July 27, 2020
We see opportunities or we see obstacles. When we take the time to break down the steps we can attain clarity in our perspective and take action.
The great part is that this is achievable for all of us, we just may need some help to slow things down, evaluate our reality to start creating a new one with the right habits. Starting anything requires courage in knowing you can; letting go of self-doubt and finding the confidence in seeing yourself taking action.
Here are a few steps to help you in starting to have exactly what you desire in life;
Your morning & evening routine
Having a routine grounds you and will keep you moving forward especially in uncertain times. The next part is keeping the momentum. Grab yourself a journal/ notebook and commit to some key actions.
Most people focus on a morning routine and this works but imagine how strong your morning routine could become and how energised you will feel by having your evening routine mapped out.
Here are some ideas.
In the morning;
Make your bed – the feeling that you have accomplished something so early in the day is grounding and no matter what happens in your day, you come back to a well-made bed.
Gratitude – say three things you are grateful for every morning.
Channel into positive thoughts because the more we practise gratitude, the stronger the neural pathways become, heightening your self-awareness and reducing any stress.
Go for a walk – starting your day with exercise will give you a chance to practise mindfulness and be present whilst planning the day ahead
Brain dump – grab a piece of paper and sit for 5 minutes and dump every thought on this page.
The power of writing things down and reading it back has a different psychological effect reducing stress, anxiety and helping us see things clearly whilst so often leaving us feeling a sense of release.
Think WIN/WIN – write down the wins for the day.
If you find this hard at first, think small and build.
In the evening;
Transition and release the day with a walk, meditation, exercise or listening to a podcast.
Create anchors that mean the busy day is over and it is time to relax.
Switch of all tech devices 1 hour before bed.
Being active on social media can increase anxiety levels so read a good book and will find it easier to switch off.
Your environment matters so create this.
Candles, music, low lights and a temperature of under 68 degrees can provide a calming state and great nights sleep.
Reflect and be grateful for the day.
What were your wins? What did you learn? How can you make tomorrow a better day?
Take a moment to pause
Life is moving at such a fast pace every single day and it is important to take control and notice what you notice about your thoughts.
Each day give yourself space and time to focus and be self-aware of your current state. If the day is not going well, take a moment; stop what you are doing; go for a walk; become conscious of your breathing; use a technique like box breathing; in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and out for 4 seconds.
Knowing yourself and when you need to make a change is key. Little practices can have a huge impact on your current state so empower yourself to take control.
Get yourself a coach/ mentor
This is a game-changer.
How can you expect anyone to invest in you when you do not invest in yourself? We know we have the answers within and a coach will help you get clearer on your ideas and breakdown the steps for success.
Find people who inspire you, who have been where you are, who challenge you to take action and close that gap from a to b.
Surround yourself with great people
Have you noticed how you feel when you leave people who are simply buzzing with a zest for life? Have you also noticed the opposite when you are around negative people? Not everyone will be aligned to you and that is ok.
Don’t judge others but instead, stand tall and just say this is not for me right now. Relationships should be based on similar values and an understanding of others.
One of the reasons DISC is so powerful is because you gain the confidence to say this is me and these are my strengths and also know how to see the greatness in others for theirs.
Engage in collaborating with like-minded individuals. Your network is your net worth.
Be patient & be proactive in learning by engaging in and enhancing your skills and abilities
Accept no one is perfect. We all have the potential to be great but seek progress over perfection.
It is ok to make mistakes, to be uncertain, to be overwhelmed. It is shaping us in who we are becoming. Use this as the obstacle and your gift. Trust the process in everything you do whether this is a fitness shift/ career transition or coaching qualification.
Life is to be lived, so make sure you embrace the failures, overcome the roadblocks and move adversity into opportunity. The opportunity to enjoy the chance to learn, grow, become more confident, resilient and become the best version of yourself.
July 27, 2020
The business environment has changed drastically over the last couple of months without prior warning. Business owners, managers and HR professionals are being challenged in new ways. Can Corporate and Business coaches make a difference in these tough time? We believe they can be more valuable than ever!
If someone had told you half a year ago that our lives would completely different in a matter of weeks, you might have laughed in disbelief or maybe even disregarded the comment as a delusional absurdity.
Yet here we are in the summer of 2020 and as much as we steadied the ship, small businesses are still struggling to stay afloat and managers are trying to lead their teams with hope and positivity in uncertain terrain.
Many questions are still in the air. Will entertainment locations reopen this year? How long will the government help businesses and furloughed workers? Will some businesses still be needed post COVID?
These questions are hard to ask, they can make us feel uncomfortable. But for millions of business owners, it’s their daily reality. And this is where coaches can make a huge difference, by helping business owners deal with unimaginable challenges.
What areas can Corporate or Business Coaching help with?
Coaching for Leadership
Whether you are a manager, a business owner or a one-person show, being a leader is imperative these days. Your job is not just to (help) keep the business afloat but also keep morale from plummeting in your team and your organisation.
Now add all of your personal challenges as well and soon you might start feeling like you’re carrying the whole world on your shoulders.
A coach can help:
Focus on what you can do instead of what you cannot
Refocus your energy into things that move the needle in the business
Create a clear but flexible strategy to move forward
Improve your communication skills
Develop higher levels of empathy
Improve leadership skills
For many people working from home has taken away that key benefit of coming into the office every day: being part of a community. We quickly moved online into Zoom meetings and Skype calls but not everyone is comfortable with this shift. And even if you do love working from your PJs, you might be missing the daily interaction.
This can easily lead to frustrations and grievances that show up differently in this online environment, so it’s incredibly important to make sure that it’s not just you who shows up for the team, but that coworkers show up for each other.
A coach can help:
Help create a productive remote team
Facilitates a conversation about how working in the office will look like in the future and helps people raise their concerns
Inspires creative thinking and enhances problem-solving skills
Many who have already lost their jobs are looking into using these few months to learn a new skill or improve their existing one and are working on finding new jobs. As the business environment changes and shifts, many will need guidance in the area.
If you are a business owner, corporate leader or simply work in HR, you might consider helping people you’ve let go with a few Career Coaching sessions with a professional coach.
A coach can help:
Get clear on strengths and weaknesses
Reframe possibilities and perceived obstacles
Shift focus on the long-term fulfilment
Improve your CV and prepares you for the interview
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
These are complex topics, often challenging but it is incredibly important that we have these discussions in any business to help create a safe and welcoming working environment for people of different backgrounds and skills.
A coach can help:
Explore potential biases and misconceptions
Facilitate a healthy conversation
Reframe objections and address the root cause of problems
Inspire people to think differently about differences
If you are a business leader, manager, an HR professional, you are probably dealing with any or all of these issues at the moment. If you are a Corporate or Business Coach, your clients are probably dealing with these challenges.