Ah…my “coming out” as a Life Coach moment!
I remember during my training that one of our homework assignments was to say, out loud (to anyone living – a human, a dog, a hippo….whatever): “I am a Life Coach.”
The first time I said it was in the car, to my kids, while I was driving and they were in the backseat. I said it sheepishly, like it was something to be ashamed of. It went something like this: “Hey guys….guess what…I’m a Life Coach…” then we all dissolved into giggles.
The next time I said it was to my husband: “I am a Life Coach. Does that sound weird? It sounds weird, doesn’t it? I need to keep practicing.” Every time I sheepishly forced the words out, the person on the receiving end would look at me with confusion and say “so…what does that mean?”
The more I said it, the less weird it sounded, and the more confident I became.
Eventually, it evolved into me introducing myself at networking events. In response to the question “What do you do?” my response became: “I’m a Director of Operations for a Senior Health Services, and I’m a Life Coach.”
The more confident I was as I stated this new “me”, the more people would respond with enthusiasm and interest (I mean seriously…what kind of Life Coach says it sheepishly…no wonder they were confused!)
Now I introduce myself with pride, enthusiasm and excitement: “I work with women that want to learn how to honor their self-worth, hold healthy boundaries, have healthy relationships and develop their confidence.”
And guess what? 9 times out of 10, the person I’m talking to asks me to send them my information.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.
My invitation to you:
Set your timer for 5 minutes. For the next 5 minutes, write down the thing you want most in the world, but don’t really believe you can achieve. BUT…Instead of writing down why it won’t work, write about why it will work. Don’t let your pencil stop moving until your timer goes off. Now….notice if you feel any differently.
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