This blog is authored by Sunitha M.K
From the age of 18 I was very passionate about psychology and everything related to how human mind and emotions function? Unfortunately, I could not choose this as a career due to lack of mentors to help me understand the career path and the prospects of choosing this as a career.
As with every middle-class family I choose the conventional route of commerce and MBA and went on to work in few multinationals in the field of IT and Business relationship management.
As life evolved, I reached a point in my career where I was unable to experience any joy or fulfillment with the kind of work I was doing, this put me on a quest and a strong desire to pursue psychology in some shape or form.
After many months of research on courses to start a career in psychology I finally landed on life coaching as one of the avenues I could easily pursue and change my career to what I thought would give me fulfillment, end of the day I could help people using this tool.
Life coaching when I started was merely for a certification that could help me get started with offering my help to clients and do what I was really passionate about but what I was oblivious was to the transformation and remoulding that will hit me hard and change the way I look at life and how I engage with people around me.
As we started the journey, I soon realized the very foundation on which my belief systems and behaviors are formed had to be challenged and relooked. It required examining my own life and the patterns I exhibit and question some of the fundamental beliefs systems I carry and project on others which was detrimental to me and the relationships I form with people around me.
One fundamental belief system I had to shatter was in the area of assuming people to understand and interpret what I convey in the same manner I Intended it to be, on the contrary, I realized through the course that people interpret and assimilate information in so many different ways depending on their belief systems, their upbringing, cultural background, etc., This was an eye-opener and this changed the way I engage with everyone around me and significantly improved my ability to empathize and understand another point of views and also helped build much stronger and meaningful connections with everyone I engaged with.
I had to remold my approach to ensure what I am saying, how I am saying and how I am engaging in a conversation is conscious and mindful and realized when I apply awareness and consciousness to this aspect it can lead to such deep connections and create trust and helps break the barriers in communication which is fundamental not only in a coaching career but in life in general.
Over the period of 5-6 months of practicing coaching the transformation is noticeable in terms of my presence during any conversation, my non-judgmental approach towards listening, being empathic and compassionate towards anyone I engage with and keeping all my assumptions to the side and looking at situations and people as they are.
It has been such a transformative and invigorating experience and I hope to use this incredible approach to help others to work through their life issues and achieve balance and stability in their own lives.