One of my favourite quotations of all time is Oscar Wilde's, "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken". Perhaps this is easier said than done though? We are constantly comparing ourselves to others and worrying if we are enough.
In order to be true to that quotation I thought I'd share with you a photograph (below) that portrays who I really am rather than one taken to impress at a photographers studio. So here I am, doing what I do best, trying to overcome a challenge, in this case cross a river without getting wet. As you can see I've failed, I slipped and fell, but that didn't stop me from getting up and having another go. Indeed for me FAIL simply means First Attempt In Learning.
What else should you know about me? On paper I'm English but I've been living in France for over 17 years now. I love to travel, to meet new people, to discover new places, to explore different smells, tastes and sounds. I live for the outdoors, fresh air and any sport that keeps my legs moving and my heat beating fast. I'm incredibly lucky to be surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends that inspire and support me through every challenge I undertake and that never cease to keep making me laugh along the way.
I have a Masters degree from EM Lyon Business School and my professional background is in the corporate world, having worked in Business & Marketing for an International Sports Brand for over eight years. After taking six months out to travel, I had an incredible transformational shift, coming to understand that what I loved more than anything about my job was working with people and as a manager trying to get the best out of every individual in my team.
Today I am an ACC ICF Credentialed Coach after having completed an extensive course in Professional Coaching with Full Circle Global.
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony"
WHO I AM IS HOW I COACH
This photograph was taken minutes after I slipped and fell into a river. Knock me down and not only will I have the strength to get back up, I will do so with a smile.
I am a fun, strong and caring person who believes that everyone has the best of themselves within them. For me the key to achieving whatever it is that we truly desire is to trust that we have our own answers. We simply need to learn where to look for those answers and to be aware that only our mind can get in the way.
As a coach my aim is to help people become aware of what is stopping them moving forward and to help unleash their true potential.
When I say, "Who I am is how I coach" I mean that by being my true self when I coach, I am opening the door to my coachees, helping them to understand it is ok to be, "Just you". Indeed to be our true selves, to let go and let come are the best ways to search for those answers we are looking for.
If you can laugh at yourself, smile at whatever ups and downs you may meet along the way, you may realise that in the end it is not so much the destination that counts but the journey and what you learn about yourself along the way.
"It's good to have an end to journey toward; but it's the journey that matters in the end"