Brilliant new career manual – Mind Flip – by Zena Everett

One of my local Forest Hill authors, Zena Everett soft launched her brilliant book Mind Flip to help other people at the May AuthorCraft event at the Institute of Directors, London in front of a host of other authors, experts and guests.Mind Flip is a new must-read career manual for anyone looking to change jobs, achieve promotion or find more fulfilling work. Written for all career stages from Graduate to Granddad, including Mum Returners, over 50s, women in business and the newly self-employed. It is the culmination of Zena’s many years of working in recruitment and  career coaching.

Mind Fipping is the new and effective process of to flipping your focus away from yourself and instead look outwards – on to the value you add – and the problems you, uniquely, can solve for other people.

Comedian Graham Norton believes this philosophy can help you transform the way you look at your career – forever! The book provides you with everything you need to fire up your career, including a foreword by DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine, on the future of recruitment and talent management.

Mind Flip is 304 pages long and costs £14.99. It is available to buy from Amazon, to order in all good book shops, and the Filament bookshop, as well as Zena’s website.

Zena is an international executive coach, with a rare cocktail of entrepreneurial, headhunting, organisational psychology and coaching experience. She started and ran her own recruitment business and became fascinated with why some of her candidates were more motivated, confident and successful than others. To figure that out, she sold her business, completed a Masters in Career Management and Counseling, and undertook further post-graduate coaching training. She now helps ambitious people to achieve career goals they didn’t know they had, or were capable of until they

Fiction rules the waves; new release Family Sailaway by Derek Curzon, published March 2017, London

Another of my wonderful authors, Derek Curzon, launched his book virtually, at the March AuthorCraft event at the Institute of Directors, London, live via Skype from his home in Preston, Lancashire!Publisher Chris with Derek on-screen

Family Sailaway is the second in the Sailaway Trilogy and starts six months after the original book, Surprise Sailaway.

The book tells the story of Sarah and Paul’s blossoming and their adventures on the high seas of cruising holidays. Sarah receives a flyer from CZN cruises and when they visit her aunt and uncle at Christmas, a weeks cruise is discussed, planned and booked. This time the ship is bigger, the cruise longer and with a hurricane brewing close by, there could be rough seas ahead. Sarah’s cousin Megan is also on board and as a young and single female, who knows what she’ll get up to!

With other families trying to enjoy themselves on board and interacting with Sarah and her group, what kind of cruise will they have? And what is going on with a fellow passenger who Megan has befriended and Sarah seems to know who behaving strangely?

Derek’s book was published on 10th March 2017. Family Sailaway is 198 pages long and costs £9.99. It is available to buy from Amazon, all good book shops, and the Filament bookshop. It is also available to pre-order on Kindle.

Derek’s website is: www.sailaway.voyage where you can also enjoy his Nautical Nights blog.

Derek Curzon first book Surprise Sailaway was released in 2015, the first in a planner trilogy, the Sailaway Trilogy.

Born and raised in Dundee, Scotland, he studied accountancy before joining RBS in 1989. He has worked in accountancy, financial services and customer services.

Derek’s first cruise was his honeymoon in 2005. After his fifth cruise in 2013, he decided to write about his experiences. This soon expanded to include characters, plots and his first book.

In 2012, he came second in a competition run by P&O to describe cruise experiences. He has written an article about cruising published in 50 Plus Magazine. He writes a weekly, fictional cruise blog, Nautical Nights, which takes a humorous look at life aboard a cruise ship and the activities of the crew and passengers. Extracts can be found at the back of the book. 

The Inspired Diabetic book launch

One of my amazing authors, Lyndon Wissart released his first book, The Inspired Diabetic, at the end of January 2017, at the Institute of Directors in London. The Inspired Diabetic, published by Filament Publishers Ltd, shares Lyndon unique story and his specific recipe, which as a professional British chef, cured his type 2 diabetes in 105 days, naturally without medication!

When Lyndon was diagnosed he was determined that this would not be a life sentence. The thought of spending the rest of his life on medication with a long list of foods he couldn’t eat, made him think that there must be an alternative. If it was food that caused the problem in the first place, then surely changing his diet could undo the damage. With his 30 years’ professional knowledge of food, he set about researching what could make a difference. By putting into practice what he learnt, he successfully managed to completely cure himself in 105 days.  In his popular book, he shares his journey and shows how anyone can do the same – if they have the knowledge and determination.

Lyndon Wissart's 'The Inspired Diabetic' book launch January 2017

Lyndon Wissart’s ‘The Inspired Diabetic’ book launch January 2017

‘Working in kitchens all day,’ says Lyndon, ‘I was surrounded with all sorts of tempting foods. My weakness was desserts and, of course, I had to try them to make sure they were alright! When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my blood glucose reading was nearly off the scale at 15.9 and I was experiencing all sorts of unpleasant complications. I didn’t want this to turn into a life sentence and I certainly didn’t want to spend my life on medication. So I put to use all the knowledge I had gained about food to see what I could do to make a difference. What I achieved amazed me – and my dietitian and doctors!’

Lyndon has shared his journey from diagnosis to cure in 105 days in his book. ‘I know how devastating a diagnosis can be but if you think of it as an opportunity, then you are in the right mindset to do something about it. I have proved that with a sensible fitness regime and an intelligent diet based on good information, you too can achieve what I have done.’

The Inspired Diabetic is 174 pages, costs £14.99 and is printed in full colour. It is available to buy from Amazon, all good book shops and through the Filament bookshop at www.filamentpublishing.com

Lyndon’s website is www.lyndonwissart.com You can follow him and join his inspirational journey to help many other people with similar diabetic conditions via his social media as below. You can also help raise funds for diabetes from his Lynspiration site at www.lyninspiration.com

 

 

A transformational journey – writers and aspiring authors this one’s for you!

transformational journeyMany people need help to achieve their personal goals, whatever they are and writing their first book is a popular one. Writing a bestseller is a very exciting, creative journey but it can also be a lonely one. Help from an objective, independent and confidential coach can make all the difference to enable you to achieve your writing/book goal; – whether its getting started, writing, keeping on track, finishing, publishing, marketing and selling.

Helen Haynes "Make it Count!"Existing and aspiring authors look for help in other writing areas too – for websites, social media strategies, marketing resources and presentation materials, as well as in other significant areas of their lives where they want to be their best.

One of my coaching clients, Helen Haynes, published her first book after struggling to complete it for 20 years. Helen published, “Make it Count!” in September 2014 in London and in the first month she sold more than 400 copies. In her inspirational and powerful book Helen wrote “Thanks to my fab book coach, Wendy Yorke who helped get me to that finish line.”

Writing and Book Coaching can help you:

  • Release the power within – unlocking your creative potential and raising your self-awareness about what you can achieve when you allow yourself
  • Get you from where are you now to where you want to be – with clarity, purpose, focus and confidence
  • Support you to achieve your goals – moving you forward, mapping your action plan, managing your time and making positive changes in your life
  • Fire your starting gun, keep you on track and help you cross the finishing line – challenging, motivating and supporting you to achieve what is important to you – a coach is a catalyst for positive change
  • Find your special success recipe – giving you the opportunity to focus on what matters to you within a guided framework and inspiring you to access your unique success recipe, making sure you have all the ingredients on the table
  • Remove any barriers along the way – providing you with a regular accountability and reality check, enabling you to overcome and reframe any obstacles – a personal helpline whenever you need it
  • Learn about yourself and others – providing a greater depth of insight and helping you understand yourself and your behaviour styles better – discovering what motivates you and why you do the things you do!
  • Begin with the end in mind – offering a non-judgemental sounding board for new ideas, visualisation and a safe place to talk in complete confidence, building belief in your abilities to achieve your goal – coaching is the difference that makes the difference.

“We get what we focus on”

 Positive, forward-thinking, objective, confidential, and task-orientated coaching helps you find your own solutions, one step at a time. It chunks down the task to progressively achieve the whole. It is about results rather than excuses. About taking 100% responsibility for actions and about enjoying and celebrating the benefits. It embeds a personal and unique “can do attitude” – so that giving up or “ducking out” is never an option.

ducking out is never an option! If you’d like some help with your book or writing goals –  give me a call now on + 44 (0) 783 1930 786.

Great Action Planning Tool

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My X and Y Action Planning 2013 to 2014

Do you have something you really want to achieve in your life and are struggling to get started or make it happen ?

Well, here is a really great Action Planning tool to help focus your mind and your attention, so you can have what you want and achieve that goal.

I learnt this coaching tool from the lovely Pam Lidford, a Performance and Confidence Coach and trainer with the Coaching Academy of London.

Now to get started, all you need is a packet of colourful Post It Notes, a good pen and a clear, blank wall.

Take the first Post It Note and write a large X on it and today’s date. Stick this on the far left side of the clear space on your wall.

Take a second Post It, write a large Y on it. Underneath that write down the particular goal you want to achieve and the date you want to achieve it by.

The goal must be stated in the present, personal and positive. For example: I am running my own business by June 2014 with 6 clients a week; I am a company Director by  October 2013 earning an annual salary of at least £120,000; or I am an author with my first book published by April 2015; or I have a loving partner who I can trust by December 2013; you get the idea. Stick this Post It on the far right side of your wall.

Now, think of all the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Add as much detail as you can; facts; figures; dates, people and place names etc.

Write each step on a new Post It and stick these on the wall between the X and Y posts, in whatever order you like. You can always move them around later and you can add more as your thinking about your goal develops.

Then, stand back and admire your handiwork. Notice how good you feel and empowered to start taking the actions on the wall!

Of course, I take this exercise one step further! After the Y note, I add colour pictures of the rewards that I will give myself once I have achieved my goal.

And remember, as you achieve the steps along your path to success, you can take them off the wall and see your progress as you advance along the wall towards your goal and its completion date. It’s very cool! You can also collect the achieved Post It Notes as success milestones to celebrate along the way.

This motivating tool is about activating the Law of Attraction to work for you, so you get what you want. By getting your goals and actions out of your head and onto the wall, with dates and time frames, and in a logical order, you are making them a reality. You are attracting the universe to respond to you; and you are helping to build your clarity, courage and commitment around each goal and action. This can help lead you to your success. If you believe in achieving your goals you will.

This works really well for me – please let me know how it works for you.

Overcoming your fears

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The infant River Thames in the Cotswolds as it starts its own personal journey 215 miles from source to sea

If fear is stopping you do things in your life, I have a powerful new way to manage it that can help you overcome its negative impact and benefit from the positives instead!

A feeling of fear or fearfulness can be disempowering, de-motivating and very unhelpful to many people. It can be an obstacle in the way, stopping people from achieving their goals. It can be a barrier that deflects people away from the direction they want to go in sending them off in other directions, all over the place!

The good news is, that you can set yourself free of fear. You can acknowledge your fear and work with it rather than against it. You can change your mind set and see fear in a different way.

One of the powerful and positive benefits of coaching is that it can help you to create for yourself an empowering perception. This can be done by focusing on your strengths and skills, and reframing your thinking, so you turn problems into opportunities, and negatives into positives.

Let me give you a personal example. I used to be fearful of speaking in front of lots of people; a common fear for many. I hated being the focus of everyone’s attention; their eyes and ears and thoughts!  So I took myself on a personal journey and discovered the value of working through these issues and confronting my fears.

I worked out what it was that I actually wanted instead of being fearful of what I didn’t want. I focused on my strengths and skills rather than what I saw as my weaknesses and threats; and I discovered that instead of FEAR, I had False Expectations Appearing Real – isn’t that a great way to see and understand your fear? Take a minute to think about it.

This really helped me, because once I had made the realisation that actually there was nothing to be afraid of, I was free to be me. Now I can talk in front of people with passion, sharing a clear message from my heart with nothing stopping me.

You can make the same exciting discovering for yourself. The key to reframing your fears is to ask yourself three useful coaching questions.

  1. How does this problem make me feel i.e. A?
  2. What is the opposite of that feeling i.e. B?
  3. How can I change that feeling from A to B?

In coaching, this is called taking your disempowering perception, all the “I can’t” and “I should” language in your head and turning them into empowering perceptions “I can” and “I will”. You see how this is already much stronger and more confident.

It is taking you away from the undesired state to your desired state of being. It is actually about understanding how to use your mind’s language to specifically achieve the desired state, the one you want.  This is the wonderful world of Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP as we call it in coaching.

Another way to help you live a better life, free from fears and anxieties, is to clearly understand your personal core values. This will help you to use them daily to motivate you, understanding what you want in your life; and how to lead the life you want – maybe I’ll write about that another day!

I hope this is helping you. Please contact me if you would like my support on your journey; or for more details.

How do you perceive reality?

Rock Abstract, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia - What do you see?

Rock Abstract, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia – What do you see?

If we give this question our attention, it can help us all to understand ourselves better and to improve the way we see the world and respond. It is a question that fascinates me, because we know that reality is unique for each of us. As individuals, we record our perceptions, our internal representations, and our interpretation of reality, differently.

Let me explain. We know we integrate reality through our 5 senses: seeing; hearing; smelling; tasting; touching. These are our internal representations which create our personal, physical states, so we say things like “I feel happy / warm / hungry / sad / angry/ tired” etc.

These states create our behaviour, which in turn create our actions and thus our results. For example, “the sun is shining and it’s warm. I can feel the warmth and see the sun, which makes me happy. I am smiling and feeling open, generous and generally on top form. I feel as if I could cope with anything that comes my way, and so I respond positively to the world around me”.

Now to add this, the experts tell us that we are exposed to at least 2 million bites of unconscious information everyday and that we can only take in 134. So, what we do is to filter all these bites through 3 internal filters; delete, distract, or generalise.

We also have objective filters of time, space, matter and energy; and subjective filters which are our values, beliefs, attitudes and cultural backgrounds. These are sometimes known as our meta data and these create our preferences, such as: I like tall men; colourful flowers; people like me etc.

So to add all this up, a camera takes in facts and records them, while we in contrast, subjectively record our perceptions and internal representations, and we interrupt these into our personal reality. Which is why reality is not the same for all of us. And, if we raise our self-awareness and understand ourselves better, we will be clearer about our own reality and how we can create an improved reality.

So, if things in your life are not going the way you want them to,  you can change it. Your can alter your state, your behaviour, your actions and thus your results.

To reflect this concept I want to share with you this wonderfully profound quote from Dr Seuss who taught us so much.

“You have BRAINS in your HEAD

You have FEET in your SHOES.

You can STEER yourself any

DIRECTION you CHOOSE.”

If you would like some help to understand how to do this for yourself and to make improvements in your life, please call or email me and I can introduce you to the powerful and positive benefits of Personal Coaching.