February 27, 2010 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

When you want to create change in your life it is not a good idea to start from a place of neediness or dissatisfaction.

 

This would seem to be a contradiction in terms when setting goals, however, along with setting your goal there must also be a level of acceptance for where you are right now. It can be very hard to come to terms with where you are now when it is causing you a lot of pain and consequently it is this part of creating change that people struggle with the most. This is where having the support of someone, such as a coach, who understands the process of creating change is really important.

 

It is how you handle the present moment that will dictate how difficult or easy it will be for you to create the change you desire and ultimately the success you are looking for in life.

 

Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, suggests a great question to ask yourself regularly…” What is my relationship with the present moment?”

 

Give it a try – and when you discover any resistance to the present moment  contact Heather to talk about how coaching can help eliminate this block.

July 6, 2009 · Finances · (No comments)

I have been working with a few clients over the last few months with money management challenges, and as a result have created a new Coaching Program called Your Money: From Woe to Wow!

 

The purpose of this program is to take a really honest look at how you manage your finances so that you can identify the areas that are a struggle for you – for some it is managing debt, for others it is not being able to save, or for others it is not being able to generate the income they want to earn.

 

  • Step one is taking an inventory of where you stand now
  • Step two is setting very clear outcomes – how would you like to manage and feel about your money?
  • Step three is co creating the strategies that will work for you to transform how you manage your money – strategies that suit your style of management and will allow you to achieve your goals easily.

 

The program runs for a minimum of three months with two coaching sessions scheduled each month and lots of support in between as you complete the steps to move you forward. This is the minimum time I find that it takes to get really clear on how you want to manage your money and create sustainable change.

 

I am so confident that this Program will change how you handle your money that I am offering a money back guarantee. If you make the commitment to work with me for 3 months and complete all of your agreed actions between each meeting and are not satisfied with the results that you have achieved, or the progress you are making towards your desired goals, I will give you back your money. So what have you got to lose?

 

Contact me now by email or phone/text 021 240 6535 to arrange a free one hour session where we’ll help you identify your money issues, set up three financial goals and outline how I can help you achieve them.

It's all too hardI have been very focused on achieving some very clear financial goals this year and in the process have been learning even more about the influence of my thoughts and beliefs on my ability to succeed. There are some very strong beliefs that I have really needed to challenge to open up the opportunities for me to accomplish these goals – one of them was that life is hard, everything is a struggle or just too difficult. I realized that no matter what tools or systems I used to manage my time and money, if I was operating from this belief, my experience would always be that it is just too hard. However what I have also learned is that as I became more and more aware of this belief and how it has showed up in all areas of my life I could choose to change it. My focus for everything I do is now on how can I make this simple, easy and fun and this is allowing me to transform the results I am achieving in many areas of my life. So what is a recurring thought or belief that keeps showing up in your life? Are you ready to be challenged and change it? If so email me now or phone/text 021 240 6535 to arrange a free 1 hour coaching session to help you identify your recurring beliefs, and outline how I can help you to change them.

April 17, 2009 · Change · (No comments)

Circle the numbers beside each statement below that come closest to representing how true the statements are for you with 1 being less true and 5 being more true. Then, score yourself, using the key at the bottom of the page. This test will help you determine how ready you are to be coached right now.

    • I have some big goals I want to achieve and I don’t know how. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am willing to redesign how I spend my time. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am ready to take action immediately on any commitments I make. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am ready to break through any barriers to achieve success in my life. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am willing to experiment with different ways of doing things. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am willing to be open and speak the truth to my coach. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am ready to examine my thoughts and beliefs. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am willing to eliminate things I am tolerating in my life. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am willing to change self-defeating behaviors that limit success. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am ready to invest in myself to get the results I want in my life. 1 2 3 4 5
    • I am committed to my own personal growth so I can be successful in business. 1 2 3 4 5

Scoring Key: 10 – 20 Not ready for coaching right now. 21 – 40 Could be ready for coaching, email Heather to arrange a time to discuss your results and explore the benefits of coaching further. 41 – 55 Definitely ready for coaching; email Heather now to arrange your first appointment to get started.

February 27, 2009 · Time management · (No comments)

I have quite a few goals and projects on the go right now and it has been a real challenge finding the best way to manage my time with it all. These last few days I have been working relatively efficiently and I thought it could be useful to share some of the key elements that are helping me along the way. So here they are…

  1. I create space by clearing my desk of all unnecessary paperwork.
  2. I do a brain dump of all the activities that I need to do and ideas that are in my head.
  3. I then run through these and divide the list into those I want to do now and those I can deliberate on for a bit longer.
  4. I then go through the list of those tasks I want to do now and split the list into Do Right Now, and schedule the others – I consolidate these tasks under a heading e.g admin, budget review, I.C.F.A. admin and schedule appointments with myself in Outlook to complete them.
  5. When finished this process I then get straight to it and start my Do Right Now list immediately.

Another strategy I currently using is to set a deadline for these appointments – a definite finish time. I am using my timer to let me know when I am 10 min off that deadline and I start to wrap up the project and reschedule any incomplete parts at this point.

It’s working for me – why don’t you give it a try if you are struggling with managing your time and let me know how you get on. Alternatively if you adapt any of these or have a different way of managing your time why not add a comment below (by clicking on the word comment) and share your experiences too.

Planning is the most important activity you can make time for – it is equally important whether you are busy or not.

It does not have be a long and arduous process – a few minutes taken daily to consider your goals, write out a list of what you want to achieve and to reflect on what task would be the most important one for the day will make a huge difference.

What is the one activity, that would give you a feeling of satisfaction at the end of today because it’s been completed? This is your key activity for the day.

One key activity daily when nothing is scheduled in your diary will create momentum and motivation, while one key activity when you are busy will ensure that you focus on what’s most important which gives you a sense of achievement and knowledge that steady progress has been made at the end of the day.

So what is your key activity for today?

Need some help with planning and identifying your key activities? Call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz

I have been noticing recently a few seminars promoting exit strategies for your business. It is a great idea to think ahead and decide how you want to finish up your business when the time comes, to set a clear outcome. Do you want to just shut up shop, have a business to pass onto the next generation, or have an asset to sell at some point. This is really important as it gives you the long term goal, with a time frame to work towards and it makes daily, weekly and monthly prioritizing so much easier.

Working with a client this week I realized that setting an exit strategy can also work in other areas of life as well. If you have something in your life that is not working for you and you would love to leave it behind why not create an exit strategy to do so.

For example if you are in a job that you hate, or a home that you want to leave what are the things you need to do to reach completion and be able to move forward into something new? Are there skills that need to be learned, are their commitments or tasks that need to be completed – what are the things to be done before you can finally leave it behind? Write it all out on a list.

Once you can see clearly what needs to be done you will be in a better position to identify the first action step you can take and the sense of relief will be immediate.

Call/ text 0212 406 535 or email me if you need someone to support you in this process – I’m more than happy to help.

Having been self employed for most of my working life I have always felt that this time of the year is a great opportunity to start a fresh in business. The end of the financial year on the 31st March allows me to reflect on my successes, on the disappointments and on what got in the way of me achieving the goals I had set.

I work from a holistic point of view, believing that our satisfaction with our personal life will reflect on our business life, and vice versa. So there is always the reassessment of how my personal life is performing and how everything fits together for me at the same time.

Part of this process of closing off the last financial year is the physical clearing out of all the old receipts and paper work to be filed away, or to be dealt with by the accountant. I get a lot of satisfaction from clearing out clutter and completing these sorts of activities always increases my energy. And of course it creates the space for lots of new opportunities to come into my life.

So …

  • How has your business performed over the last year? Are you satisfied or feeling disappointed?
  • How do you want it to be different this year?
  • Are you ready to do what it takes to make this happen?

Call/text 0212 406 535 or email me now on heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz  to have a chat about how you would like this next financial year to be different and explore how I can support you.

July 22, 2007 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

We are encouraged every day to set goals and plan for the future, and indeed I also recommend to my clients that they create an intention about what they want to achieve in life.

However we can often spend so much time planning our futures that we forget about the present. As we strive for our goals we can miss the opportunities and possibilities in the present moment which could lead to the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction we are searching for.

If our lives were perfect today we would no longer need to live in the future. In fact our futures can be even better as we learn how to make the most of our present.

So….

  • Create the vision for your life and let go of the detailed planning – start to make the changes today that will allow you to perfect your life right now.
  • Ask yourself “If there was no future what would I do differently today?”
  • Focus on really enjoying whatever it is you decide to do today – give it 100% of your attention and make it perfect.

And as always – call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email if you need some help to experience more satisfaction in your life today.

April 23, 2007 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

I have often found it a struggle to be content with where I am and what I have right now as I strive for where I want to be. We are encouraged to set our goals and to dream yet it can be so disheartening as this highlights everything that we don’t have in our lives instead!

So this week I made the decision to change this experience to something more positive.

I chose to focus totally for one day on the things in my life that I am grateful for right now. As I moved through my day I looked for all the things that I love in my life – everything I did or used was an opportunity to be grateful. Within a matter of hours I was feeling so much more resourceful because of all that was working so well for me and I was aware again of all the opportunities around me to keep me moving forward.

This has now given me the strength and the motivation to continue working on my dreams and goals. I am no longer discouraged before I even start.

So why don’t you give it a try?

  • Focus for one day on everything that you love about your life and really enjoy and appreciate each and every one!!
  • If this is difficult, focus on one area and ask yourself “What can I do today that will allow me to really love this part of my life?” And then be willing to take action.

Need some help with finding something to focus on? Call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or Email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz