Resilience Coaching

Resilience Coaching

Emotional resilience means having the ability to manage pressure and to recover quickly and effectively from setbacks. This article explains how you can learn the tools of resilience and improve your wellbeing.

First – Identify Your Stressors

Most people lead fast hectic lifestyles, with the result that multiple sources of potential stress can occur in the workplace, family and social life. My clients often report their tipping point comes when ‘that something extra occurs’, such as unexpected demands at work or experiencing the emotional changes of a death, divorce, redundancy.  Emotionally resilient people have the tools to manage pressure and therefore do not suffer the negative effects of prolonged stress. Without resilience, a person may find that prolonged bouts of stress can harm confidence and self-esteem and may even lead to worse mental and physical conditions.

Second – Identify Your Beliefs and Behaviours

A person’s belief structure is important. Emotionally resilient people retain a positive outlook on life, and they have a belief in their own ability to return to a normal state of wellbeing.

So, the next time pressure starts to build up and you experience the negative effects, note the changes in your perception. For example, stress can manifest itself in varied forms, through physical, psychological and social dysfunction.  In other words, people with stress may experience symptoms of increased respiration, palpitations, headaches and they may present changed and negative behaviours to other people, suffer self doubt, and even withdraw from social activity.

Third – Just How Balanced is Your Mindset and Lifestyle?

Emotionally resilient people bounce back quickly. Some have good defences against adversity –  they have a history  that has formed a narrative for coping mechanisms; others, have learnt the tools, gained through having a  better understanding of themselves.

In learning the tools, it is very important to set realistic goals in our daily life and not to over face ourselves.  Different personality profiles adopt different behaviours – and behaviours can be modified. People with absolutist mindsets who are unable to compromise increase their own expectations with deadlines and self-pressure.  Whereas, people who seek to please tend to lack assertiveness and take on too much work.  Many people procrastinate endlessly over decisions – and this increases pressure. The result is that when goals are not met, negative behaviours can arise and self belief can become affected.

So, when we have a narrative or the tools to cope, we move in a balanced zone of wellbeing.

Regular exercise and a support network are very important to a balanced life, along with the knowledge that we have other skills and abilities we can be proud of outside the workplace – such as a hobby, and thus creating the idea of ‘work-life balance.’

How to Work Towards Resilience

It is key that we recognise the importance of enabling behaviours

  • Maintain our self belief and feel a sense of control
  • Have motivation during difficult times
  • Set ourselves realistic goals we can achieve
  • Be empathetic and caring towards other people
  • Communicate well and feel good about ourselves
  • Accept our own mistakes as part of our learning framework

If you would like a more in-depth discussion on the subject of Resilience and how you can learn the tools to increase your well-being to enable you to become more effective contact Executive Coach and Hypno-psychotherapist, Sara Howard for a free phone consultation. Tel: 07827 505389 or email sara-howard@sky.com

Personal Development Coaching

Personal Development Coaching

How can Personal Development Coaching benefit you?

A Coach can offer a client a supportive and motivating environment in which to explore beneficial change and plan realistic new goals.

A Coach offers a listening and non-judgmental place in which the client can evaluate new ideas and plan a strategy for change.

Importantly, the Coach encourages a framework which maintains the client’s motivation and commitment towards his/her desired goals.

Typical coaching areas include :​

  • Manage Stress, Improve Motivation and Build Resilience
  • Create Your Health & Wellbeing Plan
  • Improve Your Work/Life Balance
  • Manage Career Development and Transition
  • Improve Sports Performance, Focus and Concentration
  • Build Confidence & Public Speaking Skills
  • Improve Communication Skills and Build Relationships

Coaching can therefore be highly beneficial for many areas of well being, including personal development or change.

Do you want a better focus and calm control of your life?
Coaching is about using your resources and helping you to develop your strengths.

Typical client coaching situations include: –

  • Managers balancing change, leadership styles and corporate responsibility
  • Young entrepreneurs building start up companies, balancing numerous roles
  • People changing careers or seeking to further their career development
  • Sports people and performance – improving focus, concentration and goal setting
  • People wanting to improve their daily life, wellbeing and relationships

How do you see Your Future Potential? 

Coaching Methodology

The aim of Coaching is to achieve future focussed goals. For the client this means that coaching is an enabling and motivational process whilst also being open to new strategies for change. The coaching process should be realistic and is often challenging. A coach will act as a sound board, helping and guiding the client towards his/her desired goal(s).

The important point is in realistic goal setting and achievable tasks towards reaching desired goals so that over time, there is an increase in motivation levels, as step by step a client gets closer to his/her achievement and confidence grows. 

Perhaps you would like help in making a major change in your life? 

About the Coaching Process

  • An initial free telephone consultation to establish whether the process is right for you
  • Contract, questionnaire and covering letter outlining the terms of coaching service, (procedures, methodology and feedback process
  • Regular written feedback with agreed tasks towards achieving your desired goal, and progress reviews.
  • The coachee is aware that total confidentiality is provided unless otherwise stated.
  • Further – The coachee is aware that the coach acts as ‘facilitator and guide’ and cannot make decisions or tell the coachee what to do.
  • Sara Howard is a registered senior therapist and coach and is therefore able to help clients through emotional transitional periods.
  • However, for clients making significant life changes, or changing old habits and behaviours it may take time to build the confidence for change and it is therefore often a gradual process.

Experienced Personal Development and Business Coaching – The Methodology

Sara offers tailored sessions to suit each individual client’s needs.
​​​​​​​Her methodology is Solution Focused, incorporating Neuro-linguistic Programming and Narrative Coaching styles and drawing logical perspectives from Cognitive Behavioural approaches.

Please call Sara to discuss you personal assessment plan. 

Sara Howard, Inspired for Change, Telephone 01296 634921. or 07827 505389

Sara Howard is a full member of : – 

The Association for Coaching – to Executive Coach Level

The International Stress Management Association (Comprehensive Knowledge Holder)

 

 

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

EXECUTIVE COACHING –  How can Coaching benefit you as a Senior Manager or Executive?

Coaching can help you to Maximize your full potential

A Coach can offer a client a supportive and motivating environment in which to explore beneficial change and plan realistic new goals.

A Coach offers a listening and non-judgmental place in which the client can evaluate new ideas and plan a strategy for change.

Importantly, the Coach encourages a framework which maintains the client’s motivation and commitment towards his/her desired goals.

Some of the areas Coaching can help you with include:

  • Balancing Corporate Change and new Leadership Styles
  • Structured Career Transition & Development
  • Advanced Communication Skills for Changing Cultures
  • Influencing Skills and Relationship Skills
  • Manage Stress and Develop Your Stress Resilience
  • Assess Work/Life Balance and Create Your Wellbeing Plan
  • Build Confidence & Resilience
  • Manage Executive Stress, Burnout & Recovery

Coaching can be highly beneficial for many areas of well being, including personal development or change.

Recent Testimonial – Executive Coaching​ – Wellbeing and Transition
“Sara understands the demands I face, and this includes the business side of my work and the impact of stress in having to make major structural decisions and changes in management styles. We regularly discuss my own responses to any conflicts I may need to mediate and I consider Sara to be a valuable person in my business life. I always benefit from our meetings and she is non-judgmental and I know that what we discuss remains totally confidential.”… Mr D, London.

The challenges faced by People in Leadership Positions
People in Leadership positions have to balance considerable levels of responsibility whether they are self employed or working for a professional partnership or corporation. The levels of responsibility can often increase due to changing company culture. Many people report that Internalised pressures can affect their work/life balance and personal wellbeing in respect of confidence issues and personal relationships.

Coaching can help an individual to take control of his/her wellbeing and learn how to recognise any unwanted patterns or behaviours. and work towards optimising communication skills and communication. Coaching aims to find beneficial ways forward, reflecting personal values to increase an individual’s confidence and morale and ultimately to increase work output and personal goals. Coaching is about using your resources and helping you to develop your strengths and can provide impetus in having someone to talk to and as a reliable means to help you to maintain your motivation.

How do you see your Future Potential?
Coaching’s fundamental belief is that it is future focused, and for the client this means that coaching is an enabling and motivational process whilst also being open to new strategies for change. The coaching process should be realistic and is often challenging. A coach will act as a sound board, helping and guiding the client towards his/her desired goal.

The important point is in realistic goal setting and achievable tasks towards reaching desired goals so that over time, there is an increase in  motivation levels, as step by step a client gets closer to his/her achievement and confidence grows.

About the Executive Coaching Process and Methodology

  • An initial free telephone consultation to establish whether the process is right for you
  • Contract, questionnaire and covering letter outlining the terms of coaching service, (procedures, methodology and feedback)
  • Regular written feedback with agreed tasks towards achieving your desired goal.
  • Progress review undertaken regularly (and the coachee is aware that total confidentiality is provided unless otherwise stated).
  • Further – The coachee is aware that the coach acts as ‘facilitator and guide’ and cannot make decisions or tell the coachee what to do.
  • Sara Howard is a registered senior therapist and coach and is therefore able to help clients through emotional transitional periods. However, for clients making significant life changes, or changing old habits and behaviours it may take time to build the confidence for change and it is therefore often a gradual process.

The Methodology  – Individually tailored sessions to suit each client’s needs.
Principal methodology is Solution Focused, incorporating NLP, Narrative Coaching styles and drawing logical perspectives from Cognitive Behavioural.
Telephone coaching is also available.

Perhaps you would like help in making a major change in your life? 

Call Sara to discuss you personal assessment plan. Tel – 01296 634921 or 07827 505389

Sara is an experienced Personal Development and Business Coach

Full member of The Association for Coaching – to Executive Coach Level

Full  Member of the International Stress Management Association

Career Coaching

Career Coaching

How Career Development Coaching and Structured Career Transition can Help You

  • Coaching can help you to structure your transition with confidence.
  • A Coach can offer a client a supportive and motivational environment in which to explore beneficial change and plan realistic new goals.
  • A Coach offers a listening and non-judgmental place in which the client can evaluate new ideas and plan a strategy for change.
  • Importantly, the Coach encourages a framework which maintains the client’s motivation and commitment towards his/her desired goals. 

How do you visualise your career path?

Once, many people believed in a job for life and certain companies promoted this ethos with a structured career path from apprenticeship to retirement.

Today, the corporate model is no longer predictable and the same can be applied to our own lives.

Therefore, while many companies still offer career progression and good working conditions – others companies may not. 

Do you want a career change or are you looking for other options?

People often report a sense of feeling unfulfilled at work and this may lead them to consider other avenues to balance and satisfy their personal values and goals.

There are various reasons why clients turn to career coaches 

Clients present with these situations

  • Changes in company culture or redundancy
  • Changes in personal life situations (empty nest, early retirement)
  • Changes in personal values and ambitions
  • Seeking a different workplace environment/new challenges
  • Young graduates starting out in life and seeking help

Career Coaching Methodology

Coaching’s fundamental belief is that it is future focused, and for the client this means that coaching is an enabling and motivational process whilst also being open to new strategies for change. The coaching process should be realistic and is often challenging. A coach will act as a sound board, helping and guiding the client towards his/her desired goal.

The important point is in realistic goal setting and achievable tasks towards reaching desired goals so that over time, there is an increase in motivation levels, as step by step a client gets closer to his/her achievement and confidence grows.

Individually tailored sessions to suit each client’s needs.

Principal methodology is Solution Focused, incorporating NLP, Narrative Coaching styles and drawing logical perspectives from Cognitive Behavioural.

About the Coaching Process

  • An initial free telephone consultation to establish whether the process is right for you
  • Contract, questionnaire and covering letter outlining the terms of coaching service, (procedures, methodology and feedback)
  • Regular written feedback with agreed tasks towards achieving your desired goal.
  • Progress review undertaken regularly (and the coachee is aware that total confidentiality is provided unless otherwise stated).
  • Further – The coachee is aware that the coach acts as ‘facilitator and guide’ and cannot make decisions or tell the coachee what to do.
  • Sara Howard is a registered senior therapist and coach and is therefore able to help clients through emotional transitional periods. However, for clients making significant life changes, or changing old habits and behaviours it may take time to build the confidence for change and it is therefore often a gradual process.

If you would like help in making a major change in your life ….

Call Sara to discuss you personal assessment plan. Tel – 01296 634921 or 07827 505389

Sara is an experienced Personal Development and Business Coach

Full member of The Association for Coaching – to Executive Coach Level

Full member of The International Stress Management Association

Life Coaching

Life Coaching

Perhaps you find yourself at a Crossroads in your Life with major changes ahead ….

Then you may be wondering if Life Coaching can help you. If so, read on …

A Coach can offer a client a supportive and motivating environment in which to explore beneficial change and plan realistic new goals. A Coach offers a listening and non-judgmental place in which the client can evaluate new ideas and plan a strategy for change. Importantly, the Coach encourages a framework which maintains the client’s motivation and commitment towards his/her desired goals.

Typical coaching areas include :​

  • Manage Stress, Improve Motivation and Build Resilience
  • Create Your Health & Wellbeing Plan
  • Improve Your Work/Life Balance
  • Manage Career Development and Transition
  • Improve Sports Performance, Focus and Concentration
  • Build Confidence & Public Speaking Skills
  • Improve Communication Skills and Build Relationships

Coaching can therefore be highly beneficial for many areas of well being, including personal development or change.

Do you want a better focus and calm control of your life?

Coaching is about using your resources and helping you to develop your strengths.

Typical client coaching situations include: –

  • People wanting to improve their daily life, wellbeing and relationships
  • People wanting to develop more confidence and self esteem
  • Business persons wanting to balancing change, leadership styles and corporate responsibility
  • Young entrepreneurs building start up companies, balancing numerous roles
  • People changing careers or seeking to further their career development
  • Sports people and performance – improving focus, concentration and goal setting

Your Future Potential – how  Coaching can help you to set clear goals.

Coaching Methodology

The aim of Coaching is to achieve future focused goals. For the client this means that coaching is an enabling and motivational process whilst also being open to new strategies for change. The coaching process should be realistic and is often challenging. A coach will act as a sound board, helping and guiding the client towards his/her desired goal(s).

The important point is in realistic goal setting and achievable tasks towards reaching desired goals so that over time, there is an increase in motivation levels, as step by step a client gets closer to his/her achievement and confidence grows. 

About the Coaching Process and Methodology

  • An initial free telephone consultation to establish whether the process is right for you
  • Contract, questionnaire and covering letter outlining the terms of coaching service, (procedures, methodology and feedback process
  • Regular written feedback with agreed tasks towards achieving your desired goal, and progress reviews.
  • The coachee is aware that total confidentiality is provided unless otherwise stated.
  • Further – The coachee is aware that the coach acts as ‘facilitator and guide’ and cannot make decisions or tell the coachee what to do.
  • Sara Howard is a registered senior therapist and coach and is therefore able to help clients through emotional transitional periods.
  • However, for clients making significant life changes, or changing old habits and behaviours it may take time to build the confidence for change and it is therefore often a gradual process.

Experienced Personal Development and Business Coaching 

Sara offers tailored sessions to suit each individual client’s needs.
​​​​​​​Her methodology is Solution Focused, incorporating Neuro-linguistic Programming and Narrative Coaching styles and drawing logical perspectives from Cognitive Behavioural approaches.

Please call Sara to discuss you personal assessment plan. 

Sara Howard, Inspired for Change, Telephone 01296 634921. or 07827 505389

Sara Howard is a full member of : – 

The Association for Coaching – to Executive Coach Level

The International Stress Management Association (Comprehensive Knowledge Holder)

Stress Management Coaching

Stress Management Coaching

Would you like to Manage Stress and feel more in control?

Have you considered Stress Management Coaching? As a Coach, I  receive feedback that most people consider they have large amounts of work to get through daily and as long as interruptions are minimal they can just about manage the pressure but they generally admit to feeling a sense of relief at the end of each day!  However, many report of an increasing overlap and worry over things to do that carry forward to the next day and a feeling and sense of starting to lose control as they experience the feelings related to a sense of pressure building up.

Various official statistics show the increase in absenteeism from the workplace. The cost to UK industry is 13 billion. A report by Mind in 2011 states that British businesses lose an estimated £26 billion each year in sickness absence and lost productivity. With greater awareness and mental health support, Mind indicate businesses could save one third of these costs – £8 billion a year. (Source ISMA UK)

So, whilst some people may thrive on a sense of pressure, other people may feel the sense of an  escalating loss of control.  Stress is defined by the HSE as, the adverse reaction people have to pressure or other types of demand placed on them at work. (Source ISMA UK)

Which leads to the question …

What Stresses You?

  1. People experience pressure and stress in different ways. Some speak of external stressors, such as the expectations and demands from Managers or Directors whilst other people report of the pressure of their own inner critic’s demands ….
    • Other peoples’ expectations and a fear they cannot meet these and the ramifications
    • A lack of appreciation from bosses for the job well done
    • Lack of respect in the workplace for working overtime
    • Inability to switch off from work or other problems and to sleep well
    • Increased workplace expectations
    • Internal fears of recalled past events and build up of pressure and self blaming

Spot Those Increased Anxiety Levels …

People often speak of a niggling anxiety that has built up through increasing expectations…For example, some of these situations may seem familiar …

  • Job worries over a pending merger and acquisition
  • New management leadership styles and conflict in communication
  • Experiencing negative through processes and physical symptoms of stress
  • Nerves over pitches and presentations
  • Lack of assertiveness, increasing procrastination, and unproductive time management

How Sara Can Help You with Coaching

  • Stress audit – do you recognise certain unhelpful patterns you could change?
  • Calm clear communication and guidance in a non-judgemental setting
  • Realistic, achievable goal setting through identification of main tasks
  • Time management audit and goals setting
  • Learning relaxation techniques to reduce and manage stress effectively
  • Work life balance audit

Make positive changes, Go Forward, Gain Confidence

Telephone Sara on 01296 634921 or 07827 505389 for your free phone consultation.

 

 

 

Sports Performance Coaching

Sports Performance Coaching

SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACHING 

Did you know that many successful Sports Personalities have used techniques from Sports Performance Coaching to help improve their performance. It is widely documented that many sports personalities have benefited from coaching and also talking therapies and these include leading people in the world of equestrianism, tennis, golf – to name but a few.  Sporting success requires many elements including focus, concentration, self belief and motivation.

You can improve your concentration and perform at your best

I see many people who express concerns about rising levels of anxiety spoiling their focus and concentration and ultimately their physical ability, due to the spiral of tension that anxiety creates.  We all know that loss of concentration spoils our ability to perform at our best.  The object of NLP and visualisation techniques in sports performance is to free up your motivation from negative emotions and restraints and to help you construct an enabling way forward and therefore increase your personal confidence; this way you can perform at you best and develop self belief.

Coaching techniques can help you towards confidence and self belief

Coaching and therapeutic techniques are successful in helping with emotional and psychological problems that may be holding a person back. There are different methods available to help change unwanted strategies and behaviours which are actually disabling us and causing anxiety.  For example, have you ever wished away the old states of anxiety or caution that regular creep back into your thoughts,  such states that may well be linked to past events and that actually really have no bearing whatsoever on your present situation?

When we function in our normal everyday behaviour, we do so without even thinking about it.  So, having asked yourself this question, “am I running old strategies that are disabling me? ” Now ask,” “what would I like to change?”  Start now to make notes and to become more aware of any negative behaviour patterns you could change.

The benefit in controlling unwanted anxiety and emotions to increase your focus

We’ve discussed that first it’s about recognising negative emotions and sometimes we don’t know what’s going wrong.  Remember, you’re not alone!   So now the question is, what would you like to achieve?  Perhaps there’s a sportsperson you admire. Most of us have read various media stories of top athletes who have used therapies or sports psychology and we admire those with the most mental control.  Whilst few of us will reach the Olympics, most of us want the pleasure in setting ourselves certain achievable goals and feeling the pleasure of success.   And success increases our confidence and our sense of well being.

Which Sportsperson do you admire?

NLP can help you to model successful  behaviour ….NLP  is an  effective constructive tool in helping a person to move away from limiting behaviours and to re-frame an enabling position.  From this enabling position of growth we can use our motivation to set up states of confidence towards achievable goals .  NLP provides the tools to model the selected behaviours of successful people and in so doing you can construct new conscious processes which include re-framing your position by the following: –

  • Recognising and disabling negative states and fears thereby …
  • Enabling yourself to remove mental obstacles to your success
  • Replacing disabling states with new enabling strategies
  • Freeing up your emotions by future pacing your realistic new goals

Tailored  Coaching for Confidence – An experienced coach has the training and the knowledge to use an integrative tool set to achieve maximum success. We’re all individuals with our separate experiences and memories. Therefore tailored coaching  ensures that suitable goals are set for each individual.  Tailored coaching promotes ego strengthening (confidence) through: –

  • Developing a Positive Self image in line with your belief structure
  • Teaching conscious coping mechanisms to manage stress
  • Teaching optimum visualisation techniques for self belief
  • Moving away from disabling beliefs to ones of success

Coaching can help you to structure your transition

  1. A Coach can offer a client a supportive and motivating environment in which to explore beneficial change and plan realistic new goals.
  2. A Coach offers a listening and non-judgmental place in which the client can evaluate new ideas and plan a strategy for change.
  3. Importantly, the Coach encourages a framework which maintains the client’s motivation and commitment towards his/her desired goals.

About the Coaching Methodology  and  Coaching Process

Coaching’s fundamental belief is that it is future focused, and for the client this means that coaching is an enabling and motivational challenging and strategic, whilst therefore being open to change, coaching is also realistic. A coach’s my task is to help you by acting as a sounding board by helping you towards desired outcomes by guiding you at different stages. This includes devising agreed strategies towards your goal. The important point is in realistic goal setting and achievable tasks towards reaching your goal so that over time, you increase your motivation levels, step by step as you get closer to your achievement and your confidence grows.

The Coaching Process involves individually tailored sessions to suit each client’s needs. Principal methodology is Solution Focused, incorporating NLP, Narrative Coaching styles and drawing logical perspectives from Cognitive Behavioural.

  • An initial free telephone consultation to establish whether the process is right for you
  • Contract, questionnaire and covering letter outlining the terms of coaching service, (procedures, methodology and feedback)
  • Regular written feedback with agreed tasks towards achieving your desired goal.
  • Progress review undertaken regularly (and the coachee is aware that total confidentiality is provided unless otherwise stated).
  • Further – The coachee is aware that the coach acts as ‘facilitator and guide’ and cannot make decisions or tell the coachee what to do.
  • Sara Howard is a registered senior therapist and coach and is therefore able to help clients through emotional transitional periods. However, for clients making significant life changes, or changing old habits and behaviours it may take time to build the confidence for change and it is therefore often a gradual process.

Call Sara to discuss you personal assessment plan. Tel – 01296 634921 or 07827 505389

Sara is an experienced Personal Development and Business Coach

Qualified BHS riding instructor who has successfully competed.

Full member of The Association for Coaching – to Executive Coach Level

Full Member of The International Stress Management Association