Guest Blogger: Lisa Borchetta, MA, CMC, PCC
This past December, I met an important milestone in my coaching career, when I earned my ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation. This is a goal which I have had in my sites for years and I am thrilled to have gotten here. When I am working with new coaching students in the Foundations course that I teach for MentorCoach, I always stress that “becoming a coach is a marathon and not a sprint.” For many of us whether we are aware of it or not, when we decide to pursue a coaching career, we are not flipping a “one-time switch” but are embarking on journeys which will likely span years. This is particularly true for those of us who have recognized the value of pursuing ICF certification as part of this process in order to increase our level of skill, professionalism and commitment to the ethics and standards of our field. In many ways our process is not unlike that of our clients who may come to coaching with one long-term, stretch goal in mind, but the process to getting themselves there is paved with numerous, smaller achievements.
Each of us will experience our personal journeys marked by many milestones that are significant to us. For me, some of the highlights included: getting my first client; starting Firebird Life Coaching; becoming a Certified Mentor Coach; an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a member of Mentor Coach’s International Trainer Team. During this span of time, I have worked with some wonderful clients from all over the globe, and built relationships with colleagues that I imagine will last a lifetime. I have learned many new skills, stretched outside my comfort zone and enjoyed a level of satisfaction in my work that makes me feel grateful every single day. And while achieving my PCC gives me a solid sense of having crossed an important finish line, I look forward to the next leg of this on-going and rewarding journey. As you travel along on your own coaching adventure — hold tight to your goal, muster your perseverance, celebrate the little victories and count yourself lucky to have chosen to set foot on this particular path.