Is your mindset ‘Open for Business’ for developing resilience?

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Online Training, Resilience

The importance of mindset in developing resilience can’t be overstated.  It’s one of the most important pillars of a resilient life and it features in my Resilience Framework – the one I designed based on years as a nurse and as a coach, and that I use regularly to help my 1:1 clients identify what’s working well and what needs more attention.   Luckily, like many of the other pillars, mindset is something you have control over.  It’s doesn’t rely on anyone else.  It’s within your power to improve it. To develop your level of resilience, your mindset must be programmed so that you are ‘Open for Business‘ in terms of personal growth. Experiences (both good and bad) are a wasted opportunity for personal growth if you don’t reflect on them and identify what you have learned from them. In the Resilience Hub this week there is a new video with […]

How our thoughts affect our performance

Posted Posted in Awakening, Business Coaching, Coaching, exams, Nurse Leadership, Online Training, Resilience

Research has shown that if we tell ourselves we’re not going to do well, the result is that we in fact don’t do well. Conversely, in that study when the same people who thought they wouldn’t perform well were told to just give it a go and reassured that they will probably pass the benchmark anyway, they performed just as well as other groups of people in the study. This tells us that when we do take action, even if we lack confidence or self-belief, we can usually perform at least as well as anyone else. And it also tells us that our noisy and opinionated Inner Critic has a measurable negative impact on how we perform. The more we fret, worry and listen to our Inner Critic, the more these thoughts become automatic. We train our brains into thinking negatively.  And then our decisions, perceptions and behaviours become influenced by these […]

Look after yourself so you can look after others

Posted Posted in Awakening, Business Coaching, Clinical Leadership, Coaching, Nurse Leadership, Nurses, Online Training, Parenting, Resilience

Have you spent the last few weeks running around, looking after everyone else’s needs and making things happen? When is the last time you set aside time to look at your own needs and wants? You can’t look after them until you look after yourself first. You know this makes sense! Can you put it into action though? What do you need to do, as a starter, for yourself? What action can YOU take, that isn’t dependent on the actions or will of others? We can’t control others, but we can exert (or take back!) control of our thoughts, behaviours and actions. Even though you might have multiple responsibilities, you must find space for YOU. Just one slice, every day, of what fuels your soul. Why not put one small new action in place today and then check back in with me in 7 days time (you will find me […]

The benefits of knowing your true values

Posted Posted in Awakening, Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

One of the things that fuels a happy life is knowing what our values are. But when you are living or working with people who do not share the same values as you, that can be stressful, so it’s important to either try to avoid those situations or find a way to live with them or compensate for them. One of the reasons some people find holidays like Christmas so difficult is that they may be spending more time than they would like with people who don’t share the same values as them. In this case, there are three choices: Get stressed or even end up in an argument with someone. Options 2 and 3 are better than this! Change the situation if you can. Say no when you can.  Make contingency plans.  Arrange to do something completely different. If you really can’t change the situation, change your attitude to […]

The steps towards change

Posted Posted in Awakening, Business Coaching, Coaching, exams, Online Training, Parenting, Resilience

In last week’s blog we looked at making preparations for change – a change in behaviour or habit – maybe something that will form part of a New Year’s Resolution. This week I’m going to introduce you to a model for behaviour change that’s used in healthcare for people who need to overhaul their lifestyle in order to achieve better health. It’s based on a formula that breaks down the steps we all take when change is needed. They are: Pre-contemplation. Contemplation. Preparation. Action. Maintenance. This model will help you to easily spot the stage where you tend to falter or fall back into old habits, and when you know where that hurdle is you can better prepare for it and ultimately be more successful at putting your new healthier or better habit in place. The model is explained in more detail in The Resilience Hub – just log in […]

Resilience is not the absence of adversity

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Parenting, Resilience

This is something I repeat often to my coaching clients and in #ResilienceWorkshops…   RESILIENCE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF ADVERSITY!   Just because you are going through a challenge does not mean you are not resilient. In fact, just by getting up each day, working your way through it, wondering about the best solution, etc, you are displaying resilience. You are more resilient – and stronger – than you think. Spend any time with me in a 1:1 coaching session and I will prove it to you. Better still, you will see it yourself and believe it from within your own heart and soul.   This is something I have to remind myself of too. (Coaches are human as well – we have wobbles too!). When I remember this mantra, it’s easier to allow emotions to take their course, to wait patiently until a fearful moment has passed.   […]

Business Coaches know the best business tools!

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Uncategorized

After I was a nurse and midwife, and before I became a coach, I was a VA (virtual assistant), so suffice to say that I know, and use, some of the best tools and software! These* are some of my favourites. Awesome Marketing Planner by The Girls Mean Business Click here to view my short video on why I love this! ; Powered by Mailchimp “Marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.”  Simple to use, effective, creative, and free until you have really built up a significant subscriber list.  GDPR compliance options too. Thinkific “The online course platform you can trust with your business”.  Easy peasy to use, very quick to upload training content and lots of support and training to help newbies. Acuity Scheduling “Acuity Scheduling is your online assistant, working 24/7 to fill your schedule.”  The free version has more […]

Yes, I Will Make Sure I Have A Conversation Today With Someone Who Is Important To Me.

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

Today’s affirmation: “Yes, I Will Make Sure I Have A Conversation Today With Someone Who Is Important To Me.” Life is short, time is precious.  When you run your own business it’s all too easy for the workload to consume every waking moment.  When is the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone who is important to you?  Be mindful and present, listen deeply and talk openly with them.  Or reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while but who is still one of your ‘tribe’.  Human connection is an important fuel for our wellbeing.  If you have been lacking in this area because you have been so busy, try to address that today. Set goals. Make progress. Move forward towards business success every day. Lisa #BusinessCoaching #ResilienceForBusinessOwners P.S. You are invited to join me in the One Goal Challenge below. http://www.OneGoalChallenge.com #1GoalChallenge #2018BusinessGoals #FriendsInBusiness

Yes! I Will Seek Out Opportunities To Laugh Today

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Today’s affirmation: “Yes! I Will Seek Out Opportunities To Laugh Today” 🙂 Business should be fun!  Laughing is so good for us it should be the first port of call when we feel low. It is physically and mentally beneficial; encouraging deep breaths of air, clearing the mind, and of course releasing those lovely endorphins. Find a moment of joy in relation to your business.  Need inspiration?  Why not try Pinterest.  A search for cartoons and illustrations related to your business or sector will have you seeing the lighter side of life in no time. Set goals. Make progress. Move forward towards business success every day. Lisa, x #BusinessCoaching #ResilienceForBusinessOwners P.S. You are invited to join me in the One Goal Challenge below.  Let’s succeed together in our business goals for 2018! http://www.OneGoalChallenge.com #1GoalChallenge #2018BusinessGoals #FriendsInBusiness

Yes, I Will Name The Lessons I’ve Learned From Tough Times in my Business

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Today’s affirmation: “Yes, I Will Name The Lessons I’ve Learned From Tough Times in my Business” Often when we have been through a tough time, we’d prefer to forget it, never speak of it again and try to erase its presence from our lives.  This may indeed serve you well, but in a way is a lost opportunity to acknowledge just how much you learned and grew during that time.  Naming the ways we are stronger after weathering a storm is a very positive action and can help you to feel more resilient and unafraid of future challenges.  Have you ever congratulated yourself for picking yourself up again when you were knocked down? If not (and I bet you didn’t!) do it now. Set goals. Make progress. Move forward towards business success every day. Lisa #BusinessCoaching #ResilienceForBusinessOwners P.S. You are invited to join me in the One Goal Challenge below. […]