The Empowerment Expedition

“It is true to say that the secret of a winning formula is
the ability to accept that there is a vast area of unexploited potential
beyond what you currently perceive to be your maximum.”

~Steve Backley


It was the summer of 2002, in the midst of an extremely challenging time in my life, when I found myself standing in front of that clichéd little sign on my refrigerator, yellowed by the years, which read “When one door closes, another opens”.

I remember thinking how easy it was to champion that overused Alexander Graham Bell quote when all was going well and yet now that life’s circumstances took me in an unforeseen direction, where all aspects of familiarity and perceived safety were challenged, it was a very different story. I read and re-read it, looking for resonance, courage and hope.

Just a few months earlier, much to my shock, I was downsized out of a job that held a large part of my identity and it shook me to my core. As a life-long devotee of positive psychology and always steeped in personal development, I found myself disoriented and in the grips of my negative assumptions and overwhelming fear of the unknown.

But a principle that one lives by knows only temporary darkness when it is based in a solid belief. So with a commitment to finding my way forward to the next door that was opening – somewhere – I began a journey through healing and right into an exciting future I had no idea was waiting for me. What is so interesting is how life steps up to greet us in the most fascinating ways when curiosity and willingness to change are the order of the day.

Through a series of serendipitous events, coaching, a relatively new support modality in 2002, appeared in front of me at every turn, beckoning me to stand up and stand out in ways I never knew to be possible. It was that very ‘door’ that was waiting to be opened by me, first as a curious coaching client and as a certified coach opening the doors of my own practice.

butterfly emergingI’ve been at it for a long time and coaching has changed my life forever in the most profound and remarkable ways. I am no longer that disoriented, fearful, smaller version of me; instead, I own those very challenges that test my mettle, hone my mindset, and ultimately take me down the road towards ease, grace and mastery. Coaching has given me the courageous life that I once only dreamt of.

Coaching continues to be a powerfully transformative tool that also teaches me how to connect to every aspect of my life, no matter the severity or perceived impact, and choose different before my experiences so that life unfolds in ways that I can express my greatness.

And every client gets to go on the same self-empowered expedition.

So what is it about coaching that holds such power, promise and value for those of us willing to see life through a broader lens and courageously go the distance to improve aspects of our lives?

Simply put, coaching is a transformational platform of self-discovery and high-impact change where you get to live up to and into your potential. It’s all about changing your mind, changing your life and being a positive influence in a hungry, negative world. Coaching is all about consciously creating a fresh framework for flourishing.

Call it your guiding star, a personal trainer for your life, or even your ‘hold-my-feet-to-the-fire instigator’; a Coach is someone who believes in you and is always in your corner bringing an elevated perspective and the tools, strategies and powerful principles designed to help you thrive. A coach is your personal mentor who is infinitely patient yet has the wisdom and courage to raise the bar, educating your emotions, expectations, actions and results.

We’re all here for this soulful journey called ‘life’ and through our experiences we are continually invited to think, act and be bigger and better than ever before, no matter how complex the world is becoming.

If you’re yearning for a more meaningful and fulfilling life, it means you’re ready for change. Courageously open the door to your future where higher levels of happiness are waiting for you on the other side.

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When you choose to open up to a word that will guide you,
you’re letting your soul show you the way to your
unique, open-hearted pathway to happiness!

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About Nancy Carlstrom

Professional Life Coach, Nancy Carlstrom, CDC, has been awakening and guiding her international client base to create positive, sustainable change in their lives and careers for well over 12 years. She works closely with individuals, leaders, teams and businesses to develop transformational strength-based strategies, practices and mindsets that support one’s dreams and goals for a meaningful life – personally and professionally. As an accountability partner, ‘hold your feet to the fire’ instigator and unwavering champion for every client’s success, Nancy is passionately committed to helping people ignite their passion and initiate lasting change.

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