Create an Outstanding Mental Blueprint

I am excited to be launching a six part webinar series “Creating an outstanding mental Blueprint”. This is the first time I have run a series of webinars so it will be great to connect with so many more people where location is no barrier!!

Here is the description of the event:

Dr Susie Mitchell is a Psycho-Neurologist, Professional Coach and Master Practitioner in NLP, Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy. Susie is the author of Satnav for the Souland The S word, writes for newspapers and magazines, has appeared on TV and Radio and is a motivational and a keynote speaker. Susie has built two successful businesses and loves working with people.

For us to truly excel at many areas of our lives, we need to make dramatic internal shifts, to fulfil our dreams and ambitions. Susie gets outstanding results with her Corporate Coaching and Personal Development clients from all types of backgrounds.

Susie now brings to you a six part webinar series that will give you the best ‘mental blueprint ‘to overcome life’s challenges and create the life that you desire. Through this series you will be guided through processes and techniques to enable your mind-set to the freedom to thrive.

Video Introduction:

This weekly webinar series will be delivered to you over six weeks every Monday at 8pm beginning February 3rd.  You will be emailed an exclusive link 24 hours before each webinar.  All webinars in the series will be recorded and made available to you.  After each session you will have the opportunity to submit questions that will be followed up the following week allowing you to get the most value from this series. If you need more information, please do get in touch through Eventbrite or my Facebook page!

Special early bird discount if you book before 27th January BOOK NOW

In the words of the great Jim Rohn “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”. I will let him explain!

Should you bother making New Year’s resolutions?

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions are hopes/aims for the coming year, things we would like to change that the previous 12 months didn’t deliver. Apparently making resolutions goes way back in history, starting with the Babylonians some 4000 years ago, who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favour in the coming year. They often resolved to get out of debt!

Does that resolution sound familiar? How about these: ‘Losing weight’, ‘exercising more’,  ‘spending less and saving more’, ‘quitting smoking’, ‘being a better person’ – these are year on year the top resolutions people make.

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and author, discovered that 52 percent of people making New Year’s resolutions were confident they’d stick it out. Yet only a scant 12 percent really did.

If so few of us actually stick to making New Year’s resolutions, why do we bother? If you want to change something in your life why do we wait for a particular time of year? Resolution is just another name for goal, we should all be aiming for something! If the New Year is the best time for you to review your goals then go for it but follow these simple tips below so you keep working on your resolutions/goal’s all the year through!

  1. Realize that New Year’s Day is just another day and that making resolutions on this day is no different from making a resolution on any other day.
  2. Get specific. When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal.
  3. Decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g., “If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work.”) Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300%.
  4. Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability… Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, appreciate the journey as much as the destination.
  5. Build your willpower muscle. Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

 

Remember you are stronger than you know, braver than you believe and smarter than you think you are!

  • Know where you are going!
  • ‘Chunk’ the vision – one step at a time.
  • Have visuals up – vision board (subliminal)

“If you can see it – you can make it happen”- Vince Lombardi

It’s a question of choice!

Q.  What kind of life do you want and how close are you to living it?

Choices in life are a balancing act. We can all choose to do certain things every day of our lives. You can get a warm glow from changing your attitude to life.
Be kind to yourself when you muck things up (we are only human after all !)
Focus on what’s important to your life and make positive changes to make you happy.
We have to see life as an adventure. Each adventure is a chance to have fun, learn something, explore the world and broaden our horizons.

Q Are you ready to make life your sparring partner ?

Change your thinking and step outside of yourself. Every day we are faced with an immense number of choices and every action we make has an effect on our family, friends, society and the world in general and that effect, can be positive or detrimental.

We get torn between what’s good for us and what’s good for others. No one said it would be easy . Life is a challenge – Thank God ! It allows us to stretch and grow, it moulds us into a better person. If it was easy we would get bored. Only dead fish swim with the stream – ‘live’  fish swim against the currents ! Each flick of the fin makes us stronger.

Q.  Which fish do you want to become?

 Change what you can change and let go of the rest. Time is short and do not waste any of it . Aim to be the very best of everything you can be. If you are a parent, be the best parent. If you go to work, be the best at what you do.

Set your own standard and leave a little space for yourself each day. Know where true happiness comes from. Look after yourself. You are the Boss and Captain of your own ship.

Here are some areas that you can focus in for the choices in your life:

  • You can choose where to be.
  • You can choose how to act.
  • You can choose who you trust.
  • You can choose who you avoid.
  • You can choose what to say and what to do.
  • You can choose what to believe and you can choose what to say about yourself.
  • You can choose what to say about others.
  • You can choose what behaviour to have day-to-day.

Q.  What can I do today to make my life better ?

Ask it each and every day. Raise the bar. Your thinking needs to stay focused but flexible. Demand those special things, amazing feelings and outstanding magic experiences.

Be very clear about what you want , and very clear about what you don’t want.

This is an important distinction : If you can recognise it not the thing or event that you really want, but the FEELINGS that you associate with it, then your goal shifts  from the thing or the event, to the EMOTIONS that are connected with them.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive !

What leadership lessons can we learn from a football manager?

Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the greatest football manager of all time, love or hate Manchester United most people will agree that his 25 leadershipyear reign is one of the most successful in history, not only did he manage a football team, he shaped a club that ‘ ranks among the most successful and valuable franchises in sports’. This week I came across a fascinating case study by Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse examining Ferguson’s management approach, I recommend you read the full article here, below are the highlights which I believe all leaders can apply in business.

Set High Standards—and Hold Everyone to Them

We talk a lot on this blog of standards, vision and goals. Getting the team to buy into these standards is crucial for business success but it can also apply to our personal lives:

Ferguson speaks passionately about wanting to instill values in his players. More than giving them technical skills, he wanted to inspire them to strive to do better and to never give up—in other words, to make them winners….

Ferguson: Everything we did was about maintaining the standards we had set as a football club—this applied to all my team building and all my team preparation, motivational talks, and tactical talks.

If you are not happy with some aspect of your life perhaps its time to raise your standards and strive to live up to them. Sometimes we need to take a moment and reevaluate the things that we have accepted in our lives. It is not an easy task but if you can commit to it; life will be much more enjoyable.

Have you got strong enough reasons to follow through everyday?

Is your vision strong enough to pull you everyday?

Ferguson had a very strong work ethic and energy which spread throughout the team, he was always the first one there in the morning because he knew there was a job to be done; attitudes can become contagious if you lead from the front. When players stepped out of line and didn’t uphold the standards set by the club they were dealt with quickly, no matter how big the name!

In 2005, when longtime captain Roy Keane publicly criticized his teammates, his contract was terminated.

Sometimes holding ourselves accountable to the standards we have set for ourselves is the hardest challenge but great leaders do exactly that, everyday!

 It doesn’t matter if the person is the best player in the world. The long-term view of the club is more important than any individual.

Match the Message to the Moment

Communication in business is still one of the hardest challenges to overcome. The media portrayed Ferguson as quite a fearsome leader, with stories of half-time team talks which resulted in the throwing of coffee cups so I was quite surprised to read that he worked hard to tailor his message to the situation.

Fear has to come into it. But you can be too hard; if players are fearful all the time, they won’t perform well either. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to see that showing your anger all the time doesn’t work. You have to pick your moments. As a manager, you play different roles at different times. Sometimes you have to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a father.

As a leader you have to inspire, teach and reprimand when necessary. How you deliver your message is just as important as the words you use.

No one likes to be criticized. Few people get better with criticism; most respond to encouragement instead. So I tried to give encouragement when I could. For a player—for any human being—there is nothing better than hearing “Well done.” Those are the two best words ever invented. You don’t need to use superlatives.

The case study goes on to mention that if a player did play badly during a game Ferguson would give the feedback straight away, he wouldn’t wait until Monday. When Monday arrived it was already forgotten as he was thinking about the next game. Giving timely feedback and moving on is another lesson we can learn.

Rely on the Power of Observation

As Ferguson started to delegate the training sessions to his assistant manager and coaches it gave him  the opportunity to supervise:

 The switch from coaching to observing, he told us, allowed him to better evaluate the players and their performances. “As a coach on the field, you don’t see everything,” he noted. A regular observer, however, can spot changes in training patterns, energy levels, and work rates.

It’s very easy to be caught up in the day-to-day tasks of business, some managers can find it difficult to delegate tasks and trust their team. But as a leader you have to be able to spot potential issues before they become a problem.

My presence and ability to supervise were always there, and what you can pick up by watching is incredibly valuable. Once I stepped out of the bubble, I became more aware of a range of details, and my performance level jumped.

Are you to involved?  What tasks can you delegate to become a better leader for your team?

 

Source: Ferguson’s Formula

Use the September equinox to give thanks and revitalise!

We have just passed the September Equinox (22nd of September 2013), has it had any effect on you? It could be the perfect time for asky cathartic clear out! It many different cultures around the world there are many festivals and celebrations around the Autumn (September) equinox. In the UK traditional harvest festivals take place around the end of September; it is a time to give thanks for the crops that have been grown and also to celebrate the end of the hard work involved in reaping them!

So as we approach the last 3 months of the year, take some time this week to review the year so far, give thanks for the blessings you have received, review what you still want to achieve, list them jobs you want to get finished and review the goals I know you all set in January!

Great questions to ask yourself if you want to get the best from your life!

Q. What is making my life a masterpiece?

Q. What do I need to ‘let go of’ that does not serve me?

Q. What decision could you make right now to move you closer to your goal?

Q. Am I willing to accept the consequences of not changing?

Q. Who am I working with to help me get to where I want to be in my life?

Q. What are you grateful for in your life right now?

Q. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?

Q. Have I collected some wonderful memories?

Q. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

Q.What am I enjoying most in my life right now?

Q. What am I committed to in my life right now?

 

REMEMBER:

The questions you ask yourself on a daily basis determine your focus, and your focus determines your results!

  • See your goal
  • Understand the obstacles
  • Create a positive mental picture
  • Clear your mind of self-doubt
  • Embrace the challenge
  • Stay on track
  • Show the world you can do it

 

Instead of making a living, start creating a life.

Brilliant Results don’t just show up by chance. The finest things in life take patience, focus and sacrifice” – Robin Sharma

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