Why did I become a coach and what do I get out of it?
I guess it has been a natural progression. I have been working with people all of my life. Most of my working life has been in the service of people in various forms. It is just part of who I am.
I have been training people for more than 25 years and coaching people for about half of that.
But that is not the whole story, my entire life has been about re-inventing myself. So I know what it is to think differently, see things from other perspectives and living up to the challenges we all face.
Life can be hard, I have struggled in the past and come through with the help of others. I have had coaching myself at various points in my life when I didn't know what to do and they helped enormously. Not always immediately, but I still hear their words ringing in my ears and now I can do the same to others.
I have been using coaching techniques for years in various formats and have been building on my experiences and thought processes during that time. Life-long learning is a must if you want to be able to be more resilient and content.
Now I am certified and helping train other coaches following in my path, I just love the idea that collaboratively we can all help each other in a community spirit.
I get so much pleasure out of sharing my experiences and helping others to think differently and seeing a better, stronger, more powerful side of themselves. I get great satisfaction out of encouraging people, it is such a gift to be able to be there and listen to people and believe in them when often that is all they need to get started.