Believe coach spreads positive energy around area
Brookfield resident has overcome personal demons
Nicholas Dillon isn't afraid to talk about his past.
His self-image and self-esteem as a teenager hit rock bottom. Bullying was constant. Health challenges made him feel isolated from others, and he suffered through depression. He contemplated suicide.
"I don't have a problem sharing my life experiences," said Dillon, 45, of Brookfield. "Someone could be going through the same experiences."
He overcame these experiences, and he's now using them to help others who might feel the same way he did growing up.
For Dillon, a certified life coach and counselor, it's all about having belief in oneself.
"I know where I was, and I am excited where I have come now," said Dillon, who also serves as the director of Education & Risk Services for Aegis Corp. in Brookfield. "The objective now is to have an impact and influence others so they know they can pursue their goals and destiny so they can be the best they can be."
Dillon, known as "The Believe Coach," speaks at conferences and has gone into schools to share his message. He's also mentored individuals in correctional institutions.
He has now shared his story in his book, "Who Do You Think You Are? - The Power of Believing in Yourself," which he published last year.
Dillon said spirituality and improving his personal development were key, and writing in a journal helped immensely.
"I felt like I didn't have a voice so I got one through writing (my feelings) down," said Dillon, who has a master's degree in adult education and distance learning from the University of Phoenix. "It was a lot of reflections, so I encourage others to do that as well and to always keep things positive."
While Dillon's life has changed for the better and has developed this positive reputation around the area, he admits it's been a struggle.
"It's been well over 30 years to get to where I am now," Dillon said. "It's amazing where I am, but I'm still a work in progress. I'm a whole lot better than I used to be but change doesn't happen overnight.
"It takes a moment to make a choice to change but it takes years to make that change."
As a result, he urges people, especially his three children, Brookfield East graduates, "to make today your moment."
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