by Austin Brailey
Austin Brailey took the opportunity to understand his own values and motivations before he made some big life and career changes.
I never knew what my values really were and had, in many ways, assumed society’s ‘default settings’. Life coaching really helped me break out of this preprogramed way of thinking and understand myself a lot better.
This isn’t to say I was terribly unhappy when I signed up for it; quite the opposite, I thought my level of contentment to be normal, if not above so. However, I viewed the opportunity as a chance to ‘fine tune’ myself and entered into it with a positive frame of mind.
The rewards far outstripped expectations. Alison used a tool bag of techniques and exercises that helped me understand why I felt like I did in certain situations and with understanding came control.
Why did I feel like a failure when I was too tired to hit the gym? Why was I able to work so hard on something that I had no interest in? The answer was quickly found out to be that I had a core value of “progress”. For me, progress was, and continues to be, hugely important. It was something I had never realised, yet lived my life by. This is just one example of course – but the understanding gave me a whole new perspective.
My personal life coaching journey actually saw some big changes: I moved cities and left my senior position to become a freelancer. I cannot say life coaching was responsible, because it doesn’t work that way. The realisations I came to, through life coaching simply rippled out and had knock on effects that had knock on effects. My decisions were simply better informed.