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by Sharon Smith

Lessons from the journey: How I got from there to here! – Part 2


“When you see change

as the only constant there really is,

you start to recognise it as an

expression of ongoing life

that’s a welcome clue

to your own purpose and meaning.”

Wayne Dyer

I have experienced the power of coaching in my own life and career and I am delighted to be contributing to this month’s issue of Insight magazine celebrating coaching and to have been invited to present at International Coaching Week.

In this series I am sharing lessons I have learnt and which are contained in my forthcoming book Breaks with Purpose. I hope you in turn will be inspired to take action to discover your passions and explore possibilities in order to have a better work life balance and a life and career you love. You can find Part 1 in the April Issue of Insight.

You have to decide first

“Once you make a decision,

the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I spent years thinking about a change of career. I came up with some interesting ideas but none of the options seemed realistic. I researched and analysed but soon was paralysed into doing nothing. And it was only after I discovered the secret of the Passion Test and I finally made a decision and took action, that I was able to move forward.

Lesson: To make changes in your life, first make

a decision and commit to change.

It takes only one step

“A journey of a thousand miles

begins with a single step”

Lao Tzu

Taking the first step is the most difficult. And because we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect or are not willing to fail, we often prefer to stay where we are rather than risk things not working out.

Lesson: The first step does not have to be the final step but just get started. You can course correct later but only if you are moving!

Ready to explore possibilities?

“If you believe it will work out,

you’ll see opportunities.

If you believe it won’t,

you will see obstacles.”

Wayne Dyer

Change can be scary and fear of the unknown can keep us stuck where we are. And often only if the situation or circumstance becomes intolerable or if change is thrust upon us, only then do we accept (reluctantly) that something has to change.

Lesson: The more open and willing you are to explore possibilities the more choices you will have and the more opportunities will be presented.

Closing thought

The theme for this month’s issue of Insight is “celebrating coaching”. There are many definitions

definitions for what coaching is all about. The dictionary definition of coaching is: “a method

of directing, instructing and training a person or group of people, with the aim to achieve

some goal or develop specific skills”.