Why I Coach
Teachers, Coaches, and Mentors Have Played an Invaluable Role in My Life. Now I Get to Serve Others.
After starting several companies, a successful 4-Hour Workweek business and social activist art gallery, I had everything I thought I wanted: money, MBA, real estate investments, a beautiful house in the best neighborhood, foreign cars, a marriage, and free time! Life seemed perfect on the outside, but on the inside I felt something was missing.
Then, during what started as a spiritual crisis in my mid-30s, I started having experiences and insights that shifted my interests and perceptions. I lost interest in my "purpose" that had guided me since I was a child. I didn't know what to do with my life and had more questions than answers:
Where would I go from here?
How would I spend my time?
How could I make an impact on the world?
What do I do with this new heightened awareness??
I knew I didn't want to go backward, to revert my old way of being and doing. But I didn't know how to move forward. I was lost, and I needed help.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." - Lao Tzu
To find answers, I started working with coaches, therapists, and healers. Remarkably, these special individuals guided me to understand where I was at on my journey, find solid ground, heal my past, and zig-zag towards what I wanted. As a client and protege, I experienced and studied the power of mindfulness, alternative healing, Reiki, yoga, NLP/hypnosis, and psychedelics. I read books by Yogis, Lamas, Swamis, Buddhas, and neuroscientists. I traveled the globe in search of new knowledge and experiences (like meditating with the high lamas of Nepal in a Himalayan mountain monastery). For the first time in my life (!!) I created consistent meditation, journaling, prayer, and gratitude practices. I even worked with my own executive coach to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.
While using the tools I had picked up on my journey, I realized that "awareness" is a prerequisite to behavior change. I was only willing to change my life because of my new awareness. Could I help others change themselves, their businesses, and their communities by using the tools that worked for me? From these scraps of ideas about awareness and personal development I formed a new purpose... I will help others to change by raising their awareness.
Once you see something, you can't un-see it. You can choose to stay the same and live a life of regret. Or you can decide to make a change and live a life of meaning.
Now that I [finally] had a new purpose, I wondered, "how do I turn that into a profession?" How could I best use my skills and experiences to fulfill my purpose?
During a moment of inspiration - while reading Elon Musk's biography - a giant light bulb went off. I recalled that whenever I coached my employees, I felt goose bumps when they would have a breakthrough. My subconscious body was communicating my new professional direction!
I want to coach and serve others!!
Soon after this insight I realized that coaching was the perfect intersection of all my new interests and all of my past experiences, skills, and training. My whole life - relationships, travels, education, upbringing - had been preparing me to become a coach.
Here I am now, a multi-certified Leadership Coach and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). And I want to help you. Whether you want to:
Become a more effective leader
Experience greater joy, peace, and love
Increase the quality of your deepest relationships, or
Uncover what limiting beliefs are holding you back from greatness...
I believe you can have have it all.
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