Day 358

Still Moving Forward

Ten days have come and gone. The good news is I’m moving forward. I’m plugging away on my coaching training and I am starting to reach out to others and build a network. I am getting used to the idea of being an entrepreneur. Although the idea of starting a coaching practice is exciting, it is also quite frightening. Nevertheless, I am doing my best to keep moving toward the target while appreciating the journey and the process. This of course is not always easy, but I’m learning a lot on the way.

I had my first hands-on experience as a coach today. It was a ten minute session done in a classroom-like setting with a mentor to offer feedback, and I learned so much about myself and about coaching. First, although I was certain I would not fall in the trap of imposing my views on the client, I did just that. This taught me that this coaching thing is not as easy as I thought it would be. Although I feel well suited to coaching, the instant that I lost the emotional connection with the client in  my rush to judgment and desire to “help” the client, I realized that coaching is an art and one that must be mastered with much care and a lot of practice.

I also learned that I still need to practice looking at things through a positive lens. Although I did my best to see the benefits of the experience, I latched on to the disappointments and rough parts of the experience. These unintended and unwelcome results became significant, and they weighed heavily on my heart and mind. I felt that I had offended the “client”, so on our learner forum, I contacted her to apologize. Her response was my most cherished lesson of the entire experience.

First, she came at the situation with a positive outlook. She told me she came away from the experience with new insights. I was then reminded that focusing on the positive aspects of a situation is more uplifting and helpful than focusing on the negatives, and the regrets. She was kind and we had a great exchange, and I was happy that I contacted her. After the exchange, I learned that it is important for me to focus on the learning process, to be forgiving of myself, and that reaching out to my fellow trainees although scary can result in a fulfilling and enriching experience.

Now I am hungry for more opportunities to practice my craft. I wonder what learning opportunities will arise then.

Until next time.

Peace

Day 67

Operation Save Zumba

After Zumba class this evening, my friend told me that the gym will no longer offer Zumba class in July. I was disappointed to hear that the class I had just found will soon be canceled. It was a bit of a shock because the class is so popular, so cancelling it seems counter intuitive. My friend whom I met through this class, said that she had canceled her membership and would stop coming to the gym in July. She and I had only just begun corresponding outside of the class, so hearing that I may not be able to see her as often added to my disappointment. My friend spoke as if there was nothing to be done, but not willing to give up on the chance to dance Zumba and to see my friend on a weekly basis, I decided to find a way to keep both in my life.

My friend, who is an expat like I am, has been in the Zumba class longer than I have and she has made friends with a handful of our classmates. I suggested looking for another studio where our teacher could resume the Zumba class after this month. She is going to talk with her friends to see what can be done about retaining the teacher and getting interested students, and I am going to see if I can find a studio where we can have Zumba class.

I believe that when people work together to achieve a common goal great things can happen. I am hoping that my friend can work with her friends to make connections with other classmates as well as the teacher to find a way to save our Zumba class. I don’t know what will come of our efforts or if enough of us will be on board with resuming our Zumba class to make it happen, but I’d like to at least try. My mission is to find a studio. We’ll see what will happen.

Until next time, I wish you the very best.