The Inside Story Behind the Creation of the Popular Self-help Life Coaching Book

by Ashley Gordon & Brian Tregunna (UK)

Coaching can create the most unlikely inspirational stories and outcomes. Take the case of Ashley (Ash) Gordon and Brian Tregunna, for example.

Ash is a 30 year old Iraq war veteran who lives in Dorset, UK, whilst Brian is a former Fire Chief who lives in Cornwall, UK, and is closer to the national state pension age than he would like to admit. So how did two people from such diverse backgrounds and geographical locations come together to co-write a compelling new book about how Ash has recovered from the trauma of conflict to help other people turn their sometimes difficult and emotional lives around?

The full story is explained in their acclaimed self-help life coaching book, ‘A Life Now Worth Living’, but here’s a brief outline providing the inside story on how it all come about, including some previously unpublished details.

When Ash completed his boyhood dream of joining the British Army, he had no idea of what lay ahead or the consequences for his mental health and wellbeing. He was sent to Iraq just five days after his 18th birthday and completed two tours of the conflict zone while still a teenager.

Unfortunately, that left Ash with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which initially was undiagnosed and had a devastating effect upon his life.

Ash said, “It was my childhood dream to join the Army and I was very proud of my service. But I did not realise the damaging effect it would have upon my life. I ended up in a very bad place mentally. I felt like I’d gone to hell and back. I only managed to drag myself out of a deep black hole when I learnt to let go, take action and move on. Now I would like to share the details of the life-changing steps I took so that I can help others who may also be suffering.’

Source: iCN Issue 22  (Wellness & Holistic Coaching); pages 45-47

About the Authors

Ashley Gordon

Ash is a well-qualified trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line TherapyTM, Hypnotherapy & NLP Coaching with considerable experience of empowering other people to improve their lives through his own company ‘Personal Breakthrough Solutions’. Further information on Ash and the services he provides can be found on his website or Facebook page.

Contact no. 07544273540


Brian Tregunna

Brian is a highly acclaimed Coach, Trainer and Leader. He has his own Coaching and Personal Development company, ‘TLC’, working with organisations, groups and individuals to achieve high performance through bespoke coaching, training, mentoring and personal development.

Further information and contact details are available on Brian’s website

Contact no. 07856571163