For the last 14 years I have been a writer, speaker, coach and consultant. But it wasn’t always so…
As a teen growing up near Denver, Colorado I took a psychology class and knew what I wanted to do with my life…I definitely wanted to be a therapist. I thought being a therapist would be the greatest job in the world. Then I attended my first college psychology class and learned that the therapeutic process involved labeling and diagnosing people. That just didn’t feel right to me.
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And, although, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do next, I absolutely knew that what I enjoyed most was deep, meaningful conversations.
Something constantly nudged me to read and study self-help books. I later learned that “something” was my intuition or my gut instincts. From each book I gained greater and deeper insight and knowledge. Out of the hundreds of all the books I’ve read, A Course in Miracles has made the biggest difference in my life and influences how I coach with clients to this day.
My First Career in Business Management…
My early career path was not as the therapist I thought I would be but as a business professional. I spent 24 years in the printing and publishing industry mostly in Denver, Colorado. For more than 18 of those years I held upper level management positions in sales, production, and customer service.
During my last couple of years in the printing industry, I gradually became aware of a lack of a “sense of purpose.” I felt that I was put on this earth to do something more than to print another brochure. For the first time in my life, I heard my inner voice say, “I want to make a difference.”
The journey of my “pursuit for purpose” began with a simple but profound step…I said a prayer to God. The prayer was “I’m ready to make a major contribution to the world, God, what do you want me to do?” After five months of repeating my prayer daily the answer I got was to write a book and begin public speaking.
“Write a book and do public speaking?!?”
Public speaking was my greatest fear. I was completely and utterly terrified of speaking in a group. Often, I would forgo attending meetings and workshops if I knew I would have to announce my name to the group. I couldn’t believe this is what God had intended for me. But it was!
So, loaded with bit of self-doubt, I began to write. Within 6 months I had finished my first book. That book led to a book tour, workshops, and, yes, public speaking.
The writing and speaking gave me some sense of purpose, but my intuition told me there was more.
How I became a Business Coach, Business Consultant, and Life Coach …
The lingering desire for deep, meaningful conversations was always there for me. Then in 1998 I attended a workshop in Phoenix, AZ on a new concept called “coaching” and the rest, as they say, is history.
I had found a career that was a perfect combination of all that I loved and all that I had done. Coaching incorporated my desire to help clients without labeling them, it used my extensive background as a business manager, and it required my ability to consult, write and speak. But even more important to me was that I got to share my deep-held conviction that the way to a satisfying and fulfilling life is to get out of the fear and listen to my intuition or gut instincts.
My Desire to Develop my Intuition or Gut Instincts…
Throughout my life I noticed that certain people accomplished things quicker, easier, and had far better results than the majority of others. I had a burning desire to know how they made that happen. What secret did they know that I didn’t? Step by step I learned the secret. The secret was that I needed to begin trusting something we all possess…our inner guide – our gut feeling – our intuition.
To this day, my goal is to trust and follow my intuition every minute of every day. A lot of the time I do. However, there are still times when I resist my inner guide and learn the hard way. Those are the times I say to myself, “Vickie, you knew that. Why didn’t you just do it?”
I remind myself that listening to and trusting my intuition has given me the dream life and the dream job that I now have.