Before ICA, I was enjoying the wonderful opportunity of being a stay-at-home mom of two children (ages 11 and 13, at the time) and being happily married to my husband Dave of 20 years.
Walking through the house one day I was pondering on a dream that had existed since I was a teen. I had always enjoyed experiencing a healthy body, and I possessed a deep desire to assist others in this area. My dream was to become a personal trainer, but doubted that I would ever follow through.
As I was contemplating this idea, I happened to say out loud to my husband, “Dave, I want to be a personal trainer.” He said, “Just do it!” so, that’s exactly what I did. Soon after, I was certified through American Council on Exercise. I proceeded to train my clients and enjoyed every moment! During the two-year period training clients, they requested even more of my services. They desired someone who was qualified in coaching.
I certainly had the deep passion to assist my clients but felt completely incompetent. However, one afternoon, I had an Oprah moment! I turned on the Oprah Winphrey Show and her guests that day were life coaches. I was awe struck as I watched these ladies. After that experience, I immediately researched coaching schools and was thrilled to find ICA. ICA offered everything and more I was looking for.
I entered into ICA very excited to pursue my interest in coaching. I found on numerous ICA calls, most students felt a deep sense to serve others. This was common ground for so many. The most valuable aspect personally was realizing it’s not about me! I thought I had the answers within myself, and I would share my wisdom of life! Well, was I ever so wrong! Without delay I entered into the peer coaching program ICA offers to all students. Mind you, I thought, “I really don’t need this, and I’m just fine the way I am.” Realizing it was a requirement of ICA I stayed aligned with ICA procedures. Thank goodness I did!
How are you using coaching to make a difference?
My desire to live my dream as a Life and Wellness Certified Professional Coach is now a reality! Because of my passion to grow in my niche, I continue to experience numerous opportunities to market my services. I recently introduced my third website and continue to evolve as a coach. I’m active on Face Book, Twitter, Link in, recently was asked to write for a No. 1 online magazine for coaches. I’ve launched my new tele-classes and fine this may be a great fit for my strengths. Already there are speaking engagements on the calendar for 2011 too! My time and effort into my coaching career is definitely paying off. I continue to realize if you persevere, work, stay focused, learn from your mistakes, respect others, respect yourself, and love what you do, anything is possible! The reward as a coach are witnessing the forward focused movement that a client experiences. What do you want for your life? What needs to happen to bring it into existence?
What was the most valuable thing you learned at ICA?
My first peer coach, Lenny Foyer, was excellent. Our journey together was truly dynamic. Through Lenny’s coaching, I realized the coaching process isn’t about me, but rather the client. The peer coaching process captivated me. Immediately I advanced to my second peer coach with great excitement. And, once again, I experienced a remarkable revelation about myself and the beauty of the ICA coaching process. My time with ICA was tremendously fulfilling. The instructors were professional and always demonstrated an eye-opening example of the power behind the coaching process. ICA classes are strategically in order to build confidence and teach the ICA coaching process. ICA gradation for me was June 1, 2009. I departed from ICA feeling completely prepared to build my coaching practice and offer services that were built on integrity, trust, and enthusiasm. I acquired throughout my time with ICA the tools and techniques required to create a successful coaching practice. I have clarified my niche and feel confident in this area, life and wellness.
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