As a Manager and Leader, I have spent 25 years recognising and drawing out the strengths in other people. I love coaching individuals and teams to be the best they can be. Part of my role also included helping my teams and staff identify and understand their opportunities for growth, so together, we could agree alternative ways to develop and provide solutions and coping strategies.
It was evident, that the most common problem holding people back was fear:
- Fear of failure, being judged by others, making a mistake or missing a deadline (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
- Fear of others finding out they don’t actually know how to do their job, even when they were excellent at it (Imposter Syndrome)
- Fear of social situations or speaking up in front of others (Social Anxiety Disorder)
….. the list went on and on but the underlying fear was expressing itself with all the physical symptoms of Anxiety. I had personally struggled with Anxiety for 20+ years, so had plenty of personal experience to draw on too.
‘Man is born to live and not to prepare to live’
I decided to leave the corporate world of Finance in 2016. I had known all along that my favourite part of my career was, without doubt, developing others, but I didn’t know how I would turn my skill into my new career. I decided to take a few months to figure out what I REALLY wanted to do. I had studied Psychology back in 2006, and decided to train as a Coach so I could put into practice what I had learnt across my studies and years of experience. I then completed my NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner training, alongside Neuroscience, I trained in Mindfulness, Mental Health First Aid, and I did a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat. In addition to these studies, I read everything I could about anxiety, and continued to volunteer for several charities to increase my exposure and experience of helping others. I set up my company in 2017 and haven’t looked back since.
I can honestly say I love what I do.