Since 2006 my business career has really taken off and anyone who knew me then and can see me now will testify that I am a changed person…
…and I don’t just mean I have put on a few pounds – or stone even.
For the last 17 years I have plied my trade in the Network Marketing (MLM) industry.
A huge part of that industry is about personal development and I have embraced this aspect for many years.
I remember way back in 1999 I used to attend as many trainings as possible, not just to learn about the product but all of the personal development stuff which I found fascinating.
As my career grew, and indeed I grew, I became the teacher.
I would be the person conducting the trainings and teaching others all about the business, the industry and indeed, personal development.
In my career I have been fortunate to have many mentors and people to learn from.
In MLM this typically starts with your sponsor and your upline leaders and then as you start to attend company events you get exposed to key note speakers and the like – which again, I loved.
I have been very fortunate to travel the world, as an MLM leader training many thousands of people.
My first International training was in Sofia, Bulgaria to just 18 people – which was very intense at the time, I have to say I loved every minute.
I have spoken in front of hundreds of people in Brazil, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Ukraine, Estonia and in front of thousands in Russia.
Some of the world class speakers I have seen are T.Harv Ecker, Les Brown and soon Tony Robbins – which will be extra special as myself and Steve my business partner are official sponsors of his Unleash The Power Within weekend here in the UK – we are very excited and proud of this, as you can imagine.
All of this learning and development has helped me enormously in my career. It has helped shape me into the person I am today – however it has typically all been by unqualified people, if that makes sense.
Don’t get me wrong, some of my teachers/mentors have made millions but they are not qualified coaches they are MLM leaders who do training as part of the job so to speak.
Recently at our company conference we invited a qualified coach to be a key note speaker. An individual who regularly appears on TV, in the national press and has some very successful clients.
In getting to know her and then see her in action I made it my business to be her next client and what a decision that was – even if I do say so myself.
As I say, I have done well in my business career, I have made a ton of money, I have trained tens of thousands of people around the world but this was all school of life training. I absolutely do not pretend to know how the mind works, how our bodies work, how and why we do what we do etc.
If you know me, you know I am not an intellect. I got 1 GCSE at school and that was English Language – which I am sure I got for being English 🙂
NO, THIS IS A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF TEACHING AND TRAINING ALL TOGETHER!
For the last 2 months I have been having regular coaching sessions with my “coach” and I have got to tell you the results have been astounding!!!
The best way I can describe it to you is like this…
I thought I knew who I was, what I was about, and how I ticked.
I now know I had no idea.
I now know that when I first met with Becki (my coach) It was like I had a jigsaw in my brain of me – Paul Harrison.
And this jigsaw was only 40% complete.
Having had 8 or 9 sessions (yes, thats all) I feel like the jigsaw is now 60% complete.
I feel that I have learnt SOOOOOO much about myself in these short weeks.
For example. I did not really know what a personal value was and the role they play in our life.
When we set about seeing what my values were Becki asked me to tell her.
As you can imagine I came up with a load of words which I thought were values… success, ethics etc – all stuff I thought sounded good and would impress her, but the reality was I did not really know what they were never mind know what mine were.
By the way… now I do 🙂
I now know what my personal values are and why I am like I am. Why I react to certain things like I do and why certain things effect me the way they do – all in relation to my personal values.
At the moment we are working on beliefs and my belief system.
This is mind blowing stuff to be learning for the first time.
In the last couple of months I have been a changed man.
Jo has noticed how much happier I am… and I am a happy kind of guy generally.
I am calmer, more level – because I can be a bit emotional from time to time.
I am in control more, I am thinking differently, and I can’t wait until my next session – I am like a kid on Christmas morning.
When you work with someone like this who can teach you about yourself, never mind generic business stuff, it is mind blowing and the impact is amazing.
I can honestly say that I recommend each and every one of you reading this to give some thought to engaging a coach of your own – and working with them on personal or business matters. It is worth every penny and minute spent.
I am so glad that I was open to this type of help and I know it will change me for the better.
If you want to get in touch with my coach her name is Becki Houlston and her website is www.beckihoulston.com
Until next time…