"It's not what happens to you that defines you, it's how you respond that counts!"

- Josie Thomson

About Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a multi-award winning coach, speaker, trainer, business owner, author and single mother of two.

Josie knows what it’s like to face the odds as a two-time cancer survivor and has proven that odds can be beaten. She speaks from first hand experience about bouncing forward with a ‘post-traumatic growth disorder’ and about how to reframe adversity into opportunities for triumph and success.

She is living proof that winning and succeeding in life is a mindset, and she teaches others how to embrace change due to their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways.


An avid learner, Josie has completed masters studies in neuroscience and combines 15 years of corporate experience with almost two decades of coaching to corporate executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Josie was awarded the International Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year (Difference Maker) for 2014 and AsiaPacific in 2015; The Women in Business Coach/Mentor of the Year 2014 Silver Award in New York City, and AsiaPacific in Shanghai for 2015; and she’s a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist.

She is also Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support and GreenX7. Josie commits herself to transforming and improving the lives of others.


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Josie is an incredibly engaging presenter

We were lucky enough to have Josie speak at CPA Congress in Canberra this year. Josie is an incredibly engaging presenter & gave a great practical insights into how our brains operate. Josie's lived experience & deep insights into resilience & growth make for a presentation that's inspirational & educational in equal measures. Thanks Josie.

Matthew Andrews ... General Manager - ACT at CPA Australia

You gave me great tools for the rest of my life

Josie, I really appreciate you finding the way to go beyond my intellectual / logical thoughts and helping me to find my inner triggers and hidden feelings during our coaching sessions. I appreciated you being 'real' and sharing your expertise and experiences to assist me in finding and clarifying my goals, values and the tools and techniques to help along the way. You gave me great tools I will now have for the rest of my life. You walk the talk, live “think well and wellness” and demonstrate an inner joyfulness that inspires me to continue along this journey. Thank you.

Elizabeth Brown ... State Manager at Public Safety Business Agency

You have given me the tools

Josie you are brilliant! Your course today has helped me start to finally find the real me that’s been missing for a very long time. You have given me (with your warmth and experience of adversity) the tools to help me finally gain confidence and belief in myself. Thank you.

Raquel Tyson

Giving Back

As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), $5 from each sale of the Enliven-U book will be donated to ccs.org.au. CCS is a not-for-profit organisation that helps children with cancer and leukaemia, and their families.

This book of inspirations is filled with messages I've personally written from my own experiences in life. I reflect on topics such as life lessons, conquering fear, mindset, resilience and much much more.

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Thankful ThursdayA friend sent me a link to Delta Goodrem’s song ‘Dear Life’ – if you haven’t listened to you it, I recommend it to you. She said it reminded her of me. To me it’s like an open letter to life, reflecting on the path and reminding us that there are deeper truths and meaning to our experiences. It opens with ‘life will change you….to find what’s real.’  Isn’t that what life is all about?! We are all survivors. Take a look in the mirror. Reflect on who you are today as a consequence of the path you have already travelled: the challenges overcome, the fears faced, the adversity conquered, the pivot points of truth that have enabled you to live in greater alignment with your values and truth. Never lose sight of how far you’ve come and how much stronger, courageous and wiser you are for it – battle scars and all.It’s not always easy. There are low lows of grief, sadness and loss along the way….and there will always be a sunrise - a small crack in the darkness that allow the light of love, gratitude and peace in again.I’m thankful for those tough times - the significant health challenges and relationship breakdowns. I’ve learned and grown so much. And I believe this is why I have so much love in my heart today. Never lose faith in who you are and what you are capable of. Sometimes we don’t realise nor appreciate what we CAN achieve until we are faced with these battles. I can attest to that!Today I honour, acknowledge and applaud you – for your persistence, perseverance, bravery and commitment to keep going…. to face another day, and to live on. There is more life to be lived. Embrace it all. One day at a time. One foot in front of the next. And remember: we are all in this together. We may not be physically together, but there is an invisible thread that connects our hearts in ways we cannot begin to comprehend. Call on that love and strength and know that you have all the support you need to make it through to live on, grow and embrace this one precious life we have been given. We are truly blessed to be here – let’s live like every moment counts, because it does! Thank you for being you, Jx
Thankful ThursdayEvery day I get to wake up and draw a breath is cause for celebration for me. I know what it’s like to flatline and ‘see’ my body lying lifeless on the hospital bed with nursing staff working frantically to revive me. On both occasions, I was aware of an aspect of me floating blissfully above this scene in complete tranquility. There was no panic. There was no pain. Just pure serenity.This happened to me in 1991 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant cancer and given 6 months to live. That was 30 years ago! So every day I get to wake up is cause for celebration. I take nothing for granted. The first words I say each day as I face the sun at my kitchen window is ‘thank you’ - and the last words I utter when I go to bed at night is ‘thank you.’I can’t help but smile when I give thanks. Being grateful expands my heart and expands my mind to notice more to be grateful for. I appreciate more of life - even the unpleasant experiences... for beneath the pain, there is always a ‘gain’ - a life lesson to learn. These lessons are hard won and they are as difficult to learn in proportion to our resistance. I call on mercy and grace as my guides in daily life. I’m learning to be a whole lot more patient and forgiving with myself and others. I take rest when I need it. And life flows better when I’m not trying to control how life is meant to unfold. May your day be filled with wonderment and grace. And may your heart be full to overflowing with the bounty of life’s experiences and beauty. Jx