Ihad a very successful career as a chartered surveyor, but when I hit
35 I realised I wanted to get out of the rat race. I felt lost, frustrated, demotivated, low on energy, constantly irritable and generally depressed with life. So I handed in my notice to train as a life coach. I’d always loved helping people, plus I was good at business, so I knew coaching was the perfect fit for me. But, because there’s a lot of cynicism around life coaching, I made sure I was accredited by the IIC&M (The International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring) – the only Government-approved life-coaching body in the UK.
I help my clients find solutions to their problems and reach their goals. Coaching is not a substitute for therapy or counselling – it’s done on the basis that the client is in a good place both mentally and emotionally and is ready to take the necessary steps needed to change their lives. In my opinion, everyone can benefit from life coaching.
Each client has the answers to their problems somewhere, they just don’t realise it. I help to unscramble their ‘mess’ and set them on the road to success.
Unlike talking to family or friends, a life coach is qualified and experienced; has no emotional attachment or agenda. A good coach can help people deal with a huge range of areas, including weight loss, finding a partner, break-ups, building better relationships with loved ones, career change, redundancy, retirement, loneliness, lack of confidence, boredom and feeling stuck in a rut.
As an example, I’ve recently finished working with a woman who was a cash-strapped single parent desperate to open her own cafe. She also wanted to lose weight and start dating. We worked together fortnightly and I’m thrilled to say that within six months she has literally transformed her life. She has lost more than a stone in weight, found love, and is currently researching the financing options to fulfil her business dream while working locally in a cafe to get the relevant experience she needs – she loves it and she’s a different woman.
I offer a 30-day money-back guarantee: If my client is not happy with their results, I refund them their money. I also offer free weekly podcasts, which are packed with self-development topics on health, happiness and success.
I have one piece of advice for everyone – whatever your circumstances: don’t put up with just being OK with your life. Don’t put up with just getting by. Life is meant to be amazing, but only you have the power to change it.
Everyone can benefit from life coaching
Gemma mccrae is an accredited life coach and podcaster who helps people find happiness
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