Coaching has always been both a deep love and a courageous act for me. So is entrepreneurship.
With coaching here, there are no scripts, no formulas. Just you, me, and an open landscape of opportunity. And when the practice of courage is the bedrock of the work, it means listening and bear witnessing to complex layers of emotion, situation, desire, and challenge brought to the surface by those in your care. I don't pretend to be an expert; I am a fellow student of courage alongside you, serving as a compassionate, intuitive guide and practitioner willing to radically engage my own messiness in this life too.
As for business, I grew up an entrepreneur's daughter so I experienced firsthand what it means to build something from scratch with open hands to its evolution, growth, expansion, and depth. Control doesn't belong in entrepreneurship; that may seem rather counterintuitive yet we will surely sink if we don't learn how to float and listen to our intuitive voice within all the tides of business development in today's modern culture.
When I first stepped out into private practice without the organizational benefits of a consistent paycheck, health insurance, and a 401(k), I was scared. And yes, some days fear still washes over me. I even had such a day last week. Yet what is even more real to me than fear is hope. The hope that tomorrow can overflow with joy and abundance. The hope that fuels every experience that happens for us. The hope I witness in others in the depth of the practice too.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THIS PRACTICE
The Courage Practice is still busy growing, still deepening its voice, and learning how to show up with meaning and purpose rather than 'doing alllll the things just cause that's what you do to grow a business.' Some days are great; other days missteps and falls abound but all this is good too. Every step matters. This isn't a fancy punchline: all is truly, deeply well when you are living your purpose. Contrary to popular opinion, joy and challenge can powerfully co-exist and it is our courage which will support us in simultaneously embracing both with open hands.
I write this today from the corner of a coffee shop in between client sessions, business development tasks, and healthcare appointments. I just finished a conference call with my favorite agent at iStock who helps bring the images on this website come alive. I write this in advance of an important doctor's appointment for a spine injury that has profoundly changed my life. I write this as I navigate a season of life on the road where everything feels like home and nothing feels like home. I write this as I explore next steps in my own spiritual development with my coach. I write this from a place of fatigue as I continue to grieve the loss of a dear friend this summer. I write this after spilling coffee on my shirt while laughing so hard at a random joke shared by another coffee shop patron/entrepreneur a moment ago.
The sun is out, the Oregon wildfires are still sadly ablaze and the air remains thick with smoke, and I'm also busy writing/editing a third (and hopefully final draft) on an article about loneliness in leadership before deadline. Some days courage feels like a casual friend to me and other days, courage is my deepest confidant, quietly pushing me forward, further into myself and what I'm meant to contribute.
WE ALL HAVE A PRACTICE OF COURAGE
If you've collaborated with me at all, you know I deeply believe in the unique coupling of wisdom and strategy--in coaching, business, and life. Development in all its forms can be embedded into our leadership, living, and spirituality with greater ease when we bring both together more consciously. Our minds are brilliant and powerful but when our soul's wisdom comes forward in our work and life too, we become an integrated tour de force.
From this perspective, I consider it my greatest joy and privilege to walk alongside others in their own unique practice, wherever that may be. Courage at its most fundamental state is consciousness in motion. And the world needs us all awake--leading, living, and loving with soulful intention and action.
As you head into the final months of this year, are you looking for a traveling companion and guide in your own courage practice? This journey of courageous development isn't something you need to do on your own. I am here to assist you in shedding the heaviness of the practice and in igniting the abundance and truth within so you can confidently step further into the potential and purpose meant for you.
Wherever this finds you today, may you find a friend in your courage. Much love to you all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An intuitive leadership and life coach for 14 years and founder of The Courage Practice, Tonyalynne Wildhaber coaches individuals, leaders, coaches, and soulful entrepreneurs to make friends with their courage, integrate wisdom with strategy, step into their highest potential, and transform their success and life from the inside out. Tonyalynne is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Thrive Global. She is head-over-heels in love with the Pacific Northwest, loves iced coffee in all weather, and is attempting to train a dog named Ollie.