When I started writing this blog in 2014, my initial intent was to write about my journey as I started my own business as an Executive Coach. I had decided on the school I would attend for training, and had already completed some certifications in processes that would be useful. It was a time of personal discovery and I wanted to use the blogging platform as a way to share and maybe even explain what I was doing, and why.
Over time, the blog morphed into a series of posts on Leadership and Soft Skills development as those became the focus of my coaching practice. I was able to use personal experiences and learning to illustrate my points and ideas. As I look back over the 120 posts I can see how my experiences have shaped my writing and how my writing has helped me to determine my next steps.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to expect the unexpected: be open to opportunities as they arise and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Are you familiar with the concept of the imposter syndrome (sometimes referred to as the fraud syndrome)? It is the feeling one gets in certain situations when that little voice inside your head starts going on about how you don’t belong, that you are not qualified, that someone will find out that you are here and, boy, will you be in trouble. It happens most often in situations outside of your comfort zone, when you are trying something new. It happened to me this week as I stood in front of a classroom of university students about to give my first presentation in Leadership. Well, actually, it started a few hours before that as I was leaving home to drive to the university! But then I stopped myself and remembered what I have said to many of my clients: there is a reason you are here; someone thought you are the right person for this role. So do your best and be who you are. You know your stuff — be confident in that. Yes, it did go well and no one tapped me on the shoulder and asked what I was doing there.
So, be ready to step up and be uncomfortable at times because those are the opportunities for real growth. Be ready to open that door when it knocks. There is reason for you to be doing what you are doing and it will become clear as you go along. I can say this with confidence, because as I look back over the past two and half years, I’ve experienced it myself.
John Whitehead, coaches’ individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence and resiliency.
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