Life in the Catalyst Intensive, Week 2: Embrace
I have a deeply reinforced belief that the events in our lives occur for very specific reasons, as long as we are open to embracing them, and this course has proven to be no different.
Having a Master’s degree in mental health counseling, and years of experience in the profession, I’ve wavered on the edge of whether or not signing up for the catalyst intensive was a good investment or if I would just be reviewing and relearning what I have already spent thousands of dollars on and years of graduate school in.
That wonder continued to creep through the back of my mind as I logged into Jackie Kibler’s course on Client Centered Coaching and began taking copious notes on skills that I’ve been practicing already in my daily job. Waiting for some new glimmer of knowledge, I opened myself up to the experience, and in the very last moment of the class, there it was! More revealing and impactful than I could have ever anticipated.
Going through our partner activities, getting ready to apply my knowledge in the most studious manner possible, I was presented with the one, seemingly innocent, share that would bring up my own biggest piece of baggage. Baggage that I was sure, up until that moment, I had successfully processed through and neatly packed away, and that it was no longer lingering anywhere around. I immediately felt my heart start pounding and my mind start rushing, and instead of turning in and focusing on my own crap, I embraced the opportunity to stay present and push through the discomfort, to learn something new that I didn’t even know I needed to learn. Not necessarily a new therapeutic or coaching skill, but fundamentally something new about me that needed to be brought to awareness in order to grow and flourish as a coach.
Without being willing to embrace this experience, I would not have had that impactful learning moment. I would have just continued to assume that I know what I need to know. I wouldn’t have grown, I wouldn’t have faced my own stuff, and I wouldn’t have finally come to know that this is the right time, space and course for me right now. I will embrace it and soak in all I can from the Catalyst Intensive, and know that it has crossed my path for a very specific reason! I can’t wait to see what’s next!
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