So for those of you that read my blog regularly you’ll know I decided to take the plunge, and push through the fear and enrol on a coaching course earlier this year. Although it’s early days, it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made this year!

Two weekends ago I took part in my very first coaching workshop, which basically involved being assessed by fellow students and an assessor whilst coaching other students. I know this would have terrified me years ago, so I’m pleased to say I kept my nerves at bay and came away being really pleased with how I performed. There’s two very obvious hurdles that I felt I overcame during that day; the anxiety that comes with public speaking, but also the fear of others critiquing you. I take most personal feedback on the chin when it comes to my job, but with art, my lack of confidence restricts my ability to push ahead and create new work.

When I walked out of the coaching session I can honestly say I was buzzing, not only because I felt like I had concurred the first hurdle, but because of the positive feedback I received from the course leader. Being recognised for doing a good job should be something that all of us should experience in our lives, but it’s not surprising to hear that sometimes this can be a bit thin on the ground, in the professional world, but also personally. Although recognising your efforts yourself shouldn’t be forgotten, receiving it in the right context from others shouldn’t be underestimated.

I’m really surprised at how much I’m looking forward to my next session, even the prospect of more reading and completing the next assignment. If you’re thinking of taking the leap and learning something new, I encourage you to take up the challenge, as in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take, not the ones we did!

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