You are a professional. You’ve worked hard to master your profession. You’ve paid your dues and are reaping the benefits. You have status and recognition and your life is running smoothly.

Still, there’s something gnawing at you.

An emptiness you can’t seem to shake. Something is missing, something that’s essential to who you are. It used to fuel you, bring a spark to every day.

You’re curious.

You love to follow that curiosity.
You love to learn and keep boredom at bay.
You love to spread your wings.

You’re creative and intelligent.

You know you’re a living, breathing idea generator.
You know you could tackle anything you put your mind to.
You know you only need half a chance to shine and fulfill your dreams and potential.

After all, you’ve used all that to get you to where you are now.

But somehow, you got hemmed in. And the spark left.

Ironically, by the very success you achieved. The more successful you became, the more limited your options seemed to become.

You can still get enthusiastic about an idea or opportunity and dive in headlong to learn everything there’s to know about it.

And then, it all fizzles out.

You know you may be short on experience in the exact role, but you know you can do the job.

But you can’t help but wonder “who’s going to let you?”

So, you sink back into the drudgery of your current reality, a little more disillusioned and the dream of a brighter, more interesting and alluring future a little less alive.

Marjan Venema

I know how it feels I’ve been there.

Countless times.

I let it wreak havoc on my confidence, my self-esteem, and my mood.

I felt empty, unfulfilled, exhausted.

I didn’t even know what I wanted anymore. Everything I had pursued turned out boring in the end. So what was the point?

Performance at Kijkduin 2016

It all began to shift after I attended a Taiko drumming workshop, took classes, and performed in front of hundreds, even thousands of people long before I felt ready.

I felt exposed and vulnerable, yet also daring and triumphant.

It fundamentally changed my perspective. On myself, my abilities, if and when to put my name forward for something I want. And also on the judgments, words, actions, and intentions of others.

Rest assured, it wasn’t straightforward or plain sailing from then on.

In fact, the journey from training as a coach to where I am now was one with many detours. But they were all interesting and taught me a lot about myself. So I hope the journey ahead of me is just as bendy.

I know you can do it too.

You have the answers within you.
You have the power and the grit even if you think you don’t.
You have what it takes to be the you, you desire to be.

It’s just that it’s all tangled up inside you and you can’t see it under the pile of negative messages that you’ve received even from yourself.

And maybe you fear that the tangle is like the proverbial Gordian knot impossible to untangle.

I know I was stumped by my personal knot. Knots, actually. Some of which I’m still untying.

Like me, you have it in you to dig down and do the illuminating self-work to unravel it.

And, like me, you don’t have to do it alone. I had, and still have, coaches and peers to help me.

Coaching my coaching, of course will act for you like Alexander the Great’s sword did on that Gordian knot: it’ll cut through all the noise to get you clear on where you want to go and help you get there faster and with more resilient confidence than you would all by your lonely.

It’ll be intense.
It’ll be worth it.
You’re worth it.

Are you ready for a new chapter in your life?