Forbes Coaches Council Member Spotlight: Tameka Williamson, Executive Leadership Strategist

Forbes Coaches Council members come from a wide range of backgrounds. And with their wide range of experiences, they have a lot to share with clients and fellow members of the community. To help them share with an even greater audience, we’re profiling Forbes Coaches Council members here on the blog. This week: Tameka Williamson.

Tameka Williamson is an executive leadership strategist and a certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Tameka is passionate about leadership development and igniting professionals and students to “BLAZEUp” their future—transforming their lives into one of significance.

What inspired you to become a coach?

I’ve always been the type of person who wanted to help improve the lives of others, especially youth. Having been blessed with strong mentors and coaches who helped me become the business person I am today made me want to do the same and be that sounding board and partner. We all need someone along the way to help us, as success is not achieved alone. This is me being the answer to others’ problems.

What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?

Life is about what you make of it. It’s filled with many rewards, but it also has many challenges, curveballs and detours. The essence of a person is dictated by their ability to keep getting up and trying again from a different angle. This has kept me going when I felt like giving up. Every time I persevered through a valley experience, I grew, gained new perspective and had a new testimony that helped others along the way. It also allowed me to see what I was made of.

What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?

One of the biggest hurdles I see clients face is gaining clarity about the direction of their life and getting out of unhappy situations. My advice is two-fold. It’s all about mindset and open discovery. First, one must have the mindset to view life and everything that comes with it as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to learn, grow, help someone else grow, etc. This removes the opportunity to settle, be pessimistic and dwell on challenging days. Secondly, the key to finding your passion is not always centered around analyzing what you really like or dislike. That’s a start, but it sometimes comes as a result of being open to exploring new adventures, assignments, and taking on challenges you would typically ignore. This is because we don’t know what we don’t know. So, we must open our minds and hearts to discovering what life has to offer. This comes from having strong mentors and coaches challenge you to get outside the box and shift your paradigm of thinking.