Welcome to my new identity! Who said you can’t seek out a new career?
My new identity is Coach Advocate. To advocate means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate. I want to be your Coach Advocate.
Four years ago I began producing a podcast with Candace Pollock, The Intentionality Gurus. I chose to be her guinea pig for each podcast as she would walk me and our listeners through personal coaching scenarios. As a certified coach, Candace not only helped me see the changes I wanted to make but also showed me how I could. Once I saw the path and the forks in the road I began evolving into the person I am today and I am still walking the path.
Before meeting Candace I was not quite sure what a coach did, I had assumed they were a therapist (Psychologist or Psychiatrist) until I learned anyone can call themselves. However the coaches I am referring and to and those I will be advocating for are individuals who have taken courses and have become certified in this field of study. They are the individuals wh0 sought out this program of assistance often due to an obstacle or challenge in their own life.
For the past year as the host of Avoid the Maze (my podcast) https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSdL23sBfgglvxEjZXu-qhyXPYzGo0Exw I have been hosting coaches across the United States an beyond in Sweden and Australia to name a few areas. What I have learned as I have conversed about what led them to this new profession, many leaving high powered corporate positions as well as i figure salaries, we helping others as they continued to heal. The more I spoke to these wonderful and very vulnerable individuals the more I have gained an immense respect for them and I chose not only to help them grow by referring clients, maybe you, to them, I would be fulfilling another bucket list of mine, helping others!
Today I took an assessment today and I was not surprised to note that one of my Saboteur’s is pleasing others. I used to believe that if I helped others and fulfilled their needs and dreams I would be happy. For most of my life I wasn’t able to identify my happiness and what this assessment showed me (today was not the first time I took this), that I was being sabotaged by the thought and commitment to attempting to make others happy. In fact our HAPPY MOOD may increase our endorphins and that look joyfulness may be contagious but you have to be mindful to let the joy seep in. What I have been learning over the last four years is that if I want to be the assistant that guides, supports and leads you, I must be able to lead myself or reach for the hand of someone to coach me through “my angst.”
I love the aspect of coaching and I have opened my mind in ach conversational podcast as I hear, listen, and savour the words. I may not be in 100% agreement with someone’s delivery but being exposed to the variety of people who are successful coaches brought me to this realization…I can lead you to bounty of support, all you need to do is acknowledge you want to make changes in your life and reach out to 1, 2, or 100 while seeking someone to keep you accountable. A good coach will not tell you what to do or how to do it, a good coach will ask you opened ended questions that you must answer.
Now since this is a new career move for me and most careers have a financial component to them, I am still in the stage of putting that piece together. Since I am not a coach, and even if I take the certification courses, I do not see that as my pathway. My path is to keep finding more coaches and expanding upon their specialty and the whys that brought them to this practice. Then through networking I can guide individuals like yourself to ones that I believe would be a good fit.
I am excited and I hope you are too.