Tom’s story of Health Anxiety and how he overcame it

Health anxiety can be defined, in simple terms, as a condition in which someone worries too much about their health without any medical reasons to do so. It is sometimes considered to be a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In this blog, we look at health anxiety through the experiences of Tom, who overcame his health anxiety with our help.

8 momentum-building benefits of coaching

Momentum is a precious quality. Without it, we can remain stuck or in difficulty. With it, we can make progress, achieve personal growth and realise our personal and professional potential. Sustaining momentum requires us to make a strategic decision. Can we keep moving in the right direction with our existing resources? Or do we need to involve someone else such as a coach to do so? When someone get in touch with us, they have said ‘No’ to the first question and ‘Yes’ to the second. In this blog, we list 8 momentum-building benefits of coaching to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Healthy eating: Clare’s life coaching story

In October of 2018, I started life coaching with Clare, a magazine publisher with a great turn of phrase. ‘I have issues with food,’ she told me, ‘and it has got to the time of year when I traditionally lose what little self-control I have. I need someone who will support and challenge me to make changes. I don’t have a relationship that can do this.” The next twelve months had to be different for Clare – the period of time she had given herself. Despite a great deal of fear, she was amazed at being sat in front of someone like me. ‘This year can be different because I’ve never done this before.’ What had changed? ‘Boredom. I am so bored with who I am.’ Who Clare was, her identity, was inextricably bound up with food.

What is Life Coaching?

Imagine two points A and B. Point A is where you are now in life and Point B is where you would like to be. In essence, life coaching is a form of support that gets you to Point B. Just calling it support doesn’t do it justice, however. At its best, life coaching is full of energy, motivation and challenge, based on a relationship of acceptance, belief and potential. Life coaching focuses on Point B and the personal transformation required to achieve it. Point B can be a lifestyle change such as a new job, education and study or relationship. It can be about identity and being a more confident version of ourselves. And as coaching frequently changes both the person and the life they lead, so it can be about both.

When two are better than one: combining therapy and coaching

“My difficulties didn’t fall neatly into any category. I was anxious and depressed. I was also setting up my new business. Therapy helped me come to terms with the loss of my father, but I needed a different type of support. I was aware of coaching from my corporate career, so on a whim I Googled therapy and coaching and saw that people did both.” Stephen At Conversations With Impact we offer both therapy and coaching, In this blog we consider the interest in combining both approaches.

How to Deliver an Interview With Confidence – Tell Your Story

Is there anything to compare with the task of convincing someone they should employ you? Interviews are stressful and high risk and yet we know that those on the other side of desk do want to employ someone. In this blog I share some thoughts on increasing the chances that they choose you – through the art of narrative or storytelling.

Do you have the confidence to take on the world?

How would you describe your level of self-esteem? Do you have enough confidence to deal with your day to day life fairly easily? We’re all experts at spotting people with high self-esteem. They seem to have an astonishing level of confidence that leaves the rest of us wondering what the secret is. Of course, an apparently confident person could be putting on a good show. There aren’t many of us who don’t have worries or insecurities of some kind. We all have a ‘fantasy-reality gap’ that reflects the difference between how our live actually is and how we’d like it to be. The real question is how large that gap is and how we cope with it. It can have a powerful effect on our self-esteem.