Have ever you thought about investing in your development, but then thought “oh, that’s a lot of money, I’m not sure”?
It's common sense to consider this. But when you focus mainly on the cost – a number which, when you think about it, is a moment-in-time transaction through the bank – you may be missing out on a world of possibilities.
It’s often one of the first questions I’m asked when someone is considering working with me. When asking about coaching, in particular if someone is funding it themselves, one of the first questions tends to be “how much is it?”
Here are some things to think about, beyond the price tag.
Your time is a valuable resource. Personally, I value time more than money in my overall quality of life. When we frame it as ‘investing’ time instead of ‘spending’ time, it has a much greater sense of conscious choice and accountability. If you and I are both going to invest our time, let’s make it count.
Consider the realistic commitment that’s likely to be needed. If you are really, truly ready to make deep and lasting change, one session is not likely to do it justice. I don’t start working with clients now unless they’re signing up for at least 3-6 sessions.
This is a development opportunity that will pay off over the long-term as well as the immediate future, and it’s also crucial that you put in the work between sessions. This could be small, creative projects or specific actions, which will come from the things you’re most drawn to work on in the sessions. It could simply be practising a new way of being that is more in alignment with how you want your life to be.
How willing are you to apply and act on the learning that emerges? If you don’t feel ready, or you have a lot going on in your life, it may not be the time to do it. Guaranteed if the spark has already been lit, it will keep coming back to let you know when you are! And I can help you to understand where you are now, if that helps.
Choose someone you really want to work with. You’ll know when you have that feeling of trust and rapport, and you can find out a lot by talking to a coach. Often it’s based on gut-feel. Most coaches will offer a complimentary chat before embarking on any paid sessions – I do.
Be fully present. It’s important to show up to the sessions open to exploring and learning at levels of depth you may not have experienced before. Sharing your vulnerability takes courage and I guarantee any inspirational role model you can think of has steered into difficult stuff at some point. It's a fundamental ingredient of building resilience.
Give yourself permission to explore and make choices that are right for you. Often people (women, especially) will hold back or resist stepping forward into the brightest of opportunities, reluctant to prioritise their needs because they're so focused on their family, their partner, and the responsibilities of day-to-day life. Which brings me to the next point...
The ripple effect – When you invest in yourself, others benefit too. They will experience you differently. In my experience the ripple effect is far and wide, and the gifts from this show up unexpectedly in many different ways. For example, as well as being well-rounded professionally by investing in a range of qualifications, I have discovered incredible things about my kids and been able to support friends by using the skills which are transferable to all aspects of life.
I continue to invest in myself to bring benefits to all my clients, and to everyone in my life. I’ve invested a significant amount of savings over the past few years, with my family's support and blessing, and will continue to do so. Learning is a life-long commitment and passion. I have done my research and invested in high-quality training, coaching, and development programmes with people who inspire me and challenge me with great love and appreciation to bring out the best in myself and others, and who are aligned with my beliefs and values about what we can each contribute to the world.
Investing in my development means I am now well equipped to work with a broad range of clients, for example running NLP training programmes, Executive Coaching for people at director and senior manager level, workplace coaching and training including leadership development, and self-funded personal/life coaching. I’m also a meditation teacher, and my goodness I am finding that this is much needed at the moment! It's a regular feature of group sessions and one-to-ones, for example settling people into the room after dashing in from a busy day.
The world we live in today needs us all to step up and step forward, and there is a growing movement for positive change and healing which I feel privileged to be part of.
To be able to live a life of purpose, following what I feel called to do and being able to hold space for others to do the same is priceless.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi
What could be the value for you - and others - if you invest in yourself?
I'm here when you're ready.