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I have always been interested in what makes people tick

I had enrolled in November 2014 attended the December FOCS weekend. What an amazing weekend. My journey started a while before. I had been working as an electronic service technician for a local company for about 4 years, and 30+ years in electronics and IT. I had been struggling a bit as I needed to find or start a business for my financial and lifestyle future, my pensions just would not cut it!

I have always been interested in what makes people tick, why they think the way they do, why they believe the things they do, what philosophies they live by and why, why some people think and others don't, why some people are leaders and others are followers, and why are we here, what is our purpose? I've looked at or studied religions and philosophies, ancient and modern cultures and societies.

Putting the two together, a business working with people on "how they think" and helping them have more fulfilling lives, is a God send, which is where TCI came in. I saw their advert on Facebook (yuk! but I suppose a necessary evil!), and signed up.

And here I am 7 months or so down the line. I stopped working as a technician in May and now have my own business "James Bernard - Intentional Living", two paying clients and another ready to sign up, he's selling his car so he can do this! I've sold the house and now renting so we (my wife and little boy who are on this journey with me) have the financial security while the business grows. I've signed up for the Your Success affiliate program and in a few of weeks start to roll that out through workshops. I'm a member of BNI and about to start with Toastmasters and join another networking group.

Where I have made a difference, which is encouraging to me and hopefully to you: I met with a BNI member, Simon, and through our conversation I asked if he had a 10 year plan, he mentioned he did for his business, I asked if he had one of himself and his family, to which he replied no. I mentioned I did and our conversation carried on. I meet him again at the next BNI meeting and he said that "that" question (have you a 10 year plan) sent him and his wife on a wonderful journey of discovery that culminated in him changing his business and lifestyle around and he's now headed in a new direction and much happier because of it. He then thanked me for asking the question!

A defining moment was when my first paying client signed up and paid! The feeling was immense and challenging. I was now a professional "coach", and loving it. The challenge was to do as Sharon and Joe had said - be curious and have fun (amongst other things).

Meta Dynamics One was a breakthrough for me in that it made sense of what I'd been doing (behaving) and how I can see things in others. You learn such amazing tools for helping others be free in life and not trapped in societies whims!

Where to now? Onward and upward. The plan is to build a business that encompasses a generous outlook, doing things differently, breaks new ground and can fund "coaching" to those "in the gutter and want to get out". I've been there and done it, it wasn't easy. It’s not a good thing to be in a place where you feel you have no control over and that you shouldn't be there. Getting out, being free to be yourself and finding and living your dream is an amazing achievement, and I want to help others do the same.

In life there are times when you just "know" something, you "know" it’s right, or wrong. You "know" to do it or not. When you get this "knowing" and you act on it, you will succeed - generally! Its happened to me before and this time more so. It would seem to be the only thing to do! My success, I believe has come from two areas. One, myself, knowing I will be and continue to be successful, it’s more than a belief, some might call it a conviction. And secondly, great training, mentoring, support and community, to boldly go, together, somewhere new, for each of us.

Big thanks to Joe, Sharon, Lauren, Diego, Matt and the WOW! team. I wouldn't be here without you, you all inspire greatness unselfishly.


James Bernard
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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