The past 7 months has very much been an adventure and I am honored to share my journey with the wider community, in the hope that others may gain inspiration and courage from my story.
I had been a huge fan of ‘self-help’ books for many years prior to starting with TCI and I had amassed quite the collection of books. I had even read most of them. I was good at making the start but would fall back into old behaviors and old thinking patterns. I kept thinking, “Why isn’t this working, what am I doing wrong”. And then in July 2011 I received the phone call that was the catalyst that changed my life. My husband had been involved in a serious car accident, and like it or not my world was changing. It was still another 18months before I saw an ad in a magazine for ‘The Coaching Institute’ and becoming a life coach and the moment I saw it I was intrigued. I was also more than ready to get out of the huge rut that my life had become.
I rang up and spoke to the wonderful Fiona M, who asked me a number of questions about what attracted me to life coaching. She asked me about my life goals and most of all she asked me about ‘me’. It was never about what she could sell me. I had to take a couple days to decide but in the end I couldn’t convince myself not to sign up. It was my first experience of saying “yes and figuring out how”. It was like Christmas receiving my welcome pack in the mail. I got straight into the CD’s, the manual and the activities and over the coming months as I waited to get to Foundation of Coaching Success weekend, I remember thinking “yeah, I got this sorted”…. I was in for a surprise!
I walked into Foundation of Coaching Success weekend at the end of March 2013 and proceeded to do a very good job of ‘overwhelm’ and had a mini meltdown. My continued gratitude goes to the crew who ‘coached’ me through this. I remember thinking that I wanted to run from the room screaming, however there was ‘something’ that kept me in the room, some ‘knowing’ that if I was truly committed to changing things (meaning me) that I needed to stay regardless of how I was currently feeling. Upon reflection, it was that Absolute Certainty that the Magnificent Joe Pane brought to the room that kept me there and I "knew" I wanted that certainty too!