We believe that being a life coach is really similar to being a superhero.
Each life coach is unique, like a superhero. They all dedicate their whole life helping people. Each with their own personal origin story and a special “superpower” they use to help others.
Most often, their superpower is first their greatest obstacle, and once they go through their own personal metamorphosis, they develop a skills to help others do the same. They uncover a truth that was within them all along. They transmute their flaws into their greatest strength.
Whatever it is, it’s a transformational process extremely similar like that of a Superhero.
And just like with the Avengers, we went on a mission to find all the unique life coaches with huge potential from all around the world and bring them together as the Earth’s Mightiest Supercoaches.
Heidi Shannon is one of the coaches we found and we did a little interview with her. She impressed us with her unique 360 approach in coaching, tackling self improvement through Spirit, Mind, Body, Heart, something that we here at Life Coach Code also stand for too. Here is what she said.
Meet Life Coach Heidi Shannon:
Name: Heidi Shannon
Pillar: The Spirit, The Mind, The Body, The Heart
Who is this coach for: Anyone who is willing to fully transform their selves into a better version.
How they can help: Improve health through nutrition, construct better mindset and mood, find purpose in life.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these Pandemic times?
My family is myself and my special needs daughter Winta who is 11.
During pandemic we were forced to return to Australia and leave behind our home, animals and friends in Bali where we have lived for 7 years. Returning home has been amazing to connect with family again but a culture shock for both of us.
How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
I love working face to face and I really miss the energetic connection of being with my clients on retreat. So yes I’ve had to spend a lot of time on zoom and let go of my love of retreats.
With my clients I find that one of the biggest core issues is the frustration of constant change and being isolated.
Though humans are humans, so not a lot has changed in terms of what we are coaching on.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
Agility, flexibility and gratitude.
Agility: Don’t have all your eggs in one basket.
Presence: To take life day by day.
Gratitude: For being able to have more time with my family.
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
I became a coach by accident.
In my early 20’s a had a severe mental health crash after burning myself out well and truly! I was a business consultant under a lot of pressure at a young age. This led me on a healing journey and search for meaning.
I studied Natural Medicine and Nutrition and then fell in love with the healing arts and yoga. I did a 2 year training in yoga and travelled the world living in 3rd world countries.
I then launched back Australia’s first all natural holistic mental health retreat.
I worked with a full team of therapists, healers and yoga teachers. My coaching career was born during this time. Now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
I think possibly the biggest obstacle I have had to overcome is being a single mum to a child with special needs.
It was definitely a curb ball and everyday is a challenge! Winta has opened my eyes to strength I did not know I had and patience I never had before.
It’s taught me a lot about living life on our own terms as Winta doesn’t fit the mould of what society classifies as ’normal’ and is somewhat on the outer socially, which as a mum I have found heart breaking.
Because of her I have achieved more in 10 years than I would have in a lifetime. She is definitely my driving force.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
I have learned as a coach to never make assumptions and to never stop learning.
I coach in both business, high performance, wellness and life and have a 360 degree coaching style.
Even after 10 years of personal coaching occasionally I will still come across a tough issue. So out come the books!
I’ve also learnt to trust in the journey and I heavily rely on my intuition.
I also fully believe in the sheer power of coaching which can rapidly change the trajectory path of someones life for the better.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
I combine mental and emotional wellbeing, health and business or career together.
Most coaches sit in one area, I have studies and vast experience in all so I tend to attract clients who really want a full life transformation.
I’m also told I am fairly upfront. I love my clients and we have a lot of fun together but I will equally call them out on their issues if I believe it’s going to get them where they want to go.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
The health is transformed, they understand how to work their mind, they have a clear way to express their true purpose and the confidence to be themselves and they are taking action on the vision for life and business every day.
I think the greatest benefit that all my clients receive is that they just understand themselves and are much kinder to themselves and therefore they stop playing small.
I’ve helped thousands of people with severe mental health issues who never look back and recover from the ‘untreatable’. That to me is priceless.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
Health: I focus specifically on gut health through nutrition and living super foods and herbs, I use a protocol that took me 10 years to refine. I like also to work with biochemistry and analysis so we are never making assumptions.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing: My process is built on mindfulness, ACT therapy and NLP.
Purpose and Vision: I help my clients define how to serve rather than just do by stepping into their true Purpose and removing fear and limitation in the way of having the dream life they want no matter want. We then create a plan to go after it.
Business and Career: some of the my clients are the greatest creatives and thought leaders on the planet. I work across all areas of the business journey and their career to get them the results they want without losing themselves.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
Love or fear?
You have to pick a side.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
Trust! Both in yourself and something greater.
I was always your over analyzer and over controller. And all it brought me was hardness, stress, burn out and struggle. In the last few years I have been playing a trust game.
It’s been fun to allow ease and flow and to manifest rather than push to acehive.
I’ve learnt to trust in my self and that trust with others is earned over time.
Your final thoughts?
Love! Trust! And if you need help it’s ok to ask for it.
Where Can You Find Heidi Shannon?
The best way to dive deeper into her amazing work is too go on her website https://www.heidishannon.com.au/ and look around.
It was a pleasure having this interview with her.