1. Tell us a bit about yourself:
HI! I am Suzanne Chate of Suzanne Chate Coaching and I’m a Career and Success Coach who is certified not only in Success Coaching but also in hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique, TIME technique and as an NLP Practitioner. I am so blessed to be married to the love of my life and we have built a family together, along with 2 successful careers. I grew up in a rural setting and was able to fulfill my childhood obsession with horses. I am super sappy and have been known to cry at not only home reveal shows and any movie with an animal but even commercials.
We live in a suburb of Toronto and I can’t imagine any other place as home. It is the perfect mix of close to the city and still carries with it a small town feel. My time outside of work is mostly taken up by my children’s sports events, so much time at arenas and lacrosse fields, time with friends and family, and time on our deck. My family are my biggest supporters and rock. My husband and I met at a work Christmas party and never looked back. We settled in his home town for 12 years before we moved to our current city that felt like home immediately. I love coffee (like seriously love coffee!), wine, cheese, spending days in the sun with my family and traveling as much as I can. I have a bucket list of vacation destinations and restaurants to try weekly.
I used to think that I was too bland to stand out online until I came to realize that so many men and women are running around doing “okay” but not thriving. I was living the same life and knew that I was not living up to my potential but had no idea how to make a way out of it. I realized that my story of transformation was one that so many could relate to and it was my mission to bring it forward.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job as a kid was babysitting as is often the case with many others. That being said, my first "real job" was in a large bank working in their Administration Centre in the city I was living in. I had just graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and had no idea where to go or what to do. A friend's mom reached out to me and mentioned the bank that she worked for was hiring so I gave her my resume. I spent the next year there realizing that I was not meant for a cubicle life. I needed to help people and have a more dynamic environment to work in. I am forever grateful for that soft introduction as it shaped much of my career for 17 years. I have spent the bulk of my career advising Canadians on their finances and culminated that area of my life in Financial Planning. It was from that role that I launched into Coaching.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Life Coaching was something that I read about 10 years ago and thought it sounded phenomenal; a role that helped people become the best that they could be was my dream job. At the time I discovered the concept I also quickly dismissed it as not the “right time”. Fast forward to 2 years ago and I found myself in a place where I was completely overwhelmed by the demands of my career as a Financial Planner, Wife, Mom, and Daughter. I knew that I was capable of so much more along with destined to have a joyous life. I also knew that I loved transforming peoples lives but the numbers that I dealt with in Financial Planning were no longer exciting for me. I was completely flat and lacking in any sort of proactivity in my life.
I knew I needed a change so I began seeking out Coaching for myself. That decision altered the course of my life. Through coaching I found the spark that was missing for me personally and a career that encompassed everything I have ever loved about every role I have taken on. Through my journey I understood first that so many women struggle with the concept of work life balance. One does not need to suffer as a result of the other, provided you have taken the time to do the inner work around limiting beliefs and taking ownership for your own success. What makes me a phenomenal Coach to my clients is I have done the work. I have come from a place of chaotic mediocrity and showed up on the other side owning my career, success, and mindset. I cannot imagine myself doing any other role then being a Coach. I continue to receive such immense satisfaction seeing my clients from all walks of life succeed in ways they never dreamed possible.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
If I was able to give my younger self career and life advice it would be to believe in yourself because you are capable of accomplishing things you could never dream of if you believe in yourself and your ability. Follow your intuition and trust yourself. Timing may be off or you may feel you are lacking a certain skill but do it anyway. You will find a way to make it work if you want it. It is 1000 percent okay to take time for you. Actually it’s imperative that you do so. Fill your cup everyday with what you love. There is no such thing as failure, only feedback. This is a motto I live by now. Should something not go as you want or thought take the time to understand why and try again. You only fail when you give up! BE PROACTIVE in your career and life. Spend the time planning out and dreaming about what you want to achieve, so that you can set in motion a plan to get there.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
5 years from now I picture my Career and Success Coaching practice having evolved to include working 1:1 with clients, to include weekend retreats, a book, online courses, and group programs. I anticipate that I have been able to help hundreds of women and men revamp their current career situation and transform both their career as well as their life as a whole from my private coaching sessions. And tens of thousands from my other programs. I envision that I have set up a charitable trust through my business that funds children in minor hockey and lacrosse in my local community as a means to give back. I will spend time each month participating in speaking engagements in a corporate setting. Speaking to the power of the subconscious mind and how to harness it to live your best life as a means to retain engaged employees. I am not limited to the geographic areas my clients live in and I will have clients who work with me from all around the globe. Personally, in 5 years from now my husband and I will have had the ability to travel to many spots on my bucket list, my children are thriving in their post secondary education, and I will have ran at least three 5K races. We will have been able to take on a more active role in our community. I am a living breathing example of how by taking care of your mindset and following a career path that lights you on fire you will be HAPPY and THRIVING.
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