I thought it would be worth sharing a little bit about transformational change in my life. I hope that by sharing my story it will encourage you to take courage to make transformational change in your life.
I joined the BBC at the tender age of 18 as a trainee engineer and spent 3 years training in the worlds best broadcast training academy. It was exciting being part of such an excellent organisation and the possibilities seemed endless.
I always said to myself I would stay at the BBC for 5 years and then I would find something a little closer to home. I lived in Brighton and found myself commuting to London every day.
That 5 years ended up being 25 years! I enjoyed working with the best of the best but the travelling was really no fun anymore and I was not getting much free time with my family. So when the organisation restructured and my post closed I found myself in a position of either applying for a job that I didn’t really want or taking redundancy. So I opted for redundancy. But I had no idea about what I could do.
At that time I felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff about to jump off into the unknown. Like a baby bird about to try to fly for the first time. I had no idea if I was going to jump off the BBC cliff and fall like a stone or soar like an eagle!
The BBC offered me a coach to work with and I set about examining my life and my possibilities and what I wanted to do. At that point I honestly had no idea of what I might end up doing or where it might lead me.
However as I had spent years managing people and helping them with their development and issues, I knew I had a strong value around working with others and helping them be the best they could be. However working with my coach, it became apparent to me the power of coaching and what it was helping me to discover about myself. My coach helped me to realise that what I found most rewarding was helping others achieve great things.
But I was an engineer, project manager, technical type. I wasn’t a coach. But now I wanted to be one! After 25 years of working in a large organisation I realised I wanted to be a personal coach and work with individuals. I wanted to help people make changes in their life. I wanted to help people get some balance into their life, find some fulfilment, take control of their life, choose the life they wanted.
So how to go from being a BBC manager to a life coach? That was the challenge. I set about doing my homework. I visited a number of training academies. I went on sample training courses. I talked to as many people as I could about it. I used my network and spoke to coaches, people who had been coached, trainers, anybody that might have an interest. I weighed up the information I had and eventually signed up with the Coaches Training Institute for their training programme. It was eye-wateringly expensive but I knew I had to do it. I had experienced the power of coaching first hand and wanted to share that with others. I had to invest in myself and put my money where my mouth is.
I never would have thought I would have ended up coaching. I was always too busy doing stuff to allow myself the time to develop in that way. But with the right nudge and then working with a coach myself I discovered a line of work that I find so fulfilling, so rewarding and motivating that I can’t wait to meet my coachees for their next session.
My life is so different now. I work from home, see my family daily, meet new people all the time and have much more energy now I am no longer commuting.
So just as my coach helped me, maybe I can help you?