#43 Josh Connolly – A Moment of Presence Saved My Life.

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This week I’m delighted to be joined from the UK by Josh Connolly

Josh is a Life, Leadership & Performance Coach who helps people realise their true potential in the world.

Working with individuals and organisations, he coaches and nurtures them to explore their inner strengths and utilise them to their greatest effects.

He specialises in confidence building, resilience, wellbeing and working through deep transformational journeys.

Whether it’s through one to one coaching, group workshops or giving a keynote speech, he always works in service of his clients to give them the best start to their transformational journeys.

Before he became a coach, Josh had a lifetime of obstacles to overcome.  As a small child he suffered the impacts of living with an alcohol dependent father, who subsequently took his own life as a result of his dependency when josh was just 9 years old. He then fell into alcohol and drug dependency himself. This resulted in suffering mental health issues, to being on the brink of suicide.

Fast forward six years, he is now a business and life coach, a spokesperson for Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics).  He regularly gives keynote speeches on a variety of topics including mental health, wellbeing, resilience and his transformational journey.  

Josh has discovered a freedom from within that has propelled him into alignment with his core values of helping other people discover their own powers with their own freedom from within.

His story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and achieve greatness. He has contributed and been featured on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

We cover some hard hitting topics, such as:

  • Children of alcholic parents
  • Being a highly sensitive person
  • Addiction and recovery
  • Guilt vs shame
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Suicide – his thoughts and tendencies, understanding his rationale and how to relate to someone in that situation.
  • Ideals of masculinity and the pressures faced by terms like ‘be a man’ understanding what the role really means
  • Anxiety; The power of mindfulness and Self-love practices for those living with anxiety

I really enjoyed this conversation because it enabled us to cover some hard hitting topics. Topics that perhaps many people don’t have any context around. Topics that I feel sometimes can go unspoken about because they are deemed too real or taboo. I believe that by discussing them openly we can distigmatise them, we can also empower ourselves with the emotional intelligence of how to cope and react when we encounter someone that is facing these issues so that we can hold space for them.

Let me know what stood out for you.

If you’d like to follow up on Josh you can find him on instagram @josh_ffw as well as via his website and youtube. There are links to all of those in his instagram bio.

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That’s all from me for now I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast, I’ll catch you on the next episode, in the meantime remember to work hard, be kind, and smile often.

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