Do you ever have days, weeks, or months, that seem to “test” you? This past month was certainly one of those times for me. I tend to get stressed out when I don’t do things almost-perfectly all the time (what crazy pressure I put on myself!), but a yoga class last week helped me to embrace my human-ness.
Had I known going into the class that I would be trying a new and challenging pose called Bird of Paradise, I probably would have walked right out – that’s too advanced for me! But the instructor slowly eased us into the pose. I was shaking, I was sweating, and telling myself I was failing – until, mid-pose, my instructor said “Breathe. You are here. You are doing it, right now.”
It didn’t matter how I looked, it didn’t matter how hard it was, I did it! I find this resonating within coaching all the time: sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that we can accomplish more than we think.
I hope you are embracing the challenges in your life and using them as platforms for bigger and better things! Our blog posts this past month have certainly been illuminating the potential and possibilities you have as coaches.
Enjoy our updates from IAC President Krishna Kumar and various committees, as well as information on resources available to you and suggestions for ways you can become more involved with the IAC.
Beth Ann Miller is pursuing an MFA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire and a native New Englander. She has a professional background in editing and higher education, and enjoys working with youths in the arts. Her stories have appeared in online and print journals and she is perpetually at work on new creative projects.