11 Aug Q & A with Howard Lockie
An interview with Howard Lockie, wellness, sports, spiritual, and recovery coach. Howard Lockie has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA, coaching clients in recovery to achieve goals and realize dreams.
Howard Lockie graduated from the Agape Center of Truth and has studied under Eastern teachers as diverse as Wayne Liquorman and Stephen Wolinsky. He was hired by GORES Group to coach and facilitate key members of this Fortune 500 company. His clients have included Beverly Johnson, Annie Miles (Milestone Recordng), USTA tennis player Brian Battlestone, Blake Perlman, Alegre Versace, Rob Bunzel of Bartko, Tarrant, Miller (San Francisco) and comedian Tom Arnold.
Howard’s love for sports coaching comes from playing Division 1 baseball in college. His acting resume includes the lead in Underpants by Steve Martin, Bones, Sleeper Cell, West Wing and House of Frankenstein. Howard creates on the individual, company or organizational level and brings with him new perspectives and creativity along with the underlying experience that, “Anything is possible!”
How long have you been sober?
24 years and 8 months.
How has recovery/sobriety influenced your coaching?
As I work on my own recovery, I become a better coach and transformational leader. The more I am able to do my own work on my own program, and maintain a fresh, sober life, I feel that I’m able to share insights I’ve had myself with those who come to me seeking coaching. I’m also able to share the experience and the hope of the program, especially as I move down the road of sobriety….
What are the best things that have happened to you in relation to your coaching life since you’ve been sober?
Well, I was never pursuing coaching prior to sobriety. But at about 5 years sober, I became a practitioner at the Agape Church of Religious Science. I completed a 3-year licensed program designed to cultivate and integrate the evolution of consciousness spiritually, intellectually, and professionally through prayer, creative visualization, spirituality and quantum physics.
Then I began to have my first clients and at that point I decided to create a coaching business. That business came out of being at Agape, being sober, meeting many people who were drawn to me to help them with various issues and willing and wanting to pay for it. It happened organically, just like everything that has happened for me in sobriety happens, organically. It was a small idea given to me by my intuition and I just ran with it. I’ve done several very high profile jobs: I’ve worked with the GORES GROUP, the 20th richest man in the world, coaching his three children. We eventually made a movie for his son who is an actor and has Cerebral Palsy. I played the role of a Tony Robbins type coach during the entire production process – all the way through the making of the movie. This was a young boy the world would’ve given zero chance of following his dream and so, I was able to coach him through the experience of being a full-blown participant in the movie. He did a great job. We worked with Tom Arnold and Penelope Spears on that project.
I have also taken Beverly Johnson on the LPGA Golf Tour. The supermodel always wanted to be a golfer. I attended a number of golf tournaments with her and was her active coach. That was really about being there for the person, empowering them through doubt and imparting to them the courage to go for it.
What does coaching with Howard Lockie look like?
We have an initial session where the client shares the areas in their life that they need growth in. I personally – from the moment they walk in the door – I am listening to them – because most people are identifying their own weaknesses through their speech. So, I listen to the person, where they are buying into their limited beliefs or where they’re getting in their own way. During this initial session, they’ll let me know where their life is lacking. Because usually, where they’re focused on is typically the last place their growth is going to come from.
Everybody wants more money, but what he or she really wants is to find something they’re excited about doing, a way to serve the community. People think they want money, they think they want a relationship, a big house, a faster car. What they really want, alcoholics that is, (because they are a big portion of my business) they want peace of mind. Alcoholics are restless, irritable and extremely discontent with what is – so the greatest way I serve them as a coach is to illuminate, highlight and share with them – that right where they are is the perfect place for them to be.
Most of the time what they are resisting or fighting against – just as they fought against drugs and alcohol – they’re fighting against the life cir