About

Andy and Di

Andy and Di

Hi, we are Andy and Diane Nicholson, husband and wife team.  In 2008 we launched Connect To Your Potential and we are passionate about it.

We’ve made it our business to understand human behaviour and potential, so that we can bring the most emotionally intelligent life skills to our clients.

Our purpose is to share with you how to become truly liberated from the inevitable conditioning of your past and step into your unique potential. This in a vital two stage process: (i) release the handbrake and (ii) set your direction/intention and put your foot on life’s accelerator. Many therapists and counselors focus on the former and coaches want to inspire you into achievement. What you rarely find is a solution that does both. Rarer still is a solution that is properly tuned in to who you are as a unique individual, as opposed to generic advice, or being taught what has worked for someone else who isn’t you.

One of the tools we work with is the Enneagram, which is a personality tool incorporating the whole individual and their motivating drives for behaviour. We help clients understand how their personalities can work together in harmony rather than conflict, and we teach the Enneagram from the core of the ego, freeing the individual from their behavioural patterns and connecting them with their potential.

We work with individuals, couples, parents/families, organisations and clients who wish to understand themselves and their relationships in a profoundly new light, and learn how to bring out the best in themselves and each other.

Our Story

Andy and Di connected on a dating website within ten minutes of Di’s profile going live. Andy is her one and only experience of online dating. They met one week later in London. Di flew down from Inverness, and Andy flew over from Austria. Six months later they both moved home and countries to be together in Warwickshire, where they lived for 5 years before moving back to Inverness in February 2013. Since meeting in the summer of 2007 and their first year living and working together from January 2008, their learning has accelerated, resulting in their Connect To Your Potential brand and a constantly developed cutting-edge personal development methodology.

Andy and Di are Soulmates on a mission, and passionate about their relationship. They are without doubt, each others greatest teacher. Their higher purpose is to help others achieve success in their personal life and intimate relationships, connecting with their greatest potential in all areas.

Much has been written in recent years about the importance of ‘emotional intelligence’, yet there is little practical help out there to achieve it. Everything that we have learned and developed in our coaching and training business is about helping people become emotionally intelligent, to be able to live and love with others in the flow of co-operation with a healthy balance of independence and inter-dependence, so living the self-actualised life of their dreams.

Watch our short 4 minute video interview below to hear how we transformed our lives, overcoming failed relationships, redundancy and mid-life crisis, to not only start-over, but to start flourishing and living to our potential.

This video interview was recorded at The Starting Over Show in London, where Andy and Di were speakers.

Di Nicholson

Di Nicholson

Diane Nicholson

Di’s training and qualifications include:

  • Dip LC (Inst. LC), (Cert P.H./NLP), (Cert A.H./NLP)
  • Motivation Method Therapist and Coach (M.Dip)
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Tutoring for the Life Coaching Institute
  • The Enneagram
  • Advanced Leadership Coach
  • Licensed Practitioner in Advanced Hypnotherapy
  • Master Practitioner of NLP
  • Di and Andy were Susan Jeffers’ first ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway®’ tutors worldwide, and delivered this workshop to over 2000 individuals.

Diane is an empathic, inspiring and accomplished coach, mentor, trainer, hypnotherapist, entrepreneur and speaker. Her greatest passion in life is helping others step into their potential. Di is deeply passionate about the Enneagram, having immersed herself in its study for several years. She has an uncanny knack of understanding and seeing individuals at their core. She has coached and trained a wide variety of clients including many couples, company directors, leaders and senior managers, head teachers, a world-champion athlete, teenagers, parents and women suffering from domestic violence.

Prior to self-employment, Di worked within the fast paced financial services sector in the City Of London as a Multi Currency Pension Fund Administrator for three years, balancing up a total of £465 million in 15 different currencies. She also worked for Chartered Accountants in Baker Street, and in banking for four years after moving to the Highlands. She enjoyed a variety of roles during 8 years with Local Government before taking on the role of Bursar and Financial Administrator for a 1200 pupil secondary school for a further 8 years. Di built her coaching business up within the space of only 18 months, allowing her to replace her full time employment with living her dream on her 40th birthday. That was in 2007 and she has never looked back.

In her spare time Diane enjoys playing the piano, reading, painting, creating raw food dishes, tending to her vegetable garden, walking in nature and writing.

Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson

Andy Nicholson

Andy’s training and qualifications include:

  • Bsc (Hons) Sport Science
  • Certified Prism Brain Mapping Consultant
  • The Enneagram
  • Advanced Leadership Coaching workshop
  • Executive Coaching training
  • 40 days of training at the Relationship Coaching Academy
  • NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner

Coach, mentor and trainer, Andrew has a long standing interest in human performance and ‘what makes us tick’, stemming from his first degree in Sport Science. Andy is a qualified and experienced RYA Sailing Instructor and has worked as an IT trainer. As an entrepreneur – Andrew has been involved in several business start-ups and has raised business angel finance. He has experience of serving both public and private sectors, working in IT support, sales, marketing and training. Andrew’s experience includes 12 years working as a strategic marketing consultant/founding Director of a marketing consultancy. Andrew enjoyed two years living, working and training at a top European personal development and relationship retreat. He has worked as a personal development mentor and workshop leader for 7 years.

During Andy’s 12 years as a Strategic Marketing Consultant, he worked with a wide a range of SME’s across the manufacturing and service sectors. He has also worked extensively for IT companies supplying the NHS, local and central government, and has learned a great deal about the public sector in these roles.

In his spare time Andy is a keen photographer and loves exploring the Scottish Highlands with Di and his camera. He also likes to keep fit, play golf, write and enjoys raw food un-cooking with Di. Andy’s stunning photography is prevalent throughout our websites.

Di and Andy have been featured in the following national press and on local radio:

  • Daily Express centre pages.
  • Kindred Spirit Magazine
  • High Spirit Magazine
  • Soul & Spirit Magazine
  • Take A Break Magazine
  • BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire (3 times)
  • MBS Radio (when we were also invited speakers at the largest Mind Body Spirit event in London)
  • North Highland Radio

Our stories and visionboards are also featured in ‘The Vision Board‘ book by Joyce Schwarz.

Experience

Connect To Your Potential offers bespoke workshops and training, talks and keynote speeches for organisations.

Andrew and Diane have delivered training and workshops:

  • for University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
  • as Associate Trainers for West Midlands Local Government Association (WMLGA)
  • as CRB checked trainers and coaches for InnerFlame Teenagers’ Charity
  • for several years running at Brightlife Retreat Centre, Isle of Man
  • as regular trainers for Channel Islands Training and Development
  • as invited guest speakers at the 2010 London Mind, Body Spirit Show
  • also running regular workshops for a variety of other organisations including: Spice, various Yes Groups, I CAN!, Tree of Life and Women Unlimited.

Other recent corporate clients include: Cantraybridge College, BASF, Lambeth Council, Trevor George Entertainment, Warwickshire County Council, Working for Families, Women@Work (WEA), National Children’s Homes, Highland Council Social Work Services, Highland Council Education Services plus executive coaching clients from the MoD, Coventry Job Centre, Community Services Directorate – Henley Green Community Centre, Redditch Borough Council, Trident Housing Association, Wolverhampton Homes (Housing Association).

Our other websites are:

Connect To Your Potential – www.connecttoyourpotential.com

Outlander: The Past Lives Experience – www.outlanderpastlives.com/

Highland Personal Development Photography Tours – www.highland-personal-development-photography-tours.com/

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