Friday, May 5, 2017
Day 6 and I’m still writing faithfully. Until this week everyday interactions that were worthy of my attention and thought sped fleetingly by un-captured. Now, my renewed commitment to be true to myself and write has caused me to notice, ponder and slow down long enough to put these special windows in time down in words. To frame them for future viewing. The Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has made me more mindful and intentional about preserving them.
My purpose in life is to use my unique strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to live their best personal and professional lives. As the director of a life coaching program, I have the privilege of leading an amazing team of staff and volunteer Life Coaches. And I’m a Coach myself. For most of us, learning things we can apply in our own lives is something that happens organically as a result of our work.
Our agency supports at-risk individuals to help them step up to their highest potential. The clients served through our holistic approach, which includes education and care, undergo a transformational change to achieve sustainable success. One of the qualifications for becoming a Life Coach is to have overcome some of the personal barriers our clients face.
Orienting, training, providing ongoing professional development, and encouragement to all of the Coaches is one of the joys of my job. Especially with the Pink Collar Coaches. Often, these professional relationships provide glimpses into one another’s personal lives. I’m careful not to cross boundaries, however, because I strive to be a transformational leader who shows individual consideration to my team, they know I care about them beyond their role. People have to know that you care before they care what you know…
Because one of my Coaches knows I care, she came to me today and shared a personal and professional barrier she hasn’t with anyone. What an honor! Apparently I’ve been transparent enough to be seen as genuine and relate-able and to have built a solid relationship with her. She felt safe. On that firm foundation, I was able to model all of the things I’ve trained her to do when coaching – establish psychological safety, ask significant, open-ended questions, listen actively, and then partner with her to determine her goals and action steps based on the resources I shared to address and hopefully remove the barrier. I was stoked because coaching is another aspect of transformational leadership!
As we wrapped up our conversation, the Coach thanked me and commented that she felt as if her being at Life Learning Center was for a reason. Though not a faith-based organization, we are holistic and provide education and care support around the spiritual domain, so I agreed and told her I believed the Lord placed her at LLC and in my life. Then, for the second time this week I spontaneously shared my purpose statement about coaching, encouraging, and inspiring women to live their best personal and professional lives. I also assured her I would be praying for her and she was receptive and appreciative.
Before beginning the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, though impactful, I probably wouldn’t still be thinking about the interaction this evening. And it’s likely I would have prayed for her right then but not again until I saw her next. As a result of blogging about this impromptu coaching session, I’m more mindful of how my purpose enabled me to live my best personal and professional life today. Furthermore, blogging about it will help me to be intentional and purposeful about praying for my Pink Collar sister so she can begin to live her best life too.