Within five minutes I was helping her identify the secret dream she’d guarded so well, even she didn’t know what it was.
“What makes your heart feel like it’s going to beat out of your chest? What did you daydream about as a child?”
Her eyes lit up when she said, “It’s silly I know, but I wanted to write stories.”
Now my eyes perked, “Well it just so happens I’m a writer.”
“Really. Less than four years ago I was sitting exactly where you are. The wisp of a dream shadowing the corners of my mind, but not sure if it was my imagination, or whether I should actually try to do something with it.”
“That’s right,” she hopped up and down in her chair like she was a third grader who knew the right answer and wanted to scream it to the class.
I bowed my head in humiliation, “And now I’m waiting for the arrival of my first publishing contract.”
“Oh, I could never write well enough for someone to publish my book. I’m not like you.”
And that’s when it struck. A light bulb blinding epiphany.
“If I can, you can. And I’ll be happy to help you get there.”
Two weeks ago, I attended Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference in Nashville. During the process, we began to storyboard our own lives. The goal is to identify themes, and decide if the choices you make are leading to the end you desire. If not, choose differently.
The other thing the event did, was define something I’ve struggled with most of my life. Why do I exist? What am I supposed to do? Am I on the right track? What if I get it wrong?
I found out why I’m compelled to write and speak.
I’m a natural born coach, and telling me not to coach is like telling me not to breathe.
I love playbooks, (written instruction), and encouraging players, (spoken teaching). I’m compelled to share with others the things that have enriched my own life.
Good coaches rebuke as well as uplift the people they influence. They exercise tough love when their people get down. They motivate with a pat on the back and say good job, when small victories are made.
This is what God made me to do. As a manager in the workplace, as a national speaker inspiring others to unearth their buried dreams, as an author with a platform to help people take action that will change their lives for the better.
I started coaching little league while I was still in high school, and I haven’t stopped yet. Nor do I intend to. If this is what I’m supposed to do with my life, then so be it. I will coach as many people to victory as God gives me opportunity to do so.
Call me a Life Coach, a Business Coach, or a Kingdom Coach, it doesn’t matter how you label it. This is why I exist.
Living is about action. It’s time to get off the bench and play.
Have you figured out why God made you? What dreams have you buried? Are ready to get off the bench and play?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me —the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.
Contact her via www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or firstname.lastname@example.org