Stephen Gann - PC, NLP
Vancouver Life, Career and Performance Coach
Certified NLP Practitioner
My name is Stephen Gann, professionally-trained Life Coach and founder of Forward Focus Coaching, a practice dedicated to listening to your needs, focusing on your wants and guiding you toward your desires.
I am based near beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and loving every minute of it.
Here's a little more about me, my background and how I discovered my life's calling:
A bit of background about why I coach...
I wrote above that my life's calling is coaching. But why is that so important to me, you ask?
The reason I am called to coaching, to be a Life and Success Coach is because of the amazing changes that I have witnessed and experienced through imagining the greatest vision of what and who we really are.
As a coach, I can affect change in my clients - powerful, positive change in the direction they choose to go. Whether it is clarity of purpose for a business project or crawling out of the darkness of divorce, I can help clients move forward and find success; find the life they have always wanted.
To me, that is the definition of fulfillment.
I am with my clients for only a brief slice of their lifetime, yet during our time together we can create the most enlightening and amazing vision of who they choose to be.
Even more empowering, we journey together toward their vision, with them knowing within every fibre of their being that the dream not only can, but WILL become reality.
THAT is why I coach.
A bit of personal history...
I grew up in Texas and spent most of my youthful free time either playing baseball or exploring the small forest that grew just outside my door. During the summers, my time was spent working as a summer camp counselor, teaching younger kids the arts of living in the great outdoors.
When I "grew" up, I studied Architecture at the University of Arkansas and the University of Texas - Arlington, which was followed by a fulfilling career in the design-build industry, as well as construction sales.
While I greatly enjoyed these career pursuits, a little voice inside kept hinting that there was something missing; that I wasn't doing what I should have been doing; that my life was meant for something else.
I soon discovered that what I loved most of sales was the consulting part, the "teaching" aspect that made my sales career as success. This led me to take a giant leap, enroll in the
Art and Science of Coaching at Erickson College, Vancouver
and become a
I remember when I first asked the question, "What is a Life Coach?"
I was sitting around the dinner table with a friend, discussing ways for me to get "unstuck". At the time I was in a rut, no wind in my sails, no direction.
Seeing I was clearly at a loss for ideas, she said, "Maybe you should go see a Life Coach."
I perked up. "What is a Life Coach?" I asked, suddenly interested and intrigued. I had been coaching baseball my entire adult life. I had even mentioned once that a perfect living for me would be coaching. This sounded quite good, someone I could relate to.
"Well," she said, excited that I had taken an interest, "A Life Coach helps you get unstuck. They help people move forward, set goals..."
She thought a moment, then smiled, "Much like the baseball teams you coach, a Life Coach helps you win."
I brightened, then burst into laughter. "I don't need to go and SEE a Life Coach," I said, "I need to BE one."
I have never looked back!
So what do I do when I am not Life Coaching?
One passion of mine is writing. Fantasy/Adventure is where my heart lies and I'm currently completing a novel, as well as writing various short stories set within the same world.
Writing is a wonderful experience and there are times when I feel as if I'm simply a scribe, walking with my characters and describing what I see/hear/feel. Interestingly enough, one of my favorite authors is Stephen King. Yea, I know, horror, but his book, "It", was the only book I've ever read that gave me nightmares. I actually threw it away. Sorry, Stephen!
What I really love about Mr. King's writing is how real his characters are, how vibrant and alive. Because of this, I read his book titled, "On Writing" and realized that my way of writing is just fine. From then on, I have written notebooks of stories and it has been a cherished adventure.