Suzie Flynn, Director of Suzie Flynn Coaching
Coaching for start-ups who want to work on their mindset to achieve their full potential in business
I buried my mum and dad in April and November 2013. At the time, I also had relationship and flatmate issues, and was signed off work with stress. In January 2014, after 19 years as a corporate PA, I decided to leave my job.
Something had to change… I wanted to leave a legacy for my parents, so I retrained as a personal performance coach and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro – raising £5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and MacMillan Cancer Support.
I studied to become an NLP, EFT and MR practitioner; then became a reiki master – helping both patients and carers at my local cancer centre.
I was making good progress; then I suffered a series of setbacks in 2017 beginning with a major mountain bike accident. I broke my kneecap, tore my ligaments and damaged my peroneal nerve, which has left me with drop foot.
Having lost £26,000 in a cryptocurrency scam, I then received a £9,000 tax bill. With just £50 in my bank, I turned my first paid coaching client down. I was too much of an emotional wreck to deliver.
Thankfully, my tax was eventually sorted, but going into 2018, I was working six jobs – everything from pet sitting to network marketing – to make ends meet, as well as trying to promote my reiki and coaching.
I was at breaking point and on Universal Credit when I reached out to online business coach Helen Pritchard. I had loads of fears about money, but I took a leap of faith and signed up for her ‘LinkedIn Mastermind’ in April 2019. Within two months, I’d secured an ideal coaching client who paid me £3,000 in full. Since then, I’ve had a six-times return on my investment and I’m an ambassador for the free five-day challenge.
My mindset helped me to stay focused and get through the worst time in my life. I won an award and reached the finals of ‘Life Coach of the Year’. I’m also a guest speaker and blogger, with plans for an eBook, podcast and membership site in development.
I’m still paying my bills and I use my journey to inspire others to believe that anything is possible, because it is.
Photo credit: Morgan King