Many of us remember when we first started thinking about ADHD coaching as a career. Perhaps there was something that impacted your life, or you may have learned about coaching and felt it was a good fit. I used to think that for me it went back to the first ADDA or CHADD conferences I attended. It was there I first heard about coaching and instantly felt that I had what it took to become an ADHD coach. But now I realize it goes back a lot further than that.
As a young person, I couldn’t make up my mind as to what direction I needed to go. My mom had a direction for me and it was to become a teacher – not something I wanted to do – or should I say, not a quality I thought I had. But she was a pretty good coach. She didn’t tell me what to do. She made me think about my decisions and choices. She held me accountable to anything I said I was going to do – maybe not in the way we coach today – but she made me want to try and I wanted to please her.
In looking through the ACO’s 2013 Membership Survey (you can read more about it in the new book ADHD Coaching Matters), I noticed that around the fourth year seems to be a time that many of us either decide to keep coaching or move on. When we come to that point in our coaching careers, it might be good to reflect on why we chose coaching in the first place. Doing so may help us to regain our purpose and find a direction that will move our business of coaching forward. For me, this reflection has made me realize that coaching was a quality that was nurtured in me. My mom’s example of leadership, and her coach-like approach to raising me, was a gift that led me to a career of coaching as well as teaching at a college (so I guess my mom was right after all).
If you are questioning your purpose for becoming a coach, give it some reflection. It may re-energize you. And remember that the ACO is here to support you. Your membership in ACO provides you with a listserv to connect with your colleagues. There you’ll find many people to share your concerns or bounce ideas around with. Through the ACO, you can more than likely locate coaches in your state with whom you can connect and perhaps even get together a few times a year to network, share experiences, and gain new ideas. And, of course, there’s the 2015 ACO conference where you can come to learn, be inspired, and deepen your roots in coaching.
What we do for those with ADHD is very important, and the world needs more ADHD coaches, not fewer. So if you’re feeling uncertain about your career, reach out. As one famous business coach with ADHD says about her coaching community, “Everything you need is in the room.”
Until next time . . .