Want To See Me In A Swim Cap?

A while back I began swimming to get in better shape. swimming

At first I was really self-conscious about how I’d look and was worried about running into people I knew.  Let me be clear: I’m not athletic. At. All. And it had been a loooong time since I’d done any “premeditated” fitness activity… so I had good reason to be self-conscious about my form and ability.

But then I discovered my saving grace: anonymity! 

Think about it, once you put on a swim cap and goggles, your own mother would have a hard time recognizing you.  You’re instantly transformed into this generic swimmer: unrecognizable, unidentifiable, and uninhibited.

Obscurity provides a necessary safeguard for fledging efforts.

Capped and begoggled, I’d stride out onto the pool deck with confidence & ease: impervious to the stares of those judgey types and liberated from my own self-consciousness.

It made me think about the parallels between fitness and career goals…

When new dreams or desires are taking form – be it career goals or fitness goals – privacy can provide us the safety we need to explore new possibilities.

During those first tentative steps into new territory, confidence is low and uncertainty is high. We’re still finding our own way and exploring our abilities.  And it’s hard to defend a vision that we aren’t sure of yet.

Sometimes you need to hide out before you can come out.

I’ve had clients confide they weren’t ready to share their career dreams with friends or family until they’d had a chance to evaluate for themselves the real how, where and why of those ideas.

A career coach can create the safe space for exploration.  A place where it’s okay – even required – to dream, question, assess and – most importantly – to build a foundation under your dreams.

If you’ve been thinking about venturing into new career territory and want a safe place to voice to your dreams, air your questions and shed your uncertainties, then I invite you to reach out to me.

I’ve helped a lot of smart women, just like you, to uncover and nurture their career dreams. Whether you’re in the corporate sector aching for more freedom, a stay-at-home mom wanting to get into the game, or an early-career woman who’s started off on the wrong path – building up your career dreams and bringing them out into the light can be easy with the right support.
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Whether it’s getting into the pool or getting into a new career path, having a safe way to explore possibilities IS the difference between dreaming and doing.   Thanks to the safety of my anonymity, I’ve come a long way.  I can now swim without fear of drowning (it was a real possibility!) and, hey, I’m even brave enough to post this most unflattering picture of myself –>

Now that’s progress!

Cheers,

Heather

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Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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