The very best view comes after the hardest climb

Rebecca Norton – Who am I?

My work life hasn’t been your average 9 to 5. For as long as I can remember I’ve combined several roles which has developed my skills in many areas and provided me with a huge range of experience. I have worked in numerous jobs over the years, from teaching, training, community work, project work and the outdoor industry.

The thing is I’m interested in so many different areas – I want to try as many as I can!  I feel privileged to say that on the whole I’ve never had that Monday morning feeling of dreading going back to work.

How I got into Life Coaching

I got hooked on personal development when I read ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers in 2000.  It had a life changing experience for me as it opened up a whole new way of looking at the world. Since then I’ve read many books, listened to audios, watched videos and attended numerous courses (including Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within).

Life Coaching entered my radar several years ago and it sounded right up my street but it was a while before I actually started looking into doing my training. I attended the Coaching Academy 2 day taster event and found it a powerful experience – especially completing an exercise called the Rocking Chair Test as it made me think about what I really want. After some serious thought I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up to complete my Diploma in Personal Development Coaching. It was a large financial investment for me but I realised that if I wanted to improve my life I had to be willing to commit and invest. The training was enjoyable, challenging and life enhancing. It pulled together all my previous learning and provided me with a comprehensive toolbox so that I can support other people to be their best. As a firm believer in life-long learning I have also completed my NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) training so have even more tools to help my clients and improve my own life.

I love training other people and sharing my skills / knowledge so you’ll often find me delivering workshops too!

Walking my way to well-being

Sense of Direction encapsulates my love for walking as well as personal development and coaching. It was during a walk that I came up with the concept of Sense of Direction. Walking has given me many pleasures and skills over the years, including:

  • a sense of peace and calm when I need it
  • space to think and wonder
  • shared social interaction – walking with friends old and new
  • opportunity to travel to new, beautiful places, both at home and abroad
  • increased fitness
  • developing my map reading and navigation skills

I want to share some (or all!) of these things with you. Walking is great for enhancing creative thinking and provides time to ponder ideas and as such many of my services include walking.

For over 9 years I’ve been leading guided walks for a well respected holiday company where I get to meet lots of interesting people. I have also enjoyed personal walking in some wonderful places across the world as well as at home in the Peak District. Gaining my Mountain Leader (ML) award was a very proud moment for me as it took lots of hard work, sweat and tears to complete. However, I’m as happy walking in my local park as I am up a mountain – for me just being outdoors gives me great pleasure.

I look forward to helping you find your own ‘Sense of Direction’!

‘Solvitur Ambulando’ (If in doubt, walk)

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I took part in a Clarity in Motion walk after arriving at a place in my business where I wanted to make lots of changes but was feeling overwhelmed.

The structure of the guided tasks, the fantastic location and Rebecca’s calm and grounded demeanour combined in the most amazing few hours of realisation, planning, goal setting and motivation. I came away with a plan that I have kept to, clear goals and steps to achieve them, as well as an insight into possible pitfalls and problems that might arise.

Having time away from the office to stimulate the mind is well worth it and I certainly left with the clarity that I needed. The weather was also fab, the company was engaging and the cake in the tea shop was yummy. All-in-all a great way to gain the clarity to put plans into achion.

Deborah Hoult