14 years ago I was diagnosed with a severe mental disorder, this combined with a rough childhood set me back far behind my peers.
I spent years playing catch up with no real promise of ever being able to achieve normality (to others). My greatest achievement is reaching a place in my life where I am financially, mentally, physically and emotionally free, capable and living a life that so many others take for granted.
My friends would probably say that I am the most tenacious person they know. I refuse to give up on anything that I know is possible even when it seems impossible.
They would also tell you that once you have accepted me for who I am, I am incredibly loyal and caring which is probably why so many of them have taken to fondly shortening my name to ‘Care-Bear’.
I would have to say that my superpower is motivation, edification and teaching. I seem to have this uncanny ability that gets people to listen to me, follow me and feel like they want to be a better person. I don’t know why or how but others often have their ‘lightbulb’ moments during our conversations.
Years ago I was told by someone that, ‘My mind is a dark and dangerous place, I dare not walk there alone’, this has always stuck with me. What I love about coaching is that it provides a person for you to walk through your mind with safely.
Someone to challenge and encourage you, that isn’t going to judge you or have a bias. I believe this is the most wonderful gift you can give someone.
I have been blessed with a number of people that have walked the road with me, never given up on me and never allowed me to quit.
This has put me in the position of living a life that is free, exciting, challenging and filled with purpose. The impact of this has pushed me to pay it forward to others by walking with them as they go through their own journeys of discovering their true authentic selves.