28.9.2015 | 17:41
Put Me In, Coach….
(With all due apologies to John Fogerty.)
I just had the most amazing few days….
Last Thursday, my sister and I flew from North Carolina to New York City so I could meet one-on-one with Alex Jamieson as part of my mentorship program with her.
FYI, Alex is a real trouper: This woman was recovering from a concussion, and still honored our appointment.
That is true class and commitment….
Over lunch, we dug in. It took a little while to get to the heart of the issue. I’d been talking a little bit about my up-and-down job history and hit on something:
“Even though, by conventional standards, I’m not ‘successful,’ I no longer feel like a failure,” I told her.
We talked a bit longer about my business goals, and then she asked a question:
“What’s your ‘bigger why’? Why is doing this so important to you?”
It hit me. Hard.
I couldn’t answer her right away. I was trying not to cry.
Finally, through the unavoidable tears, I told her. Told her what I had only just realized that very moment.
“I’ve always felt like I’ve somehow ‘failed at life.’ I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.”
This. Was. Huge.
It had never occurred to me before that this was at the innermost core of what I’m trying to do….
But that wasn’t the only major “win” to come out of the our time together.
We went to the park and Alex took some candid photos — I just had fun and turned my inner child loose. I felt so free and confident.
(Alex brings that out in her clients, I think.)
To wrap up our time together, we sat down with a cup of tea.
Alex was determined to help me “reverse engineer” a program out of an idea I had.
I had mentioned that one of my year-end goals was to have a complete first draft of a book.
Another year-end goal was to have an outline for a 4- or 6-week program.
Yep, that’s right:
She had me go through the steps, starting with the intended goal.
Then we went back to the beginning, and laid things out step-by-step, in a logical progression.
All I need to do now is work out the details….
But I didn’t stop there.
Alex got me started: energized, excited and motivated.
Now I need to follow through.
On Sunday, I did just that….
I have a place to host a meet-up, where I can gather with some potential volunteers to “beta test” the program. I have the name of someone to contact, to work out more details.
I don’t want to spill the details yet. There’s still too much work to be done. But I will keep you posted as this project comes to fruition.
I might even ask for input….
The message I really want to share is how important it is to find coaches and mentors to help you be your best self.
Just because I can coach others doesn’t mean I have all the answers myself. Far from it. I have my strengths, my unique skills, but I still need guidance.
And I have been blessed with some truly gifted mentors and coaches.
They don’t do the work for me.
They help me find or learn what I need to know to do that work myself.
Which reminds me:
I’m in the home stretch of my gut-healing protocol.
Steph Jackson didn’t magically heal my gut.
But she gave me the tools to make a damn fine start on doing it myself….
So, c’mon, coach — put me in the game!!
I am more than ready to play….
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