I've had the dream of starting this business for a few years now. Over the course of the last few years, I have spent so much time thinking about how I would want to lead. Whether or not this business grows to have other employees or even a far reach, I believe that I have a position to share my voice and lead through my values.
I have learned that the "how" is often more important than the "what."
I think I learned this lesson pretty early in my life, though it didn’t consciously register until much later. My dad, so much wiser than I used to give him credit for, always used to tell me, ”it’s not the trouble you get into, it’s how you get out of it.” Let me tell you, I did not love it at the time (sorry, Dad). But he was teaching me that whatever happened, the way I chose to handle it was what mattered most.
Later on, after bouncing through a few jobs to figure out what spoke to me most, I thought to myself, "I don’t really care what I do, so long as I get to do it in this way." Yet again, the how was rising to the top.
Now, I see the how everywhere - there is so much in this world that we can’t control, but our actions, behavior, thoughts, reactions... these are all things that we can control. We can decide how we want to live - who we want to be. And in the end, isn’t this really the part that people remember?
So, who are we? What do we believe?
At New Heights Coaching, we believe that humanity is good. We strive to see the best in those around us, to give others the benefit of the doubt. Sure we’ve been hurt, sure we have reasons not to trust. But is that how we want to live? Is that how we want to be remembered?
We believe in seeing each person for who they are, where they are. This is the beauty of coaching - the coach and coachee are equals, working together to reach the caochee’s goals. The coachee is the expert. The coach guides and probes and shines the light, but the coachee must be willing, must do the hard work of looking within for answers. So the coach must see their coachees for who they are, where they are, and who they could (and want to) become.
We believe that no one person is any better than another. We are all capable and worthy - worthy of love, care, respect, kindness.
And while, in this way, we are all equals, we are also all different. We each have our own personalities, quirks, gifts, talents. So in seeing people for who they are, we must also look at our differences - and celebrate them.
We believe in coming to the table to listen and learn.
We believe we are all in this together. That relationships are what makes the world go 'round. That we can lift each other up.
It is with these beliefs that we approach each day, each interaction, striving to build and support a community in which we can all be our best selves.
Maybe this all sounds like sunshine and rainbows. We know life is hard, unfair, and some days just suck. Sometimes those days stretch to weeks, months, and years. But together, we can make this world a better place to be. Together, we can become our best selves.