At this stage in my career people are beginning to approach me and ask, “What’s next?” With over 20 years of combined experience between the military and law enforcement I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While it has been fun, I will acknowledge that working in those careers are a young man’s game. Not that I am old, but I put my time in. Two and a half years from now I will be eligible to retire and move onto another endeavor.
So, what is next? This is a question you could be asking yourself at this very moment. Perhaps you’re not ready to retire but feel unfilled in your current occupation. Or maybe, like me, you are eligible to receive a pension and it pays to move on. Maybe you should consider asking yourself some difficult questions pertaining to this situation.
Do I have (or want) to move on?
What is the benefit of staying?
What else would I consider doing?
Am I happy in my current position?
If money was not a factor, what would I really want to do?
As for me I decided to become a life coach. Not a profession that you would normally see a police officer transition into, but it made sense to me.
On the street police officers would interact with people from all walks of life. I would see people at their worst and best times. During those rough interactions I would enter someone’s home and attempt to provide a solution to their problem within 15 or 20 minutes. Often, I would find myself coming across the same person with the same problem time after time. It felt like a rare occasion when something changed for the better. More often the justice system would act as a revolving door; arrest, release and repeat.
Looking back on my career I know I made an impact, but I wanted to make a greater impact. As a law enforcement officer, I provided a short-term solution for long term problems. Feeling a lack of satisfaction and fulfillment I reached out to a certified life coach. After an introductory coaching session with Melanie I gained clarity and started seeing purpose. Over a period of months, we dove deep, looking at obstacles that were holding me back from reaching my full potential. We addressed how I viewed the world through the dark filter I developed over the years. After removing the filters I created I felt a sense of freedom. I also found a reason for continuing to go to work (beside paying the bills). Every shift I would set out with the intention of having at least one interaction that positively affected someone’s life.
Moving forward, Melanie helped me construct a road map that clarified the next chapter of my life and how I will get there.
So why did I elect to become a life coach? The answer is simple. As a police officer I could only help someone so much. Being a life coach, I can invest more time and have a meaningful impact in someone’s life. Answer this for me. How can I best serve you?
You have goals in life. Maybe you’re looking to transition into another career. You want to start a business, end a toxic relationship, learn a new skill, etc. Maybe you don’t know exactly what you want to do but feel like something is missing. This is where having a seasoned coach comes into play. A coach will partner with you as a teammate. The best part of this team is that we use your playbook. Your coach will challenge you, help you set goals and hold you accountable for executing the steps to arrive at your destination.
So tell me about your goals. What do you want to accomplish this year? Why is it important to you? What aren’t you doing because of X, Y or Z? Shoot me an email and let’s chat about it. Remember you are the only one in a position to enhance your life and LIVE BOLD!!!