I was privileged to attend a phenomenal coaches training course this weekend with a group of intelligent, aware and empathetic people. The diversity of professions and backgrounds from across the globe laid a great platform for lively debate and contribution to the results of the programme.
The group leaders held the room with grace, confidence and poise from the get-go and we went through the intense content with enthusiasm and a hunger to learn. And we had a great weekend full of self-discovery, developing skills and growing as coaches.
But the most remarkable aspect was the profound realization that we are never truly alone with a problem. We all have “stuff”. To a person, the entire group, including the course leaders, all come to the forum with deeply charged challenges that were being experienced. There was great vulnerability being shown, but equally great courage.
And there were some deep lessons in there worth sharing.
- No one is perfect and no one is immune to the human drama. We all have “stuff”.
- We are not alone. ‘Ubuntu’ is an African philosophy summarized in “I am because we are”. I exist only because of my community.
- Ask for help. As the old adage goes, “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
- And mostly profoundly, that great strength, not weakness, lies in the process of expressing vulnerability.
So, I encourage you to get your issue out in the light and do not be afraid to reach out for a helping hand as you move forward on your journey.