What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching means different things to different people and it might conjure images of a wishy-washy, airy fairy, hippy, ineffective industry but that’s not me at all and these are some of the reasons why I wanted to get involved in coaching so I could dispel some myths.

I am not about auras, star signs, hypnosis or reprogramming your brain. I won’t look at your past lives, contact dead spirits or teach you secrets about how to wish for things. What I will do is help you take real and positive steps forward by making specific and calculated actions to improve your life, career, business and relationships.

I have learned from experience that you can have all the well-meaning people around you that you can find but good intentions do not equal action or improvement. I only made big leaps forward in my life when I had mentors that had experience plus the will to encourage me and push me in the right direction.

In today’s society it’s very easy to lose sight of who we are, what we really want out of life and what makes us happy. It’s also easy to get so wrapped up in the day-to-day grind that we find it difficult to move forward professionally and financially. I know all of this from experience. Sixteen years ago I was homeless, ten years ago I had a successful career at blue chip companies but I didn’t have any freedom, five years ago I had several successful businesses but I’d lost sight of what I wanted in the rest of my life. Today I share my time between my vineyard, family, two businesses and coaching, I have found my own perfect combination.

My varied background enables me to give straightforward practical advice and support to my clients. If You’d like to know exactly what kind of life coach I am and what I could do for you contact me for a free chat.

Building Confidence and Self Esteem

cnfdncIn the UK we tend to think people who are confident or ambitious are cocky or arrogant so often people hold back in the fear of being knocked back down again by those around them. Confidence and arrogance are not the same thing and it’s OK to have confidence in yourself.

Maybe you never had a lot of confidence or you did in the past but somebody took it from you by holding you back or events beyond your control made you doubt yourself. It can be hard to pick yourself up from these problems but it can be done.

Events in my past meant that I found myself homeless as a very young man and it was quite a fight to pick myself up and build a new life for myself. Situations that have arisen since then made me doubt myself too but simple strategies and techniques I developed helped me get through those times and succeed regardless of those events or what other people said.

This Life Coach Kent site is about helping people and one of the most important things I help people with is conquering fear and helping to build confidence. It’s hard to get motivated or make life changing decisions if you have low confidence or no self esteem so if you would like help with getting faith back in yourself and the courage to improve your life, drop me a line, I would be glad to help. Use the form on the Contact Page to get in touch and I will call you as soon as I can.

Financial Freedom and a Better Work Life Balance

pthI clearly remember the first year in my first decent job and after working hard to get there I was surprised I found myself asking “Is this it? Is this all there is, work, eat, sleep, work again, separated by a few days off and the occasional holiday?”.

Friends and colleagues would say to me “that’s life, you’ll have to get used to it”. Well I didn’t get used to it and I decided to do something about it.

My journey to find the right work life balance took me to different jobs, working freelance, starting my own businesses and working in other countries before I found the exact type of freedom and flexibility I wanted.

That freedom has come about to a certain extent via financial freedom; being able to earn enough money in the right way to enjoy life. Because I had heard so many people tell me that life was hard work and I should get used to it, when I found out it didn’t have to be I wanted to share what I had learned.

A better work life balance is out there for most people but fear of the unknown and the fact everyone is telling you “that’s life, get used to it” holds people back from finding it.

If you want to get more out of life and you would like some help to take those steps just get in touch and I’d be happy to help, an initial consultation is free so you’ve got nothing to lose. You can fill out the form on our Kent Life Coaching Contact Page or call the number at the top of this page.

Starting a New Business

bsnessmnIf you are looking for advice on starting a new business you may have already found the usual information from banks, accountants and the tax man but starting a business is more than filling in forms, opening a new bank account and worrying about tax.

Usually you have more important questions that you want reliable answers to:

  • Where am I going to find new customers?
  • How can I find financing and investment?
  • Will I make enough money?
  • How long will it take to make enough money?
  • Where can I sell my products or services?
  • How can I advertise or market my new business?
  • Can I run my business from home or will I need an office/shop/warehouse?

When I started my first business I exhausted all the avenues and offers of business advice from bank managers and accountants to friends and relatives but I eventually realised that none of them had personally achieved what I wanted to do and many admitted they could only provide ideas, no solid advice based on experience.

It was only when I managed to get a couple of excellent business mentors that had a track record in the things I needed help with, I finally managed to make rapid progress. The easiest way to take short cuts and get to where you want to be in business ASAP is to get answers from people who have done it. Not just a person in business that has done it once but many times with different industries and different size companies, large and small.

Fast forward 12 years and now I help other people get new businesses started and answer the questions that really matter. I feel very passionately about helping others in business because it’s the best way I found to get wealth and freedom in life. Many of the answers I provide are simple and easy to follow, I often get told; “Why didn’t I think of that?”. It’s easy when you know how and real business experience counts for a lot.

If you would like some advice on starting a new business, get in touch and I’d be happy to help. Use the Life Coach Kent Contact Form or use the phone number above.

Getting Motivated

mtvtnGetting motivation and staying motivated is not always easy. Seeking inspiration to draw on when you are stuck in a rut is important for all of us. Even if you know you need to make changes in your life, it’s far easier and comfortable to stay where you are and stick with what you know.

Many people get a personal trainer at the gym because they know with someone waiting for them to show up and monitoring their performance they can’t make excuses to stay at home and they are encouraged to stay motivated. A life coach can do the same for keeping you motivated, monitor your performance and keep you on the right track when improving your life, career, business or relationships.

A life coach can also be similar to a personal trainer at the gym in the way you often know what you need to do but the small tips and tweaks to improve performance and encouragement is all you need to see things through.

If you’d like to know what a personal trainer for your life could do get in touch for a free initial consultation.

Improving Your Business

BnssRunning your own business can be one of the most rewarding things to do in life but it can also be one of the most demanding and stressful. Making decisions to move your business forward can involve a lot of uncertainty and genuine advice is hard to find; everyone has different ideas and opinions.

There is a saying “you have to spend money to make money” and although there is an element of truth in this, you can also waste a huge amount of time and money when trying to increase revenue in a business. Even if running a business to you is not all about the money; the truth is if your business makes more money you can take it in any direction you want.

I have successfully run various businesses large and small from IT and media to property development. I have also been involved at management level in large blue chip companies as diverse as biotech, medical and brand agencies. This varied background experience has enabled me to help clients improve businesses of all sizes.

Some of the key points I can help you and your business with:

  • How to grow your business with minimal risk
  • Increase sales
  • Attract new customers
  • Attract the right customers
  • Create new products and services to get different clients
  • Sell more to existing customers
  • Minimise administration and overheads
  • Employment issues
  • Less concentration on growing the business for the sake of it and more emphasis on profit and making more money for you
  • Free up more of your time to spend on new projects or with family and friends

If you would like some genuine and impartial business advice get in touch for a free initial consultation.

Counselling Kent

astncAs a matter of course some of my coaching sessions have turned into counselling clients through life’s complications, personal problems, debt issues, relationship problems and a whole host of other difficulties.

My coaching covers a huge range of supporting roles from life changing decisions, counselling, motivation and relationship advice to career coach, money or debt advice, business coach, entrepreneurship advice and everything in between.

Often coaching just involves being an understanding, impartial, non-judgmental, independent person available to talk to when needed. Everything my clients discuss with me is dealt with in the strictest confidence, I never share information with anyone about a client.

If you have some problems in your life that you feel are holding you back from achieving more get in touch for a no-obligation free initial consultation.