Be Bold For Change
If you'd asked me a couple of years ago what I'd be doing now, I wouldn't have believed it. I've always had a fairly cautious approach to my career, which has been shaped a lot by being the main earner for the past 20 years, since my husband Alan was medically retired due to MS.
I was enjoying my job as a change manager in the corporate world, loving the projects and the people I worked with. But it was becoming too much. Despite fantastic support from my managers to work more flexibly and drop a few hours a week, I didn't feel able to sustain the hours and the level of responsibility to work to a level I was satisfied with (and used to). That was hard for me to admit, because I've always been a bit of a perfectionist, conscientious and going the extra mile.
I always knew I'd have to give up my job at some point, to be at home more as Alan's health got worse. That time came sooner than I thought. And it has become even more important to us to have quality time together, making memories and enjoying our kids growing up.
After pondering on my options for a couple of years - far too long, I now realise - I decided I needed to make a bigger change and find another type of work, closer to home. It would mean financial sacrifice but it had got to the stage where I didn't really have a choice.
Could I set up my own coaching business and get a part-time job to keep us going as I built up my client base?
Becoming a professional coach used to be my 'plan B', for a time when I needed to be at home more to care for Alan, as his disease is degenerative and getting worse more rapidly than before. I didn't believe I could make it happen...yet.
A health scare of my own a couple of years ago brought things into perspective. I realised that there was another braver choice, a leap of faith, and that now was the time to make it. If I didn't do it now, I may not have the choice later.
When I let go of my doubts and fears and trusted that I would find a way, the strangest thing happened. Doors started to open. There was a restructure at work, which led to the opportunity for redundancy. I even had my first corporate client just as I entered the world of self-employment. . I began to notice that the more I took small steps forward the more opportunities came up.
Now, 18 months on, I have a much better balance in life, I am seeing more of my kids and my husband, I'm getting more sleep, and I am thriving in business too. It has not been easy, and I have invested a lot in my personal and professional development, and it has been so worth it.
So I'm wondering... could this be your time.... the year that you look back on as the turning point in your life.... time to set a new course, take a few steps forward and see what happens?
I am offering 3 women the opportunity for a complimentary 1:1 to explore what might be possible, if you're ready to Be Bold For Change. I wonder what could happen if you are bold enough to step forward and see what's on the other side?
And if you would like to explore in a group for inspiration and motivation, I run regular events across Central Scotland, with NLP Practitioner Training coming up next. Options are available for a 2- or 3-day Introduction.
Also look out for online events and tasters, all of which are available in-house and are ideal for diversity networks, coach development, team and leadership development.
This post is in celebration of International Women's Day 2017, and special thanks go out to all the women and men who have supported and inspired me along the way.
If you knew than what you know now