So what happened for me to make this leap of faith? | The Coaching Institute

So what happened for me to make this leap of faith?

I first attended TCI in May 2014 after a few months of researching coaching courses online. I was fairly confident TCI was for me based on what I had seen on the website, and as I stepped into the foyer I knew it was absolutely where I needed to be. Listening to Joe Pane talk for a full day (it felt like 10 minutes) reaffirmed the learning I was going to receive was going to be of great quality, and taught by exceptional trainers. I waited very patiently and with great anticipation for my intake weekend, which happened a few months later in early September.

So what happened for me to make this leap of faith? The end of 2013 finished badly, I found myself back in a role at work that I had outgrown and a relationship I had been in for a few years ended suddenly, neither of them by my choice. I spent a few months just making it through each day as best I could and as the tears dried up and the pity party ended, I decided that it was time for change! I wanted to take back the wheel and drive my future in the direction I wanted to, to live a fulfilling life where I get to feel passion in what I do on a daily basis. It was so far away from where I was, but I was so determined.

Throughout my years as a leader in the workplace, I discovered that what I really loved to do was to work with aspiring leaders, those who were in the early days of their leadership journey and who had great aspirations to be the best they could be, but who lacked a bit of confidence in themselves, and that held them back. So coaching seemed like a great way for me to find the skills to really empower others to bring out the best in themselves.

Fast forward to now, and I am about to hand in my Credential Practitioner of Coaching, only 8 months after attending my intake weekend and holding down a full time job. I have recently reduced to four days per week my workplace so that I can concentrate on setting up my business and continuing my studies to become a Credential Master Practitioner of Coaching. I decided on “Inspiring Success” as my business name because so many of my friends, family and now clients talk about how the journey I am on continues to inspire them, so it seemed like a perfect fit. I have mainly been working with clients who are managers or team leaders as well as small business owners, which reflects my passion for seeing leaders achieve their own success, whatever that means for them.

The biggest rewards I receive from being a coach are by far the changes my clients make in their lives. I love to reflect on their testimonials where they tell me about how coaching with me was nothing like what they thought it would be - it is so much more. There are too many great successes to share them all, but one in particular stands out for me. My client updated me a couple of months after our sessions finished to let me know how the work we did together, particularly around gratitude, made a huge difference for her and her family. She has moved from a ‘place of darkness to to a place of light’ and couldn’t express enough her thanks for all she has learnt. This particularly warms my heart because after seeing her grow from session to session, the feedback that change had continued beyond our sessions shows me how transformational coaching can be for people.

My big, hairy, audacious goal is to be known as an expert in human behaviour, to be sought out far and wide by businesses who know I am the go to person to bring out the very best in their leaders and executives. I want to live a life where I have passion about what I do every day and this is contagious, so that I help others to lives their dreams. And the cherry on top - to be a great role model for my two children, Cameron & Rebecca.

The one thing I attribute my success to is consistency. I am connected to why I do what I do and ensure I do something every day toward living my dream. In addition to this, I am constantly stepping up to who I need to be to achieve my own success.

My future feels exciting and achievable, if even a little bit scary! For everything I have learnt and have yet to learn, I feel very grateful. How lucky am I to have walked through those doors at TCI 11 months ago.


Vanessa Medling
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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