Life is a series of turning points and transitions.
Here are a few of mine:
Staying in Japan
In 2005 I graduated from university and moved to Japan. I figured I’d stay for a year – maybe two, if I loved it. There was no master plan for my career but I imagined myself going to grad school, eventually doing the NYTimes crossword puzzle while riding a commuter train. Then the time came to return to the US and I decided to find a job in Tokyo instead. This was a big decision for me, the first time I’d made a pivot.
Over the years, I’ve learned that uncertainty is opportunity. Life is full of decisions and transitions. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or second-guess yourself. And without clarity about what’s important to you or where you want to go, those moments can feel scary – but they are also your best chances for growth. Sometimes getting to the life you want means making a change; stepping into the unknown.
Becoming a Coach
I came to coaching before I had a coach of my own. Many of the coaches I know got inspired by the life-changing experience of working with a great coach. For me, it was more about curiosity and a desire to learn something that would make be better at my job.
At work, it felt like every article I read was talking about the positive impact that coaching has on leadership development. I bought books and attended webinar, but it wasn’t until I decided to take a blind leap and sign up for professional coach training that things clicked into place. I realized that coaching shouldn’t be limited to executives; it can be helpful to anyone with a goal or desire to make meaningful change in their life.
There are many points in my life where I could have benefited from working with a coach; changing jobs, taking maternity leave, deciding where to live, making habit changes, or getting back on my feet when life had knocked me off-balance. Family and friends can be helpful, but sometimes it’s the objective support of a professional that moves us into action.
Coaching is a partnership that helps you get out of your own way and reach your goals.
I’d love to be that partner for you.