When Joe was a small child, he witnessed domestic abuse and drug use in his family home, which had a hugely detrimental impact on his mental health, leaving him with PTSD and difficulty controlling his emotions. Eventually, Joe was removed from the family home and taken into foster care. As a teenager, he ended up with a conviction on his record, and as a result, he struggled to find a job. We met Joe in the community, through our connections with Leaders Unlocked, and offered him one-to-one life coaching that would empower him to achieve his goals of making a fresh start, finding purpose and building a business.
This is Joe’s story.
I heard about Spark Inside’s life coaching programme from Leaders Unlocked. I very much have this philosophy that you should learn from people smarter than you, so I applied for it.
At the time, I really, really wanted to start my own business. I looked at the life coaches’ profiles and there was one with quite a lot of experience in business, so I was like ‘this is great, this is exactly what I need’. So, I did my 10 life coaching sessions and he helped me realise that it wasn’t so much the business that was important to me, it was more the freedom.
We broke it down together, he was like ‘okay, so what you actually want is something that doesn’t trap you’, and I realised that I would be fine with a job if it came with maybe some time working from home.
Since the coaching, my reactions have also become a lot more stable. Before I would just react in the way I react. My coach helped me come up with ways to deal with things and ways to view things, like how I reacted to stuff and how I saw situations.
There are obviously still some things that do get to me because I am human, but a lot of things before that would have just sent me into a complete snap, now either don’t anywhere near as much, or it doesn’t bother me at all. I genuinely feel calmer.
The initial application of the coaching was a little bit tricky because when you’ve lived a certain way for so long, it is quite difficult to break that habit. But I kept at it, and the more that I kept at it, the more I started seeing the results in my life that I was after. Once you start seeing results the momentum comes and now it’s quite easy to do.
I don’t know where I would be without my life coach. I literally could not be more thankful to him. He helped me work through a bunch of stuff. It ended up helping me with relationship stuff, and now my relationship’s better than ever.
It sounds like a cliche, but every area of my life, he’s sat down and helped me realise what I could do better, and I’ve taken that onboard. I’ve now got my own business, which I’m building, I have the highest paying job I’ve ever been in by far and I’m in a healthy relationship. Everything is better now.
If anybody was to ask, should they try the Hero’s Journey life coaching programme, it’s like, d’you want to completely upgrade your life or not? The answer would be a blatant ‘yes’ if someone were to ask me if the Hero’s Journey is worth it.
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