• My Story (in under 5 minutes).

    The 90’s- the era of the bowl haircut. Despite being a bowl-cut victim, I was a confident kid growing up. I always felt a strong sense of worthiness and a belief I could achieve anything I put my heart to.

     

    I remember one sunny day in primary school, I must have been only 7 or 8 years old, I was making a few of my friends laugh. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, a bit of a song and dance I think. Anyways, my teacher angrily walked over to see where all the commotion was coming from. Glaring down at me she regrettably asked,

    ‘William! I don’t suppose you wish to show your little performance to the WHOLE class do you?’

     

    I imagine Miss Clack had expected me to respond with a ‘No, Miss’ and for my pale cheeks to flush red. I very much doubt she thought I’d take her up on her offer. But I did. A few moments later and the whole room, including Miss Clack, erupted in laughter, rolling around in stitches as I proudly performed.

     

    The impromptu class comedy performances stopped in Secondary School but I stayed connected with my inner confidence, I’d often be asked to play piano in assembly, performing in front of a couple of hundred students, something I took in my stride. I had a solid group of friends and school life was great!

     

    Skip forward to my late teens/early twenties and life looked very different.

     

    No, that’s not accurate.

    Life felt very different.

     

     

    To the outside world, I was the same, happy go lucky, happy, confident Will.

    But inside my head, a battle was taking place and I was losing. Riddled with insecurity and negativity, fighting alone with an anxious mind. My confidence took a hell of hit once I left Secondary School. Due to a few factors:

    • A rough heartbreak after my childhood sweetheart and I split up.
    • I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do with my life, I left Year 13 without a plan.
    • I began to compare myself to those around me who were seemingly ‘doing better’ than I was, friends who were in a job they loved or at Uni.
    • I doubted myself and developed a habit of overthinking and self-criticism. 

    Instead of opening up, I internalised these feelings and kept them to myself. I partied Thursday-Sunday to numb out the truth, masking my emotions through gallons of Guinness and a smokey haze of Marlborough light cigarettes. This way of living caught up with me and on a cold Sunday evening in December 2011…

     

    I had my first ever panic attack

     

     

    I was terrified, feeling as if a chord had been snipped inside of my mind and as though my reality was spiralling uncontrollably out of control, difficult to put into words but I just felt a strong feeling of impending doom. I literally thought I was losing my mind, I remember sobbing to my young brother saying ”I just don’t feel right‘.

     

    After some time, my family managed to calm down and my mum tucked me into bed that night.

    I was like a big, anxious, 20-year-old baby.

     

    I feel asleep that night realising I couldn’t continue living life this way.

    The next day, accompanied by my Dad, I visited my Doctor who informed me what I had experienced was indeed Anxiety and that I should make some lifestyle changes if I wanted to avoid further episodes.

     

    After this initial panic attack, I began to do something I had previously thought wouldn’t help… Talk about my situation and how it made me feel. You see, I was fearful about how people would react.

     

    Would they think I’m crazy?

    Would they call me a liar for pretending everything was Ok?

    Would they understand?

     

    These fears sealed my lips for a long time

     

    But I soon discovered, by talking about my situation and how I was feeling, a small weight was being lifted off of my shoulders after each conversation. I opened up about my lack of Confidence, I opened up about my anxious mind, I opened up about the feeling of overwhelm I was living with. I spoke with family, friends, work colleagues - and things got a little better.

     

    But only after I got Real + Honest...

     

    After 8 months, my life was beginning to look better; I was finally out of debt, I was feeling more like myself but I was still stuck in an unfulfilling job and still clueless as to what I wanted to do with my life.

     

    Inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies, I booked a one-way ticket to New Zealand. Just myself and a rucksack.

     

    After exploring New Zealand for almost a year and taking several jobs to fund my trip (everything from bar work, farm work, busking to night shifts at a fish factory), I returned back to England clearer on the work I wanted to dedicate my life to.

     

    Helping others.

     

    I realised I've always loved people. Throughout my life, people have turned to me to help.

     

    With this newfound clarity, I searched for suitable professions, considering both Teaching and Counselling before discovering the world of Coaching in September 2014. I haven't looked back since.

     

    Zoom forward to today and I've worked with hundreds of people in over 30 countries around the globe, helping them to overcome their struggles and take charge of their lives once and for all like I did with my own life.

     

    I'm passionate about learning the most effective ways to support those I work with and over the last few years, I've studied in the fields of Coaching, Hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT, Mindfulness and positive psychology, continually investing time and money into my own development through courses and Coaching.

     

    Outside of Coaching, I like to spend my time travelling, running, drinking coffee, reading, playing the piano and writing.

     

    I believe life is a gift and it's vital we make the most of the time we're given.

     

    Thank you for reading my story,

     

    Will

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