Interview with Lisa Davies
August 4th 2017
Lisa Davies is a multi-award winning therapist, businesswomen and a soul purpose coach. She is chief inspiration officer of Get the Edge a pioneering training, coaching and staff development specialist and is author of ‘Get a Life’ the guide book to help you realize a truly balanced and fulfilled life.
How did you create these varied roles for yourself and what led you to become a therapist and soul purpose coach?
Yes, I guess I, like many people, kind of fell into a career. I’ve had a very long career in my ‘earlier life,’ it feels like a previous life now, in blue chip companies – so everything from retail to high street banking, to Boots to opticians…
I found myself in roles of developing people. But I wasn’t just interested in developing their skills, I was interested in developing them as human beings, who they were on the inside so they reached their full potential.
I then found that I was becoming more and more ‘ill at ease’ with the corporate world and, although I was doing a job that I loved at the time, I had complete burn-out and after the birth of my daughter, I did have severe post-natal depression. So I was quite poorly after I had her, but returned to work quite quickly, doing a job that I loved. But I caught a bug that was going round the office, just like everybody else, you know everybody else had a cold or a ‘flu-y’ bug, but I didn’t recover fully and after a short period of time the doctor said you’ve got post-viral syndrome and then a few months later it was diagnosed as chronic fatigue, or ME. For that I sought complementary health approaches. I had a great GP but there was nothing that they could really do that was helping me recover, even though I did maintain working almost all of the time. That’s where I discovered complementary therapies and at that point I decided that I would train as a therapist.
That’s some years ago now, so I have been trained as a therapist since about 2000. And really, the soul purpose coaching came as almost like an amalgamation of my previous life in developing people and also my training as becoming a therapist, so I suppose it was just a natural progression from where I was, because I have a love of people and understanding how they ‘tick’ and who they really are at heart, who they are on the inside and also a therapeutic approach as the soul purpose coaching kind of came to the fore.
I’ve always had an interest in the more esoteric side of life, the meaning of life, if you like, so that’s kind of what led me to really want to understand what people are here for and to help them to understand ‘what are you here for?’
How do you help people to create a vision and to lead a more fulfilled life? If you had a client, what would be the first question that you would ask them?
I ask them what did they love to do when they were a small child, probably under the age of 7, how did they pass the time, what made them joyful? Did they like playing with dolls, did they like playing outside, climbing trees, playing with others or quite solitary? Board games? Whatever they did as their pastimes as small children really gives you a great clue as to some of your true call and your true purpose in older life…
So by examining what people really liked to do as small children gives you great clues as to some of those real basic needs in their soul, of what they really desire from their life and their being here.
And the next thing that I would do is what I call a ‘value solicitation,’ so looking at what their core values are….It’s the filter through which we live our life, so once I can help somebody to uncover that for themselves things start to fall into place and they start to become much more clear about where they are headed and why they are here.
“Every day is full of miracles, it’s just spotting them.”
And once you are living out your true purpose, how would you inspire others, what is it to be a good leader?
I think it’s about really understanding the people around you, their values, what their own moral compass is, understanding their personality…because it might be different from your own, therefore the language that they understand internally may be different from the one that you are using, and we are not just talking French and German and English here, we are talking about their own internal dialogue. Is it very different from your own? So, the more you can understand somebody and really what makes them ‘tick,’ the filter through which they see their world, the perception that they have of the world, which might be
similar or completely different to your own, the more that you can get in tune with that, the better leader and the better relationships you can build.
And would you say being fulfilled is very different to succeeding?
It depends how you determine ‘success’, what your definition of ‘success’ is. For me, being successful is feeling fulfilled, and doing meaningful work, making a difference.
And, what would you consider your biggest achievement?
Well, there are so many. I think, raising a beautiful daughter, who incidentally nearly died when she was 18 so that’s very testing for any mother to have her child go through a serious illness but raising what was this small miracle of a small bundle of a baby into a kind, caring, loving adult…that’s got to be a great achievement. On a more tangible point of view, I think being awarded the National Therapist of the Year in 2014 was a huge accolade and that was voted for by the general public, by my clients, friends, family, people who know me. People have been my clients from all across the country and across the world, so I suppose if you were looking for something more tangible then that would be it. An amazing, amazing achievement.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Just be yourself, you can’t be anybody else because they are all taken.
GOOD ADVICE! RIGHT, FOR THE QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS…
You have incredible testimonials, which show a real sense of care and sensitivity to all your clients. Do you ever find it hard to switch off? And what do you do to unwind?
In order to unwind, I have therapeutic treatments myself. I have a huge love of books, so much so we built a library at home.
Is there a favourite book that you would recommend?
There are just too many to mention, there are so many. I loved all the work of Dr Wayne Dyer who’s sadly no longer with us. Dan Millman – The Peaceful Warrior, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation…oh, there’s just, I mean, I could reel so many books on and on and on.
Cotton or silk?
Oh wow! That’s a difficult one! Cotton, I would say. There’s just something, something so fresh about cotton.
And are you an early riser or are you late to bed?
It really depends. I’m much better in the morning. I kind of…my lights go out fairly easily in the evening so I would say I’m an early riser.
What can you not travel without?
My phone, because I just have a feeling…I always need to be connected to people.
And, just to finish off…what are your tips for a positive day?
Positive day…it’s making that choice in the morning when you get up. This is going to be a great day. Every day is full of miracles, it’s just spotting them.