Exciting Announcement. . . I've Now Reached Another Coaching Milestone!

I am very excited to share with you that I have recently earned my second tier of credentials with the International Coach Federation (ICF). My new credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) means that I have demonstrated a continued commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. To earn the PCC credentials, a coach has to complete 500 hours of coaching experience (450 paid). I am grateful to the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) for preparing me through its rigorous training program five years ago to qualify to earn these credentials through the ICF. I am also grateful to the 100 + clients that put their trust in me and opened their hearts and minds to me. I love my clients and feel privileged to work with each and every one of them.

 I love coaching. I love being a coach.

When I decided to quit my job at NDI in 2013, I was confident that I could build my own business and be my own boss. My inner-critic, or gremlin, popped its head a few times and told me that I can’t do it and that I don’t have what it takes to get it done. I am fortunate that I was able to tame my gremlin and persevere. I credit that to my Lebanese upbringing and Lebanese genes. ;) Living in alignment with my values and living authentically are core to who I am. My sense of identity was getting lost in a job that was no longer allowing me to live in integrity. It took a great deal of courage to leave a job with a prestigious organization in Washington D.C. and a steady paycheck, while still paying my student loans for graduate school. This was my second career pivot in my professional journey, and by all standards the thought of starting again would normally be a debilitating factor. However, I knew deep down in my heart that if I believed strongly in my dream and was committed to it, I can make it manifest. I had to overcome my fear of the unknown and of the lack of certainty, and stay focused on my goal. But, if it weren’t for the support of true friends, I would not have made it this far.

I want to especially thank those who believed in me early on in my journey when I was still trying to build my credibility as a coach. You know who you are. :) Thank you for your love, trust and support. I am so very grateful. 

My next goal is to complete writing my book and to achieve the next tier of credentials as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). This will require the completion of 2500 + hours of coaching experience. This may take me some time, and for now, I am going to enjoy where I presently am in my journey and continue to seek to learn, expand my knowledge and grow my skill as a coach.  I am very excited about the start of the New Year, and look forward to all the lessons and growth that 2019 will bring. Happy New Year!

Much love and gratitude,

Joelle Jackson, PCC, ELI-MP Conscious Leadership Coach

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BEING STUCK ISN’T YOUR FATE—3 WAYS TO OVERCOMING IT

BEING STUCK ISN’T YOUR FATE—3 WAYS TO OVERCOMING IT

Why am I stuck? Many ask themselves this same common question day in and day out. Whether it is a job, you don’t like, or a relationship that has become unhealthy, or maybe a weight on the scale that does not seem to budge, whatever status quo you may find yourself in, feeling stuck is very common. Self-help guru, Bob Proctor, frequently talks about changing one’s paradigm to change their life or any aspect of their life. What Proctor and others like him also explain is that unless we fully understand what is keeping us stuck in our current paradigm, we cannot shift into a new one. While this might sound simple, this is the biggest hurdle to any breakthrough because most of our paradigms tend to be created by our unconscious mind.

Remembering MLK As A Conscious Leader

Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered as one of the greatest civil rights leaders and activists. I find him to be one of the most remarkable conscious leaders in history. His work and words continue to inspire and motivate many to challenge the status quo and create a better world for all. As an enlightened individual, he underscored the importance of transforming oneself first to be able to then transform the world. 

Over the years, I have run into many of MLK's quotes that carried ideas, thoughts and principles that will forever resonate with our collective consciousness as a human society. In fact, his words that described his personal experience of life's wins and losses reflect a visceral knowledge and deep understanding of the human consciousness and what it would take to make a difference on the individual and collective levels. 

I am struck by how easily we can explain iPEC Coaching's 7 Levels of Energy that are depicted in the Energetic Self-Perception Chart and measured in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment (ELI), through MLK's words. These 7 Levels of Energy are also known as the seven levels of the human consciousness that reflect the seven different ways we judge ourselves and the world. They are seven different attitudes we could have toward what we are personally experiencing and how we interpret what the world is experiencing. Leading our consciousness from Levels 1 & 2 keeps us stuck in the status quo. Level 3 is the doorway into freedom and living from higher levels of consciousness, while Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7, are living consciously. Those who have taken the ELI Assessment will easily relate to this, and those who might be intrigued, I invite you to check the image below of the 7 Levels and read more about this on my website

The 7 Levels of Energy or consciousness can be easily explained through MLK's words. To honor his memory as one of the most inspirational and motivational conscious leaders, I am outlining below some of his quotes as they correspond to each of the 7 Levels: 

Level 1: The Level of Apathy

"Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter."

Level 2: The Level of Struggle

"Freedom is never given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed."

Level 3: The Level of Forgiveness

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." 

Level 4: The Level of Service

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”

Level 5: The Level of Opportunity and Win-Win

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

Level 6: The Level of Oneness; Moving Beyond the “I” to the “We”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Level 7: The Level of Freedom

Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Energetic Self-Perception Chart 

Energetic Self-Perception Chart