A road to PCC - Radmila Antić

Coaching - safe space to freely explore your dreams, fears, and aspirations without judgment

If you were to ask a colleague or friend to describe Radmila, the first associations you would likely hear are empathy, dedication, and a desire to make a positive impact. Additionally, her eagerness to learn, grow, and truly understand the perspectives of others are standout qualities that could be mentioned.
Furthermore, if you were to review previous interviews you've read, you would understand why we are speaking with Radmila on this occasion.
Aside from her recent fantastic achievement - earning her PCC credential - these traits make Radmila a valuable member of the Koučing Centar alumni community; a community of talented and committed individuals dedicated to growth. :)

So, how this story begins…
Radmila's interest in coaching was sparked by her personal experiences and a strong desire to assist others in realizing their potential. Having always found fulfillment in supporting and empowering those around her, including family, she has guided them through challenges and celebrated their successes. Reflecting on these experiences, Radmila recognized coaching as a natural extension of her passion for helping others thrive. She saw coaching as a way to facilitate personal and professional growth by leveraging strengths to overcome obstacles and achieve goals. Additionally, Radmila viewed coaching as an opportunity for her own growth, enhancing her understanding of human behavior, communication skills, and empathy. Ultimately, her genuine desire to positively impact lives and her drive for continuous development led her to explore coaching for personal and professional fulfillment.

Reflecting on your journey from enrolling in your first coaching training to achieving your ICF credential, what key insights or lessons have you gained along the way?

My journey from enrolling in my first coaching training to achieving my ICF credential has been incredibly rewarding and filled with valuable insights and lessons.

One key insight I've gained is the importance of embracing the learning process and being open to feedback and self-reflection. Throughout my training, I've learned that coaching is as much about continuous growth and development as it is about supporting others. By actively seeking feedback from mentors, peers, and clients, I've been able to identify areas for improvement and refine my coaching skills over time.

Another lesson I've learned is the power of building authentic connections with clients. I've discovered that genuine empathy, active listening, and a non-judgmental approach are essential elements of effective coaching. By truly understanding and connecting with my clients on a deeper level, I've been able to create a safe and supportive space for them to explore their goals, challenges, and aspirations.

Additionally, I've come to appreciate the significance of accountability in the coaching relationship. As a coach, I've learned to hold my clients accountable for their actions and commitments while also holding myself accountable for providing them with the guidance and support they need to succeed. This mutual accountability fosters trust and accountability, driving meaningful progress and results.

Overall, my journey to achieving my ICF credential has taught me the importance of humility, resilience, and dedication in the coaching profession. I've gained a deeper understanding of the transformative power of coaching and am committed to continuing my journey of growth and learning as a coach.

And what were some challenges on this path?

Reflecting on my journey towards achieving my ICF credential, I encountered several challenges along the way that tested my resilience and determination.

One significant challenge was navigating the complexities of balancing my coaching training with other personal and professional commitments. Finding the time and energy to dedicate to my training while managing work responsibilities and personal obligations required careful planning and prioritization. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed, but I learned to manage my time effectively and stay focused on my goals.

Another challenge I faced was overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome. As I embarked on my coaching journey, I questioned whether I had what it takes to succeed as a coach and whether my skills and abilities were truly up to par. Overcoming these doubts required a mindset shift and a commitment to believing in myself and my potential as a coach. Through self-reflection and seeking support from mentors and peers, I was able to build confidence in my abilities and continue moving forward.

Additionally, navigating the certification process itself presented its own set of challenges. From completing the required training hours to preparing for the certification exam, there were moments of uncertainty and anxiety. However, I remained committed to my goal and persevered through the challenges, leveraging the support of my mentors and peers along the way.

Overall, while the journey towards achieving my ICF credential was not without its challenges, each obstacle presented an opportunity for growth and learning. By staying resilient, maintaining a growth mindset, and seeking support when needed, I was able to overcome these challenges and ultimately achieve my goal of becoming a certified coach.

Looking back, what advice would you give to yourself at the beginning of your coaching journey, knowing what you know now?

Looking back, if I could advise myself at the start of my coaching journey, I would emphasize the importance of partnering with clients. It's not just about offering guidance; it's about co-creating solutions and fostering authentic connections. I'd remind myself to trust my intuition, embrace vulnerability, and cultivate a genuine rapport with clients. Each interaction is an opportunity for mutual growth, learning, and celebration. So, I'd encourage myself to stay resilient, seek support from my coaching community, and never stop evolving. After all, coaching isn't just a profession; it's a deeply personal and rewarding journey of transformation.

What are your aspirations for your coaching practice in the future?

First and foremost, I aspire to cultivate authentic relationships with my clients, built on trust, empathy, and mutual respect. I want each coaching session to feel like a safe space where clients can freely explore their dreams, fears, and aspirations without judgment.

Beyond individual sessions, I dream of fostering a vibrant community of growth-minded individuals who support and uplift each other on their journeys. Whether through group coaching programs, workshops, or online forums, I aim to create spaces where people feel heard, valued, and empowered to embrace their full potential.

On a personal level, I aspire to continually deepen my own growth and self-awareness as a coach. This means embracing vulnerability, challenging my assumptions, and remaining open to new perspectives and ideas. I believe that my own journey of growth is intertwined with that of my clients, and I am committed to evolving alongside them.

Ultimately, my greatest aspiration is to make a positive difference in the lives of those I work with. Whether it's helping someone gain clarity on their goals, overcome self-doubt, or find fulfillment in their personal or professional life, I want to be a catalyst for positive change and transformation.

As I look ahead, I am filled with excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to embark on this journey of growth, connection, and impact. I am eager to see where it takes me and the lives I have the privilege to touch along the way.