At the beginning of every year, for the last several years, I’ve sat down to fill out the Passion Roadmap section of my Passion Planner. I am totally hooked on this particular planner and might share more about it in a future post. But for now, let’s stick to the topic at hand.
The Passion Roadmap is essentially a brainstorming exercise whereby you mind-dump onto paper anything and everything that you’d like to see come to fruition over your lifetime. In the middle you write today’s date, then branching out from that you write the corresponding date three months out, one year out, three years out and finally in your lifetime.
Next, you create a web of ideas around each of those dates of anything you’d like to be, do or have by that time. Anything at all! If there were no limits. The instructions specifically say, “Do not feel the need to be realistic or justify your dreams. Just write.”
One of the things that made it onto my lifetime web this year was to attend a life coaching course and establish a coaching practice.
This is something I’ve thought about for a while. Really as soon as I became aware that such a thing even existed, I’ve always felt that coaching would be a great fit for me. It would allow me to take my passion for self-development and use it to help others achieve their goals!
Basically, the same things I love about my current job but with people that are: a) not necessarily sick, b) motivated to make changes and take action, and c) without as much paperwork 😉
Anyhow, so I relegated this to the lifetime section of my Passion Roadmap. Which in essence meant, maybe I’ll do this when I retire, or when my currently non-existent children are grown. It fell square into the “someday” category. (Remember, someday is not a day of the week people!)
I had googled coach training programs before and perused them from a place of curiosity and interest, but never with any real seriousness.
Then a Youtuber I’ve long followed for my own inspiration in the minimalism and self-development sphere announced that she was moving to Toronto and pursuing coach training with IPEC.
This brought me back to IPEC’s website and down a rabbit hole of watching Youtube videos of past program participants sharing what they’re doing with their lives and their coaching practices now, post graduation. They were each asked what their “secret sauce” was for success.
One woman talked about setting a new mantra every year to live the rest of her year by. And for that particular year it was, “What are you waiting for?”
Talk about a soul hit! Over the next few days, I just couldn’t get this phrase out of my mind. What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for?
Long story short I decided to take a leap of faith, hired my own life coach to help me break out of my comfort zone, and enrolled in the IPEC coach training program!
I start in July and I CANNOT WAIT!
A year from now I’ll be a certified life coach.
I’ll be continuing my clinical practice, and I’m not yet entirely sure how I’ll build the two around each other. But like many important things in life, if it’s something you’re passionate about, you figure it out!
So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m excited to share with you some of the insights that come to me along the way!
In the meantime I encourage you to sit down with a cup of coffee and make your own roadmap. If there were no limits, where would you like to be in the next year, three years, your lifetime? Then ask yourself this.
What are you waiting for?