WHAT IS A LIFE STRATEGIST?
Honestly?!...It's just a job title. Something that James calls himself, because we all need a label, right?!
We're all one thought and one habit away from happiness...if only it were that simple?!
As a life strategist, James supports individuals to have enjoyable, productive and successful lives.
How you define 'enjoyable, productive and successful' is completely up to you.
James is not one to get you to drink lemon water first thing in the morning.
"To change our lives, we must fundamentally change the ways we think, act and feel. Because how we think, feel and behave is - in essence - our personality. And our personality creates our personal reality" (Dr Joe Dispenza)
IS THIS YOU?
- Stressed out?
- Risk of burn out?
- Need to develop your leadership / human skills (aka soft skills)?
- Want to develop positive habits?
- Need a thinking partner?
- Lack of purpose
- Struggle with relationships (including with your children)
- Struggle with self-belief and no longer feeling your confidence
- Reach out if there's something else
"The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body" (Bruce Lipton)
James is a Life Strategist. But what is one of those?
As qualified Social Worker and Executive Coach James has learned that coaching isn't enough. The more he has understood the spirituality of our moment to moment created existence and neuroscience, the more he has understood that he has to incorporate teaching and coaching in a very unique way.
James supports individuals and teams to live a more 'enjoyable', 'productive' and 'successful' life. By:
- Understanding their humanness
- Uncover who they really are
- Create the life they want
- Solove their own problems
James lives in Cardiff, UK. Works locally, nationally and globally.
"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength" (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)
WHY 'ALWAYS POTENTIAL'?
I'm often asked...where did the name 'Always Potential' come from?
My answer is always the same. Life can be shit and life can be awesome, there's 'Always Potential' for both.
Like you, life has presented many... 'learning opportunities' over the years. Obviously, I've not always called it that, but here are three of my life lessons:
Life has the potential to be shit! We cannot control external forces/events. Things are going to happen, but in essence, we actually know that the things that happen are neither good nor bad. It's the meaning we attach to situations and circumstances that cause the feeling of 'shitness'. There's nothing wrong with this, it's just how it works.
We really can have more enjoyable, productive and successful lives. We have the potential for greatness within us. Yes, a little cliché I know, but it doesn't make it any less true. It's already within me, it's already within you. You do not lack anything. You are not low in anything, we have everything we need within us. It just needs uncovering...and we still have to get things done! Simple...right?!
Everyone has their own definition of 'enjoyable', 'productive' and 'success'. Some see success as being the top person in their organisation, others see success as having financial freedom, others by how much they're living towards their purpose or/and having meaning relationships with loved ones in their lives. It's all subjective, and it's up to you to define.
WHAT DOES JAMES OFFER?
James believes everyone deserves to have more enjoyable, productive and successful lives, but it's not for James to define those three words. It's for you.
- What does a life more enjoyable look like to you?
- What does a life more productive look like to you?
- What does a life more successful look like to you?
James offers a number of different programmes with this in mind. From face to face and online one to one coaching, e-learning courses, group coaching programmes and public speaking.
"No great thing is created suddenly" (Epictetus)
James' 4D approach
James' coaching and programmes are based around these four dimensions.
- Trauma informed
- Informed by neuroscience
- Understanding of our we create our moment-to-moment reality
- Remembering we have bodies
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new" (Socrates)
“I was able to hear your talk yesterday and wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you. I felt the most calm that I have felt in months after hearing you speak - almost like it prompted me to find my clear mind....
I went over to my partners house last night, smiling for the first time in weeks and we had a good evening discussing your thoughts and work. It was so reassuring, in these challenging times, to know that my inner peace and calm was still there and hadn't been magically taken away by covid and all the work and personal pressures that it has brought with it”
Speach & Language Therapist
“What was brilliant was firstly, I liked the sequence of: opening a space to hold a conversation, the generous listening, and the summary of what you’ve heard followed by a thoughtful poignant question. It was the voice I needed to hear inside my head. Not all the worry and scatter and confusion. That felt like real value added immediately and very rewarding and easily arrived at. Secondly, there was a focus on deconstructing my assumptions which did require some effort for me to pass through and move on with constructing a new way forward. It was not obvious that I needed to ‘calm’ my forward pressure so much until after, when now my mind is quieter and less anxious.”
Changing career (one to one coaching)
“The most brilliant things in your coaching and in that order is as follows:
a. Acceptance of me as it is 100%. This led to me open up and talk about my challenges in an open manner.
b. Generosity and did not rush with time when finishing a coaching session when we went over a few minutes
c. Professionalism with time keeping with start time, session notes and preparatory work arrived on time on email
d. Bring it to focus : there were times where you brought me to focus on what I was looked to attain in the coaching session
e. Ability to be gentle and yet firm : You listened with a gentle approach which led to an open listening and you also asked me important questions at regular intervals.
f. This sounds small and simple but this has been the most important manner in which you made me talk about my challenges openly. When you said ‘ it is okay to feel frustration and anger’. ‘It is okay to be perceived as not competent and imperfect with senior managers’. This acceptance made the coaching sessions work for me JP. ”
Social Care (one to one coaching)