You know how they say you can call yourself an expert after ten years of doing something? I’m right here at the ten-year mark since I had my first paying coaching client in November 2009. I’m taking this moment to look and see what it feels like at this stage, at the end of a decade.
There is certainly an interesting and different feeling at this stage than even a couple years ago, and a vast difference from the early days.
One thing for sure, ten years in feels amazing for me.
There’s a level of security, ease, and trust in my work life that I’m so appreciating. A settling in. Leaning more and more into a natural flow.
I think that ten-year mastery idea, and part of why ten years in feels so amazing, is about the concept of Flow.
When you’ve done something you enjoy for a long while, you are more likely to get to a state of delicious flow, where things “just happen,” or move through you, and you barely know how it’s happening.
It just feels.. natural.
Like I was born to do this.
Like a spiritual experience that I can’t explain in simple terms.
I call this feeling “natural flow” and when you get to know me, you’ll see that natural flow is a favorite topic. I want everyone to have this.
There’s a joy, a trust, a deeper knowing beyond what’s right in front of your eyes… if you allow this energy to move through you. It’s a mindfulness practice whose internal benefits build on itself year after year.
I don’t think it’s about “expert” or not (and I have issues with most uses of the word expert).
The ten-year mastery idea is about being able to fully rely on your wisdom and heart to lead the way, and even let yourself stake your livelihood on that! That’s a big trust. One that now feels easy. I feel so much gratitude for that ease as I write this.
It wasn’t easy at first. I had to learn to live on faith, and self-employment is a great teacher.
I’ll explain how it has evolved and continues to evolve, such as what I’m learning now. I even wrote a poem about it, in this post. It just showed up. Continue reading