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14 Dec, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Gulshin Rafiq

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Coach In The Spotlight - Gulshin Rafiq

Gulshin Rafiq qualified through The Coaching Academy programme and has enthusiastically agreed to share her coaching experience, so we have put her in the Coaching Hot Seat.

Here is Gulshin’s story:-

I always wondered what was different about those who managed to achieve big things in life yet started with nothing, compared to those who had everything available to them yet did not have the same success. I have come to find it is all about your mindset and how driven you are to achieve your goals.

I have a personal belief that everyone has a true potential, and that the only thing holding people back is themselves. This is what attracted me to coaching.

I had many restrictions when growing up, and came to believe that certain things were not possible for me, which closed off many opportunities before I even had the chance to explore them. A lot of our beliefs are things we have learnt over time, and it took a few significant life events for me to realise my own values and beliefs.

When I heard about Life Coaching, I decided to attend the two-day certificate in personal coaching and felt so energised that I knew it was the right thing to do.

I found that coaching was something that came naturally to me. I tend to be the person someone wants to ‘bounce’ ideas off or air their concerns with, and as I progressed with the coaching course I found that I happened to be doing a lot of what was being taught – I just didn’t realise it!

The Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching has equipped me with a bundle of tools, ideas and of course fantastic coaching questions which, enveloped in the structure of the ‘GROW’ model, is everything a good coach needs. It has also helped me with my own personal development and working towards my own life goals.

It was a challenge completing the course whilst working full-time, but applying the coaching to my work-place and having the support of my manager is what made it all possible.

The flexibility of the course also helped, particularly since I got pregnant halfway through the course and just about managed to submit my final written paper and PDJ a few weeks before the baby arrived! My advice to those completing the course would be to have the questions from the final written paper handy, and to take notes as you attend the accelerator days as this will make writing the paper so much easier.

I would also urge you to complete all your PDJs as you go along – trying to make sense of your scribbles when it comes to typing things up for submission can be a mammoth of a task. Finally, as scary as it seems, do not put off your practical assessment – they’re not that bad and I found the feedback from the assessor extremely helpful.

What I enjoy most about coaching is how personally rewarding it can be to see the positive impact you have had on someone’s life. I love how asking the right question can lead to a ‘light-bulb’ moment for the client, and particularly enjoy using coaching tools that are creative, interactive and engaging for the client. The most rewarding moment is finding the ‘real’ reason a client is holding back from their goal, under all those layers.

I have a background in Psychology, Human Resources, and more recently Organisational Development. My particular interest is in using coaching for skill development and confidence building. I have coached managers, colleagues and individuals from all backgrounds.

In terms of next steps, I would love to have regular paying clients but this will take time. I have started building networks and have some good contacts that can help get the ball rolling. I need to apply what I have learnt to myself and set myself small, journey goals to ensure I achieve my long-term goal.

My advice to those who are considering coaching is that ‘If it feels right, looks right or sounds right, then go for it’.

It felt right for me, and I’ve never looked back!

1 Response to "Coach In The Spotlight – Gulshin Rafiq"

1 | Greg De Tisi

December 14th, 2011 at 5:06 pm


Way To Go Gulshin!:)

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