"We have been told what success is from a very young age, our parents have told us what success means, our teachers, our friends. Now it is time to find your own unique definition of success without the influence of others' opinions."

Elizabeth Houghton

Sutton Full Potential Founder

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"We have been told what success is from a very young age, our parents have told us what success means, our teachers, our friends. Now it is time to find your own unique definition of success without the influence of others' opinions."

Elizabeth Houghton

Sutton Full Potential Founder

Welcome Sutton Full Potential!

I believe that you can have the power to carve out your own version of success and live your best life, unapologetically, and unrestrained by social norms.

But it’s not easy.

You know your parents aren’t going to be thrilled when you announce that you’re quitting medical school to become an artist / nutritionist / basket-weaver / actor / non-profit director. Your friends might call you crazy. Your partner might leave you.

The risks are high.

But the risk of staying where you are, of following the path someone else laid out for you, of never daring to explore your passions and potential?

That’s not a risk - that’s a future you can see very clearly, and it’s miserable. 

You’re here because you are brave enough to try something new, but you need support and help to navigate the familial and social hurdles that will rise up to try and stop you from making your big move.

Maybe you’re also here because you need clarity. You don’t know what the Big Move is yet, just that you need to make one. As a career clarity coach, I can help with that too.

I’m Elizabeth Houghton, and I help high achievers from traditional backgrounds like you find what you love doing and build a career out of it - without guilt.

That’s a short description of a tall order, because ‘without guilt’ means that we need to work on the limiting beliefs and stories you’ve internalised that keep you in your place.

Much of what we do together is to discover your strengths, gifts, passions, desires and values — so you get clarity on what you want and why you want it.

And we create a clear, step-by-step action plan to help you reach your goals in ways that are manageable, affordable and realistic.

The foundation for that work is mindset + emotion. 

I’m here to give you:

  • Permission to feel unfulfilled and unhappy with your life, without guilt, even when you have so much and have done ‘everything right’
  • Support in making a bold change (support you may not get from parents, friends and partners)
  • An unconditional ally on your journey who can help you find your own truths
  • Ongoing support as you move forward on your path and new challenges emerge (even your own success can trigger you, and others, in different ways)

You can learn more about how we can work together here.

But you came to this page to learn who I am! Okay, here it goes:

While I don’t come from a particularly traditional background, I am very experienced in having other people’s definitions of “success” inflicted upon me. For me, this happened in school. Because I didn’t learn in the traditional style, I was treated like I wasn’t smart. I had teachers tell me I wouldn’t amount to anything, that I wasn’t talented or “naturally skilled” because I didn’t fit into their preconceived notions of what a smart student looked like. I didn’t fit into their box, even when I got straight A’s. 

Like so many hardships, that experience has been a gift. I have so much empathy for anyone who’s been told what they can or can’t do, or what they have to do

Certifications & Training (Street cred)

  • NLP Practitioner Certification - Neuro Linguistic programming, aka. How to Re-Wire Your Mind! Useful for working through limiting beliefs.
  • https://www.iecl.com/au/ Level 1 - Client-led coaching structure, so you tell me where you want to go (and then we figure out how to get you there)
  • https://the-clique.mykajabi.com/ - A smorgasbord of life coaching techniques including NLP, GROW, EFT and other acronyms that are really useful for finding exactly the right approach to help every client (because no client is the same, and no approach should be either)
  • Leadership coaching, partnering with Objective Leader - Bridging the gap between where you are and who you want to be (and how to make that positive change stick)

And I went to Uni and spent far too long there...

  • BA (hons) Human Resources Management 
  • Post-Grad Diploma in Human Resources Management 
  • Post- Grad Diploma in Industrial Relations 

We’re not here to live in someone else’s story. We’re here to write our own.

A few fun facts about me

  • Being English, I am a tea drinker, even in the middle of the summer in Australia. A cup of tea and a biscuit is the answer to any situation.
  • I’m just outside Sydney (north of) in the Central Coast, and it’s literally coves of beaches. It takes forever to get anywhere on the road.
  • My definition of family is broad. It’s not just about blood, it’s about relationships. My friends are my family and I’ll defend them to the hilt! I’ll welcome anyone into my life if they’re decent human beings. And I’ll support anyone to do whatever it is they want to do. I don’t care where they live or their background, it’s about who they are. And if they have a dream, I’ll help them do that in any way I can, even if it’s just offering a cup of tea and a biscuit when they’ve had a really bad day. 

(No obligation, just a chat to see how I can best support you)