Talking to friends and family
Several deep discussions with my husband
Pros and cons lists (several iterations)
Updated resume (actually took classes for this)
Evaluate what job I really wanted, what would be next
Reading any self-help book I could get my hands on
One of the friends I confided in as part of this evaluation was Lisa Sears, life couch and business owner of Brass Rings. I didn’t even know at the time that she was a life coach; I just always heard her talking about how her coach helped her. I was interested in learning more about it and getting to know her as a person because we seem to hit it off. We were always on the same page in board meetings, so I asked her to coffee and we started talking. After about an hour (which felt like 10 minutes), I had told her my whole life story. I don’t usually do that; it takes me years of a trusting friendship to share my story, but Lisa made me feel comfortable; there was no judgment, just understanding, valuable observations, and guidance. After the conversation with her, I felt energized and free with more of an understanding of what I was struggling with. At the end, she gave me a life planner called Law of Attraction;
I didn’t know it at the time but this would soon change my life in ways I would never imagine (but that will be a whole different post).
Lisa and I stayed in contact because we were working on a project together for the board, and she would check in to see how I was doing and what progress I made in filling out the planner. When I finally made the decision that I would stay with my company and take a role to stay in Syracuse, I talked to Lisa about it. The decision I made was for my family and I was happy with it, but I also promised myself when I had more time in this role, I would focus on myself and achieving the next level excellence and grow as much as I could.
As the new year was coming up, I always take a couple weeks off from work and spend time with my family and take an extra look at myself to prepare for a successful year. While I was off, I had time to make it through the Law of Attraction planner
and answer of the big life questions; I was ready to maximize the year and achieve all my goals. In just two weeks, I felt great and I could see the difference in my performance at work as well as in my personal life. I shared my experience with Lisa, and she asked me if I would like to join a session she was putting together with a few other women in the area with similar goals. I joined the session to listen to what it was all about–again I felt energized, motivated, and inspired. I signed up right away, eager to feed off this energy to achieve my goals and build a strong network.
We had our first mastermind group coffee meet up, and I immediately felt and understood the value; it was something like a magical formulation of personalities, complementary strengths, and business ideas. As we each shared our stories, connections were made and resources shared to help remove the obstacles we were facing. Wow, I thought, this is going to be an interesting and fast ride full of support, trust, accountability, and action.
The reason why I reached out to a life coach and joined a mastermind group was because I had two major life events (job relocation and turning 30) occur in a short period of time. I was ready to focus on what I can control to make positive change in my life and achieve what I am calling the next level of excellence, and I wanted a strong like-minded support system! So, throughout this year I will be sharing my experience working with Lisa, Lyndsey’s mastermind group, and the journey to self-next level excellence, and I hope you will join me by reading my stories and sharing your thoughts, experiences, suggestions and advice with me and our group.