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 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 […]

Sleep – that elusive energy source

Posted Posted in Coaching, Online Training, Resilience

Now that we are in the darkest months of the year in the northern hemisphere, many of us are feeling the effects of sleep deprivation because we are sleeping the same number of hours as we do during the summer – and possibly this is even less than we actually need. Aside from the natural world being different at this time of year, some of what disturbs our sleep is self-inflicted.  We don’t allow ourselves adequate time to wind down in the evening, we take on or retain too much worrying and problem-solving, we gaze at bright screens well into the darkness hours and we often don’t ensure we have an environment that helps us get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Sleep deprivation causes us to lose focus, concentration and memory.  It causes ill-health and even hallucinations.  It was a factor that contributed to the nuclear disasters in […]

New! “The Resilience Hub” – Online Resilience Training For Everyone

Posted Posted in Online Training, Resilience

I am delighted to announce the launch of my new online resilience training platform – “The Resilience Hub”  This membership-based site is the next best thing to having your own resilience trainer.  There is a free version (see the ‘free trial’ option on the site).  For a limited time after the launch of the site there will be an option to access the whole dashboard for just €49 for one year – that’s less than €1 per week to get full access to my signature resilience frameworks, with new resources added regularly to your dashboard.   As a Resilience Coach and Trainer I work with people from all walks of life who are overwhelmed with responsibilities and sometimes very ‘busy’ burning out.  I help them manage their stress, harness their strengths and build resilience so they can easily handle the challenges of life and work.  No matter what’s going on […]