Success to me is measured by the fun I am having, the lessons I learn and the people I connect with. I am already succeeding.
I started with TCI for my FOCS training weekend in August 2014. In July I was attracted by the title “Design your Life” and didn't really know what kind of world I was walking into. I was incredibly nervous about rocking up as I had never done any personal development seminars in my life. At age 30 and feeling at a loss in my design/marketing career I figured I really had nothing to loose. Boy was that an eye opener, there were tears, ah ha moments, smiles and I hadn't laughed that hard in a very long time. I originally signed up with TCI for my own personal development and after receiving my starter pack before FOCS I quickly realised that coaching was something that I would love to do. I could help others and get that constant human interaction, variety and challenge that I was after in a career. Studying psychology at Uni, working at summer camps in the states, travelling all over the world, I realised I have always been fascinated in human behaviour and what drives people to do what they do.
It took me a while to write this success story, it has been sitting on my to do list since October! As I re-read the belief I have on my wall it says “Success to me is measured by the fun I am having, the lessons I learn and the people I connect with. I am already succeeding.” There has been a ton of success already and it is now time to write this based on my awesome empowering belief above. I have soooooo much fun, I learn something new everyday and the people I meet are AMAZING!
My life before TCI was in marketing with LOTS of travel in between jobs. I left a job in October of 2013 to pursue my graphic design career. I had very little belief in my skills and abilities and am only now realising and appreciating the skill I do have. There was a lot I needed to work through and I didn't even know this world of coaching existed. A temporary job in IT was getting me through the days while I worked on my design applications and building my portfolio at lunch/night and on the weekends. Hindsight is a beautiful thing and I realise now that by going down that path I would have been stuck in front of a computer for 8-12 hours a day and I felt I had more to offer. For someone who is highly driven by variety, adventure and connection, it was the wrong path for me. TCI has helped me to understand myself as to why I have constantly left jobs, why I leave countries, why I loose stuff all the time, hahaha. Knowing all this now I can help others even more, work in a fulfilling career and build lots of amazing friendships with like minded and inspiring people throughout the community and the world.
I am now working on building a one on one coaching business. I've made tons of mistakes already and I intend to make lots more quickly. Like registering my first business name that didn't really resonate with me. So for now I'm going by TLG Consulting it sits well for now. With a play on my last name of Gardner – “Your mind is a garden with thoughts as seeds, come see me to choose flowers over weeds”. I have no idea yet what my new business name will be as it rapidly develops into something else. I am working along side a few different businesses and opportunities keep popping up all over the place. Because I am putting myself out there, meeting people, telling people what I am doing and making it all about how I can help them, because that is what it is all about.
I have had many successful moments throughout my short time so far at TCI including a workshop I ran at my local gym, a talk to Latrobe law students, Vision on Canvas workshops at multiple locations, inspiring my networking group with a short talk. I got my first paying client through networking, and a few more since then. My plan is to continue combining my art and my coaching to run fun, inspiring, creative workshops that help people get to the heart of what they want and need.
How did I get all of these speaking gigs? I asked and I continue to ask. I felt the fear and did it anyway. I was not a public speaker before this, the only time I would get up in front of a crowd would have been after a few glasses of wine. I now ask better questions of myself like “What is the worst that can happen? What can I learn from this? Am I giving value to this person/these people?”
I am a learning machine and I have Sharon, Joe and Tony Robbins in my ear all the time, on my bike, on my runs, in my car, they are on repeat. I attribute my success to continuing to take action, and applying my learnings. To listening to the advice given by those who have come before me. To stepping out of my comfort zone and just doing it. I attribute it to knowing that I can create my life any way I want it and I choose to create it with others in mind and creating a fantastic life for my wonderful new Fiance and I.
Thank you to Sharon, TCI and the wonderful community you have created. You have opened my eyes to a whole new crazy world that I absolutely love and it loves me too. I feel so grateful to have stumbled across it on Facebook. Who would have thought it.