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Why I'm the right coach to help you!

I've worked with leaders, business owners and high achieving professionals for over a decade. See some of their experiences of working with me on my testimonials page.

In that time I've helped my clients get clear on what they want to achieve in their personal or professional lives, identify any barriers to progress, and address any mental obstacles.

Working collaboratively, I've then helped them determine the best and most manageable steps for achieving their desired outcomes — starting with the “low-hanging fruit.”

All of this whilst offering ongoing support, encouragement and accountability, to give them the best chance of success.

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What you'll achieve from coaching...

If you want more from life then coaching is for you, because it's a creative process that can inspire you to maximise your personal and professional potential (International Coaching Federation). 

Many who've experienced coaching describe it as having positively impacted their lives in many ways, including more specifically:

  • Increased clarity of purpose, goals and focus

  • Growth in confidence and self-esteem

  • Improved mental health and emotional resilience

  • Boost in effectiveness and productivity

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills and relationships

  • Better self-leadership and problem solving

  • Greater self-awareness and refocus on self-care

  • Accountability to aid goal achievement

Typically, you might consider coaching if you want to take the next step in your personal growth, or during a time of opportunity or transition.

For more on coaching, read here.

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“I've become a better leader, husband and father.”

“I looked forward to every session with Nic knowing I was going to make progress in my professional and personal life. I've become a better leader, husband and father through Nic’s patient and exploratory approach in helping me to reach my goals.” Darren, Education Senior Leader

It always helps to have a system that works!

Whether you like it or not, stress is part of everyday life. So, as much as you might try to escape it, which is what lots of people attempt to do, you can’t... stress is here to stay!

But though I can’t guarantee you’ll never experience stress again (indeed, you wouldn't want to because you need a certain amount of stress in life to perform at your peak), I can promise you’ll see changes in how it affects you if you apply my 8-Step Stress Management System.

It's a system I've personally applied over the years and have used with many of my clients too. And you know what... it actually works. Yes, those who put the work into applying each step see improvements in how they manage stress.

But don't worry, the system isn't designed to be a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, it's there to provide a starting block for our work together – to simplify things.

When working together, we'll start by considering what you think will be most helpful in improving your relationship with stress and go from there. 

Afterall, you might be someone who's already confident you have some of the steps nailed down. And if so, great!

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8-Step Stress Management System

You're not a robot, so this isn't a one-size-fits-all approach!

1. Understand the nature of stress

You can’t manage what you don’t understand! And as the adage goes, you can’t run before you can walk.

So, before diving into the what, why, when and how of stress management, I'll take you through some helpful and important fundamentals to set you up for success.

2. Become more self-aware

Once you understand the basic components of stress, you need to become aware of what ‘triggers’ your stress.

Yes, this requires some honest self-reflection, but it’s not enough to know what makes you stressed; it also helps to know how stress shows up in your life from day to day.

3. Identify and prioritise your stressors

Not all stressors are the same. And in the same way, they’re not made equal. In fact, some will be more significant than others, and as a result, will affect you more.

This is why it’s important to understand the different types of stress, what causes you to feel most stressed, and prioritise them based on their level of impact.

4. Develop healthy coping strategies

How you cope with stress makes all the difference in your wellbeing, relationships and life goals. And whether you’re aware of it or not, you already have ways of coping with stress, which you’re doing habitually.

The question I’ll help you to explore honestly is whether they’re helpful and healthy or not.

5. Manage your time and priorities

It has been scientifically proven that poor organisation leads to feeling more stressed.

So it goes without saying that a simple and effective way to reduce stress and overwhelm from your workload is to learn to manage your time effectively and prioritise your tasks.

But despite having the best will in the world, this can feel like an impossible task. However, with a few strategies and tools, it doesn’t need to be.

6. Set boundaries and practice self-care

The demands and expectations of others can be a tricky subject when it comes to what causes stress and how to manage it better.

But to function at your best and have good relationships, you’ll need to get into the habit of looking after yourself.

It may feel uncomfortable to begin with because all change does, but learning to establish, communicate and maintain boundaries is a must-have step for protecting and maintaining your time and wellbeing.

7. Improve communication and conflict resolution

Think of the last time you were frustrated and snapped at someone, and my guess is you’ll find you were stressed.

The sad reality is that unmanaged stress will take a toll on your relationships. And if left for too long, it can destroy them beyond repair.

Improving your communication skills and learning how to handle conflict will prevent misunderstandings and result in a reduction in your stress levels.

8. Challenge your mindset and thinking styles

Your thoughts shape the way you see yourself, others, and the world around you. And with stress, this is no different.

The meaning you give to the events or situations in your life will determine how stressful they are, which is why you need to challenge them.

Your outlook on every situation will either minimise your stress or make it feel overwhelming.

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