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My journey with unconscious behaviour first started when I was around the age of seven, when I had my first experience of over-eating/comfort eating. I didn’t know why I was indulging on food - but it felt good at the time. Following long periods of uncontrollable overeating and addiction to junk food throughout my adult life, I experienced many low points and often would conceal or hide my overeating - secretly eating on my own when no one was watching.
On many occasions I had tried to shift my focus and realised I needed to do something to control my habits and to change my behaviour. Multiple short lived attempts to quit my old habits resulted in many years of yo-yo dieting. The highs and lows of the emotional eating roller-coaster were a long term struggle that never really addressed the underlying issues. I believed that I was not good enough or not capable and these beliefs were causing me sadness and I truly believed I could not trust others with what I was feeling. I felt weak and disempowered - alone with my thoughts and suffering in silence.
In 2005, my youngest son was diagnosed with a life limiting muscle wasting disease and that was a significant downturn for my mental well-being. I was determined to focus on being positive, whilst battling with long periods of sadness and depression. Being positive and strong on the outside for everyone else, I never spoke to anyone about my feelings. I was experiencing negative emotions of anger, guilt, fear, sadness, grief and worry about the future.
My unconscious addictive personality shifted a gear and I was still over-eating junk food and this led to making some very poor choices. I would regularly drink alcohol to excess - passing out from the sheer volume of drink. This pattern continued for nearly ten years and I was wallowing in self-pity and self-medicating - truly believing that I did not belong and this was not the life I had planned. My unconscious mind shifted the attention to my ‘body mind’ that had taken over executive functioning. My body controlled the urges, addictions and cravings - it was almost as if I had no choice! I was powerless...
In 2015 I was attending a funeral when I realised that I must start living my life, to enjoy the now and to no longer be defined by the past. I had spent far too long dwelling and wallowing in my long term sadness, making poor choices and behaving in a dysfunctional way - whilst putting on a brave face to the outside world. I had spent years sabotaging my life; my career (multiple times in a loop - believing I’m not capable); sabotaged my relationships (believing I was not worthy of love); sabotaged my success (believing I was not good enough) and was completely unaware of why or how that had all happened. Having destroyed my marriage of 24 years, I took a deep dive emotionally and became addicted to my feelings of guilt and sadness - reaching an emotional dead end.
Thankfully I somehow knew I needed a new direction. I was now curious to explore my consciousness to discover what is below the surface of my sabotaging patterns. When I tapped into the highest level of consciousness, I learnt that my pattern of sabotaging choices and behaviour were a direct result of my beliefs - which I made up from the age of 0-4 years (possibly 0-7 years, depending on which philosopher or psychologist you prefer).
Having the awareness to know the motivation and purpose of my unconscious sabotage AND having the mental will power to focus on what I want to create, has given me access to a completely new connection to my purpose in life. I am now focused on teaching transformational thinking and in January 2018 founded a pioneering community interest company, supporting people living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) - transforming their high rates of mental health problems. My mission is to wipeout the negative impact DMD has on people, so they are no longer defined by that condition and empower them to ‘Rise Up’ and create lives worth living.
Damian Culhane is a performance coach, experienced trainer and professionally qualified Chartered Manager – with over 25 year’s international experience. He has worked in retail, fast moving consumer goods sector, business services (particularly financial services and hi-tech), facilities management and in the voluntary sectors. He has delivered extensive leadership coaching for major clients and delivers training on a multitude of business skills. Previously Damian was part of the faculty/training team for the Coaching Academy, The Academy of Executive Coaching – plus delivered an extensive programme of negotiation skills training for the biggest retail supermarket chain in Europe.
Damian takes an enthusiastic approach to coaching and facilitation and is effective, challenging and creative with individuals and groups. He has been involved in coaching CEO’s, leaders, Directors, Partners and Senior individuals for improving performance since 1996 and has clients across Europe, giving him a unique cross cultural perspective.
Key Skills and Attributes
• Specialist in delivering improvements in leadership, using creative coaching and tailored skills development
• Enables transition through coaching when ingrained behaviour needs to be addressed
• Achieving client outcomes with enthusiasm and commitment to clients desired objectives/key measures
• Professionally qualified coach and Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
• Recognised as one of the top trainers in coaching skills in the UK
• Delivers negotiation skills training for leaders and managers across all sectors
• Delivers improved results by enabling better communication and inter-relations
Examples of work carried out:
Organisation/Sector: Clients: Development Objectives: Results:
BIG Lottery Fund CEO and Main Board Developing personal impact in the boardroom, how to implement cultural change and improve teamwork Motivated and cohesive board with clarity on personal impact and clear focus on objectives. Transformative leadership implemented and embedded
Wembley Head of Sales and National Sales Team Improve key client relationships and develop new sales skills across the team – including sales conversion. The quality and volume of appointments improved – 22% increase in sales activity and sales conversion rose from 35% to 43%.
Retail – Global leader Category Directors and Commercial Team Developing talent in high performing team, to drive strategic and operational results in a competitive environment Improved the influence of the individuals to achieve commercial objectives – beating sector competitors.
Entertainment & Media VP and National Client Team To improve interpersonal and communication skills – plus building confidence and personal impact Enhanced team working and greater cooperation in the department. The team had more confidence with clients.
Butterfield Bank Client Service and Senior Sales Management Develop the commercial skills to secure, develop and retain key clients. Develop capability in management of the team. Enhanced capability in core relationship team, leading to improved results in retention and better sales performance.
Charitable Trust Head of HR and Communication Management Team Improve communication across the team to channel energy constructively – improving relationships and productivity More confidence across the team, improved workflow throughout the department – smoothing relationships
Albany MD, Sales Director and Client Team Sales coaching for client relationship team and improve new business/retention Increase in productivity, leading to more sales and retention of existing clients.
Securiplan MD and Contract Delivery team Improve client relationship, implement a process aimed at enhancing quality standards and improving performance Improved productivity, improved performance & quality of delivery, enhanced team motivation and retained client (previously at risk).
Funeral Group Owner and Senior Management Team To enhance the capability of the next generation of leadership team, enabling them to take over the running of the business Enhanced capability of Senior Management team, coached the Owners on delegation and developed a training programme for the middle management to improve performance
Professional Memberships / Other Positions
Chartered Manager 2013 – to date
Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute 2001 – to date
Member of the Institute of Directors 2005 – to date
Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management 2004 – to date
Member of the Coaching Academy 2003 – to date
Interests: Golf, Motorsport, Personal Development, Cycling, Reading, Having fun!
- Information packed practical training.
- Practical learning experience with live project work and examples.
- Practical assignments at the end of every session.
- Practical assignments at the practical training.