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Answers from Deirdre Healy, May Coach of the Month
PSG: How do you keep up the level of courage and energy necessary to meet your stretch goals?
Deirdre: Self-care became a top priority for me last year. Maintaining good health and energy includes, but not limited to, quality sleep, managing stress levels, meditation, exercise, healthy nutrition & hydration. Fitting it all in, is an ongoing & daily challenge. To stretch my courage, I step out of my comfort zone to the ‘magic zone’. I joined Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters to challenge myself, learn new skills in public speaking & leadership. I am currently preparing my first speech – the Ice Breaker. I have taken many different roles during meetings. The most challenging so far was that of Toastmaster; ensure the smooth running of the meeting and introduce all speakers and evaluators. As usual, it was nerve wracking at first but a hugely rewarding experience, another one for the Success Bank!
PSG: What have been your best ‘support systems’ in terms of keeping you motivated to continually learn and grow?
Deirdre: My Peer Coaches especially those from the PSG Coaching course. I still keep in touch with my study group, we meet regularly to bounce ideas, swap relevant books, share ideas or interesting articles we’ve come across. I love, the live event with QCC every month, I find this an invaluable source of best practice and a wonderful stretch to learn & grow.
PSG: What can we do as coaches to honour our true selves in our coaching practice?
Deirdre: ‘To Thine Own Self Be True’ William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
As a Coach, honouring my true self, is an essential part of my self-care. Knowing my values, checking in with my beliefs, living life fully in tune with both. Turning up to each session as the best Coach I can be. Coaching, like life, is continuously evolving. As a Coach, I walk my talk with continuous professional development with QCC and life-long learning.
Bio: Deirdre Healy
I am a Life & Executive Coach, helping humans to discover what is truly important to them.
I live in Clonee with my Partner Ben, our two teenage sons and a high-energy, red setter dog called Ruby, she keeps us all fit. Dyslexia has been a challenge for our family, with many battles fought and won over the years. Junior Cert, June 2019, bring it on!
I have worked in various industries over the past twenty-five years, met some wonderful people, some of which became my friends.
Coaching, is my true love. I feel privileged to be a part of such a personal & unique, Human to Human experience.
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