Thinking About A Life Coach Career? Perfection Not Required! (Guest Post By Coach Terena)
Thinking About A Life Coach Career? Perfection Not Required!
Meditation? Check! Exercise? Check! Healthy eating? Check! Check, check, check. When you step on the path to self-awareness and improvement and decide to work towards a life coaching career it´s easy to forget that you are still human. You get on this path where you realize that you have the power to transform your life, that even if you can´t control every single thing that happens, you can choose how you react to whatever life throws your way. You feel invincible, and that’s a good thing. Except that sometimes you demand too much of yourself. Or at least I do.
We Don’t Have To Be Perfect – There´s No Such Thing!
I took a major detour this week. I failed to see the people around me with love, I judged and got frustrated and irritated. This unfolded slowly before my eyes in slow motion just like when you have a fall. You know you are falling but it feels like there is nothing you can do to stop it. I literally felt the moment my body´s energy just dropped to the floor and all this time I was watching, almost as if I was detached from my body. I let go of all the things I have been working on, all the things I have come to believe in and just got down. Fell down is more like it.
I felt like an awful coach. No, I felt like I shouldn’t be pursuing a life coach career. How could I, if I was choosing fear over love in the way I was thinking and approaching people? How could I still have a career as a coach if I momentarily gave up on myself? If it was so easy to let go of so many months of work? These thoughts added to the already existing frustration and manifested in me being physically ill at a time when I have a few days left of my vacation and I really don’t want to be in bed with a fever.
Even If You Want A Life Coach Career You Are Still Allowed Your Moments!
As I sat alone in my solo pity-party reading this week´s material for Mentor Masterclass, it dawned on me. What would I tell a client? Would I tell her to throw in the towel? Would I tell her that in order to serve other people, she has to be perfect and never ever slip up, never have a low moment? Absolutely not. And in that subtle shift in perception, which came precisely because of all the work I´ve done as part of the process of having a life coaching career, I found relief. I saw things clearly. Past the tissues and the mess and the awfulness of having spent my last days on holiday in bed, I understood that it´s OK. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to strive to be the best I can be, and love myself anyway when I forget to do this. We are so hard on ourselves that we add a few layers of stress to anything that happens to us. I would love for you to also feel some relief, so why don’t you share with me in the comments below what you are being too hard on yourself with right now?
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