There are many reasons I found myself on the path that lead me to study coaching, and start this lil’ business of mine. Here’s a little snippet of WHY I coach.
My whole life I've had a tendency toward the caretaker and/or project manager roles. I’m not sure why this is, but I’m sure I’m destined to do more for the community than I currently am.
As soon as I find myself in a "selfish" phase, a feeling of ickyness creeps in and I start feeling generally ‘off’.
By selfish I mean when I have spent too much time being too theoretical, thinking too much and not feeling enough, too focused on me and with a having a noticeable lack in focus on my community (friends, family, neighbors, clients etc).
Tererais story is one of starting life in poverty stricken Zimbabwe and of being married at 11 years of age and becoming a mother of four before she had turned 18.
Despite this start in life, she has built a legacy all about dreaming big, defeating the odds and the benefit of committing to working really hard for the things you believe in. I am currently deep-diving into learning more about her, and I'm sure I'll write more about her here in future.
In this interview with Kristina, Tererai quoted her mothers response to Tererai sharing her list of dreams with her as a young woman:
"Your dreams will have greater meaning when they are tied to the betterment of others"
The essence of that message is what I feel when I think of my choice of work. Coaching.
I have spent many years working for the betterment of barely anyone except myself and maybe my team, and mostly the hip-pocket of people I do not know. There are some notable exceptions of brilliant people I have worked for and been inspired by in the past, and I promise to tell you more about that in the future also.
With the work I do now, I get to see the ripple effects of my contributions and feel proud of the impact I am having. I get to empower women to step into their own brilliance, for a living!
By empowering one woman to re-connect to her deepest passions, the things that light her up, she then inspires her children, partner, family, friends, coworkers, on and on, simply by leading by her very best example. How awesome is that? I get to be part of the spark that reignites her fire.
It's not about me anymore. But I of course I get immense personal satisfaction from the work I do. Win-Win right :)
This is one of the reasons I love my ‘job’. There are many more, and I am working on my Manifesto to gain even greater clarity on my mission. When I complete it, I promise to share it here.
Do you love how you spend your time? Do you wake up every morning, happy to be where you are right now, and excited for the future? Either way, I would love to hear your story, so if you feel called to, please connect with me in the comments or by clicking here
With Love, Malin