Last weekend my two somewhat disparate worlds merged. I consider myself both a life coach and a tiny house builder and I had the opportunity to exhibit the tiny house that I have been meticulously working on for the last 3 years. It was very comforting to be with like minded people and it underscored this notion of finding your ‘tribe’ for me. People who can appreciate you for who you are and what you have done.
I was very emotional during a lot of the event since I had not really received very much warm, positive, and genuine feedback on my tiny house. This wasn’t because people hadn’t liked it prior to the show, it was merely a byproduct of no one really having seen the house during the building process since that occurred deep in the woods of the Catskills Park in NY.
When random people simply walk up to you and shake your hand and say something like ‘you did a wonderful job,’ that is such a humbling moment. This scenario played out over and over again leaving me very happy and very drained.
Recognition for one’s efforts is an amazingly powerful thing. Acknowledgement of accomplishment is the fuel that drives us forward to achieve new things in our lives. This is precisely what coaching can do for people. My resolve around building more tiny houses and even coaching people who may be on the fence about building a tiny house is stronger than ever. What do you want to achieve?
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Definition of Sherpa
- a member of a Tibetan people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal and known for providing support for foreign trekkers and mountain climbers
I've been using this phrase of being a relationship sherpa in various places and as part of my elevator pitch. I thought it sounded cool and intriguing. What I've come to realize is that it's also a really good word to describe what I do.
In the traditional sense Sherpas support climbers in Nepal. The key though is in how they provide that support. The outfitter that sells the climbing gear supports the climbers as well by selling them the equipment they need. What they don't do though is go along for the journey and the climb.
Sherpas are right there alongside their clients and accompany them every step of the way. This is also how I see my role with my coaching clients. I stick with them until they achieve their goals. This is the key. Some people provide advice and others may step in and help with some aspect but it's only the Sherpa that's there for the whole journey.
I'm glad that I finally figured out why this resonated so well with me...