The beginning …
It starts with putting an intention out there - for me I know my purpose is to squeeze as much juice and joy from life, to inspire myself and others to awesomeness, and to live true to my values. How I do that is to challenge the “deferred life” myth we’ve been sold; to “unplug from the matrix”; as Sharon would say “never be beige”; be passionate, playful and courageous. I love seeing people be the best version of them – too busy doing and having, many people have forgotten who they want to be.
So I set out to discover how I could live my purpose. As it does in those situations, the Universe puts a door where only walls existed before. Things fall into place to deliver on that intention - I was made redundant and transitioned out of a big job in corporate land and had a few other adventures along the way, each reinforcing my commitment to find a way to do what I truly loved, on my terms.
I left formal education at 16, so was considering whether to finally do a degree. Then the penny drops! One of the ways I can not only live my purpose, satisfy my top two needs (love/connection and contribution) and drive an income is through coaching. And then it hit me ... holy crap, I finally know what I want to do when I grow up!
Decision made …
I started researching and considered the Robbins Madanes Training, but as much as I love Tony Robbins, there is still some negativity around being directly associated with the huge American with massive teeth. I decided an accredited course would fit the bill, so I could go anywhere in the world and be recognised. I wasn’t going to do this by halves, so I researched until I found the best course with the best school; TCI was it.
The next day I signed up for the Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching (mid-May) and dived that very evening onto my first webinar. In fact, from that moment I didn’t have much of a social life, every night immersed in webinars, reading, watching TCI videos and soaking up every snippet of information I could. Considering I had about 20 self-development books on the go on my Kindle anyway, it wasn’t too much of a shock to the system … I was doing what I loved anyway, but this time with a distinct purpose in mind.
The next step for me was talking the language of certainty - as if it's already happened. I don’t apologise for what I don’t have (such as a paper qualification), I’m proud of what I do have – over 25 years in business, whist never the primary aim, involved coaching my teams; being the one all my friends turned to for advice and solutions; and I also had over 10 years of focused personal development including through Tony Robbins’ live events, audio programs and having my own awesome life coach. My mindset was:
I'm a coach formalising my coaching experience with TCI/ gaining international accreditation – I’m not ‘merely’ a student
I have a coaching business - it really doesn't matter if you have only two pro bonos, it's a business