“Who am I and what do I want to happen next?” These are questions that I will help you to answer. Sometimes in life we come to a crossroads or to a stalemate, or we just need an external perspective on opening new doors and discovering our potential. Stepping outside of our routine can seem like a difficult thing to do; with encouragement and personal coaching, you can make that change, learn that new skill, try that new activity and find new motivation, drive and focus.
I have worked with many individuals and organisations from youths to executives. I am proud to know that two people that I coached have gone on to publish books - both were very successful in their careers but wanted to do something for themselves, for their own development.
I met a 19-year old single mother who lacked self-esteem and confidence and, within six months of working with her, she had gained the confidence to read and write. She started to grasp life’s opportunities with both hands; she went on to become a mature student and developed many other skills through the process. She spoke publicly addressing the Working Pensions Group. One thing that we both recognised as a part of this process is that her development had a ripple effect: her son would never see the person who cried because she thought everyone was more successful than her (what a great role model for him); her friends had a new, happier friend and employers would meet a confident, empowered woman.
I enjoy personal coaching and helping people to make time for themselves.
Making time for things that lift our spirits sometimes seems as if it’s a luxury; time management is something that we’ll tackle. Over my career, I have collected together a few quotes that emphasise the importance of a good work/life balance, here are a few of my favourites:
- Don’t confuse having a career with having a life - Hillary Clinton
- You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life - Heather Schuck, the Working Mom Manifesto
- Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life - Dolly Parton
- We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list - Michelle Obama
- No one ever dies wishing they'd spent more time at the office - Malcolm Forbes
- There's no life-work balance. I think you have to have the discipline to have the life you want to have. And if you are stealing from one part of your life in order to make the other part work, you are going to pay for it - Seth Godin
Finding your true value helps not only you, but the team that you work with and the organisation that you work within; whether it’s your business or your employer.