Better late than never.

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Today is my first session with my new business coach and last night, I was reflecting on prior coaching experiences throughout my life. ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ. โฃ
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Although the context of the coaching experience I recall the most is probably a bit ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜บ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, I suspect the experience as a whole is not unfamiliar for many. โฃ
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One memory that has lingered and continued to influence my work was when I briefly worked with a coach in preparation for the ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ข ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿบ. I had the opportunity to work a little with Karen DeWert- coach to several Miss Americas and just an all around amazing woman. As a largely self-funded contestant, I only met with her a couple times. That said, over 15 years later, I still recall her urging me to journal. The memories are a bit fuzzy but to my recollection she said, โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ.โ€ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ. โฃ
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At that point in my life, ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž. Would I have or could I have won? Who the heck knows, especially in scholarship pageants. ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ฌ๐š๐›๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐๐ง’๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ! Not doubling down on practicing my talent piece. Not pushing myself to do more uncomfortable aspects of preparation such as more mock interviews. You get the idea. โฃ
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Now at 36, rather than 20 or 22, I am finally making strides to push away lingering doubts and double down on my inner fire. โฃ
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I am sharing my education, my experiences, and my voice with others. โฃ
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I am fully capable of building my own business/brand. โฃ
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I am worthy of success. โฃ
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It has taken all of these years to grow the confidence in myself to believe it and act on it. Better late than never.

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