Today, I’m grateful for a thriving, highly successful coaching practice. My clients share a common thread of creating a better version of themselves and making a difference in their world.
However, my journey to professional coach has been uncomfortable, singularly personal, uplifting, exhilarating and humbling. A path that to this day is constantly evolving and soul satisfyingly fulfilling.
Born in Eastbourne to a mother from Shiraz and a father from Dundee, I was instilled with a strong set of values from an early age. Inclusion, diversity, hard work, doing your best and achievement, combined with my innate sense of adventure, optimism and curiosity led me to devote my life to exploring its edges.
After working my way through school with the help of a music scholarship and sporting talent, I moved to London where I worked tirelessly to sell advertising and sponsorship to major corporations looking to promote themselves at prestigious events. The experience taught me to always listen, learn and then speak.
Aged 27 I was tired, stressed and burnt out. My aspirations of replicating Richard Branson’s success were fading fast. It was time to get real. I bought Tony Robbins “Unlimited Power” and committed to overhauling every area of my life. I gave up smoking, put the drink on hold, joined a gym and attended meditation classes.
Against this backdrop I developed a passion for health and fitness and started learning about nutrition and supplements. On August 17, 1998 The Sports Nutrition Company started trading from a rented flat in Camden. With no prior knowledge I focused on selling discount supplements via the Internet and within 5 years revenues exceeded £3.5m.
Yet despite outward success the truth is I lacked inner confidence. No matter my achievements I felt it was never enough. I judged myself against others who were creating and achieving things on a far bigger scale and I felt small.
In 2012 my life changed forever. A combination of events, decisions and factors led to business liquidation and I was declared bankrupt. I felt pain, humiliation, shame and devastation. Everything I worked so hard for was lost, including my relationship and I had to move back to my mother’s home with two children.
That sense of catastrophic failure and feeling of inadequacy turned out to be one of the most empowering and humbling lessons of my life. It enabled me to acknowledge and take full responsibility for managing my own shortcomings and identify shifts in perspective necessary to think and do things differently.
Feeling I was only scratching the surface of my potential, I went on a journey of deep discovery and personal growth, culminating in becoming a certified professional coach at The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). I wanted to find the real me and connect not only with what’s truly meaningful in my life but share with others.
In losing everything, I found something priceless. I found myself.
Eventually I discovered my calling helping others overcome their fears to empower change that creates powerful results and impact.
If you’re at a crossroad or you’d like to learn more about how we can work together, let’s talk. It’s not where you begin, it’s where you’re going that truly matters.
I’d love to hear from you.