NEW DELHI — Unified Brainz celebrated the glorious careers of prominent leaders from around the globe, leading by example with resilience, diligence, and perseverance on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5, 2022).
The launch showcased the first edition of the unique dark mode Coffee Table Book, “Who’s Who of The World,” which was unveiled during its virtual event. This exquisite ceremony saw the presence of trailblazers from various industries who have scaled massive heights of success and have shared their passion journey.
We can either decide our lives or let life define itself for us. Kristy-Ann Waugh is amongst those blessed people when a life-defining moment birthed her calling. Raised in a white, middle-class, Australian family as the eldest of four children, herself, two sisters, and a brother, she considers herself fortunate to have received a private, catholic education, where she bloomed academically and athletically, receiving many awards and accolades during these formative years.
After a collective career of 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy and the Corporate workforce, a situation forced Kristy-Ann to change paths, only to find eternal success. After carrying out a three-month deployment conducting surveillance activity in the Timor Sea with the Royal Australian Navy, Kristy-Ann and her colleagues were relieved and subsequently returned to their home port. She disembarked the ship a shadow of her former self.
A severe chronic illness caused cachexia – weakness, and wasting of the body. By this time, she had lost 15 kilograms, weighing a meagre 34 kilograms upon disembarkation, prompting hospitalization with a prognosis of only 24 hours to live.
A life-threatening diagnosis, and several cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, haematologists, psychologists, nephrologists, dietitians, general practitioners, nutritionists, and psychiatrists attended to Kristy-Ann, who was still plummeting to an all-time low weight of 29 kilograms. After a seven-month-long conflict with death, she finally got back to a restored self and returned to work only to be discharged as medically unfit for Naval service. This episode piqued her curiosity.
“Human behaviour, human potential, and the psychological sciences had always fascinated me. And this was the catalyst, the birth of my personal development journey. My passion for personal growth, development and transformational change was well and truly ignited,” she expressed.
Her husband’s diagnosis of clinical depression introduced Kristy-Ann to a newfound purpose in life – practising coaching and therapy, him being an enormous source of inspiration. She finally transitioned full-time into her coaching and therapy practice. “Through adversity came opportunity,” she says, embracing optimism.
Through her forum, Kristy-Ann facilitates powerful, positive change in people’s lives. She empowers courageous individuals to break through limitations, fear, phobia, and trauma from the past (including unresourceful thoughts, patterns, and behaviours), enabling them to not only survive but to flourish in career, business and life. Over the years, she has earned several titles – master coach, speaker, therapist, founder, Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling author, education junkie, and alumni of the “University of Life.”
Calling her business strategy “unique,” Kristy-Ann shares insights about it, “I have my zone of genius- extensive knowledge, skills, qualifications, and certifications in coaching and therapy. However, it is my lived experience, my personal story that separates me in a saturated market, in a sea of sameness if you like.”
She is so invested in her passion for helping others see the brighter side of life that sometimes she neglects her personal needs. But implementing a discipline and a sustainable work/life approach, she found a way to meet her needs. The buoyant woman believes that establishing a business appetite is key to success. “Success loves speed (and action!).”
The COVID-19 pandemic did have an initial impact on her business. However, she believes that there is a gift in everything. “The gift was an opportunity to demonstrate flexibility and agility.”
The pandemic did not distress but instead empowered Kristy-Ann to transition the vast majority of her face-to-face coaching and therapy sessions and many training deliveries to online, which subsequently provided her with greater global reach. No wonder she says, “Crisis creates opportunity!”
28 degrees & certifications, seven memberships, five volunteering associations coupled with sports commingle in a magic box only to uncloak to the world a burst of exuberance, Kristy-Ann Waugh. Her inspiring mantras of success are like the lights at the end of a tunnel to many.
To know more about Kristy, check whoswho.world or to nominate email, firstname.lastname@example.org.