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What Happens Before? The Bit Before The Steps To Becoming A Life Coach (A Guest Post By Coach Terena Barajas)

October 29th, 2013 | no comments

 

I was looking up all the amazing new mentors that are going to be part of Mentor Masterclass in the new year and I got as far as Jacob Sokol’s page when it hit me…If you are thinking about the steps to becoming a life coach you are probably wondering about the process leading up to it..the personal process.

I was always obsessed with this side of things. I studied feminism at University and I spent hours researching how it all translated to everyday life. I actually wrote my thesis on it. And it is still the one thing I am always the most curious about.

So thanks to Jacob Sokol, I would like to honor the year that changed everything for me and share with you what I did differently before I even started taking the steps to becoming a Life Coach. Before I even knew that this what I wanted to do. Here goes..

I Decided I Could Be Happy
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I decided I could be happy!

Literally. One day I decided that the pain of staying in my situation, in that job that I could do well but that was sucking the life out of me, was far greater than any temporary pain I would have to go through in just trying to be happy.

I Upset A Few People Becoming A Life Coach

I quit my prestigious job. For no “good” reason. I made people feel that they too could have a happier life and well, needless to say, not everyone was pleased about this. Some people would rather be right than happy.

I Decided That What People Thought Couldn’t Stop Me

And timing was everything for this. I could not have done it 2 years before. People’s opinions and doubts and fears would have crushed me. But not anymore. I was sure I wanted to try. I was sure I wanted to see for myself if there wasn’t anything better out there.

I Accepted The Unknown

I had always felt pulled to Los Angeles, even though I had never been there. So I booked my ticket and decided to go for 6 months. A week after I did this some long-lost relatives show up, practically at my door-step, offering me a place to stay there. It changed my life and it’s where I figured out I wanted to be a Life Coach.

I Said “Yes” A Lot

Because you can’t really be a foreigner in a place and say NO. It was scary, exhilarating and exhausting, but I don’t regret a minute of it.

I Did A Lot Of Thinking

Seriously. I think my relatives in LA must have been concerned at times that I was doing nothing. I pottered about in between odd jobs. I meditated. I read. And mostly I thought. About life, about what I wanted, about how I wanted to feel. I looked in on myself.

I Listened

I paid attention. To little signs, to big signs, I was soaking it all up. And I know that this was key because that’s how I figured out I wanted to be a coach. I was listening.

I Found My Calling

On the last day of the year, when I was about to throw in the towel, declare myself a failure on this quest to figure out what to do with my life, I heard something and I found it. 2012 was the most transformative, painful, pleasurable year of my life.

I hope I get many more like that.

Where are you on this road to turning things around? Are you on it? Are you thinking about it? I would love to know in the comments below!

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