I'M NOT HERE TO STAND STILL.
This week is, in a small way, has been a sad week for me. I've been working with a truly wonderful woman for the past 6 months and as you've seen from all the changes going on around here, she has helped me immensely.
Today I want to write about what the past 6 months have been like working alongside my coach. If I had to use very few words (ok, it is way more than a few - bad habit of mine!) to explain what this special woman has done is, I would say "She has shone the light on my uncertainty, showed me that it was not real, held me to the reflection of my true self and for the first time I can say with conviction and complete passion (in the way that I do), I trust and I believe in myself fully and completely". Whoa, and hell YEAH!
I was pretty hush hush when I decided to work with a coach. That's not to say I was embarrassed or ashamed that I felt that I needed help, but because explanations over making such a decision can breed doubt and I didn't want any opinions to cloud my choice (because sometimes we are prone to that happening when we are on the precipice of personal change). As an Empath, I'm highly sensitive to the emotions of others so I didn't want to 'absorb' anything that would hinder me finding my own true path. I had full support from my loved ones who knew I was going to work with a coach. I gave myself permission. Not a gift or something to 'spoil' me with, but something that has been integral to supporting my entire journey spiritually and professionally for 6 months. Six months of coaching has been invaluable to me and has been more supportive, healing and helpful than any psychotherapy I've received.
Psychotherapy is an important therapy to have access to, and I would recommend you consider talking to a medical or healthcare professional before making any decisions about the type of care you require. For more information about the difference between psychotherapy and life coaching and why you would choose one over the other, please read Chantal's post.
In case you are wondering, I have had 5 sessions with psychologists, 2 through my employers confidential program on 2 separate occasions when I just needed to talk it out and the other 3 were with a psychologist who I personally chose. I obtained a referral from my GP when I was truly ready and sick of feeling like crap with no idea of how I was going to pick myself up. Off on another tangent here: The act of going to the GP to ask for a referral was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do (I'd only seen this GP 3 times before). In the past I never asked for help. Ever. It took me a very long time to feel semi ok with the big ask! Once I did, the baggage felt lighter and I realised that it takes real strength and no fear of being vulnerable to do something which is imperative to your wellbeing. I only saw the psychologist for 3 sessions because I felt that she couldn't help me with the deep inner work that I sensed was necessary. In all honesty, I was done talking to someone who nodded and looked all sympathetic at me. I wanted some support where real change could be effected and someone who would actually 'get' me. I don't know about you, but I feel the medical profession lacks a certain something.
During the 6 months with my coach I had no expectations or timetable of what topics I wanted to cover, every session I was open and wanting to simply "go with the flow" and listen to what my body wanted to work on. My coach was Susana Frioni, Deep Living Coach. Every session left me feeling open, full, ready to face the world, brave and fucking fierce.
And that my friends, is the reason why hiring a coach could be the best decision you ever make! As Chantal states in her post, "I think if people can make an informed choice – it's all about moving forward. And that's what living a life is all about. Just keep moving forward." I didn't want to be stuck talking about my past stuff with no solutions, what I wanted was to move forward. I'm not here to stand still, or hold myself back either.
My holy smokes realisation as the 6 months with Susana came to an end was: I invested in myself for a solid 6 months. I did that for myself and for everyone I love. I want to be the best person I can be and live to my fullest potential, and that meant being gentle and patient with myself. I was never gentle or patient with myself before that. To just say that working with Susana was transformative would not do her justice. So I'm going to get personal here and share with you what has changed for me and the notes I wrote as I reflected back on what was a massive 6 months.
My Super Long List of How Coaching Has Helped Me
Heart full & eyes wide open to possibility, thank you Susana!!
I hope what I've shared helps you, and please feel free to contact me or comment on this post if you have any questions.
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