I believe that investing in yourself is the single most powerful thing you can do to reach your goals in any aspect of your life.
When we invest in ourselves we discover our talents and master skills and abilities that give us the confidence to be experts in our field. When we discover a place where we feel confident in our skills we are then able to do meaningful work that we are passionate about, we are able to find our calling and live our best life.
During my career, I have lead small and large teams and set up three businesses. In 2016 I decided to become a certified coach and use my unique skills to support talented men and women achieve the success they deserve in their careers.
After three years working in one of the most exciting and challenging environments of my career to date, I was a determined and focused woman with swan-like calmness in any situation in the workplace – I also doubted myself daily, was doing three jobs in and one and felt a huge pressure to deliver with limited support.
In December of my third year, I found myself in a place where I I couldn’t think clearly or prioritise anything other than my job. I compared myself to others who I thought were more capable than me and were making more of an impact – I was exhausted. I took work calls at all hours and was constantly attached to my laptop. I even cut my honeymoon short due to work “non-negotiables” (my words).
My partner, family and friends were all telling me to slow down and expressed their concern – My response was to withdraw. I was frustrated. I struggled to sleep. Occasionally, I cried. But mostly, I kept it all firmly on the inside.
Eventually, in the Spring of the following year, I realised something had to change and I sought the help of a coach. I listed my values and talked passionately about why they were important to me.
My coach then asked; “How many of these values are present at work?” – I paused. Then answered: “Not a single one.”
This was a transformative moment for me.
My coach and I worked on defining my goals, we focused on my skills and strengths and identified and worked to eliminate beliefs about myself that were holding me back.
I put together a plan of action and after securing my first consultancy contract I resigned from my job.
Making the leap and changing my path has allowed me to focus on issues that are important to me, work only with clients who inspire me – Aligning my work with my values has allowed me to thrive.
I now understand that to maximise your potential you must evolve and adapt. By increasing our self-awareness and identifying our talents and strengths we are able to create a powerful formula for success that keeps us moving forward without repeating behaviour that may have reaped success in the past but is no longer useful in helping us continue to reach our goals.
I believe that coaching is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and am committed to helping people realise their full potential at work or in their career path of choice.
MY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR…
I worked for 20 + Years in Sales and Marketing Communication in many sectors. I have held positions that include Commercial Director, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Partnerships and have worked with Political Advisors and Ministers, CEOs and the Executive Teams of Global Companies on behalf of 10 Downing Street.
As a consultant running my own business, I currently work with purpose-driven brands, agencies, and organisations to advise, develop and activate Commercial Partnership Programs that tackle Social and Economic Challenges.
I am a qualified Personal and Business Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation.
You can find out more about my career and experience at LinkedIn.