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What is a Vision Board?

What is a vision board?

On the topic of the new year and setting goals, a great place to start is to create a vision board, to give you a physical idea of your ambitions. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises we can do. It allows us to invest our emotions such as excitement into future goals, which means that we are more likely to stay on track and feel motivated.

At this point, you may be asking yourself what on earth is a vision board? Or how can I make one? A vision board is something you can create to physically show what kind of things you want to achieve in the future. The great thing about a vision board is that there is no right or wrong. Fill your ‘board’ (this can be anything from a piece of paper to a wall canvas) with pictures and words which inspire you and relate to your goals. For example, if your goal is to get a promotion this year, you may have images of things which represent power, metaphorical pictures such as somebody climbing a ladder and luxury items or holidays which you may want to spend your extra money on.

Although it’s completely up to you what you choose to fill your vision board with, it’s important to note that your board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Going back to the previous example, if your goal was to get a promotion, you may use words in your vision board such as ‘independence’, ‘success’ and ‘pride’, and use images which reflect these emotions. Using this emotive language helps to give you that emotional pull towards your goals.

It’s a good idea to put your board up in a place where you will see it often, such as on your dressing table or the kitchen fridge. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day. Whether you believe it or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights. Therefore if you visualise your goal, you’re one step closer to really making it happen!

On Thursday 11th January 2018, we will be holding a coffee morning about goal setting, and will be talking to you in more detail about how to create a great vision board. We’d love to see you there! For more information visit here.

Happy Christmas from Finding Your Voice!

Christmas, New Year

Happy Christmas from Finding Your Voice!

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, and the New Year is fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to review all your achievements over the past year. Studies have found that making progress towards your personal goals generates improvements in well-being, satisfaction and happiness.

Therefore, it can be really rewarding to look back on what you have achieved throughout the year, noticing what went well, what challenges you faced and what you will still be working towards in 2108. Doing this can give you a real sense of achievement and make you feel proud of how far you have come. If you believe that you have not progressed much, then use this as an opportunity to motivate yourself in 2018, and strive to achieve even more.

Here are some questions which you can ask yourself as you review your end of year progress:

  • Have I achieved everything that I wanted to achieve this year?
  • What have been my successes?
  • What have I not achieved that I would like to achieve?
  • What am I grateful for in 2017?
  • What was the biggest problem I solved?
  • What lessons have I learnt?
  • Did I have any break-through moments?

Going into 2018, you can ask yourself some further questions to prepare yourself for the new year:

  • What is my number one goal for 2018?
  • Who do I want to spend more time with in 2018?
  • What skills do I want to learn, improve or master?
  • Which personal quality do I want to develop or strengthen?
  • What do I want my everyday life to be like?
  • Which habits do I want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
  • What do I want to achieve career-wise?
  • How do I want to remember the year 2018 when you look back on it 1/5/10 years from now?

For more information on how our coaching workshops can help you in the new year, head over to the coaching section of our website, or book a place on our Coaching Over Coffee Event. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Self-Limiting Beliefs: Session 5

Self-Limiting Beliefs: Session 5

Over the next few months, we will be choosing a different theme each week in which we will post videos, write blog posts and create statistics pictures about. Each topic coincides with something which is taught in our 6 workshops and is a really useful bit of information if you’re wondering what our coaching entails.

This week’s focus is Self-Limiting Beliefs.

So, what are self-limiting beliefs? These are internal beliefs which may prevent us from achieving our dreams and goals. Believe it or not, none of us have any limits to what we can achieve in life, however our negative thoughts can prevent us from taking action to achieve our goals. We can convince ourselves a number of things, such as that we don’t have the abilities to achieve our goals, we’re too old, not smart enough, don’t deserve things and many other self-limiting ideas.

During our coaching sessions, we often find that our self-limiting beliefs are simply untrue, and that we are basing our assumptions on emotion rather than facts. Once these self-limiting beliefs have been identified, us- as coaches- will then challenge you to question where these self-limiting beliefs come from and will encourage you to ask yourself ‘does this belief support me?’ ‘how does it benefit me in life?’ The idea is, once we begin to realise that our self-limiting beliefs aren’t justified or helpful, we will start to take action to consciously change the way we think.

When have you been at your BEST

When have you been at your best

Over the next few months, we will be choosing a different theme each week in which we will post videos, write blog posts and create statistics pictures about. Each topic coincides with something which is taught in our 6 workshops and is a really useful bit of information if you’re wondering what our coaching entails.

This week’s focus is When have you been at your best.

In this coaching session, we will ask you to think back to a time when you were feeling your best. This is usually when we feel like we are ‘in the flow’, achieving lots and becoming successful. A lot of us also think of this moment as one where we are doing something that we really enjoy, and thinking ‘yes, this is me’. We will ask you questions such as, what were you doing? Who was with you? How did you feel? It’s important to really put yourself back into that moment and think about the feeling you had back then.

Once we have identified these times where we have felt at our best, it is important to consider just how we can be at this position again, so that we can learn what we should do in order to feel our best again. Through coaching, we will help you to consider what tweaks you can make in order to achieve that sense of becoming your best again.

Recognising Your Strengths

Recognising Your Strengths

Over the next few months, we will be choosing a different theme each week in which we will post videos, write blog posts and create statistics pictures about. Each topic coincides with something which is taught in our 6 workshops and is a really useful bit of information if you’re wondering what our coaching entails.

This week’s focus is Recognising Your Strengths.

It is a lot easier to recognise our weaknesses than our strengths. As human beings, we tend to notice the things we aren’t good at more than what we find easy, and put pressure on ourselves to overcome these weaknesses.

Throughout our third workshop, we work with you to identify your strengths and to know them off by heart. We then encourage you to start applying these strengths to everyday life. We will also ask you to think about a time where you felt really good about yourself- where you felt things were going well. Thinking about the situation, the people you were with and any other circumstances, you will consider how you can replicate that moment so that again you can be at your best.

Research shows that those who play to their strengths are more happy and successful than those who don’t, so this workshop session is a really important one!

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What’s Important to You

What’s Important to You- Figuring out your focus

Over the next few months, we will be choosing a different theme each week in which we will post videos, write blog posts and create statistics pictures about. Each topic coincides with something which is taught in our 6 workshops and is a really useful bit of information if you’re wondering what our coaching entails.

This week’s focus is What’s Important to You.

Being able to grow and develop in your coaching sessions comes hand in hand with a lot of self-reflection, and finding out just what’s important to you is a great trick to learn in the earlier sessions. At your second coaching session with Finding Your Voice, we will ask you to write down 20 things that are important to you in life (Don’t worry if you’re struggling to think of a full 20- a lot of people find this tricky!)

The idea is to really understand yourself and your core values in life. Once you’ve completed your list, we can start looking at those areas of your life that you don’t feel like your spending enough time on, and generate a plan of action which can be put to use in future sessions.

Why don’t you give this activity a go? You might be surprised!

Wheel of Life

Wheel of Life: What is it and how to use it?

Over the next few months, we will be choosing a different theme each week in which we will post videos, write blog posts and create statistics pictures about. Each topic coincides with something which is taught in our 6 workshops and is a really useful bit of information if you’re wondering what our coaching entails.

First up is one of our favourite tools: The Wheel of Life!

 

The Wheel of Life is a starting point for our clients, usually something which we would use in the first session. It is split into eight different areas of our lives, such as health, business, friends and family. The idea is that by rating each element out of 10, we are able to reflect over where we are in life, what would we like to work on and what isn’t important for us.

This allows us, as coaches to understand which direction we should take in further sessions in order to help you to grow to become the person that you would like to be. Below, we have created a short video which explains in a little more detail what the wheel of life can offer you.