I completed a Big Hairy Hairy Goal this week (thanks, Jim Collins, for the term BHAG!) I’ve been a coach for 11 years and over 4000 coaching hours ago. Somewhere about month 6 of my coaching career, I decided I wanted to be a MASTER Coach. I had some mentors who were just amazing and I wanted to grow up to be like them! I wanted it. Let me be clear, I REALLY wanted it. Here’s the funny part, I didn’t tell anyone, it just seemed to big. That way, if I didn’t make it, no one were actually know I had failed. However, I counted hours with a thoroughness that didn’t show up in the rest of my life and FAILURE become an important element of the story….fast forward to the present.
I gathered my education hours, contacted almost every client I ever coached, got letters of recommendations and documented over 3000 coaching hours. I submitted the package and waited. Finally, after 23 months, 3 weeks and 1 day in the examination process (that would include waiting in line for exam date, 1 failed recorded session and 1 failed live session, 1 seriously angry, self-justified, wronged me followed by soul searching, mentoring, lots of practice more waiting in line for an exam date, I finally experienced success – recorded and live session passed) I was awarded the Master Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation.
What I find amazing is how the process redesigned me. The goal was so important I was willing to toss my image of me as a coach, admit defeat and rebuild myself in a new image. I learned a bunch about goals. If a big goal is worth it –
- Ego must take a back seat – you may find that you are not up to the task – YET
- You’ll likely venture into unknown territory – it takes courage
- Learning is more important than looking good
It was humbling – still is. I realized that being a master coach is not something I achieved. It is something I aspire to become…every day. I learned and I learned. And I am eternally grateful to all those who help me along the way.