Bridges take people from where they are to where they could be ~ Coaching does the same! Hi, my name is Cindy Scott and Welcome to Bridges Coaching!
There are many different types of bridges just like there are many different types of people and goals they want to move toward. I train business and ministry leaders like you to help people build a unique pathway forward, turning their dreams into attainable goals through the power of coaching. I am a certified growth coach, life coach, leadership coach, coach trainer and a leadership consultant.
My blog covers topics related to personal development and coach training. My experience has been as diverse as it has been rewarding: workshop facilitator, church leader, professor and dean at Elim Bible Institute, Small Groups Director, wife of a pastor, mother of four.
I’ve interacted with leaders of all ages and stages. One thing all good leaders have in common is a desire to constantly grow.
I believe that coaching is the key.
Leadership isn’t easy. I’ve learned a bit (often the hard way) about embracing change, working through the fog of transition, and overcoming self-limiting beliefs. That’s why I launched this blog and my organization, Bridges Coaching. I regularly post content to challenge and equip you for focused action helping people towards attaining goals, authenticity, and alignment. To stay up-to-date, subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
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Powerful revelations start with powerful questions.
Have you ever felt a day late and a dollar short? In 2009, I was more than a few bucks short – it was more like $15,000! At the time, my husband Eric and I were going through some big transitions. Transitions were nothing new to us – to date we’ve lived in four states and moved across state lines six times. In 2009 we found ourselves, and our four children, moving back to New York…
It looked like we would settle awhile in Lima – a small town just a few miles south of Rochester, NY. Eric had taken a ministry position that fit his strengths and passions, but the truth is this move was extremely difficult for me. We were leaving Kansas, where we impacted our community through a thriving city wide youth ministry. Teens came from all the churches in our town to be a part, and we loved mentoring developing leaders.
When we transitioned to New York, however, I truthfully felt forgotten. My career was seemingly on hold, and the ministry I loved so dearly was no longer a part of our lives. Talk about an identity crisis! Then there were the everyday things, like downsizing from a 5-bedroom house to a 3-bedroom home. Try doing that with four kids in tow! I had a desire to go to grad school to further my training, but had no real plan to make that happen. I was $15,000 short – no small sum.
That’s when I crossed paths with a representative from Southwestern Christian College. He was well-versed in coaching. Truthfully, I did not know much about coaching at the time. I had some ideas about it, but really did not want to just learn another program to help people grow.
When I told him about our current situation, he challenged me with a simple but disarming question:
“Why don’t you just move forward as you’re able?”
That one question led me to a pathway of “What if…?’s” and a wild ride earning my master’s degree as I was able one semester at a time. More important, it was the first step on a bridge that connected me to a whole new paradigm and realization of my life’s purpose: coaching.
As I took action to enroll in grad school it wasn’t always easy; in fact it was one of the most stressful (and miraculous) times of my life! God had me learning much more than what was in my curriculum at that time. When it rains it pours and I had 5 different offices and 6+ different roles during that season while doing my course work on the side. Financially, Eric and I were stretched. But, as I took steps of obedience and went through school we witnessed God provide one semester at a time.
Ultimately, saying “yes” and owning up to the challenges in my life has helped me relate to the challenges others face. My professional experience grew as I transitioned from leadership roles at our local church and Elim Bible Institute to start my own LLC offering coach training, destiny discovery and leadership workshops and seminars. All this would pale in comparison to the life lessons we learned – together.
When leaders take steps forward, it’s never done in isolation. Every decision we make affects those around us. This was no different. Our four kids also came along for the ride. As we stepped out in faith together, we became closer as a family. They have all grown up to be brave risk-takers in their own right, and I could not be more proud.
Life is rarely A to B, but that is totally O.K.
God has a unique pathway for you, as much as He has a unique pathway for me. This is also true of all those you have been entrusted to serve and lead.
My colleagues and friends often ask, “Cindy – how did you navigate all these life transitions?” I can’t say I have all the answers, but I have definitely asked many questions. When I look back, it is obvious that many of our “Aha” moments came when we learned to keep asking questions instead of trying to pretend like we had all the answers.
Honestly, do you feel like you need to have all the answers?
So often, leaders are expected to have all the answers or find creative solutions to other people’s problems. As leaders our job is to help people build bridges to what could be by helping them discern what God is doing in the midst of whatever they are facing.
That’s why coaching is so powerful! God has a unique pathway for each of us and a desire to walk directly with us in our lives. The word coaching may be new, but the concept is of age-old biblical proportion.
The “Always” Circle.
Life seldom let’s us stay in control. Bridges Coaching offers and exclusive view of a spiraling paradigm where:
I’m not sure if that’s completely accurate, but I can share a few things from the road we’ve traveled. In fact, I call it the ROAD paradigm:
R – Recognize
O – Own
A – Action Steps
D – Dedication
These four steps have been integral to progress in my life, both personally and professionally. It’s hard to believe that all these years later, I’ve been privileged to train business leaders, public speakers, pastors, ministry leaders, social workers, and the unheralded leaders of our society – mothers and fathers!
Let’s talk about your Always Circle and where you are on the ROAD!!