Health Choices

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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

Well­be­ing so­lu­tions For your body and mind

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