Graduate stories

How to Identify ‘Identity’ in Coaching

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How do I see my own identity? Well I am Fawzia. I am a woman with a mixed heritage, having ancestral history from India, Arabia, France and Mauritius. I see myself as a human being with a sense of belonging to the ones that I hold dear. I went to…

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Identity Shift or Journey of Self?

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Self-identity is defined as the degree to which engaging in a behaviour is essential to an individual’s self-concept (Stryker, 1987). An individual’s identity is a combination of his/her personality based on experiences (Clancy & Dollinger, 1993; Erikson, 1963). Self-identity can be expressed through interactions... My coaching work centres around health,…

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The Soul of the Wood Emerges with Love

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Love. It’s a big word and a vast topic. What do we even mean by it, and how might it connect to identity? This article is all about identity. If you feel very clear about who you are right now, remember that coaching does not have to focus on identity;…

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Exposing Illusion and Empowering Choice

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Old Me, New Me, Future Me How do we define identity? I feel strongly that I know who I am. Yet when I attempt to define my identity what comes up is a heritage, some locations, a gender, occupations, perhaps some beliefs and practices with which I choose to align.…

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Cute Misfortunes and Zooming Out

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It's so easy to get trapped, nowadays, in our personal way of perceiving situations and events. Before diving in, I would like you to imagine the following, for a moment. The Flat Tire It's Monday morning, you walk out of your door with a fast pace and you reach your…

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New Chapters: Flourishing in the Face of Adversity

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In late 2018 the guys at Animas asked me to write a piece about my journey and how it brought me to coaching. I decided to call it 'From the Bottom of the Barrel' because that's where I felt I was when I was in the midst of a mental…

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From Bud to Blossom: Creating the Life You Love

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‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.’ - Anais Nin ‘What the hell am I doing?’ I asked myself midway through my coaching diploma. I had left a well-paid job to throw myself fully…

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Career Transitions, Identity Shifts and Uncertainty: The Surprising Challenges of Starting My Own Coaching Business

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I'm sitting in a drab, utilitarian office chair that had its glory days in the 90s. It’s supposed to be a meeting to discuss coaching at this organisation. The man in front of me gives me a long, critical look from behind his thick glasses and says: "I don't get…

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The Only Constant in Life is Change | Serenella Ferraro

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Where would we be without self development? The first image that comes to my mind when asking this question is human beings wearing blinkers, heads down going through life like it's just a succession of things to do, without stopping to think, reflect, analyse. Without any awareness. Pretty sad isn't…

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