This post is about the story of my CTC journey and I am writing it with the intent to inspire other people to embark on the same journey. I first knew about the CTC qualification from a friend and I was tempted because I like to challenge myself.
It became apparent quite soon that it wasn’t just about attending a few trainings, ticking boxes and getting a qualification. It looked more challenging… I did not see the end of the journey and I was right: it never ended because achieving my CTC was just a start.
Discovering and learning about professional coaching has been the first gift of this journey because of the personal transformation that came from it. It changed me so deeply that I feel now a different person in the way I think, in the way I listen, in the way I am in relationships. I can see with different lenses and I am still improving, still learning and growing. Coaching allows me to make a different impact when working with an individual client, a team, a leader. There’s a lot of generosity in coaching and it is very rewarding to help other people succeed.
The second gift has been getting to know amazing people like my mentors, friends, mentees – people I learn from and that learn from me. I wouldn’t have got where I am without them because this is not a journey you can do on your own. You definitely need support and guidance. What you will find in your mentor is not a recommendation letter… it’s your north star. It’s someone that will be there where you need support, and it will take care of your growth throughout your journey.
My CTC journey has become a journey of growth… and, when I talk about growth, I don’t mean having a golden medal on a CV or a list of training you attended. I’m talking about growing as a professional as well as an individual and then helping other people to grow in the same way.
For those who are starting this journey now, here are a few things I would like to tell you:
- be humble and search for help, you will need it
- unlearn before you feel hunger for learning
- fail, fail, fail! – having a safe environment to practice and improve is key
- be open and willing to change – you will have to think differently
- be determined, don’t surrender – it is going to be hard at times
- get involved – the Community is a great place to grow
- enjoy the journey!