“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”
― Paulo Coelho
Today I held my new USPA membership card in my hands.
I traced the word “Coach” with my fingers.
It’s been a month since I earned that rating and I still cannot help but smile thinking back to that amazing course that I took out at Skydive Kansas.
After a little bit of research on coach courses in the area, my boyfriend helped me get in contact with Jen Sharp over at Skydive Kansas. I wanted a good course, I wanted to work hard for my rating. I waited through a re-schedule and finally the day arrived when we pulled up to the hangar at Skydive Kansas to start day one of the coach course. It was then, walking into that hangar that my nerves started to flutter.
For the better part of that first day, I battled self doubt. I thought back to fumbled exits and lost footing on landings. My confidence plummeted. What was I doing? Could I really do this? Am I cut out for this?
Over the next two days, I didn’t just earn my rating – I knocked it out of the park. I rocked my air evals – passing both on the first jumps. I listened intently to constructive criticism from an amazingly talented instructor, and taking her tips and advice to heart – I nailed my grounds and flew through my debriefs.
Its amazing how easily you can change your whole world, just by changing your way of thinking. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off that voice in your head that says “I Can’t.”. But all it takes is believing in yourself (and sometimes a little outside help from someone who cares) to say “Yes I can“.
Most often, success comes with struggle, and heart ache. In my case, it came with a little bit of both – but left me with a new self confidence, well earned pride, and a shiny new membership card with the word Coach on it! 🙂
It’s not just the rating that I am grateful for – its the self growth I achieved while working on that rating, and the confidence that grew with each task. I left Skydive Kansas with a different positive outlook that I had not been expecting. It was more than just a coach course.
I can achieve anything I want to achieve if I want it badly enough – Despite health conditions, despite outside negativity, despite any obstacles.
You can have anything you want if you work hard enough and believe that you’re capable of anything.
If it is in your mind and in your heart, it is already yours!
I am a skydiving coach – and yes I can!