Life and Retirement Coaching

We have two very important stages of your life to address here, both major milestones and just as significant as each other;

Life Coaching

Many of us plan our work or project within our own job so carefully to ensure we succeed but do we do it for ourselves – it very seldom happens?  Achieving a Life/Work balance is difficult – it can shift over time without you realising it. Imagine being able to acquire self-awareness immediately! Well it doesn’t quite work like that, it takes time, thought and careful consideration. Embarking on this Life Coaching is a small step but it could be a major stride in achieving the appropriate balance.

Many of us find ourselves on a continuously turning mouse-wheel. We keep putting yourself under pressure, finding it increasingly difficult to take control and often a slave to your mobile or laptop, or, with this increased pressure, just fear the future?

I provide personal coaching tailored to your needs to help you to make informed decisions about your current situation, your life plans and importantly take control of your future.

Who is this coaching for? Anyone who is wanting to make change happen, to  reflect on what you really want to achieve now and for the future,  creating an action plan to ensure you enjoy your life both in work terms and life in general.

Retirement planning & planning for enjoying yourself in later life

Have you ever thought of having a life plan? Not just for the next few years but importantly into retirement too? Have you considered when you are going to retire and what will you do to plan for this before and after your chosen retirement date? …and do you have dreams of what you intend to do and how you are going to plan, fund and achieve those dreams?

Retirement is probably the biggest transition that you will ever make which needs to be prepared for and a plan shaped to your specific needs and wants to ensure you enjoy your retirement thoroughly.

This retirement programme is designed to ensure the thinking is done prior to retirement so when you come to retire you have thought through all of your options. Unless you think through the many options how will you know what retirement fund you will need for example. I am not qualified to look at the financial aspects so ideally this process should run in conjunction with a financial advisor.

Who is this coaching for? Anybody who is looking to retire in the next five years.

What do these programmes involve?

Although these are two very separate programmes we will use the same principles for both. We would work together to see what your work, life in general or future retirement looks like for you currently and what it might look like in the future. When I say you, I mean the collective you! What the Life/ Retirement programme involves;

  • understanding yourself better, by reviewing what you enjoy doing
  • assessing where you are now and where you want to get to be
  • provide inspiration and support to make positive change and personal development
  • understanding your “process of change” and future ambitions for work, personal  life and beyond
  • looking at creative ways to make really change happen, reflect –  plan – act
  • initial thoughts and preparation for your retirement even though it may be a few years off.

How can I help you?

I provide personal coaching and mentoring based on my experiences of life and training to enable you to create a focused plan over time, to bring you the results you want and improve your life and retirement ambitions. You will have a robust plan that you have created and can implement in the years ahead.

I am your sounding board in a totally private and confidential way.

I have direct experience:

1997 – In a job covering the whole UK – a pressure position but one I thoroughly enjoyed. I planned my time extremely well. Unfortunately I did not plan my family life so well – I was letting down the people that were close to me and I needed a change.

I was introduced to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and with their coaching I fine-tuned my life and planned better: I began to focus on work during the week and my family (and sport) at weekends.

2001 – The company my wife and I worked for went bust. I worked in Bournemouth but lived in Tunbridge Wells – it was very hard being away from my family.

2005 – I needed a contingency plan after the demise of my previous employer and the fact that I was in my fifties, so I sought help from a coaching course. After completing the ‘life balance wheel’ I found that of the 8 sections covered only the earnings element was satisfactory. On the Sunday I was coached through the process of “what if your company asks you to leave” and the next day it happened! But paradoxically, this put me in a strong place to move forward with my contingency plan.

2011 – I made some significant changes to be able to work in my home town spending valuable time with my family and have time for additional interests too. My earnings were significantly down but I was and am happy.

2015 until the present – I now work from home focusing on my own business. My wife has recently retired so I am now down to a 4-day week and we are able to plan holidays without impacting on my coaching programmes. We have now recovered our flat in Bournemouth which gives me the opportunity of seeing my ex colleagues now close friends on a regular basis. I go to group supervision on behalf of my clients and myself in a totally confidential environment to improve my skills and keep me on the straight and narrow. In some ways I am in my 12th year of transition into my retirement. I really enjoy what I do and get a real buzz out of seeing all types of people and businesses get where they want to get to.