Study Skills and Resilience for Exams (Junior/Leaving Cert)

Posted Posted in Coaching, exams, Resilience

For the attention of Post-Primary School Principals in Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Meath: Would your school be interested in booking me to give a talk to Junior or Leaving Cert Exam students on study skills, identifying their personal learning styles, effective time management and developing their personal resilience in the lead up to their exams as well as techniques for managing panic on the day? The talk is 1.5 hours. It’s interactive and motivational with some fun and practical elements too to hold the students’ attention. There are some written exercises to encourage reflection and self-awareness and additional resources provided afterwards to the school.  Health promotion plays a part too and I will demonstrate tips on how they can harness their own physiology to reduce stress on exam day. See photos here of a recent event in Inver College (originally shared by Inver College on social media) and what students will […]

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.   […]

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

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

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. […]

Yes, I Will Accept What I Cannot Change And Move On in my Business

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

Today’s affirmation: “Yes, I Will Accept What I Cannot Change And Move On” Some things – okay, many things – are out of our control.  Worrying about these consumes our energy and is totally unproductive. Learn how to leave it behind.  Put it in your hand (physically do this, go on!) and raise your hand in front of you to let someone else take it, e.g. the Universe, God, whoever you believe is bigger than you.  Give them the worry.  They can handle it.  Now take a deep breath and move on with your life and building your business.  Quickly find something constructive to take your mind off the other thing that’s out of your control.  Focus and keep refocusing on the positives, on the future, on what you CAN control. Set goals. Make progress. Move forward towards business success every day. Lisa #BusinessCoaching #ResilienceForBusinessOwners P.S. You are invited to […]

Yes, I Will Enhance the Unique Selling Points of my Business

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

Today’s affirmation: “Yes, I Will Enhance My Unique Selling Points.” Are you a problem-solver?  Are you a peacemaker?  Are you a go-getter?  Are you the organiser?  Are you the creative inspiration for others?  Are you the leader? Today, think about your best strength and focus on enhancing it even more.  Research shows that doing this raises leaders from good to great and from great to indispensable. 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 Make Only Positive Choices In Relation To My Business This Week.

Posted Posted in Business Coaching, Coaching, Resilience

Today’s affirmation: “Yes! I Will Make Only Positive Choices In Relation To My Business This Week. Every single time.  Every time I make a business decision.  Every time I make a decision about what work I do during the day.  Every time I choose to do something myself or delegate it to my assistant.  Each of these times I will choose the best option that maximises my time. Every time.” 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

Coaching Your Child in Hospital

Posted Posted in Clinical Leadership, Coaching, Nurse Leadership, Parenting, Resilience

If you have ever had a child in A&E or a hospital ward, you will know that what they need is distraction.  Something – anything – to take their mind off the pain and the fright about what is happening to them. If you were to approach this with a ‘coaching’ hat on, your conversations with your child would be based on more questions than statements, to encourage the child to engage the creative and verbal parts of their brain.  Give your child plenty of time to find the words they need. Here is a download that just might help.  It’s quite a busy document but all the better to keep a little one amused.  It can be filled in by the child or the parent.   The aim is to help your child to build their resilience by: Focusing on familiar and fun details of their life. Helping them […]

Stay Calm and Rock that Exam

Posted Posted in Coaching, exams, Parenting, Resilience

Exam stress is often reported to be one of the biggest challenges for teenagers and young people today, although this has been the case for past generations too so it’s nothing new.  No matter what age we are or where we are in our careers, all adults remember what it was like to face big exams, especially state examinations.  However, if you are a student reading this, the stress you are feeling is new to you, and current.  You may have felt sure of yourself in other areas of your life up to now, but somehow any confidence you have felt during school terms or when doing short assignments seems to have evaporated. Do you see others in your class ‘effortlessly’ getting through exams?  Have you ever looked at someone on the TV, or on stage or at an event, speaking fluently and articulately, and thought “Wow, I wish I […]