I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be everything they can be. I believe life is a journey, and we need to embrace both the challenges and joys. We need embrace the struggles in life, learn from them, and allow them to make us better. That is why after 15 years in business as a professional photographer, I became a High Performance Coach. As a coach, I help people gain clarity about who they are, and who they want to be. I see them grow in their courage and energy and do the things they want to do. I see them become more productive with the things that really matter, and I see them become leaders and create change in their circle of influence.
I like to say that a High Performance Coach takes a more holistic approach and is kind of a hybrid between a life and business coach. Business coaches tend to focus on profitability, productivity, business systems, and marketing. Life coaches generally focus on mind-set, habits, physical well-being, and goal setting.
For me, being great in business, but being unhealthy and having poor relationships is not a life I want to live. Subsequently, feeling great but not actually getting anywhere is a false reality. So, that is where a High Performance Coach comes in. I guess you could say it’s like the Navy Seals of life coaching. It is life coaching with a mission and a plan that gets real results.
I became a High Performance Coach because I had worked with a business coach who dramatically increased the turn over and profit of my business, but the business was then running me. I looked successful but I struggled to be productive because I was constantly putting out fires with my staff and clients. My university degree was in Youth Work, but just helping people back from crisis was not giving them a long term healthy lifestyle. So when I found High Performance Coaching that does both, I jumped on it! I learnt the tools, implemented them in my life and business and now I have the honour of coaching others to live a life of High Performance.
I was born and raised in a great home in Perth, Western Australia. Dad was a blue collar worker and worked every hour possible to provide for his family. Mum was a stay at home mother, and she walked us to primary school every day. Life was great. We didn't have heaps of money and with Dad working in construction, things weren't always stable but we had enough. Growing up, there were no expectations nor limitations put on me. I wasn't expected to follow my dad into a trade. I had the opportunity to be who ever I wanted to be. I consider myself extremely lucky to have, and still have all the support and encouragement from my family. I have had a few major milestones along my journey, here are just a few...
At the young age of 12 I fell in love with flying. I remember how totally passionate I was about everything related to aviation. I was completely one-eyed, (quite stubborn actually) and if it didn’t relate to flying, I really wasn’t interested. I was accepted into an aviation program at a specialist high school and spent 5 years studying everything from the theory of flying up to the requirements for a commercial pilot's licence.
At the age of 16, I flew an aircraft solo for the first time after only 9.2 hours of flight training. This was the moment I had been waiting for, the moment I had been training for my whole high school career. In that moment I had to have absolute confidence in my ability to land that aircraft or I was dead. This was the one moment that I knew I could accomplish almost anything I put my mind to. If I could fly a plane before I could drive, what was stopping me doing other great things?
What may seem strange after such devotion to aviation for so many years, I headed off to university to study a Bachelor of Social Science with a major in youth work. People became my focus. In fact, I decided that the career path of a pilot meant I would be away from my family a lot, and although I loved flying, at age 17, I decided that people mattered more.
After 2 years of university, I had an itch to speak to people and motivate them to change their lives for the better. I sought out the best motivational speaker in Perth and became his intern for 12 months.
I clearly remember sitting on the beach watching a beautiful sunset and thinking ‘I don’t feel any emotion’. After a few visits to the doctor, I was diagnosed with burn out. I had been so passionate about my purpose, vision, and ministry that I had burned the candle at both ends and it had caught up with me.
With a little bit of encouragement, I embarked on a round the world journey. I clearly remember saying that every step past the immigration door at Perth airport would be new. Every moment, every corner, every taste and experience was something I had never seen, a place I had never been, an experience I had never felt.
After returning home for my year away, I decided to start my own photography business. In fact, no one would hire me as a photographer as I didn't have a qualification so I started my own. I had to learn marketing, management, web design and social media. But, as a small business owner starting from scratch was a great place to learn.
We met in 2003, and after 3 years together we finally tied the knot in January of 2007. Being in front of the camera was a bit of a challenge, but I resisted the urge to take photos (mostly).
Almost by chance I attended a seminar and met my business coach. Over the next 3 or 4 years, he transformed the way I thought about business. He taught me and my team how to be genuine but also help the clients to spend money. He had a saying, 'The money is not the goal, but the reward for doing a great job.' That has stuck with me every since.
My journey to becoming a Certified High Performance Coach started when I read Brendon Burchard's book 'High Performance Habits'. Putting the habits into place transformed my life, my thought patterns and my business. I had been feeling for a while that although I loved taking photos, I wanted to have a deeper impact in peoples lives, so I made the decision to sell our studio and now I get to help people just like you to reconnect with their heart and soul, to rediscover their dreams, to get clarity on who they want to be and the impact thy want to have in the world. I get to make my difference!
I am honoured to now have the opportunity to coach people just like you. Drawing on everything I have learnt from my 15 years as a small business owner, plus the amazing training I have received from Brendon Burchard, I get to see peoples lives transformed. I truly do consider it an honour to to be a coach. What would your life look like with just a little more clarity, courage, energy, productivity and influence? You can have 'more'! Click below and I would love to chat about helping you grow and be the best you, you can be.