I had been enjoying a successful six-figure coach practice from my home office for around 10 years working with my own clients. At that time, I also had the opportunity to coach CEOs and executives internationally as a Results Coach for the Tony Robbins Company and had received my MCC master certified coach credential through the ICF. I had first been introduced to NLP while studying and working with Tony Robbins and was curious to learn more about combining neurolinguistic programming with my coaching skill set in order to assist clients in making more breakthroughs in their lives. One of the many things I love about the coaching profession is that you can make many changes within the same profession and keep redefining what you are doing and how you are doing it. It fits well with my personality and my continual need to learn, stretch, and grow.
When I chose to do the NLP training, I was also going through a major life transition on a personal level, a divorce that was shifting and changing my life both personally and professionally. The NLP training not only added to my coaching skill set, it also empowered me through this major life transition and allowed me to heal and learn. At the same time I was creating a new identity for the next stage of my life.
Taking on the Opportunity
It came as a complete surprise when directors of the NLP Institute of California, Tim and Kris Hallbom, took me out to dinner and offered me the opportunity to become a coach trainer for the NLP coach program. Like I said, my personal life was in complete transition at the time. I wasn’t even thinking about the next step in my career path.
So my first reaction was, “You want me to do what right now?” I was excited and felt honored and not really even sure if I could take it on at that point.
And yet, as I listened to Kris and Tim and thought about it, I saw how this was a wonderful opening and opportunity to grow and stretch myself to the next level. The thought of teaching people what I had learned myself in the last 10 years, as I had built my own practice excited and inspired me. I saw it as an opportunity to now open another pathway to share what I had learned in a different way.
The Key to Stretching into Your New Life
I kept thinking about the potential, about stretching myself and growing myself in a new way. I was curious about it. And I still remember when they invited me to go teach in Mexico and China, more doorways opening. When I began training, the NLP coach program in the U.S., China or Mexico weren’t even in my picture. Now I’ve been to China and Mexico several times to train coaches, and those countries are a big part of our international program at ACN. It has been such a wonderful experience to share coaching across cultures and see it and hear about it impacting people’s personal and professional lives across the globe.
When Kris and Tim approached me with this great opportunity, I wasn’t sure at first, but I took the leap—my curiosity won out over the fear. And that’s how it is when you’re at that point of being offered a new opportunity or transition—you can put it on hold, even turn it down, or you can go with your curiosity and just say, YES!