Life Coaching with Zaid Ismail

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All about life coaching

Life coaching is one of many strategies that can be used to shift the direction in which your life is heading. Feeling stuck? Tried other therapy approaches that aren’t working for you? Maybe you just need to take your game to the next level?

Understanding the type of life coaching that will work for you is key towards accelerating your growth.

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This is how you choose a life coach

There are coaches for everything from sports, to academics, to life. But, not all coaches are the same. Some follow mainstream modalities, while others mix-and-match. Then you get some who are adaptable to their client’s specific needs. To find out more about what to look for in a coach before you hand over your mental health to a stranger, learn more about what to look for when choosing a coach.

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This is my approach

We all know what is right and wrong, or good and bad. Yet we struggle to do the right, or the good thing. That’s what I focus on assisting you to accomplish. Understanding and awareness. And discovering who you are beyond the difficult experiences of your life. My coaching approach is as unique as every client that I work with. We’re humans, not business processes that need to be solved. What worked for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. That’s why following a text book approach is never sustainable.

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Got Questions? I’ve got answers.

Want to know more about how I work with you? Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions that may give you the answers you need before you make contact. Or, if you’d rather just have this discussion with me, complete the contact form on the homepage and let’s get started. The FAQ list contains info about my consulting hours, recommended frequency of sessions, and other important bits of info that you may be curious about like where I’m based, my hours of operations, virtual sessions, and more.

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Books by Zaid Ismail

Book cover for An Incomplete Love Story, a novel by Zaid Ismail

An Incomplete Love Story is a tale, seldom told, of a man struggling to find his humanness in a community where he doesn’t belong.

Zayd is a fourth-generation Muslim Indian, growing up in apartheid South Africa, who fatefully discovers why life matters.

A childhood premonition of hopelessness, a father with an unexplainable rage, and a community steeped in double-standards all make for a perfectly dysfunctional adulthood.

Despite his roots, and his struggle for an identity, Zayd navigates his way through a deeply traditional and culturally aloof community.

The prejudices borne out of the caste system, his racial profile, his social standing, and the sectarianism within his community all make inclusion seem impossible.

Yet, it’s not enough to dull his spirit.

Will the emotional isolation of his childhood set him on a collision course with destiny, or will his anomalous nature finally rid him of the inheritance of an emotionally unavailable father, so that he may find peace before it’s too late?

At times I wanted to embrace him and at other times punch him in the gut. Written boldly, eloquently and with a touch of humour.

Jules (reader)
Book cover of Own Your Life, a book by Zaid Ismail

“Just be happy.”
“It could be worse.”
“Don’t take life so seriously.”

Are you tired of hearing this?

No one wakes up in the morning choosing to be unhappy.If happiness was a choice, no one would be sad.

Understanding why we find it difficult to connect with joy or hope, will allow us to become aware of how we may be working against achieving the very life that we want for ourselves, or for those around us.

Before you go trying to forgive and forget, or convincing yourself that it’s just chemical imbalances or genetic inheritance that leaves you feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, reconnect with the humanness that resides within you.

You reconnect with your humanness when you see yourself through your own eyes, rather than through the eyes of society.

When standing at the edge of the crossroads, this book will help you take the next step and save you from stepping onto a roller-coaster.

Fatima Zahra (1st edition)
Book cover of The Egosystem, a book by Zaid Ismail discussing the heart of the human experience

“The flower fluttered in the wind and blossomed
radiantly as if the whole world was admiring it. At that point I realised that it was beautiful even if I was not there to admire its beauty, and for a brief moment I felt a deep yearning for people to be like that flower.”
(The Egosystem)

Paying attention to detail around you is the easy part.

Understanding why you take what you do from that detail is the not-so-easy part.

That’s emotional mindfulness, and that’s what the author delivers on in this powerful read.

The Egosystem is a hard-hitting take on introspection and self-awareness.

It leads you on a journey to achieve a level of mindfulness where it matters most.

Your emotions.

“Superbly insightful and thoughtfully put together.”

Dr Yazeed Seedat (The Egosystem)
Book cover for 21 Days to Live. An ebook by Zaid Ismail including a simple, but fun 21 day challenge to improve your mental health.

Does it feel like life is too much to handle?

Do you miss the days when it was simple?

Life has a way of getting insanely complicated when we’re not looking.

Forget about chemical balances, laws of attraction, and whispering to the universe.

It’s time to reconnect with you.

In this easy-to-follow 21 day guide that includes insights and challenges that reconnect you with the simple pleasures in life, discover what it means to live again…but without over-thinking things.