As told to Amy Yeung
The Clarity Coach
The topic of mindfulness often is considered as only meditation or breathe work, but it is possible to bring awareness to the present moment in more practical ways. The Clarity Coach Amy Yeung invited one of her coaching clients Harold to share his personal experience, insights and what he felt the impact coaching was for him.
What was your goal going into your coaching sessions?
Clarity. Amy’s program is Inside Out Action, which helps to sweep away the dust covering our hearts to help us see a clearer picture. This program works best for individuals who are open to alternative ways to approach what’s troubling them. Instead of looking harder at the outside world, Amy taught me to take a step back to look deeper into myself for the answers. Of course, this is easier said than done!
What was your impression of coaching before the sessions started?
I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had our first session on a lazy Sunday afternoon, which made the setting less formal and more relaxed. The session started really organically and smoothly, which surprised me a bit. I was expecting to have to go through everything that had been going on in my life, but we went with the flow to eventually dig deeper into my issues without forcing them to the surface.
As much as it was called career coaching, it came down to learning more about myself, starting from my interests to my personality, and from there we discovered what impact these had on my professional development.
Through the sessions, I learnt more about myself. For example, I realised that I tended to stay away from situations or jobs that I felt didn’t immediately fit me or made me uncomfortable. This meant I was making career choices that weren’t right for me. For example, once out of desperation to land a job, I went for an interview for an accounting role, although this had no relations to my background, interest or goals. You can imagine how that interview went!
Despite being an alternative way to view my personal development, the coaching was practical in making me better in figuring things out. By listening more to our inner voice, you start to realise what really fits you. The sessions were not long but we were quick to get to the root of issues and emotions to figure things out.
What questions do you have about coaching? We can answer these in the comments!
Amy is the Founder of Inside Out Action. She supports individuals from the inside out to bring clarity and direction to their personal goals and aspirations. She aims to clear confusion, bottlenecks and anxiety, as well as to develop an increased and sustainable sense of well-being that supports people both professionally and personally.