Sindy after completing the Chicago Marathon 2015
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao-Tzu
In 2012 I found myself standing at the threshold of my next stage of life. I’d spent two decades working for Fortune 500 companies in sales, business development, and executive positions. I loved my work, but it had always been balanced with the responsibilities of being a parent. Now that was all about to change. My youngest daughter would soon be off to college. I began to think about what was next for me.
An Optimistic Outlook
I made a conscious effort to approach my changing life situation with optimism and positive energy, just as I’d handled every other stage up until this one. I decided I would fill my new-found free time by achieving one personal and one professional goal. After much thought and research, I made my choices. Although I’d never been a runner, I picked running a long-distance race as my personal goal.
For my professional goal I chose to embark on an intensive 9-month, 350-hour, advanced coach training program. Both goals would take me well outside my comfort zone and require a significant commitment of time and hard work. Perfect!
Accomplishing My Goals
It wasn’t long before I realized I might have been overly ambitious in my choice of goals. Many late nights spent on classwork and studying were followed by 5:00 am morning runs with my new-found training group. Both experiences provided a great opportunity to grow, learn, meet new people, and step outside my comfort zone.
A few months after my daughter went off to college, I ran my first half-marathon. The feeling of accomplishment was empowering. It spurred me on to aim higher. I’ve since run three full marathons and numerous half-marathons in between.
The intensive coaching program I completed gave me tremendous insights that I could use to help my clients and re-ignited my love for the coaching profession. Achieving those goals made me believe I could accomplish anything I wanted. And it’s that sense of empowerment that I seek to encourage in my coaching clients as well.
I Want to Help You
What are your dreams, your aspirations in life? What makes you happy? What’s holding you back, keeping you from moving forward in a positive way? I’ll help you peel back the layers to discover what you most want to do. We’ll sift through your ideas and explore ways to build a life around your passions. I’m here to partner with you in creating that vision and developing a practical, actionable plan to make it your reality.
Take that First Step
A career, like a marathon, requires hard work and steadfast focus. You are stronger than you think. With the right support, you can accomplish your goals and enjoy the journey along the way. A marathon is run one step at a time. I offer a brief, initial consultation by phone. No fee, no obligation. Take that first step and contact me today to discuss all the exciting possibilities.