Gift yourself calm this Christmas. If you’re counting down the days, ticking off to do lists and getting all caught up in the Christmas frenzy there may be a gift you’ve missed. Don’t panic. We’re talking about calm. It’s easy to forget that Christmas is supposed to be fun when we’re bogged down with the constant bombardment of how it should be and trying to make everything perfect. Take time out to reinstate your equilibrium by following our top 3 tips for Christmas calm.
The shops are full of mince pies, the festive lights have been switched on and Christmas markets are go. If you you haven’t quite caught up, the festivities are just around the corner. According to the Stress Management Society one in twenty of us find Christmas more stressful than being burgled. Yes, really. If you’re that one in twenty we’ve got your festive wellbeing covered with some practical tips to ensure you keep your cool in the run up to yule.
When Positive Change Guru delivers mindfulness at work programmes were sometimes asked “Isn’t this just another way to screw more out of us?”. Fair Question. Not one to dodge a difficult conversation, here’s our response based on our latest research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5 – ers’ into Mindfulness and Leadership.
Silence your inner critic? You would if you could, but sometimes it seems to have a mind of it’s own. Do you sometimes
- Feel not good enough?
- Believe everything you say sounds stupid?
- Before you even try you’re afraid of failing?
- Wonder why no one else seems to feel like that?
- Allow your inner critic to sabotage your goals?
- Feel that you’re in a cycle of negativity?
- Wonder what’s wrong with you?
Wish your inner critic would just shut the *£@!** up?
You’re not alone, self defeating thoughts affect every one of us some point and can be a major obstacle to achieving success. But how to silence it?
Personal Brand? Isn’t that for politicians, wannabes and the likes of the glitterati you say? Not so. Take a look around you. Personal branding is everywhere. It’s the reason you get your morning cappuccino from one cafe rather than another, the explanation for why you prefer one bar over the next one, why you don’t shop at that shop and why sometimes you are inexplicably drawn to a person, place or that random item you never intended to purchase when you’re out shopping. And if it has that kind of impact, shouldn’t you be taking a look at yours?
Welcome Back Fabulous Positive Change Guru Podcast Friends! In this episode we’ll be looking at 5 ways to rock your personal brand.
In this episode we’ll talk you through how to build a powerful personal brand. We’ll take a deep dive and
- Examine the concept of brand
- Take a look at firmly establishing your unique selling proposition (USP)
- Discover why your passions will signpost you towards your authenticity & inform your brand
- Uncover why your purpose is key and why is should be clear to you and others
- Why your values are the GPS to your unique personal branding
The term ‘Personal Branding’ was first used in 1997 by Tom Peters in his Fast Company article, The Brand Called You. Tom explains,
“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”
We all have a personal brand. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos famously defined a personal brand as ‘what people say about you when you are not in the room.’ A personal brand is something we use daily, before we meet someone, when we meet them and after each encounter. Given that your brand is continuously working on your behalf, it makes sense to devote some quality development time into crafting the brand called you.
One aspect of developing a personal brand that many people I work with find less than easy is establishing their Unique Selling Proposition or USP.
How to find your unique selling proposition or USP
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde’s observation is a great starting place when establishing your USP. Your USP sets you apart from others, it is authentic and unique to you. Don’t be daunted by this stage of the personal branding process. Dedicate some serious thinking time now to what makes your brand distinctive and you’ll reap the benefits in the long-term.
5 tips to rock your personal brand & establish your USP:
1. Start by taking a look at the personal brands of people you admire, they may be friends, colleagues or celebrities. Common to all of the individuals who inspire you will be a strong personal brand. Make a list of each person’s USP. What make their USP clear and distinctive? Is it value driven? Is it linked to detail or quality? Analyse, analyse, analyse and make note of everything you see that can help you to develop your own USP.
2. Ask others what advice/job/guidance they specifically come to you above all others for. Why do they place their trust in you to meet their needs, rather than ask someone else? What is so compelling about the way you operate? Understanding how others view you and your skills provides valuable USP information about what already makes you distinctive in the eyes of others.
3. What makes your heart sing? Think back to events in life that have really ignited your passions and inspired you. When have you felt most satisfied and engaged? Look for connections between these moments to reveal an overall pattern that points to your true passions. The passions in your life are a great indicator of what makes you truly authentic and unique.
4. Establish your purpose. Your purpose should be clear to you and to everyone who comes into contact with you and your personal brand. Establishing a clear purpose provides focus. Purpose is paramount to your USP. A strong focus is essential. We move towards that which we focus on and your personal brand is no exception. Purpose and focus provide a rudder for your personal brand.
5. Recognise and list your values and ensure that they are reflected in your USP and personal brand. Values are pivotal to everything we do in life, they underpin the decisions we make and the activities we engage in. The combination of values that you hold speaks volumes about what makes what you do (and how you do it) unique. The Values in Action (VIA) Survey is a great place to start work on establishing the values that you hold dear.
Change your habits, change your life we’ve all heard it before, but if it was that easy we’d all be living a life we love. So how do you make those changes reality? Setting powerful goals is the starting point. Goals are a road map, a guide, your blueprint to achieve even the most audacious goals that you can envisage. Got a goal in mind? Here’s our step by step guide to making sure you set a goal that really makes a difference with goal architecture made simple.
Episode 6: Successful Goal Setting. Using Goal Setting To Achieve Your Most Audacious Dreams
Hey Fabulous Positive Change Guru Friends! It’s great to see you again. This week we’re asking…..
Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do? Something that you dream of achieving? A goal that is still on your list or a change that you want to make but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place!
Goal setting is your road map to success without it your dream is, well, just a twinkle in your minds eye. Join us for this goal setting episode where we walk you step by step through goal setting to make your most audacious goals reality. We’ll take you through;
- Why most people fail to achieve the goals they set
- The GROW Model
- Ideas for getting clear about what you want to achieve
- How to generate ideas to achieve your goal
- Creating a road map to guide you towards your goal
- The importance of reviewing your progress
- How to manage priorities and ensure that your goal stays on track
Goal Setting For Success
Psychologist, Viktor Frankl, observed that,
“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”
When you are committed to making a change in life, strategic goal setting is crucial to success. Time spent on goal setting will, as Frankl described, help pull you towards your goal. Once you appreciate how crucial effective goal setting is for success you will want to utilise the power of goal setting every time you decide to make a change.
A popular model used by coaches to support goal setting is the GROW model. This model talks you through each step of the goal setting process. The GROW model also invites you to anticipate possible obstacles and prepare solutions to overcome them. If you are new to goal setting then the GROW model is a great place to start.
So what exactly is the GROW Model?
Successful Goal setting requires a goal
G = this is where you describe your goal. Successful goal setting means putting pen to paper. Why write your goal down? Mark McCormack, in his book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, describes a 1979 study done with Harvard MBA students. Students from the class of ’79 were asked,
“Have you set clear, written goals for the future and made plans to accomplish them?”
Only 3% of students had written goals, 13% had goals but had not written them down and an incredible 84% had no goals at all.
Fast forward ten years and the class was interviewed again. The 13% of the class who had used goal setting but hadn’t written goals were earning twice as much as the 84% with no goals. What of the 3% of the class who had written goals? On average, the written goal setting 3% group were earning ten times more than the other 97% combined.
What a great reason to write down your goal! Measurable goal setting is essential because you will need to be able to measure progress and success along the way. Also consider the timeframe you will allow yourself to reach your goal. Incorporate the timescale into your goal.
Successful Goal setting needs to be realistic
R = Is your goal Realistic? At this stage of the goal setting process you will be examining what steps need to be taken to help you achieve your goal. You may find that your main goal actually involves lots of smaller steps or sub-goals. Consider what you have tried before and how effective past methods have been. How is your timescale shaping up when you consider these sub-goals? If necessary, revise the timescale for achieving your goal.
When considering how realistic your goal is, it’s essential to ask yourself, “how motivated am I to succeed?” Strong motivation will keep you focused when the going gets tough. If your motivation is low, question whether the goal you have chosen is right for you. Examining your motivation, consider how well your goal fits in with other goals. Is this goal a good fit with other goals or is there conflict? If conflict exists, decide what is most important to you. What lifestyle are you working towards? What will help you achieve your dreams? What leaves you feeling demotivated and despondent? Which goals energise you? Adjust the conflicting goals accordingly.
Successful Goal setting considers options and obstacles
O = What are the available options to support you to achieve your goal? At this stage of the goal setting process try to consider as many options as possible. Weigh the options. Choose the option that is the best fit for you and which will successfully propel you towards your goal.
The O in this goal setting model also allows you to consider any obstacles you may encounter. What are the potential difficulties? Thinking about obstacles now can prevent events, people or circumstances from derailing your efforts in the future. What can you put in place now to ensure success when obstacles arise?
Successful Goal setting points the way forwards
W = This is what you will do or the way forwards. Pull together the what, when, why, how and whom of your goal setting process. At this stage you are action planning.
Throughout the rest of the GROW model you have thought about your motivation, how realistic your goal is, any possible obstacles and how these will be overcome. The final stage of the goal setting process enables you to incorporate all of this into your action plan. Consider periodically setting time aside to review your progress. Most importantly, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way and take time to savour your success when your goal is achieved.
Feeling all fired up? We’ve got your back! Take a look at our blog Goal Architecture Made Simple for even more tips on making your goal reality and don;t forget that you can access a huge range of free resources to help you on your way to success on the rest of our website www.positivechangeguru.com We’ll see you there!
Who Is Caring With Compassion Training For?
Caring with compassion for healthcare professionals was developed in partnership with the NHS to build compassion within a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, this is a practical one day course for professionals working in pressured roles that demand high levels of compassion. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect, discuss and build upon your existing skills. Throughout the day you will be introduced to compassion theory, the neuroscience behind compassion and the latest in emotional intelligence research.
The day will provide a safe space for you to audit your own level of individual, team and organisational compassion, reflecting upon barriers to caring with compassion for healthcare professionals as well as team and individual development. We will examine the role of emotional intelligence in compassion alongside personality differences and communication. You will have the opportunity to practice skills to help you recognise compassionate practice, support others and communicate more effectively.
Caring with Compassion Training Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the session delegates will be able to;
Identify compassion theory and the core components of compassion
Recognise the science of compassion practice
Consider barriers to compassion and strategies to overcome them
Identify core components of compassion
Recognise the impact of emotional intelligence upon compassion
Develop emotional intelligence skills
Personality differences and their impact on communication
Employ a variety of interpersonal communication skills in difficult workplace situations
Manage emotional situations effectively
Identify behaviours and practices to build compassion
Maximise wellbeing and improved health outcomes
Work with others to provide a positive experience of care
Build team cohesion
Caring with Compassion Training Course Content:
The course will consist of the following modules;
The Theory of compassion
The science of compassion practice
Barriers to compassionate care
Identifying strategies to build individual & organisational compassion
Working with others to provide compassionate care
Supporting a positive staff experience
Emotional intelligence & the link with compassion
Using interpersonal communication skills for compassion
Contemplative brain training to build compassion & resilience
Access to compassionate organisation online audit
Unlimited callback service
This course is delivered by BPS, MAPP, BNA, CPD, CIPD psychologists with extensive experience of working within the healthcare field. For more information please contact us at email@example.com
Research from the University of California found that we’re distracted an average of every three minutes at work. The Wall Street Journal reports that we check our emails a whopping 74 times daily. There’s no wonder we’re feeling stressed at work. Time to hone some ninja like workplace focusing skills with our black belt mindfulness hacks.