I went through some challenging times in my young adult life. At the age of 25, I was diagnosed with depression. Then a few years later after investing in psychoanalysis, I was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
I was struggling with my relationships, my health, and my career. I decided that I no longer wanted to continue suffering and committed to transforming myself so I could soon experience a better life.
In the beginning, I thought I could read some self help books and watch a few videos. Then I would see some changes. After a few years I finally realized that I couldn't do it alone. So I invested in therapy and a life coach and it was amazing how quickly I was able to reach my goals.
That was the most enlightening experience I had ever undergone. It wasn't easy, but only after a few months the dynamic of my relationships improved dramatically. Physically and mentally I was feeling better than ever, and I finally knew what I wanted to do with my career.
While before, my relationships seemed to always turn in a toxic direction. Today I'm capable of choosing relationships that are mature, interdependent, and capable of tremendous growth.
Now I have lots more energy not only because I exercise more often and eat better, but also because mentally and spiritually I'm focusing my energy more toward positive mindsets and habits.
My career was once nonexistent because I had no idea how to navigate through my passions and find a way to develop them into a career that I loved.
Had I never hired a coach, I would have never realized that my passion is people. It wasn't until I saw how coaches change people's lives that I realized that was what I wanted to do in life.
After months working with her, my coach recognized how much I enjoy helping others. She told me that I would likely succeed as a coach. For years I thought that someday I could be a teacher of some kind, but I never really felt the pull in that direction. I was more passionate about people and discovering how they overcame their challenges. It was so fascinating to me.
I would often sit and talk with people for hours and listen to their struggles, hoping to help them find solutions. Later they would tell me, "Wow! You're such a good listener. You always make me feel understood." Only, I didn't realize the value in that until my coach told me that it was likely one of my greatest strengths.
Then she told me that if I was interested in becoming a coach, I should read Co-active Coaching. That book inspired me to finally take a leap of faith and begin my coaching career.
Before reading that book, I would always try to "fix things for others". In other words, I would impose my own thoughts and ideas without them ever asking for it, or their permission. I then learned how effective the co-active model was.
After overcoming my own challenges, and experiencing the joy of reaching my goals, I wanted to see others enjoy that same feeling. So I finally enrolled in a personal coach training program and got certified.
Now I get so much fulfillment out of helping my clients. There's nothing like being able to guide people from such difficult circumstances and guiding them to find solutions. The results are priceless.