted it and didn’t have the resources I needed to get the outcomes that I truly wanted.
Working in the Education Sector for the last 13 years I thought I had what it took to understand people and how to train them for optimum value but in doing ‘Personal Power’ it really shook things up for me, I had so many light bulb moment throughout the three days, and realised that I had some great potential. I took away so many learnings, it was amazing. I just wanted to put everything I had learned into practice right away. I was pumped for a good two weeks and then life got in the way (or rather I got in the way of myself) and it all started going back to the way it was ‘before’.
That was of course until my saving grace (kick in the pants) through the form of a phone call came from an exceptional man in the WOW team, Matt. The life transforming conversation. If I had been told at that moment the transformation that would take place within me, within just a few short months’ time, I would never have believed it to be true. Not to me, I’m a procrastinator, the ‘I don’t have time to get everything done girl’!
That inspiring conversation with Matt led me to enrol into the Credentialed Practitioner of Coaching course, my Foundations of Coaching Success training weekend was scheduled for July 2013. Life threw a spanner in the works of course to test me and my commitment, but I was still very much excited to be embarking on this next chapter of my life so I simply postponed my intake until September 2013. While I was away I was casually checking my Facebook feed and saw a post that would confirm that I was definitely on the right track, and that I had postponed my original intake for a much greater reason than I had originally thought.
The post was written by Sharon Pearson herself, saying that Joe was away and that after 6 years she would be taking the Foundations of Coaching Success training weekend, and it was the one I was signed up for! My jaw hit the ground, and tears started to well in my eyes, I just knew that the universe was synchronising this for me.
At the training Sharon was mesmerising, her presence uplifting, such calm and certainty. I listened intently to every word she said, and then the magic, I volunteered to be coached and was chosen, and what an amazingly empowering experience I lived in that hour. No words could ever come near to the gratitude I have for Sharon’s support and encouragement during that session and the ripple effects it has had since that day. I was well beyond exhilaration for that transforming opportunity, not only did I walk away from that session a better person, but so many of the other students thanked me for opening my heart and sharing my story, as they took away so much learning for themselves and their family. What a gift to be able to share with so many wonderful people.
A few months have passed since that wonderful Foundations of Coaching Success training and I am still buzzing with gratitude and passion for what I do. Although I haven’t found my niche, I am using my previous successes in Health and Wellbeing through Personal Training in Fitness, I am able to draw on that experience and work with my clients to achieve their ultimate state of wellbeing.
A group of fellow coaches from my training decided to put into practice what we had learned and brainstormed how we could best share this wealth of information with anyone who would be willing to listen. Our first paid workshop is schedule for Sunday 23rd February, and each of us is super excited to serve all that attend and we all celebrated our first paying client not so long ago.
I am immersing myself in everything that is Coaching, the community that is TCI is the most supportive and resourceful I have ever had the pleasure to be affiliated with. They leave no stone unturned, they believe if there is a will there is a way, and the way Sharon lives and breathes excellence is an absolute inspiration. I have loved every single interaction with all students, trainers and mentors within the TCI community. If you’re feeling stuck, unsure or want to share something exciting that has just happened, pick up the phone and give the WOW team a call, post in the members Facebook page as everyone is there to help support you.
The ripple effects of what I have learned and what I continue to learn every single day about myself and about how to best serve others is purely phenomenal. I am now able to achieve all that I set out for myself in a resourceful way. I am also an exceptional mother because of it, and am creating shifts in my daughter to ensure she grows into a resilient adult. It has made me a more patient and supportive daughter to my parents who are also modelling me with their friends and, I am an even better friend to all of the wonderful people in my life right now.
I can’t thank TCI enough for creating this abundance of growth, excitement, support, excellence and well simply life changing experiences. It has been 39 years in the making, but, I can honestly say from the depths of my soul that I am finally where I am meant to be and I am absolutely loving every second of it.