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Personal Coaching

    - Creating the life you want with intention and wisdom...

Tom will support you to delve into what is really important to you. You will work with your values, beliefs and habits (including unconscious blind-spots) to help you break free from the aspects of your personality that have been holding you back and wasting your energy. This includes looking at your shadow and understand how to engage with those parts of you in a kind and supportive way, towards wholeness.

Benefits of life coaching

  • Get clear on your goals and ambitions

  • Assess your values, passions, strengths and skills

  • Identify where to focus based on your strengths

  • Build your self confidence

  • Create more balance in your life

  • Develop your resilience

  • Develop and reach out to a support network of people to help build success more quickly

  • Build your self-awareness and situational awareness

  • Clarify your needs and ensure that they are served by your new career direction

  • Build strong motivation around your goals

  • Career transition and taking the next step

  • Work on areas that are holding you back, such as interviewing, negotiating, communication

  • Develop your skills and strengths even more so that you shine more brightly than others

  • Create a strong sense of identity based on your authentic self

  • Hone your ability to tell impactful stories about yourself based on your authentic identity

  • Create a process for you to continue moving forwards, and to incorporate learning at each stage

Through coaching, you can work on your goals and values, as well as your thinking process and the way you make meaning of your world. This includes supporting you to develop your self-belief and motivation to achieve whatever it is that you feel is missing right now in your life. It may be related to success, happiness, connections, impact, balance or anything else that is important to you. As your coach, Tom will balance support and challenge to assist you in creating the change you seek.

A collaborative approach to coaching

CLEAR coaching model

The process of coaching is a tricky one to explain. For all the training and science behind the methods, there is a slightly mystical element to how it works and what the outcomes are. It's as though the process of coaching is unexplainably more than the sum of its parts. For Tom, the most important aspect of coaching is that this is a partnership between coach and client. The coach is not an expert in life, or on the client, so the client partners with the coach to explore their thinking, their reality and their journey towards whatever inner or external goals are important.

Coaching can be seen as:

  • A deep processes to help you identify where you are limiting yourself, and to move past these internal limits so that you can transform your life

  • A mixture of powerful cognitive, emotional and somatic approaches to bring you fresh perspective, let go of what no longer serves you and move forward with new skills and insight

  • A safe space to share and be heard without judgement

  • Practical and effective evidence based approaches

  • Tools that you can take away and use for yourself to accelerate your growth

5 key areas of Coaching with Tom

Life / Work Balance

The real work of regaining your authentic success and fulfilment in life

Tom has experienced first-hand the strain of poor work-life balance. He knows what it feels like to constantly work, to neglect health, to miss out on precious moments with loved ones, and to let hobbies and passions fall by the wayside. He also know the toll it takes - the toll on physical health, mental well-being, relationships, and personal growth. It’s a path he walked down for many years, until he realized the value and importance of a balanced life.

Life Transitions

Life is a series of transitions. Each of us, at different stages, will encounter moments of transformation that fundamentally alter the path we walk. Whether it's embarking on a new career, stepping into retirement, navigating the complexities of divorce, or grappling with other significant life changes, these transitions, though inherently part of our journey, can often feel overwhelming and daunting.

Life transitions, though inevitable, challenge us in unique ways. They disrupt our routines, force us to step out of our comfort zones, and present us with uncertainties about the future. For instance, a career shift might stir questions about professional competence, while retirement could raise concerns about identity and purpose. Similarly, personal transitions like divorce might involve emotional turmoil, requiring adjustments in lifestyle, relationships, and self-perception.

But as challenging as these transitions may be, they also hold immense potential for personal growth and self-discovery. And this is where life coaching comes into play. Tom is here to help you navigate these periods of change with grace, resilience, and confidence. Your coaching sessions will be designed to respect your unique journey, focusing on your strengths and potential, and empowering you to make the most of every transition life throws your way.

Coaching for Resilience

In life, we face numerous challenges and setbacks that can test our resilience. Whether it's dealing with personal loss, facing career transitions, or navigating difficult relationships, building resilience is key to overcoming these obstacles and thriving. 

Tom believes that resilience is not just about bouncing back from adversity but also about learning, growing, and adapting in the face of challenges. "I work with my clients to develop skills and strategies that enhance their ability to handle stress, manage setbacks, and maintain well-being".

Resilience represents our ability to bounce back from adversity, challenges, and life's various stressors. It's our psychological adaptability that allows us to maintain emotional balance and continue moving forward despite the hardships we encounter. While we all face adversities in life, with high resilience, we are able to cope with and recover from difficult situations more effectively, using their experiences as opportunities for growth rather than as sources of lasting distress.

Coaching for Performance

As athletes keep looking to new ways to get an edge in training and competition, Tom believes that addressing the impact of thoughts and emotions on physical wellness and performance is fundamental to an effective, holistic, approach to coaching. This is especially true given all the research and evidence that now exists demonstrating the impact of the mind on the physical body. Having competed in various sports for most of his life, he moved to Chamonix in 2011 to work and enjoy an active life in the mountains. As a Mountain Leader Tom is regularly in the mountains and enjoys supporting clients with the mental as well as the emotional and physical aspects of staying active.

The application of sports psychology and mental coaching isn't only relevant to sports; the same inspiration and values are directly applicable to the wider arena of life and work. Tom's holistic approach to coaching, drawn from extensive research and personal experience, focuses on the crucial influence of thoughts and emotions on overall wellbeing and performance. His method of coaching is geared towards defining goals, identifying potential blocks, adjusting unhelpful mental and behavioural patterns, and addressing self-sabotage. Crucially, he maps out the interrelated aspects of life, revealing how various factors can influence our mindset and performance, both of which are vital in today's ever faster paced and crisis focused world.

Mindfulness in Coaching

Tom is a certified mindfulness guide and can support athletes to use mindfulness as a powerful tool in both training and performance. Mindfulness, like any other skill, takes practice to master, the benefits for athletes (and all those involved in high pressure situations) can be significant.


Here are the most important aspects of mindfulness for performance:

 

  • Present Moment Awareness: One of the fundamental aspects of mindfulness involves being fully engaged in the present moment, which allows athletes to focus on the task at hand rather than getting lost in thoughts about the past or future.

  • Non-judgmental Observation: Mindfulness involves observing one's thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without labelling them as good or bad. This can help athletes to accept their current state and performance level without negative self-judgment.

  • Body Awareness: Mindfulness helps athletes to tune into their bodies and notice subtle physical cues that can inform their training and performance. This can involve noticing sensations of fatigue, tension, or injury that might otherwise be overlooked.

  • Mind-Body Connection: In practicing mindfulness, athletes can foster a stronger connection between mind and body, which can contribute to improved motor control and technique.

  • Stress and Anxiety Management: Regular mindfulness practice can help athletes to better manage stress and anxiety, both of which are common in competitive sports settings.

  • Cultivation of Positive States: Mindfulness can help to cultivate positive states of mind such as calm, focus, and resilience. These can be particularly beneficial for athletic performance.

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