You may have just returned home from the mission field, or maybe you have been home for awhile. There are things you have learned while you were gone. Are you using those things?
Let me give you an example. While I was on my mission trip, I was gone for 11 months. During month 4, I was asked to be a leader (we called them squad leaders) of my group of 40 people. Me, along with 2 others had the opportunity to lead this group together. During my time in this position, something came alive in me. I LOVED one on one time with people, listening to them, encouraging them, praying for them, offering advice or pieces of insight. Something clicked! My coach asked me what I loved about being a squad leader and I told him what I just listed above. He then told me, “Nikki, you need to be a life coach.” I had no idea what that was. He told me I could get paid to do what I am doing now. My mind was blown!
Within the year of returning home from my missions trip, I began researching what a life coach was and the different programs available. I ended up getting certified as a life coach and so my journey began.
I tell this to you, because I used what I learned about myself and turned it into a growing career.
A similar experience is of my friend and fellow squad leader, David. He is now the leader of global missions at his church in Dallas, TX. He told me what he is doing now is very similar to our role as squad leaders, but on a much bigger scale. In this weeks podcast episode, I interview David and talk to him more about this!
Your missions trip should be the catalyst for the rest of your life.
This experience is not a one and done, but you can take what you learned about yourself and apply it to your life today! If you need help figuring out how to do this, maybe you need a life coach yourself. I know of a great one to refer you to ; )
Here are some tips as to where to start:
Take time to think back to your missions trip, what made you come alive?
Write down everything you enjoyed while on your trip
Look at what you have written and see if there is a link or some kind of career attached. Honestly, these days you can be whatever you want to be if you have the drive to achieve it.
Start searching on Google for those options! That’s where I started ; )