It has been many years since I first wrote a message of appreciation for your assistance with my career. The journey you helped me to embark upon has continued to develop and it’s time for an update to that letter.
As you will remember, I had a history of changing jobs pretty regularly, from teaching, to sales, taxi driving and so on. The general consensus of opinion was that this was an indication that I was unstable. However, I always felt that I had to “try” different jobs out, in my search for what I really wanted in life, and to do with my life. All these experiences have served me very well in equipping me for what I am now doing.
You helped me search for and identify what I really wanted. Having spent time in the sales and sales management field, I was well versed with all the goal setting routines. However, I had never taken time out to set goals for WHO I want to be. Once I established this, I was able to chart an appropriate course for my life which has unfolded in the most amazing way since then.
I resigned from my job and set up a children’s charity for the well brothers and sisters of seriously ill and dying kids. The charity, Carenet, eventually went out of operation but not before the importance of its mission gained enough recognition and support to result in others taking up the task and funding being secured to ensure the work would continue.
I subsequently underwent a period of serious health problems. However because I had become clear about who I want to be, even these have proven to be a blessing. I am now in excellent health and have shed 42 unwanted kilograms. I have also shed the negative self-perceptions that had accompanied that extra weight. While this has undoubtedly added years to my life, what is more important is that it has added life to my years.
I am now setting up a program, The Corporate Lifeguard, to address the obesity epidemic afflicting so many of those who make our organizations work. Our focus will be on gaining the support of the corporate world to achieve the benefits that are waiting to be enjoyed.
I have long since learned that material considerations fall into their proper place when we are experiencing the satisfaction of contributing to the lives and futures of others. And I know it’s what I am “wired up” to do. The rewards that this has brought me are in no small part due to your coaching and direction. Thank you once again for helping me to make this immensely satisfying change in direction all those years ago. Your influence and input has not gone unrecognised – hence my desire to reconnect after all these years and pass on my appreciation.
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