My focus at Second Wind Coaching is to help individuals who have stumbled on their journeys, fallen off their paths and are looking to find their way again. This may include individuals who want to find their greater purpose in life, are seeking new direction in their career or have goals or aspirations they still want to achieve but find stumbling blocks have made this difficult.
The seed for my business was planted back in 2008, after listening to Jack Canfield, successful coach and co-author of the books “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. I was inspired by his positivity and simple practical ideas from how he started his day, to how he approached achieving all the goals and aspirations he wanted in his life.
It wasn’t long after that I stumbled across Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles-How to Get from Here to There”. Over that summer I spent many hours reading, reflecting, and practising many of the exercises outlined in his book. It was an amazing journey for me, and I loved exploring the concepts he highlighted.
One of my favourite exercises was creating a vision board. It was eye-opening for me to see how using the creative process took me out of my limited loop of thinking. What landed on my vision board was so interesting, and even more so, was what happened over the next couple of years.
On my vision board landed pictures of me racing competitively, travelling to Florida with my family, owning a cottage in P.E.I., becoming an author and a life coach, and learning to sing! My family, who were very curious as I created my vision board, especially when it came to the singing picture. Yes indeed, the woman that had never grasped how to clap a beat, sing a note in tune or understand a stitch of music, had an image of a woman singing on her vision board.
At that time I had no clear idea how I would make any of these visions on my board come to life. When I initially scanned for opportunities I certainly did not see any clear pathways. Nonetheless I decided to put my vision board up in my home office where I would see it regularly and then I carried on with my regular daily life.
Without knowing, what I was actually doing was putting my intentions and aspirations out to the universe and letting the universe take care of the details. My part was to recognize and seize the opportunities when they passed by me.
I later learned from a neuroscience perspective why vision boards work. When you flood your mind with positive images of what you want, the reticular activating system (RAS) of the brain starts looking for patterns to match these images. The RAS acts as your brain’s filter and it determines what you will focus on from the billion bits of information flooding your senses at any given moment. When you are clear about your goals, the RAS searches your world to bring you information relevant to your desires.
In 2009, I found a “Learn to sing program for adults” at a local studio and started taking vocal lessons. The promotional material for the program quoted, “Have you ever wanted to sing but were told you can’t”. I just knew this was a perfect fit for me. Two and half years and two recitals later, the my family were congratulating me on my success.
Another opportunity that came across my path was a new course being offered in Halifax to train students to become certified life coaches. Again recognizing the synchronicity I seized the opportunity, applied and was accepted. In 2010, I became a certified life coach through the Centre of Applied Neuroscience.
This week I am excited to continue my journey with realizing my dream of launching my own coaching business. It has taken a little while for this seed to bloom but when you align your thoughts and actions with your vision, it will come alive. I want to especially thank my teachers, Mandy Wintink and Ann Perry, for their inspiration and encouragement they have given me along my journey.
“Till next time, keep dreaming. What would BE on your vision board? And don’t be afraid to dream big.