Hello! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and give you an opportunity to learn more about me, and also why I became a coach. I’ve always been into personal development. I enjoy reading book after book on things that interest me. My life has been a series of peaks and valleys in terms of my personal emotional growth. While I’ve overcome many things, I’ve been held back in life by a very deep level of insecurity.
When I talk to people about my insecurity, I get responses of shock and they counter with ‘you seem so confident, I would’ve never known that about you.’ Insecurity often shows up in our actions, inactions, or reactions. For me, insecurity manifested itself with my inactions-I rarely stepped outside of my comfort zone in order to live up to my potential. To the outside observer, inaction is much harder to recognize in others-action and reaction are much more visible.
I started listening to Brooke Castillo’s The Life Coach School podcast about a year and a half ago. I was already a certified Health and Wellness Coach and was looking for a podcast related wellness coaching. At the time, I couldn’t find anything and stumbled upon Brooke’s podcast. From the moment I started listening to her informative, yet compassionate podcasts, I began to visualize the possibility of positive change in my life. At the time, the podcast was on roughly the 40th episode, so I went back to the beginning and listened to them all.
Eventually, I took the plunge and flew to California for eight days for in-person life coach training with Brooke. I figured I would go with my little notebook and silently observe. Not so much. There were 25 students, 4 master coaches, and Brooke leading the instruction. The mornings were comprised of learning the material and the afternoons were practically applying it. They broke us up into small groups with a master coach and we coached each other on our real issues. I knew I was in trouble during the first day when one of the master coaches left the room and returned with several boxes of tissues. I think the strategy of having us identify the issues that could inhibit us as coaches and then coaching us on them was pretty genius really. I believe every single one of us laughed, cried, were all-in, and completely vulnerable, during this experience. I didn’t count on the shift of internal transformation when I signed up, but I realize now it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I was drawn to coaching because of my love for helping others. I’m not going to lie, initially it helped my very fragile ego and poor self-image to know that I could have a positive impact in the lives of others. Gradually it became more about being joyful over watching a client create their best lives themselves and knowing that their success was because of them, not me. It was a huge shift, but so much more fulfilling.
So today, I’m currently working full-time in a corporate job while coaching clients part-time. I have many goals and aspirations for my best life. Do I have my life totally together because I’m a life coach? Nope! But the thing is, I’m now ok with being a work in progress. The journey excites me and that’s what I want for you too.