- I am not quite ready to commit to writing once a week – but will write as often as I can.
- Saying ‘Goodbye’ is bitter sweet, but when you have an optimistic perspective it tends to be more sweet than bitter.
- Getting into ‘panic mode’ closes off your options and ‘best thinking’.
- By believing you deserve the best, listening to your intuition (that nagging thought that won’t leave you alone) and doing the next indicated step, good things open up for you.
Let me share how I came to these insights.
The coaching position I held for the past 3 years ended on December 31st due to downsizing our department. We were given ample ‘heads up’ that we’d be losing our jobs, for which I am very grateful. As I said goodbye to an amazing team of coaches, trainers, administrative staff, supervisors and managers, I continue to feel so grateful to have been a part of this talented and caring group of people. I must confess. I felt ready for a change before we were given notice, but what would that change look like? What did I want it to look like?
Though I love coaching, I felt a bit burned out, so I contemplated a career change. Perhaps I’d return to customer service, or working in the addictions field, or try something totally new, like selling cars! Yes, I actually was excited about selling cars: being outdoors, driving new cars and coaching my customers into their ‘best fit’ new car! After exploring the details of these potential jobs and wrapping things at my job, I realized something: as I said goodbye to each member I received an affirmation that I am good at what I do, and more importantly, I love what I do! Coaching is my passion. To walk with someone on their journey is an incredible honor. It is a privilege I take very seriously, realizing the responsibility of doing so. Also, as a recovering ACA (Adult Child of Alcoholics), I realized that to do what I love is the greatest act of love I could give myself.
Then came the next question: where would I land? What companies are hiring health coaches? I applied for a couple of positions but didn’t get an interview. “Why?”, I wondered. "I am so qualified!" I started to panic. Then my best friend in life, my spouse, reminded me to trust the process and to stay out of fear. She reminded me that I qualified for unemployment, so when severance runs out we'd still be ok. With a sigh of relief, a thought started to nag at me: "what about that company my colleague mentioned? Maybe I should check it out. There may still be positions open." When I finally listened to that ‘nagging thought’ it turned out to be my next employer! I got the job! I’ll continue to be a health coach for a cutting edge new company, and I’ll get to work from home!
Once again I’m reminded how important it is to listen to your intuition, to that nagging thought, the still, small voice - however you characterize it. Wisdom comes to the quiet mind, usually in a quiet way.
I’m off on a new adventure starting on Monday, January 14th, when I’ll be in day one of a two week training with my new company in San Francisco!
I’d love to hear from you:
- Have you experienced that nagging thought, that still, small voice?
- If so, how often do you listen to it?
- When you do, how has it effected you on your journey?
- When you don’t listen, how does that effect your journey?
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Until next time, be gentle with yourself, make decisions based on love, not fear, smile and Shine Your Light!