My gorgeous – online – half way round the world – friend, Erin from Remade By Hand and I are on the same page. We’re at the same point in our websites and starting our businesses. She’s a great person to sound off to because she just gets it. So when she had the chance to gift some coaching, she thought of me. Isn’t she sweet? And so, out of the blue, I was gifted a half hour session with a coach – Madeleine Shaw from TheRealBrilliance.com.
I said yes. Because it was gifted to me by Erin. And because you never know where a breakthrough is going to come from. On this adventure, I’ve found one idea or one sentence just sticks with you. And it comes back again and again, just when you need it. As I said yes, I was hoping something from our session would do the same.
I sent Madeleine answers to a questionnaire before our Skype session so she would know where I needed direction. Basically – I was feeling stuck. Like everything was a push and a fight to make even a tiny step forward. And that trying a thousand different things and fitting it all in around a full time day job felt like a horrible struggle, not the magnificent adventure I know it can be.
Here’s what Madeleine gave me. In just half an hour.
- Some tough cookie questions that had me thinking and seeing things from a whole new angle. “What If’s” worded in a good way. Yes, “What If’s” can be good.
- Some visualizations as a ‘different’ way of looking at things. Which may, or may not, have involved a magic wand being wielded like a light sabre. Oh year, I channeled my inner Luke Skywalker.
I’m not normally a visualization kinda person – I’m a daydreamer for sure. But sometimes visualization can be a bit hippy dippy and vague. Not this kinda visualization. This one was had me thinking and seeing things in a whole new way. It wasn’t hippy dippy. It was a power boost. A clarity inducer. An “I’ve got my superhero cape on” kind of visualization.
What happened after?
Somehow, in just half an hour, she had me grinning from ear to ear like a Cheshire cat. I was glowing. I even skipped out into the lounge room once the call was finished. Oh yeah. I skipped. I skipped like a grade 5-er on their way to art class on a Friday afternoon on a warm summer afternoon. That kind of skipping.
Yes, I got that one thing I was hoping for. I know I’ll pull it out of my Mary Poppins bag of tricks when I need it. Because on this adventure, you need a bag of tricks to go to. When things don’t go to plan. When you don’t know what to do next. When things take a sharp left hand turn. You have one, don’t you?
I’ve raved about business coaching before (here, here and here). It’s been a while since I did it and I forgot how good it can be. How deliciously beautiful and magical it can be. How it brings a shower of ideas and new directions. I may not have had much luck working with designers, but business coaching has been a blessing every single time. If you are feeling stuck or lost, I cannot say enough good things about it. Seriously.
You never know. You may just end up waving a magic wand like a light sabre.
You know, in a good way.
PS: Did you notice I’m on a fairytale theme this week? Cheshire cats from Alice in Wonderland. Mary Poppins carpet bags. Not sure what that’s about. Too many episodes of Grimm, perhaps? Is it possible to watch too many episodes of Grimm. Pretty sure the answer is no.