I was asked recently how I got into coaching and I told my story (as mentioned in this blog).
I was then asked another question, which really got me thinking:
“If you hadn’t gone for coaching, what would you be doing now?”
Well, I can’t know what might have turned up if I had just kept going along the path I was on. Who knows what other opportunities might have turned up? All I can give is the picture as I saw it from where I was then.
I was a fundraising manager for a charity and the logical next step was to apply for jobs which were the next step up: Director of Development, for example. This would have been putting myself and my future in other peoples’ hands. Waiting for jobs to be advertised/become available; putting in my application to be weighed against others and found satisfactory/wanting; preparing for/getting stressed about interviews; waiting for the phone to ring to tell me if I had been successful or not. And all this for a career that I didn’t really want to have anymore.
Having been employed all my working life, going freelance wasn’t even on the radar. Neither was bringing all my skills together and creating my own career.
Without the intervention of coaching, I probably would have carried on as I had for the whole of my previous working life - clocking in, drawing down a regular salary, getting bored every 3 or 4 years and looking forward to retirement.
Instead, in my now totally freelance life, I sit writing this looking out over London as dusk falls, having spent a morning with a marvellous client at their studio, before going across town for a great meeting with my financial advisor and before meeting up with a group of coaching colleagues. Yesterday was totally different and tomorrow will be different again. I work hours I want and because I love what I do, health permitting, I don’t intend to retire.
You might not want to change your life completely. You may not know what you want to do. You may just have the feeling, as I did, that something needed to change. Whether that turns out to be changing your horizons, your mindset or a few unhelpful habits, coaching could be the way through.
If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, book for a Light the Blue Touchpaper session.