Now, after “the most incredible two years ever” since Jody took “a huge, huge leap of faith” by transitioning from teaching into coaching, she has a successful business ( Jody Dontje Coaching) and flexible, creative life she loves.
“Not only was it a big commitment on a personal level but also on a financial level. I had to take that leap to invest to feel my worth,” says Jody, a public speaking coaching who focuses on emotional intimacy.
“That was the most I’d ever invested in myself. I remember how limited my mindset was in regard to finances, I was thinking, ‘This going to cost me’ rather than seeing it as an amazing self-investment that would bring so much more into my life.
“From then on I started a journey with a healthier relationship with finances and developed a money mindset.”
Jody has also developed two online courses and runs events which lead into one-on-one coaching or her communities.
“I’m really grateful I’ve become a six-figure coach and am living my passion and serving people doing what I love, and being able to live a great life,” she says.
“And yeah, I’ve definitely increased my income.”
What has TCI given you?
One of the things I first had to develop was a contribution mindset. With coaching it’s not about you—when you put the focus and the energy on the other person you gain so much more. Through just being able to serve the finances started flowing and the incredible community I’ve been developing just grew and grew, all because of the mindset of ‘how can I be better for them?’
Where are you at with your TCI journey?
I am really taking my time. I’ll probably be here for the rest of my life so I’m not in a rush to jump through the levels. I’m doing Level II and I’m happy there, doing the Masters Academy. All the Emotional Intimacy, I’ve jumped in with that. I think it’s important for any coach who is getting started to know you cannot walk your clients through any door you haven’t gone through.
Your biggest breakthrough?
Last year I had a healing year, it was insane. I realised things from my past I had suppressed were holding me back … the biggest moment came down to my mother, she was an aggressive, angry mother and I associated anger as a bad thing and pushed it away. Once I owned anger I became more assertive and my clients had more breakthroughs.
What has TCI given you?
Community. I was very much that independent attachment style of ‘I’m all good’ and whenever we think we can do the whole journey on our own we’re coming from a space of ego. That’s not what we need, we’re social bonding animals. TCI is not just learning coaching, you gain a community and for anyone who has developed a business that’s one of the most important things—create a community to grow your business.