Are you a mid-life professional? Has Lockdown got you questioning everything? You’re successful but for some reason you feel unfulfilled? You have a nagging feeling that something's not right? You're worried you could be heading for burnout? You're fed up feeling exhausted all the time, using your weekends to recover, only to work, work, work all over again the next week. The thing is you're not sure what to change, and you don't know where to start. You're going round and round in circles in your head. You're feeling tired, frustrated, stressed and stuck. Sometimes, you even feel trapped? career coach Guildford Surrey balance fulfillment fulfilment retirement career change
Want to get unstuck? I can be your independent thinking partner. I’ll help you re-think your work and life. To work out what it is YOU want. You only get one life, right, and you don’t want to be one of those people, bitter and regretful for what they didn’t do or try...
Be inspired by the real-life story of Anna (not her real name), a Project Manager:
Anna was feeling fed-up, stressed and unhappy. She’d been doing the same thing in the same organisation for years and no longer liked it. She didn’t know why. Her role had been moved into a new department and she’d been told it would come to an end. She didn’t know what she’d do. She was worried about becoming pigeon-holed in her current career. Worried about losing her job. Secretly, she dreamt of being an environmental policy adviser.
Anna applied for and got a free 45 mins Strategy Session with me. In a light bulb moment, she realised that if she left her current organisation she was scared she’d be a failure. She really ‘got’ how deep this fear was: it showed up in the tentative way she sometimes spoke, how she relied on others to take her ideas forward, and how she kept her true interests hidden. If only she could get free of this fear. But how?
Anna signed up for my silver coaching programme. First off, she filled in my on-boarding questionnaire, telling me how she liked to think, feel, make decisions. This set us up for five months of powerful work together. Here are some highlights:
- Anna realised her fear of failing stemmed from how her mum had been very strict when she was a child. She realised she didn't need to think or believe these things any more.
- She came to appreciate her values and strengths, and how these set her apart from others. She realised she could talk about these things as her Unique Selling Points.
- She connected emotionally with just how much she feared being truly seen as herself, and appreciated how much this was blocking her from doing what she really wanted. She released this emotion.
- She created a vision in her mind's eye seeing herself live out her ideal day. She felt truly happy. She realised she wanted to work with like-minded people on something important to her & her values. This vision became her motivation.
In her own words, Anna said:
"I was feeling very drained of energy and stressed about my career. I was going through a rough time at work, my contract was ending, and I also felt my work was not very meaningful to me. I had no clue how to move forward: do all I could to hold onto my job even though it was not fulfilling, or to do something more fulfilling, but what? I knew I had potential to do more but I did not know what. I was waking up with anxiety attacks, and felt my self-esteem declining rapidly. I got an email from Jo about a free Strategy Session, and I thought this might be a sign, especially as her email seemed to describe my problem.
I had 5 sessions with Jo. They really helped me out of my rut. We focused on finding what I wanted to do because that was my biggest problem. I realised I had the answers inside of me, I just needed to go inside and search. Six months later, I have focused on projects that are more meaningful to me, and more importantly focused on my vision to publish my book and connect with similar minded people. If I hadn't worked with Jo, I would still be clueless as to what I wanted to do, and what I am passionate about at this stage in my life. Thankfully I now have a vision to inspire me and work towards."
Are you ready to get out of your rut?
Want to know what we’d actually do together in our coaching sessions?
Coaching sessions are all about you. We loosely follow my seven step Rethink Your Life system for a structure to help you (and us) work towards your goal(s). On top of that: I listen to you deeply; I ask questions; we may use visualisation/ imagination exercises, mindfulness techniques, play doh, sketching, tuning into your physical body, collage, improvised acting, imagery, metaphor. All my approaches are designed to help you get more in touch with your inner wisdom and your whole, best self. To work out what it is you want.
I use all my life experience to support you to reach your goals: I used to be a FTSE 100 Tax Director; I've been bullied; my mum had (and has) OCD which greatly affected
me as a child; at 42, I blacked out, hit my head and got myself a serious brain injury plus depression; I'm an artist; I'm spiritual, calm and thoughtful.
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Need more inspiration first?
Click below to hear me talking about my career change. I was a Tax Director before I retrained as a Career Coach and let myself be the Artist I always was.