T R A N S I T I O N - Are you transitioning? ‘Transitioning’ can be a period in your life where you can see and touch something changing - you could be transitioning into a new job, or career path, a different stage of life, transitioning in and out of relationships, or welcoming new ones. But what about the transitions that aren’t instantly obvious? The transitions that we are continually going through but often outside the view of others. The ones in our hearts and minds?
People approach me for coaching and sometimes don’t know why they want coaching or what they want to address. They simply know there is something they want to do, explore or uncover. This was exactly what led me to find my own coach many years ago. I felt ‘successful’. I had a great job with a company which aligned with my own values, amazing friendships and supportive family. I worked out, I had lots of time for myself, I was healthy and couldn’t see anything glaringly wrong with my life. I just knew something didn’t feel quite right. I didn’t know what that meant so buried my head in the sand for a long time - believing that this was a phase that would pass. It didn’t.
"The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place." Barbara De Angelis
I started working with an inspirational coach who I had chemistry with from our first interaction. I didn’t really understand what coaching was or what it was meant to give me, but I trusted her and I trusted the process. At this point I simply needed to do something to move forward. During our first session together I openly explored my jumbled thoughts and mixed up wants and ‘shoulds’. One of the first exercises we carried out was to help me identify my values. Prior to this, I had never identified as someone who had ‘values’. It all sounded a bit deep. But this was transformational for me. It started me down a path of inner understanding. I didn’t know it at the time, but part of me was transitioning into self-discovery and into knowing a deeper version of myself.
This is what I love about coaching - you don't always know what you're going to get, but it is always deeper knowledge and self-awareness. Working with clients in this way is hugely rewarding especially when you can see all of this happening in front of you.
Gemma Brown is a certified coach who works with successful women, 1-2-1 and in groups, to identify their strengths and build confidence which enables them to have the self-belief to fearlessly bring their whole being into all areas of life. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.