Go in the Direction of Yes
I’ve received an outpouring of support and positive feedback about taking a leap from corporate to coaching and entrepreneurship. Thank you for all of the wonderful words of encouragement and for your confidence in me. Many of you have asked how I knew the timing was right. It was a convergence of the practical steps I was taking to build my business and the trajectory and energy towards coaching I was feeling.
Have you ever found yourself pushing against something that wasn’t working? And despite a deep knowing that it isn’t working, continuing to try? That’s how I felt about exploring a role change within my organization from HR to coaching. And while having tenacity and persistence are admirable and necessary qualities in many circumstances, there are other situations where pushing is simply not working or not worth it. It’s like trying to push a boulder uphill with a broom.
Being pulled towards my own full-time coaching business was gentle and easy, and even obvious. Pushing to create an internal coaching role and figuring out how to find time to coach within my organization was hard. It took some time for me to build that awareness because I was focused on pushing. I began to listen more to what felt like the simplest and right path as I was literally learning to go with the flow.
I got curious about why I continued pushing and noticed pushing can happen when I think I’m “right”, which I know for me can also come with judgement and a strong desire to get others on board, not the most positive platform or me as my best self. I finally asked myself: why not give into the feeling of being pulled and stop wasting energy on pushing? What I was thinking of as perseverance was really stubbornness, rigidity, and the inability to accept the word No. Something shifted for me. It became crystal clear that I needed to fully give into being pulled and to stop pushing!
Making that decision was huge. It feels so right, and I am so energized about this next chapter in my career. I have some exciting projects and partnerships in the works. I love discussing the benefits of coaching with others and would welcome the opportunity to connect with others in your network. Will you introduce me to someone who could use some support through coaching?