Our conversation last year made a huge difference for me, giving me permission to think about my skills in a different way.
I have since trained as a Life Coach, and am in the process of completing Certification. I LOVE IT. Love it, love it, love it. If there were ever a job that I was put on this earth to do, this is it. The business is new, and it is big and scary and some days I wonder what on earth I am doing, but I love it.
Working with Lucia helped me process my thoughts, so that now, I can move forward without doubt.
I’d been in my career for nearly 20 years and was considering my options. Do I stay safe or do something different? I was finding it really difficult to create the head space to reflect properly so that I could make a decision.
The biggest thing that came out of the process with Lucia was the realisation that I hadn’t been using some of my real strengths (or “Superpowers” as Lucia calls them) for so long that I thought they were my weaknesses.
I enjoyed being more analytical about what I’ve done in the past and liked the combination of short visual tools and longer form profiling tools we used to help me figure out what I’m very good at.
Of course, I know I’ll have tough days going forward but I feel that I have a much stronger foundation upon which to build that future.
Thank you so much for your time over the past few months. You really helped me focus on my strengths which helped me clarify my thoughts.
I was initially worried that career coach wouldn’t provide value for money or return on investment – both thoughts were unfounded as far as your style of coaching is concerned.
I found that my plans were not as wide of the mark as I’d feared and that attributes that I always believed were strengths are, in fact, super strengths! I particularly benefited from the face-to-face sessions that really got me to examine what I wanted to do and what I could do.
I found the whole experience confidence building - the creation of possibilities certainly lifts the spirit.
Many people seek career coaching because of self-doubt. Your style of coaching helped to lift my fog of self-doubt leaving the way ahead much clearer.
It was great to have someone as positive and enthusiastic cheering me on when I had kind of lost hope.
Working with Lucia was like a breath of fresh air because I'd been going round and round in circles, ruminating over the same ideas and the same stuck patterns of thought on what I might like to do. The positivity, passion and clarity Lucia offers can really open the gates of possibility for you to change career. She gave me the confidence to take some steps towards a career change that I hadn’t had the belief or confidence to take.
I liked the authentic interest Lucia showed throughout our coaching sessions. Her genuine curiosity in helping me to understand myself better made me more curious about myself as a person and more committed to my pursuit of finding a satisfying career. For example, Lucia tended to summarise what I had said or what we had covered during our calls – it was enlightening to hear someone else bring things together in a completely different way.
"I thought the workshop was very thought-provoking, and reassuring in many ways - that making what seems a large 'leap of faith' can be done in smaller steps over a period of time.
Lucia is an engaging speaker and the amount of information provided was just right for the evening, to allow people to reflect, take some ideas away, explore a bit themselves and potentially come back for more guidance."
"I was going to wait until my 60s to do what I loved but after working with Lucia I decided to just crack on with it.”
After my time with Lucia, I decided to stop doing what society had been telling me I should be doing and start doing what I really wanted to do. Her “superpowers” session had a huge impact on me. Somehow, she could not only accurately see my strengths but helped me value them from a completely different angle."
"Lucia has a very engaging, insightful and professional approach which put me at ease and ensured there was mutual trust from the outset. She was pivotal in helping me to challenge many preconceptions about myself and to gain a greater appreciation of what really matters in life.
By helping me to identify my “Superpowers”, she unlocked some fundamental insights into my natural skillsets and the extent to which they were being utilised (or not) in my chosen career. I am now far more aware of the importance of using those natural skills in order to deliver greater work and life happiness. As a direct result of Lucia’s guidance and counsel, they are at the forefront of my plans as I move into the next stage of my work life."
"I really enjoyed [the career happiness workshop] - it was helpful in motivating me to get unstuck and to get focused."
"By the time I had been introduced to Lucia, I'd felt stuck for quite a few years and had begun to feel that work was sucking the life out of me. I read her "50 year old corporate toast" article and it was like a lightning bolt had hit.
I thought more about my career and my future than I've done for decades, possibly ever! As a result of our time together I have designed a very exciting new plan for the last decade of my career but one which could last much longer if I'd like it to. I'm still working in my old career but making lifestyle changes to get my new business idea off the ground over the 6 months or so."
"The time I spent with Lucia was insightful, enlightening, motivating and fun. She really helped me to understand what I really want rather than what I thought I wanted. As a result of working with Lucia, I got great detailed insights into my own strengths, what specific type of career is most suited to me and how to go about achieving it.
I have been dealing with work stress which has been spilling into my weekends but since working with Lucia and doing some of her exercises, Sunday afternoons have been so much more relaxing. I definitely have a higher degree of self-awareness and during our sessions I was able to think through lots of possible options and ideas that I may not have come up with myself."
"As a result of my time with Lucia, I can now make quicker decisions than ever before as I am crystal clear on what will get me closer to my end goal. I felt supported but also challenged. It became clear which behaviours and beliefs were keeping me stuck. We appeared to be laughing a great deal even though some of the exercises were really difficult.
I've got my old confidence back but will be pointing it in a slightly different direction so that I can use some of my unique "superpowers" on a daily basis. "
Through discussion with Lucia, I came to be aware of what my "superpowers" were and how I felt when I was using them (which was fantastic, of course) which lead onto the prospect of leveraging them more in the future. I felt increasing excitement as we got deeper and deeper through the layers of thought and the discoveries at each stage.
It was an exhilarating journey of discovery which has resulted in Increased self-awareness, increased focus on what matters, increased hope and excitement about what's ahead in my journey.
Over a 6 month period, I went having hundreds of ideas about my future career to choosing the one that fits most closely with my newly-discovered but long-held unique strengths. Lucia reversed the way I think about work and I feel excited about how much more enjoyable my future work could be. Now it's up to me to take action and make it happen.