by Vicki Zanini
This month as I adjust to life as an “empty nester”, I’ve been reflecting on the impact coaching has had on my relationship with my children. Our son was 2 years old and I was seven months pregnant with our daughter when my husband and I attended our first personal development workshop in 1991. Both my children were pre-teens when I enrolled in Coachville’s Graduate School of Coaching in 2001.
I immersed myself in a culture of coaching just as I was beginning my journey as a new mom, and it had a profound impact on my life. I believe most coaches have similar stories of how coaching provided a framework for their own inner journey. This month I took a few minutes to look at my relationships through the language of the IAC Masteries, which turned out to be a powerful assignment. I invite you to join me and review the IAC Masteries below while thinking of one significant relationship in your life. Sit quietly with each one for a few moments and note any thoughts, feelings or sensations that bubble up:
What I immediately noticed was how intuitive the IAC Masteries are. Although I did not have access to this particular language 20 years ago, the values I stood for in my relationships are reflected in the IAC Masteries: Trust, acceptance, presence and love. What did you notice in your relationships?
I believe coaching is a transformational process that improves communication and impacts relationships both personally and professionally. My intention as a parent has always been to create a safe environment for self-discovery, authentic expression and unconditional love for every member of our family, and the IAC Masteries support this beautifully! My husband and I have relished every moment as parents, and will continue to do so, and we are prepared for the rest of the journey.