BUSINESS & PERSONAL COACH
Don’t live with those big ‘what ifs’ and regrets hanging over you.
It’s a phrase that I’ve held onto tightly over the years, but during my career I noticed that I’d slowly started to build up a small but growing list of my own ‘what ifs’, particularly related to the ambitions and goals in my life that I’d planned to achieve.
Although I had a good job, worked with great people and managed a wonderful team, I felt like something was missing. I was trying to squeeze all of me and my personality into a box that had been made by someone else’s expectations.
Society has a funny way of putting us into these boxes and labelling us. We then end up labelling ourselves and living our lives in a way that we don’t really want to be living.
I wasn’t fulfilled in my role and I couldn’t shift the feeling that I lacked energy and excitement. I felt stuck and I didn’t really know what to do next to change it. The person I was years earlier, who had chosen the career path that I was on course to continue for years to come, had grown and changed, and so had my interests. As I sat at my desk I felt as if I was now just going through the motions, and travelling in a direction that no longer fitted with who I was anymore.
So I quit my full-time job to pursue what I actually wanted to do which was to build my own business in supporting others in a creative and fun way, which gives me freedom to travel around the world doing this type of work the way I want to do it!
But leaving my job wasn’t an overnight decision. It took a huge amount of self-reflection to make such a big change. Part of this process was about paying attention to the language I was saying to myself, and how this was directly influencing and impacting on my mindset. Were the words I was using pushing me forward? Or were they holding me back in fear and preventing me from taking my first steps in a new direction?
I’m telling you my story to give you a brief insight into my own journey, and also to show why I’m so driven to understand and harness the power of words. This fascination was originally ignited years ago when studying for my Masters degree in Human Rights and Genocide Studies and discovering how language is always at the epicenter of societies turning in on themselves. I’ve come to realise that this process occurs constantly on a smaller, individual level when we are talking to ourselves, through the limiting beliefs and words that we can end up using. We can sabotage our own lives by putting up barriers that stop us achieving what we want and from reaching our potential.
My skills, experiences and interests have led me to supporting people in unlocking how to be the best versions of themselves, to become who they really want to be, and to achieve what they really desire. I believe it is vital to provide this extra focus and support around the use of language and words in order to help reach those goals.
It’s a real privilege to have a front row seat on my client’s journeys of discovery and self-reflection, and to get to work together in exploring all of the possible opportunities and paths that lie ahead.
I’m at my best here.
That’s why I do what I do.
That’s why I’m a coach (and why I’m damn good at it too!)