Coach Christine Clark has forged her life in the fires of self-employment. Christine brings over 55 years combined entrepreneurial experience to her clients. She addresses the internal mental & emotional blocks that stand between us and a life of significance. She is The Coach for Your Entrepreneurial Life. A gifted engaging speaker and trainer Christine connects authentically with the room. Addressing the heart of the challenges that limit potential she leads people to their greatness. She is the creator of Forging A Life a fascinating approach to understanding the factors that make us exceptional i.e. what’s in our steel and how to construct a life of flow, function and beauty.
Christine holds several coaching certifications including: I.G.N.I.T.E. Breakthrough Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach, Neuro-Transformational Results Coach, Motivating the Masses Platinum Partner Personal Development Coach, and Elite Success Systems Master Coach
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There are still times when I wish I could have gotten to where I am now, confident in who I am and solid in how I serve the world, sooner. I know at my core there is a process to becoming. There were lessons to learn, knowledge to gain, and resiliency to acquire. Here are two snapshots of my journey.
Jumping off the corporate ladder.
I started a side hustle as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant while working full time as a property and casualty underwriter. That same year I became pregnant with my first son. At the salaried corporate job I kept my nose to the grind stone 50 and 60 hours a week. The work load was immense. I wore the pumps, sported business skirts, carried a brief case and could have been flipping hamburgers for the same wage if you broke that salary down by the hours I was putting in. When my son was born I knew I did not want him raised in daycare. My husband Howard’s business as a maker of custom knives was going well. I choose to leave corporate shortly after returning from maternity leave. I did not do the strategic thing of building my Mary Kay business to replace the salary first. I just jumped. We were then a duel entrepreneurship household. To sink, to swim, to tread water, which Howard and I have for 26 years and counting.
A Life Coach
I clicked an ad for a free CD called Stop The Sabotage. That was the beginning of my awakening. The saying goes “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” Somehow I understood I was sabotaging myself. At that time I constantly felt like a failure. I was inconsistent in my work. Believed I was never doing enough or doing the “right” things. I certainly was not making enough money. I had no boundaries with customers. Would willingly do anything, go anywhere and bend over backwards while being stressed out pursuing perfection. I remember being recognized on stage as the number one consultant for a regional contest and thinking the other women must not have turned in their stats. (Really!?) The truth is that I was operating in the top 7% of the company but could not see my value.
The CD opened a door to the world self development for me. I signed up for more CDs. Plugged into conference call courses. Attended live events. Got personal coaching. Everything made sense. As I began to untie my own knots, gain perspective, find clarity and change my language I immediately shared what I was learning with everyone around me. I began coaching my team (personal recruits). The thought blossomed in my heart “I think I want to coach”.
At the end of the Mary Kay parties I did a compliment time with the women around the table. Two rules. First the woman receiving the compliments could only say "Thank you." Second the compliments were to be sincere. I saw how women deflected the praise. I saw how some women could not give a connectional affirming compliment. I wanted to reach into all of them and turn up the worthiness, self love and inherent value. I wanted to have deeper impact on them and their lives. I was in the wrong uniform.
For two years I searched for how to become a certified life coach. I knew I did not want to be an ambassador for someone else’s program. I wanted to learn the skills. I also wanted a program and company with integrity. When I came across exactly what I was looking for the course was just six weeks out. It was a week long full emersion program halfway across the country. The cost of the course, airfare, week in a nice hotel, plus meals was overwhelming. The mountain of money required loomed over me. It scared me. I waffled. My inner critic went on attack: “That money should be used for the family” “How can you leave Howard to manage the house and kids?” “What if you suck as a coach?” “What if you fail?”
For two days I went in circles. Finally I said “Christine, you’ve been looking for two years. This is exactly what you want. Are you going to let money control what you do?” “No.” I answered. I came up with the money. I jumped into the most transformative experience I’ve ever had and took a total change in trajectory. I immediately stepped into a year long coach training program which required 90 hours of peer and client coaching along with the course work, live trainings, and mentor check ins. I was the first in my class to complete all the requirements finishing the course in eight months. I have been building my coaching business ever since.
What I know now:
I am working in my purpose as a transformational life coach. This is my calling. All my experiences through life were preparing me to be The Coach For The Entrepreneurial Life.
I love what I do. We humans are amazing, brilliant, skilled, talented, loving, miracles. We also are very good at burying our brilliance under self judgement, ridicule, sabotaging stories and not enough. Walking beside people, guiding, being the catalyst to release the blocks is deeply fulfilling. My work has a significance that I could have never guessed was possible. I am a natural in group settings training and leading discussion. Creating a safe space for people to share candidly, hear themselves in others, and grow together is a rush. However, the best part for me has been doing my own deep work. I keep going back to the immersion trainings to work on my own shit.(seven certifications and counting) I've had some amazing skilled coaches guide me and pull out of me my tangled self righteous protections that have block my growth.
This work never gets old.
As long as we are alive there is opportunity to learn more about ourselves. Chances to get up and begin again. Ways to grow and be your best possible self. With each step we gain confidence, self love, deeper connections, greater joy. Self development and true success takes intention and repeated effort. The payoff is living full out in abundance and exhilaration the life you desire.
That’s what I do. People who work with me gain clarity on their values and priorities. They learn to access their inner gifts, strength and resilience. They break through to live in flow and harmony, cultivate deeper relationships, as well as increase abundance and wealth.