I have always believed that if you work hard enough, what you are working for will happen. I made a lot of things happen with that belief. I was not a natural student, I studied hard, moved my grades up in high school so I could go to university, graduating with my B. A. in History from the University of Manitoba. In my professional career I chose the field of human resources and went back to school.
"Helping people navigate the complex systems that make up organizations really spoke to me."
I enjoyed my work, but here my belief failed me. I ran into the reality that companies would let me work as hard as I wanted; 50, 60, 80-hour weeks for as long as I could do it. I had the opportunity to help some amazing people, and support some incredible organizations, but none of it made a lasting difference. The organizations I worked for would evolve, or fail, and I would be out of a job. Along the way an all-consuming focus on work and career meant my health suffered;
"...a chronic disease I had been managing since my late teens started calling the shots".
By the time I was in my thirties I was left with a body that couldn’t work as hard as I needed it to, a career that only intermittently supported our growing family, and enough useless shares in defunct high-tech start-ups to wall-paper a room. Call it my “dark night of the soul”, but something had to give. This is where I tell you I turned it around. I did, but it took me years, and a Masters-level coaching designation, to get there.
"I was so invested in my belief about working hard that I didn’t see the truth, and even when I did see it, I didn’t have the tools to change."
So here is my truth; until I learned to value myself in my work, I couldn’t have the impact I was killing myself to achieve. I was working hard to mask my deficiencies based on another belief; I was not good enough. A belief re-confirmed with every piece of “constructive” feedback I received. Here is the really painful part - it wasn’t the organizations doing this to me, I did it to myself. Don’t get me wrong, organizations are not saints, and many exploited my work ethic; but they did so without knowing I was making decisions based on fear and not on choice; my mask looked like confidence. Nothing changed until I learned to love and value myself, and my work.
"When that changed, everything I had worked so hard to have (a meaningful, purposeful, healthy, fulfilling life) found me."
You will have different beliefs; but if like me you’ve hit a wall, and don’t know how to get to a place where you quit hitting that same damn wall, stop. Deep breath. This is expressly what the coaching process was designed for, purpose built for one thing, and it does it very effectively. To help you build for yourself the tools you need to change, so you overcome whatever may be holding you back from living your one beautiful and precious life with meaning, purpose and well-being. I am an Integral Master Coach and I believe our work is the deepest expression of what we are meant to do in our lives.
"Clients learn how to own their potential, their power and their confidence experiencing greater well-being in all that they do, both at work and at home."
As a result of working with me as their Career Coach, my clients more deeply connect with their calling through clarity and purpose, investing their one beautiful and precious life in work and organizations that are meaningful to them. I am looking to work with individuals who would like to more deeply connect to their career, realizing the fullest expression of their potential and what they are meant to do. Who do you know that would benefit from working with me?