I love coaching! I love chatting to people and finding out what makes them tick; what they love, what makes them come alive. With coaching I can gather all of that and reflect it back – almost like giving you a gift of things you already owned but had forgotten about. Put like that it sounds like a scam doesn’t it. Why would I engage you to tell me things I already know? But that’s just it. We as humans are very good at focussing on what we suck at, what we can’t do. It’s a survival mechanism. By keeping tabs on potential threats, our brain keeps us safe – that’s its job. It’s why we remember put-downs and criticism far more than compliments. And so, through no real fault of our own, we walk through life oftentimes oblivious to all the brilliance we contain. And that, my friend, is where I come in.
Before I started coaching I was a self-employed textile artist. I ran sewing and craft workshops for all ages, and the thing I absolutely loved the most was that every single time there would be at least one person who came along and said “I can’t do this. I’m not creative”. And every single time they would go away having created something beautiful, full of joy and surprise that actually they could do this! I want you to see how brilliant you already are, what wonderful things you are already capable of. And beyond that I want to help you build the confidence to reach higher, to dream bigger, and to work with you to create the practical steps to move you forwards in the real world.
I’m not going to give you advice. Advice is just what I would do if I were in your situation, and I am not you. You are the expert on your own soul. I will not tell you what to do, I will not reprimand you for not doing what you said you would (although I will help you to uncover what tripped you up), and I will not ever hold judgement over your actions or choices.
I am your thinking partner, your journey’s companion, your accountability-buddy. I will shine a light on your thoughts and words, I will challenge your assumptions, and I will ask all the awkward questions you would much rather leave vague. I will show you the ‘astonishing light of your own being’, but more than that, I will hold you to it.
I’m not going to ask “are you ready?” because if we waited until we felt ready we’d probably never get anything done. Instead I will hold out my hand and ask “shall we?”