It’s been just over 12 months since we first met Nicole, and we were delighted to catch up with her to see what she’s been up to and where she is heading with her confidence coaching business, NCONIC.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is that you do…
My name is Nicole Cabello and I am a Confidence Coach. I was born and raised in Sydney, NSW and then in May 2019, I moved to Canberra, ACT with my boyfriend. I grew up speaking Spanish with my immigrant parents and what’s important about that is that they instilled in me an appreciation for hard work and sacrifice. They immigrated to Australia for the pure purpose of having a better life and so I grew up appreciating the fact that I was given an opportunity to grow and push myself, in a country where that was possible. This is really central to why I have done the work that I’ve done, first as a teacher and now as a coach. My mission is to support and empower other women so they too can go after their dreams with confidence and purpose.
How did you end up in this field of work?
I like the phrase ‘end up’. It’s funny to think about. Honestly, this was not a job that I knew about or thought was possible. I’d always looked for something in teaching that was beyond the classroom setting and was yet to discover it until on two separate occasions, my boyfriend and best friend recommended coaching to me. In my own time, I did some research and found myself at an open day for an Australian Life Coaching College and all I felt that day was 100% certainty. I just knew in my gut that I was in the right place and this was meant for me. And since that day, I have done everything to ensure it would be my job. And here we are, over 2 years later, and I get to do this work every single day with pure passion and excitement.
What are your goals for this business?
My goals for NCONIC is to impact as many young women as possible. For me, the core of my mission is to support as many young women so that they can see that they have the potential to change their lives not only for the better, but to go beyond that, and really create the life they’ve always dreamed of. My vision is to have a team around me who are also 100% committed to this mission and work with me to ensure we can uplift as many young women as possible. I’d also very much love to expand my programmes internationally and in different languages.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The reward is being present for my clients and their life-changing journeys. I am in constant awe of the magic of this work and how lucky I am to facilitate deep transformation. It is such a pleasure to see deserving women discover new truths about themselves and completely step into confident, new identities. To see them go on that journey is a blessing.
If you could, is there anything you would do differently?
At the moment, there is a lot of change in my business and the way I am structuring my plan for the rest of 2021 and beyond. In terms of doing it differently, I’ve very much learned to embrace each part as being a part of the process. There is nothing I look back on and regret. I know that starting my business in my living room was exactly the place that it needed to start – that passion and enthusiasm to make it bigger has gotten me to where I am today.
How do you measure your success?
That’s an interesting question! To be fair, I think this is a good reflection to have. I read this question and my mind immediately thinks “be kind to yourself.” And this is the thing, measuring success can be done in several ways and in a lot of cases, I think it can lead to women feeling like they haven’t done enough. I tend to not have measurables be a priority. I like to lean more into the emotional successes of my business and how they impact me as a person. Ultimately, I’m in the business of helping women change their lives, and so naturally, I am inclined to feel into their emotional successes and take that on as a success of my own too. If my clients are happy, then I am happy. I also intuitively reflect on what and how I can be doing better and more effectively. That reflection process helps me assess what I can do as a business owner to ensure I am consistently showing up as the coach I want to be.
Finally, any advice for others who might be interested in starting their own business?
It comes down to being honest with yourself. If you’re not happy now, have you considered what would make you happy? If you’re in a job that doesn’t light you up, have you stopped to think what job would? Have you allowed yourself a moment to pause, take a breath and reflect on what kind of life you want to have? That’s my best advice. The truth will come to you when you take a moment for yourself. I had this ‘moment’ a few years ago and even though it wasn’t a fully formed 10 year plan, it was certainly a moment where I acknowledged I wasn’t happy with my life and that I was going to do something about it.