For the Last 20 Years I Have Been a Writer, Speaker, Coach and Consultant. But it Wasn’t Always so…
As a teen 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.
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 study personal growth and spiritual topics. I later learned that “something” was my intuition or my inner guide. From each source I gained greater and deeper insight and knowledge. Out of the hundreds of things I’ve studied, A Course in Miracles and Abraham Hicks 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 several years in the printing and publishing industry. The majority of those years I held upper level management positions in sales, production, and customer service.
During my last couple of years in the publishing industry, I gradually became aware of a lack of a “sense of purpose.” 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 (Higher Power, Source, Spirit, Higher Self, Universe, or whatever you want to call it. I believe it’s all the same, something that knows way more than I do.) 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 Life Coach and Small Business Coach…
The lingering desire for deep, meaningful conversations was always there for me. Then in 1998 I attended a workshop in on a new concept called “coaching” and the rest, as they say, is history.
My Desire to Develop my Intuition or Inner Guide…
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 gut instincts – our gut feeling – our inner voice– our intuition.
To this day, my goal is to trust and follow my inner guide every minute of every day. A lot of the time I do. However, there are still times when I resist my intuition 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.