Like you and many mid-life professionals, I was in danger of burn-out a few years ago, because I was ‘running on empty’. I became aware that my performance was being adversely affected by an accumulation of minor health issues, which I believe was caused by too much stress in my life, for too long.
Clearly, high performance in the corporate world is enhanced by good health, through increased capacity to handle new challenges, a greater sense of well-being, and less time off because of sickness and burn-out.
The four ‘pillars’ of good health are diet, exercise, stress and sleep. If we eat, move and sleep well, and manage our stress levels, we will be healthier and happier. Most people know this, but there are two main obstacles we face: misinformation and confusion; and inability to sustain change. Many of us are bewildered by conflicting messages about what is, and is not, healthy to eat; and what is appropriate exercise; we underestimate the importance of sleep; and often being ‘too busy’ to take time off is seen as a badge of honour, when, in fact, it is undermining our future health and performance.
Working with a health coach is a smart investment in yourself: firstly, by getting up-to-date information, supported by cutting-edge research, and aligned with human genes and biology, about what makes for a healthy lifestyle; secondly, by helping you to change habits for the long-term. Information alone is rarely enough; sustained change can be elusive without effective 1:1 coaching.
I’m John Hannon, founder of Change and Evolve. Earlier in my professional life I worked for large corporations in various IT and project management roles. In 2003 I resigned my job with Merrill Lynch to work for myself as an executive coach, trainer and consultant. To develop my coaching skills, I studied for a Masters in Professional Coaching degree with i-coach academy accredited by Middlesex University. Since then I have worked with a range of corporate clients including Alcatel-Lucent, Addleshaw Goddard, Save the Children, ITV and M&G. My focus was helping leaders be more effective. I now combine my expertise in executive coaching with all that I have learned about health, to assist people in the corporate world be as healthy as possible. I added a certificate in health coaching to my MA to be able to offer a more complete service to my clients.
If you are interested in working with me as your health and wellness coach, please get in touch so we can discuss how you can progress faster towards achieving your goals.