General Life Coaching

Seeking Clarity & Direction

Entering a coaching relationship is largely a leap of faith.

Something, or may be an accumulation of things, has brought you to a point where you feel you can no longer progress alone.

What I wanted was clarification and direction, what I feared was that too much time would be spent indulging my inertia, with the same old ground covered each week, and no progress made.

It's also easy to feel skeptical; is this just going to be a standardized set of sessions, tools and exercises that are applied to every client, regardless of their issue?

And will I be encouraged to develop a dependency on this relationship and end up lacking the confidence to trust my own decision-making?

What I discovered was that my fears and skepticism were unfounded. Harley was unreservedly interested in me as an individual, and equally concerned to empower me in my decision-making.

Our sessions were very involving, often provoking, and always insightful.

The exercises I was asked to complete were enormously challenging for me, often taking me well outside of my comfort zone - but proved to be extremely revealing and valuable.

Perhaps the most surprising aspects of coaching for me were just how dynamic a process it is, how action focused the work is, and how quickly progress can be made.

I received some very concrete results from coaching.

Specifically, I have a clear concept of where I want take my career, how I want to live, and the direction and content of my future.

I had no clarity of any of these issues prior to coaching.

I would recommend the coaching process to anyone who is struggling for insight and direction, or who is feeling overwhelmed by too few or too many options, or who feels stuck in a cycle of living that they feel is not serving them well.

In my experience, coaching is a vibrant process, it brings positive energy and motivates focus and this will lead to positive action.

Carol B.

University Professor

Prior to commencing my coaching, I was a little unsure what to expect and nervous about talking with someone I didn't know at all about reasonably private things.
Harley straight away made me feel comfortable and relaxed and I found him very easy to communicate with - and he has a great sense of humour.
He was professional at all times and I thoroughly enjoyed our weekly chats, coming away from them on a high.
The benefits I received from being coached by Harley are, I believe skills that sometimes we forget during stressful times such as positive thinking, communication and motivation.
Harley helped me in all these areas especially positive thinking - I now go out on my bike loving the exercise rather than thinking - I can't be bothered doing this!
I will really miss my weekly chats with Harley and wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anyone who is looking at getting some life coaching.
Jamie H.
Home Executive
Going to life coaching has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Firstly I had no idea really of what I expected only that I needed to do something.
I had no clarity, no idea of what I wanted or needed or what I was doing, and why I had found a limitless way to be unhappy.
From the first meeting I was made to feel safe, assured of what to expect and a clear outline of the coaching process.
Although I could not quite understand how anyone was going to drag anything that made sense out of me.
I look back now and I feel a million miles away from that person I was three months ago.
The journey from there to now was amazing; I have learnt so many great ways to deal with all that stuff in life that I needed to accept, learn and move beyond.
For me the process of working through the tools illuminated an awareness and prompted a perception on my relationships and experiences.
Harley Storey is a wonderful, calm, gentle being and his guidance steady as I journeyed through and made sense of a life.
Angela S.

Life Balance

My understanding before the coaching was that I would be talking to a person trained to clarify my muddled thinking, however I was afraid that the coach may not be able to unravel the jumble.
As a result of the coaching I feel much clearer in my way ahead, having been heard, challenged and helped in the clarification process.
I achieved clarity about my next moves as a result of the coaching, and also strength in the process being the safe, supported space that enabled my to identify my options and select my own way forward, rather than tick one of the boxes given to me.
Because of this, it has been easier to feel comfortable about the major decisions the coaching enabled me to make.
Graeme K.
Travel Franchise Manager
After ending my coaching sessions with Harley I feel more focused, which was the main concern for me.
Harley helped me identify not only what was holding me back, but also why.
The why, which Harley approaches very effectively, is of most importance because with 'why' I found reason, this then helped me find a solution and gain more understanding of the issues I was concerned with.
I now have more clarity and knowledge of myself, this has helped me in more areas of my life such as relationships and my career.
I now understand the importance of life's gifts and serendipity. Harley has taught me that life provides you with all the tools you need to cope with any given situation.
This has proved invaluable for me and set the foundation for finding a silver lining in every cloud.
Positive thinking and thought has provided more confidence not only in myself, but also in my actions.
A great lesson from a good teacher.
A recommendation to anyone who has forgotten about how big and beautiful life is.
A chance to sit with someone who's only concern is about you, what you've done and where you want to go.
A pleasure by any standard.
Jacob H.
Sales Executive
Hi Harley,
I wanted to write to thank you for your coaching over the last three months.
This email is one way to show to myself that I am willing to push back boundaries, but also to express my appreciation at the tremendous support you have given me by coaching me.
Thanks for your humour, your emails, your homework, your phone calls, and your birthday card.
Top of the list for immediate action was to think positive and like myself.
Then I needed to implement workable ideas that would work for me every day, like affirmations, trust myself, meditation, be myself and stick to my needs and my values in life.
You introduced me to new views, habits, ideas, books, articles, websites.
It was an interesting time - discarding thoughts and behaviours that were no longer productive, but highly unproductive.
Harley, thank you so much for your coaching, I feel much more in control of my life.
Kate H.

Career Coaching Testimonials
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After graduating from university I found myself at a crossroad in terms of which career path to take. I needed extra guidance to make sure I was heading down the right path.
I had been to counsellors before, however I wanted to do more than discuss emotional issues, I wanted to plan my life from a holistic perspective and felt life coaching could aid me with this pursuit.
I was skeptical at first and fearful about wasting money on something that did not work, however I called and was reassured that I was not making any commitment that I could not back out of.
During my first session with Harley my fears were laid to rest. We quickly identified my talents, passions and the obstacles which were holding me back in life.
I felt comfortable and safe expressing my ambitions, fears and old emotional traumas which were holding me back.
The homework assignments were at times difficult, yet fun, and provided me with practical tools which enabled me to learn about my likes and dislikes, behavior and core beliefs.
I entered the life coaching sessions with a particular career goal in mind, however, after a few sessions I discovered that deep down I was not interested in this particular career path and decided to let it go, which turned out to be a huge relief.
Harley provided me with the wisdom and support I needed to find the strength to change direction and be true to myself.
I would recommend coaching to any person seeking the type of tools and information which can assist them in finding their true path in life.
Harley's coaching is a great vehicle for providing this information and guidance.
Kind regards
Irene A.
Graduate Student
Hi Harley
After our last session and with some time to reflect and look at the job market both in Auckland and abroad, I feel that I have reached my goal that I had when I first contacted you.
This goal was to get some direction in which to take my career. You have provided me with what I feel was the crucial insight and fresh perspective to look at my strengths and what I am passionate about.
Obviously sports - but you made me feel good that I was into sports and that I actually did possess the skills to follow my enthusiasm into a career.
After applying recently for the player and event management position this crystallized my thoughts and really clarified that this is the career I want to be involved in.
Without our sessions however I wouldn't have realised that this career has 80% of the characteristics I really want in a job.
I feel the time has come for me to approach some possible employers with my enthusiasm you have given me.
Once again thank you for your help - you have been outstanding to deal with, I would not have the career direction I have now and I will highly recommend you to my other friends who are disillusioned in their employment!
Thank you for all your help.
Yours sincerely
James B.
Coaching Helped Lower 30 Years Of High Blood Pressure!
What were your perceptions before you were coached?
I half-expected to be told to follow a particular vocational direction. I assumed you would almost make the decision for me.
Once however, I began speaking with you, I appreciated very quickly that such decision-making was my responsibility - not someone else's.
I suspect I simply needed to talk with someone who was completely devoid of preconceived ideas about my job and me.
Everyone I spoke with previously had their own ideas about whether I should, or should not remain with my employer.
I made the decision to conclude my current career following discussions with you, something I found very difficult to consider before I met you.
What were your expectations of coaching? Were they met or exceeded?
I think I really expected to hear you say, if not immediately then certainly later, that I should remain or go.
On reflection, a good coach simply "coaches and supports" - they do not specifically point in one direction or another. That should come from the "pupil" - and it did, with coaching.
I incorrectly thought I needed counselling - not coaching!
Yes, my expectations were met and ultimately exceeded.
How did you feel as a result of coaching?
I thought more about myself than I had ever done before and why I sought to make such change.
I also began to appreciate that my job had a degree of stress and anxiety about it that had been with me throughout my entire flying career. I had however, always convinced myself that I was on-top of all that "stuff".
But, having made the decision to leave I visited my Doctor on an unrelated subject and as he does every 6 months, took my blood pressure.
For the first time in nearly 30 years it was down to almost normal for my age group.
Maybe I had simply fooled myself into believing everything was OK for 30 years when in reality it was anything but.
What specific results did you get as a result of coaching?
I quit my job and don't regret one single second of that decision.
What was more important to me - my job or my life?
If I use the analogy that coaching is training, teaching, educating and not simply being given the answers one wants to hear, then the result of coaching was very positive.
I ultimately made the decision for myself - you did not make the choice for me - but you assisted and supported me to that end.
Kindest regards - sincerely
Adam J.
Airline Industry
Dear Harley
I am writing to you to thank you for the coaching I have received over the past few weeks.
Though initially I was concerned about the cost and length of time that a series of coaching sessions would take, I now feel that it was money well spent and really appreciated the fact that you were able to alter you schedule to suit my needs.
Because of my injury and discontentment in my previous work, I knew that I needed to reassess my career and was looking for guidance so I could make an informed decision.
The coaching sessions where at my pace and allowed me to come to my own conclusions. I always felt at ease and the tools you gave me really helped me to gain clarity and direction.
I had also felt some failure on my part because I was so unhappy in my previous work, but after the coaching sessions I realised that my work was a really bad fit for me, and I would never be happy continuing in that field of work.
This gave me confidence that I was not a failure, but rather needed to look at a career that suited my personality, my values and goals.
Although I had some idea of which direction I needed to take, I was still very unsure in making the decisions that needed to be made.
Through the series of coaching sessions, I became much more focused and gained the direction that I was looking for.
I now have the confidence that the decisions I have made are the right ones, and feel that I have greatly increased my chances of being successful in my chosen career.
Once again, thank you very much for your help and much enjoyed coaching sessions. I would recommend you to anyone looking for direction in their life and career.
Michele J.

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