I have been working with a business coach for some years. And while it is an expense, it is also an investment in my continuing to grow, not just in my business, but personally. Anyone who has ever gone into business on their own will tell you that it is an unexpected path to personal growth!
Last April, I met in a private session with my coach. We spent the day with her asking questions and me answering them and always going off on necessary tangential discussions that reveal the real stuff that she needs to know to give me the clarity I need.
What came out in the first hour of our discussion floored me!
You see, I am a pastoral counselor. I took that route because I knew that I could not be with a therapy client without including God in the healing process. I was starting to consider coaching alongside that practice because many of my clients want to continue working with me when the issue they came to work out in the first place was improved. Coaching is a different type of work for the client and for the coach. But the ability to work with a client in both areas is a delight!
Here is what floored me. My coach identified what I want to do as The Catholic Coach! As soon as she said it I knew it was right. Now I knew I was an excellent coach, my feedback from clients told me that. The thing that floored me was that I had actually been FEARFUL of stepping out and saying that I am a coach that works with Catholic women specifically to find the clarity they want in their lives that will enable them to live life successfully because they live it from the core of their belief in Jesus Christ!
Inside I felt ashamed. Why was I fearful of this? It is my calling and I know it! Why, I was acting like Peter had when he denied he even knew the Lord he loved so much in the face of possible personal injury!
It was that voice that quiets many of us when we want so badly to share what Christ has done for us and can do for others! The fear of “What will they think of me?” I was letting the errors of very human people involved in the recent scandals shame me into not following the purpose that God sent me here for!
Ever since I have taken on the role that I am suited for I have had an inner peace. Not that that voice doesn’t creep in once in awhile, it’s just that now I know it for what it really is. The devil loves to weaken those who are working in any way to bring others to Christ!
I will continue to spread the power of God while I speak openly about what I am doing with others who are planning their business ventures. When I step out in this way, when I talk about what I am doing, others are drawn out to talk about their own feelings about God and they inevitably let me know what a great idea my coaching work is! What an empowering incentive for me to continue this work! When we are courageous about God we are rewarded!
I urge you each to bring your faith to your work. Even the smallest action born of faith will grow into a vehicle for God’s love to be transferred to those you come in contact with!