I just finished doing something really scary…
…and I have never felt so alive!
For the past year, I have been in the process of upgrading my coaching credential from Associate to Professional level. It has involved logging hundreds of hours of coaching experience, submitting a detailed application including client and mentor coaching references and completing a three-part exam. The written and recorded coaching exams I completed about nine months ago; they were both doozies.
And this past Friday…
…I finally reached the point in the assessment queue where I was able to take the oral exam.
Friday’s test was a 30-minute phone call with two Master-level coaches, one who served as the client with a real career issue from his life. Both coaches were evaluating me throughout the call. I was required to both demonstrate my ability to coach competently and to show a thorough knowledge of the ethics of my profession.
I gotta tell you, it was pretty intimidating.
I had been anticipating it for weeks, since the call was scheduled a couple months ago. I even completed a mentoring program last year focused on how to pass these exams.
As I sit here letting out a huge sigh of relief, I have not been notified yet about whether or not I passed. It can take up to 30 days to learn the results and then 60 days before receiving any written feedback. That’s a while to wait, and there is a piece of me that is counting all the things I did wrong throughout the process.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I am so happy I did it.
Even though my Inner Critic is going crazy nitpicking potential minor mistakes I made, I’m choosing to focus on anticipating a positive outcome. Before the call I centered myself by putting out positive intention into the universe and sitting quietly, taking big calming breaths while holding my little rock that says “Success” on it.
I feel incredibly vibrant right now as I write to you. I feel like my dog Brady when we’re driving around and he has his head out the window, drinking in the world.
Doing something that scares us, taking imperfect action – which this most certainly was – is so empowering. Taking steps to move in the direction of your dreams is so important, even when it frightens you to do so.
I got to where I am with this credential process by taking one step at a time. I completed actions that were in front of me one by one until ultimately they added up to what feels like a huge accomplishment.
You can do it – you can make the changes you want in your life, just by taking one little step at a time, with what you know about what you want right now. The rest you will discover as you go along.
- What do you most want for your life?
- What scares you about really going for it?
- What is a tiny step you can take today that feels doable and also takes you forward toward your dreams?
To this journey we are all on,
Postscript: Right after I posted this entry, I found out I passed. Yeah!