Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it – Buddha
I didn't discover my life's work as a professional coach easily or overnight; if anything, coaching as a profession found me.
Ten years ago, I'd thought I'd found my calling as a supervisor of public health education programs.
What I loved about supervising – and was really good at – was clearing the path so that my staff could best use their own gifts and talents. And, I loved watching that happen, knowing I was assisting in their learning and growth.
Then, in 2000, I heard about this thing called "coaching": it sounded kind of cool. So I did an informational interview with the sister of a friend of mine, who was one of the first certified coaches in my state. As she talked about what she did and who she worked with, I thought: That's it! That's the name of what I'm already doing!
And then, I got scared. In fact, so scared that I put off getting professionally trained as a coach. For four years.
I was too busy, I couldn't make the time in my schedule, I had too many other things and people to attend to.
Of course, I eventually did take the training – during one of the craziest, most complex times of my life. So much for excuses. And I haven't looked back since.
I've found my life's work. And, while I give my heart to it, the biggest gift is that my work also gives back to me in ways I never thought work could do.
What's your work?
How do you give your heart to it?