As told to Amy Yeung
The Clarity Coach
You might wonder “I need to get some clarity and direction in my life. But why should I try coaching, over another approach?”. The WIP Clarity Coach invited Phoebe, one of her coaching clients, to share her personal experience, insights and what she felt the impact coaching was for her.
Does Phoebe’s old life sound familiar to you?
Six months ago, I felt a bit lost in my life. I had a lot of questions and I wanted to find myself - the real me. Initially I discussed my feelings with friends and most of them would say "don't think too much! That’s just life!". I tried to accept this, but of course my questions still weren’t being answered. I started to doubt myself and started to hate life because I didn’t understand why I was the unlucky one. All these negative emotions, like resentment, anger and sorrow seemed to be coming at me in one go!
I tried a few hobbies, like exercising and painting, to take my mind off how I was feeling. These activities did help for a bit, and I felt happier, relaxed and more energetic. But the feeling didn't last and the questions reappeared. Recently there has been a lot of focus on mindfulness, and a good friend of mine introduced to meditation after I told him about my situation. For me, meditation helps me look for inner peace and calms me down. It helps me better understand my inner self by observing myself. But meditation is not easy to master and it takes practise, which was a struggle for me.
Fortunately, it was around this time that I met Amy who is a coach.
I would advise people to approach the coaching process with an open heart and mind.
I do believe that sometimes we don't need the opinions of others, and everyone has the answers within them. But when societal norms and pressure are sometimes too loud, it may seem like we can barely hear our inner voice. I would advise people to approach the coaching process with an open heart and mind. Through coaching I found and rebuilt myself with a more solid foundation.
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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.