There was a time when I would have thought that ‘life coach’ was a synonym for wanker, to be utilised by other wankers, doing wanker things. Then it happened that I actually became friends with two life coaches. So awkward. And I had to entertain the idea that I was in fact a bit of an ass for being so closed minded. Luckily I’m flexible.
I think that the closed-mindedness was more pig-headedness because there’s nothing that hard work isn’t the cure for, right? You don’t need help you just need to suck it up and get more stuff done. And that kind of worked until I got really stuck. And no matter how many different ways I looked at the situation I couldn’t see what the solution was. Even more than that, I couldn’t see what the problem was. I had this vague feeling that I was forever skirting around what the real issue was but never actually finding it. It was pretty frustrating.
I talked to Lee from Brightside Coaching for the better part of two hours today. In fairness, I talked a whole lot more than she did. But how often do you get to talk about that issue that you can’t quite put your finger on, without fear of boring someone senseless within the first 30 minutes? Or 5. They could be bored within 5 minutes.
I thought that the problem was that I had no time to write at The Shake, because I am building a business and training for a marathon and I have two smallish children. But that really wasn’t the problem. The problem ran so much deeper than that. And once I knew what the problem was, all of a sudden it was so clear to me why I hadn’t been able to come up with a solution – because I was trying to fix the wrong thing.
The moral of the story? Life Coaches – not wankers. I walked away with clarity, vision and inspiration. Luckily life coaches even help pig-headed asses.