Putting pen to paper to express how excited and thrilled I am seems to be eluding me slightly, so I’m going to apologize in advance for drifting all over the place – although, I am beginning to think that this is part of my style, or at the very least the way my brain works. It could be the fact that I seem to constantly be juggling…

The truth is, I still can’t believe that I handed everything in and that not only did I complete the course, I aced it:

Curly Martin ‏@CurlyMartin  Jun 20@down_k_ann @down_k_ann Congratulations! Your coursework was excellent &your thesis is passionate & thought provoking. I wish you huge success in life.

I am now a fully qualified ‘Life Coach’ thanks to Curly Martin at Achievement Specialists. I actually did it. I did have my doubts and fears that I would make the ‘grade’ so to speak. I was really worried about the thesis and the fact that Curly thought it was ‘passionate and thought provoking’ goes towards those feelings of inadequacy. Yes I have them too. I know I’m an excellent coach, it was the coursework and thesis that I was petrified about.

It was so important for me to make sure that my coursework and thesis, was to the highest possible standard. Even saying that, I know that I am my biggest critic and I am working on being kinder and more patient with myself.

I order to be the best that I can be, I am also doing a Diploma in Youth Impact Coaching. I feel really strongly about working with young people and if we can give them the tools they need from now, they will be phenomenal human beings.

In many ways getting qualified is the closing of one chapter and the start of new chapter. I’ve been working on my website for the past month in preparation for qualifying, I’m in the process of ordering business cards and other materials needed for this new stage. In four weeks, I’ll be leaving the UK and in many ways starting a new life. I am scared, however I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and into my stretch zone. I find one of the amazing things about working in coaching, is that I am always looking for ways to maintain the balance. While qualifying that wasn’t always possible.

I know have a little bit more time on my hands and although I still have work, my Youth Coaching Diploma and packing for my moving to another country, I feel energized, (scared) and excited about all the possibilities that are ahead.

I’ve qualified!!! I’ve qualified!!! The relief and having accomplished this and achieving my LCH Diploma is huge. There were times when I doubted myself and my abilities. I doubted my commitment and even wondered if I would ever be able to recover the cost of the course. I qualified (still dancing around my flat chanting this) – who needs football, especially with England out in the first round.

At times it’s the fear of failure that spurs us on, a sense of needing to be worthy that gives us the necessary push towards qualifying. Other times it’s as though we have something to prove to ourselves and others. Then again it could be a professional necessity or a desire to learn more and to do better.


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