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The principal opponent of the protagonist is a character known as the antagonist, who represents or creates obstacles that the protagonist must overcome.

This morning I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with some amazing women who have conquered significant obstacles in their journey through life.  More so, they have slain their antagonists; one right after another.

Thestrong_woman1-237x300 panel was for the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center (MOWBC).  It’s worthy to note the Mission of MOWBC, “To empower women to become economically self-sufficient by providing targeted education, workshops, job training, strong relationships and resources that provide business, professional and personal growth.”

The meeting theme was ‘You’ve Come a Long Way Baby’ as we were there to celebrate Women’s History Month.  While each of us spoke from our own unique ‘life lens’, I noticed a key thread that wove through our stories…we each fought the antagonists in our lives and refused to allow them to hold us back.

Who or what is your antagonist?  How long will you allow it to hold you back?  And what do you plan to do about it? Jim Butcher’s famous character, Harry Dresden, offers this sage advice: “The only way to deal with the things we fear is to face them; to drag them kicking and screaming out of the darkness and destroy them.”

I have come a long way, baby.  Way longer and farther than most, who’ve known me for years, would likely know.   I am what most would call a ‘Survivor’; yet the lens I look through labels it ‘Success-0r’.  You see, I had the great fortune some years back to have worked for a great person who became my mentor, my friend, my coach.

My coach helped open my mind and helped me comprehend myself, all of which allowed me to bring to fruition my successes.  I could tell you all of the great things my coach said, because they’d all be true.  Or I could tell you about all the accomplishments I’ve had a result of that coach, because they’d all be true.  Heck, I could even talk of the fact that I have ‘come a long way, baby’ because of this coach, and it’d be just a plain fact.  But the truth is, the most important thing my coach taught me was the value of a coach.

Even today and though I carry the dual title myself of a Certified Leadership and Executive Coach and that of a Certified Business Coach, I myself still have a coach; a couple of them as a matter of fact.   I have a formal, certified coach that I keep in touch with regularly – who helps me on the professional side – and I have many ‘informal’ coaches that I tap into – personally – when needed.  All of whom help me continue to slay the antagonists who attempt to throw obstacles in my way.

In 17 days, I’m launching my newest business venture.  I won’t play ‘victim’ and describe the litany of obstacles I’ve faced in the past three years getting to this point.  But I will say a big “THANK YOU” to my certified coach and my informal coaches, without them I may not have had to courage to well…”drag my fears, kicking and screaming out of the darkness and destroy them.”

Nikki Ellison is a business advisor, executive coach and founder of Ellison Partners. Through effective leadership coaching, proprietary skill acceleration programs and assessments, Ellison Partners helps businesses and their leaders achieve results.

© Nikki Ellison, 2013.

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