In January 2021 I stumbled upon a group coaching opportunity with Annika Räim. As I had more questions in my mind than answers at that point, I decided to give it a go and make myself a different kind of birthday present.
Starting the 2-month journey, I set myself 3 goals. By the end of April, I wanted to:
Have clarity about the next steps in my career and feel excited about the future. I had already found the right direction, but not necessarily the right path.
Be honest with myself. I wanted to get out of my head and have someone external challenge me with questions I did not dare to ask myself.
Be inspired by the challenges and goals of the 4 ladies who joined group coaching with me.
While the first goal triggered me to join coaching and seemed like the biggest challenge to solve, it felt like the answer just came to me. Before the coaching sessions started I read the book “How People Learn: Designing Education and Training that Works to Improve Performance” by Nick Shackleton-Jones and found the path I was looking for. One month later an actual opportunity presented itself to me. The speed of everything was almost frightening, but coaching supported me to make the leap.
Having the biggest challenge solved rather soon in my coaching journey meant that I got to open my mind to other things. The following three things stuck with me the most:
A quote by Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” As I am perfectionistic by nature, reminding myself of this quote brings me back on the ground. At any moment, I am trying to do my best and that is enough.
Make life more simple, avoid unnecessary things and manage your energy. Each of us has limited amount of energy to spend every day. It is my choice where I want to invest mine. For more inspiration watch the video below or access the full interview here.
Sharing is incredibly powering. Not only can we inspire each other, but it also offers valuable feedback. For me it was super helpful to have others mirror how I talk about certain things and what my body is telling when I am sharing something.