I became an avid reader. I even got teased by friends because I would have a personal development book in my hand by the pool while they were reading trashy novels. They would ask "Don't you ever read for fun?" "This IS fun" I thought!
I understood the concepts I was reading about and was full of ideas. But it felt like another world - one far far away from the day-to-day life I experienced in the office every day.
I got my first coach and it made all the difference in the world. That's when my career really started coming together for me.
I wanted to be a leader.
I felt like I was playing small.
I got great results for the projects I was in charge of but I still didn’t feel like I had that certain something that inspired people.
How will I ever get people to listen to my ideas? What would make them want to follow my lead?
I invested almost two hundred thousand dollars in seminars, coaching, online classes and personal development. I learned from and was mentored by some of the best coaches and thought leaders on the planet.
While I had learned valuable information, what I needed was INFLUENCE!
I needed to be able to influence people before I could lead them.
Learning more about business and marketing strategies and coming up with new ideas couldn't come at the expense of gaining influence.
I got promotions, raises and awards. But I still had a long way to go before I could be considered a respected leader. AND I was losing some of my passion along the way.
I lived this pattern for YEARS until I realized something important.
It hit me hard.
...And it was the ONLY thing preventing me from becoming the leader I wanted to be.
...But the thought of having "executive presence" sounded...hard.
It looked impossible to make changes at a deep level that would effect how I did things every day.
I felt a sense of urgency to step up because I had had enough of the old me who was still playing small.
Diligently I enhanced my executive presence and leadership skills. I gained tremendous influence and respect in my industry and community.
I got certified as a life coach through the International Coach Academy.
I got certified through the Robbins-Madanes Training Center for Strategic Intervention.
I gained experience coaching clients through the top coaching company in the world.
My vast experience with the world's top coaches, business minds and thought leaders resulted in overwhelming client satisfaction that earned me an award for excellent quality in coaching.