Coaching focuses on the future

Coaching gives me a glimpse into your world

I love it when you discover things about yourself and when you find that there are more options than you had thought.

I am there to help you explore why things didn't go to plan. I enjoy it when you tell me your successes.

Happiness and Meaning

To be happy we need meaning in our life

To have meaning we need to use our strengths to serve something bigger than us.

Discover what your unique strengths are and use these in living with purpose.

(Taken from the work of Martin Seligman, psychologist)

What is coaching worth to you?

These days everyone's budget is stretched. Sometimes we don't mind splashing out, sometimes we resent paying bills. There are times when we treat ourselves to a coffee or a meal out, use a credit card on a new outfit or happily book that holiday.

Probably your health is important to you, so you choose carefully what you eat. You may be willing to choose quality over quantity. You pay for that gym membership because it keeps you fit or you buy your winter running or cycling gear because it's worth it.

Sometimes it's easier to spend on family members: you love getting them something they want or choosing a special gift.

What about when it comes to your future? How much are you willing to spend now to improve your knowledge or skills? Your employer may pay for you to go on courses. What if you want to gain new qualifications or skills - would you be prepared to pay for them yourself?

When you plan that once in a lifetime journey, you invest yourself in it. You dream about it, talk about it, spend time researching, getting quotes, thinking about dates and saving. Others may not understand how much it means to you. "You're paying what?!" "How can you spend that much?" "Why are you spending so much time researching?" "You'll have to get visas and vaccinations you know." Yes, you know - it will cost a lot, you will have to pay for those vaccinations, there may be some discomfort getting there, you have thought about travel risks. But it's your dream and it's worth it.

Time is probably our most precious commodity. Take time to dream about your future, to think about what you want, to explore possibilities. What does your future look like? What preparations do you need to make now? What do you need to stop doing so you can focus on what you want in your future? You may have an idea of what you want, where you are headed or you may not.

Coaching gives you the time and space to focus on what you want. Coaching helps you to map out your future.

Your dreams are priceless. So what's coaching worth to you?

"I feel like my career building has been in hibernation"

Have you reached a point in your life where you feel that you are stuck in a rut? Perhaps you used to be excited about your life and career and you worked hard to get to this point. Somehow you don't feel challenged or stimulated and as much as you yearn for change you may be afraid of it.

You may be at a point where you are reevaluating your life. Perhaps you are facing redundancy or retirement, perhaps you have reached a crossroads in your life following crisis, illness or bereavement. You thought you knew what you wanted but now your outlook has changed. You want something different, you want to live your values, you want to live life meaningfully.

Reinvention is looking at the infinite possibilities or the infinite versions of you. Think of a piece of clay - the material is the same but the clay can be a water jug, a plate or pot or something decorative like a vase. Water can take on a myriad of forms - raindrop, crystal, snowflake, stream or ocean. You are unique with your own set of talents, skills and experiences. In essence you are not going to be a different person but you can express yourself in a different way; you can live differently, work differently, take on a different role.

Remember when you were a child and the things you dreamed you would be. Every time you made a decision - knowingly or unknowingly- your path took a different turn. Where do you want to go next? What do you want to be next? Who do you want to be when you continue to grow? Living is learning and maybe curiosity killed the cat but curiosity keeps us alive!

Reinvention coaching (whether with a coach or self-coaching) is an opportunity to take stock of your life and plan the future. You are never too old and it is never too late. What would you like to do next? Who would you like to be next - poet/writer/gardener/entrepreneur/teacher/mover and shaker/candlestickmaker?

Look at what has motivated you in the past. There are things you knew you wanted to do because they were important to you, they gave you purpose. You may have had those who encouraged you or those who told you that you couldn't do it. If the latter, what drove you to achieve?

What's important to you? What values do you live your life by? Is it a need to succeed, to be rich or influential, to lead, to inspire, to help, to provide a service? As life changes your values may change. What was important before may be less important now. How do you want to live your values in the future? When you live the next chapter of your life, what values will you include?

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered? Will you be leaving something tangible or intangible? Will you be remembered for the service you provided, the encouragement you gave your students, the customers you cared about, the employees you valued, the famiy you spent time with, the community you changed for the better?

Now is the time to take stock of your life. Look back with kindness; the "retrospectroscope" is a harsh light. At the time you made your decisions back then, you didn't have the information or insight you have now. Life is about developing and maturing. Hopefully it is about developing wisdom too. You may be happy with what you are doing and that's great. You may feel uneasy or discomfited and that's a great place to start. Get in touch with what you love, what you value and what inspires you. There are an infinite number of "yous" so find your purpose and with courage, take that next step.