Life Coaching & Mentoring Services

Tag: Personal Coach

Career Evolution

    KICK-START YOUR CAREER

   

I offer employment/career coaching to a wide range of people, to strengthen skills, to raise confidence through educational transition.

I provide empathy to your needs and work with you through action plans with the big steps you will take to reach where you need to be, for job readiness, career path  evolution and for your journey ahead.

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Returning to work after a long absence?

Changing career?

Your new to the workforce?

You don’t know how to sell yourself?

Are you being overlooked?

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Successfully coached many people with career paths and finding jobs, as I will continue to do, my passion. 

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4 key questions to ask yourself!

“Why should the recruiter see you?”

“What sets you apart?”

“What have you achieved?”

“What can you do for the company?”

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Overcome Your Hurdles
  • Employment & Career Direction
  • Confidence Building
  • 9 Point Application Checklist
  • Action Plan
  • S.W.O.T. Worksheet 
  • Breaking Down Barriers
  • Key Skills & Career Values
  • CV Writing & Upgrade
  • Job Market  & Applications
  • Interview  Preparation & Review

 

Call to Action

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  • Increase morale & motivation.
  • Strengthening your skills.
  • Your personal plan, change & growth.
  • To where you want to be with your goals & success.

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Choose the full 3 hours x 6 sessions – plan, ideal for groups & training sessions. [Time and sessions can be reduced on group needs].

Alternatively reduce the number of sessions & time for one-to-one.  [Option of CV support & upgrade only].

Single sessions available.

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The career development programme/sessions undertaken, provided the steps, strengths and skills that many clients needed to reach their desired outcomes and goals in preparation for job readiness, career and obtained interviews and jobs.

Sessions tailored to meet with your needs         

[One-to-One or Group Sessions / Workshop]

Contact for a strategy session   

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com  

 

Wise sayings/quotes!

“You don’t get a second chance to make that first impression.”

“Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.”

Key Steps With Goals

    “The Secret To Reaching Your Goals”

Do you have an action plan?
A year from now you’ll wish you had started today!

 

STEPS WITH GOALS

  • Acknowledge that a change is needed.
  • Show motivation and a positive mindset for your challenges ahead.
  • Use positive self-talk and belief.
  • Recognise and confirm your strengths.
  • Clarify your vision and values.
  • Plan ahead for your future.
  • Visualise and confirm your success.
  • Respond positively to feedback.
  • Persevere, stay in control and focused.
  • Reap your achievements and rewards.
GOALS WILL HELP YOU               
  • Know and understand yourself better.
  • Overcome barriers and set-backs.
  • Gain more confidence.
  • Set and achieve your chosen goals.
  • Personal satisfaction and achievements.
  • Enjoy life more.

 

 What do you need to do and achieve in the next 3 to 6 months?

What do you need to do and achieve in the next year?

What do you need to do and achieve in the next 2 to 3 years?

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 Do you need the tools and techniques to get ahead? 

Do you have a life coach or mentor and role model?    

Take big steps, call to action. 

“ I agree to coach / mentor you to the very best of my ability, to believe in you, to encourage you and to give you 100 %  of my energy and commitment.”                                             

Contact for a strategy session   

   Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com     

 

Wise sayings/quotes!

“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”

“You can never plan the future by the past.”

Self-Esteem & Self Care

15 Steps To Build Self-Esteem 

12 Steps To Boost Self Care 

Health & Happiness

 Steps To Improve Self-Esteem
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.
  • Recognise the things that get you down.
  • Don’t focus on things you have no control over.
  • Don’t strive for perfection.

Set-up,  a successful workshop with clients using the Oakleaf Enterprise, charity in Guildford, Surrey.

Participants achieved learning skills, steps and techniques that can improve and achieve confidence, self-esteem & self care.

Participants given handouts and an action plan to implement.

The atmosphere was relaxed, with participants sharing experiences and new friendships built within the group.

These sessions provide much needed help to those suffering with mental health issues.

 

Energise your life strategy 

Meditation Sessions [Boosting Wellbeing] 

[One-to-One or Group Sessions / Workshop]     

Contact for a strategy session                

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com            

  Wise saying/quote!

“Better understanding of what makes you”tick” because you’re taking time to try different things.”

Stress Management

 Conquer Stress & Fears

           Know Your Triggers & Take Control

Feel Energised, Healthy & Strong

It is important that you have a good understanding of what may trigger of your stress.

Then you’re in a better position to reduce, deal and even prevent it.

It can be helpful to have some action plan or tasks you can undertake before or during an episode of a stressful or anxiety period.

You may not always solve the issue but you can reduce, deal at certain times to make things more comfortable and manageable and to hopefully overcome – be prepared.

So we can look at some key things that can be helpful and to consider.

16 Strengthening Tips 
Strategies
  • If possible, remove yourself from the environment that you’re in and take some timeout. Even for just 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • A relaxation exercise to calm your nervous, just breathe in deeply for the count of 4, then breathe out slowly for the count of 5, lowering your shoulders as you do, repeat this process once or twice more or as you need, easy but effective
  • Stress balls are great for *concentration *anxiety *blood pressure *arthritis. They can improve our mental health. Use stress balls at work, home and everywhere in between.
  • Sit when opportunities allow with people you know, trust and understand.
  • Sit in a room where you feel more relaxed, with space and if needed by a door or window for fresh air and for going out if needed.
  • If you don’t feel like talking, then just listen and add to the conversation as you feel is right for you.
  • Remove yourself away from things or people that may trigger of the symptoms.
  • Keep a diary or logbook, notes about the things that have worked well and when you have been able to reduce or overcome problems or issues. Building confidence and self-esteem can and will reduce issues. Refer to these notes as / when needed as a reminder to overcoming these obstacles.
  • Take up a hobby or sport, try yoga, going to the gym or swimming or cycling to get away from everyday pressures and the strain. Or brisk walks for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Your health is paramount. Give yourself some regular self-time to relax and unwind and recharge. Include  a good amount of regular sleeping time.
  • Consider meditation or listening to soothing music at regular intervals to combat the  stress.
  • Avoid bottling up your feelings. Use self-talk, coaching or counselling.
  • Turn negativity, or negative thoughts into positive steps, think and be positive.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day [avoid being dehydrated].
  • Keep with a regular healthy and nutritious meals.
  • Accept a compliment as you know you will have deserved it, you know you are great.

 

When possible visit a place that you find therapeutic, stress free, where you can feel some calm, where you can relax, unwind and have some quality time.  

 

  • Keeping a diary or logbook will help focus on clues for any diagnoses.
  • Talking about the triggers will assist in preventing such stress.
  • Connect with positive people and have a good supporting network.
  • Accept what you can’t change.

 

Set-up a successful workshop with clients using the Oakleaf Enterprise, charity in Guildford, Surrey.

Participants achieved learning skills, steps and techniques that can reduce, overcome and prevent stress.

Participants given handouts and an action plan to implement.

The atmosphere was relaxed, with participants sharing experiences and new friendships built within the group.

These sessions provide much needed help to those suffering with mental health issues.

Call to Action

Stress Management 

Energise your life strategy 

Meditation Sessions [Boosting Wellbeing] 

Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage [Relieves Stress & Tension]  

[One-to-One or Group Sessions / Workshop]

         Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com

 

   Wise saying/quote!

“More smiling, less worrying.”

 

Life Balance

Achieve Life Balance & Wellbeing

How do you rate your scores?

This can be very difficult to achieve, through work demands, home commitments and other areas of our lives that take up much of our daily and weekly time.

There never seems to be enough time in a day or week for us to spend the time in areas that we may enjoy or need to do.

We all need from time to time to relax, recharge and to focus on things that help us through perhaps difficult or demanding times.

Your health and well-being is very important so you can take on the important demanding or committed tasks. Therefore efforts are required to help us get a  life balance.  

There are of course some things we may not have total control over, but we can endeavor to seek the help we may need in these areas and to provide a better balance.

To focus and find ways to increase the time to do things that we enjoy or missing out on, [activities, family, friends, studies, etc].  

To assess where you are at and how you can make the changes to a daily or weekly routine that allows for more time for you and what you enjoy doing. Take a look at the chart below and checkout where you may make a change.

Ask yourself how satisfied you are with your current life balance. Below is a chart of many areas that will have a major influence and impact on your daily life. Rate each section on a scale of  1 to 10.  1 = low, completely out of balance,  10 =  high, totally balanced. Which section/s need attention and require ACTION NOW !

  • In general a score of 6 or less needs attention and some action plan to improve that area.
  • What control do you feel you have over such areas/s to make that difference or to better the situation or difficulty in place?
  • What other support do you need to make that difference?
  • Can you call on this support?
  • What else do you need in place to begin the improvement process, give you that better quality of life?

Keep a diary or logbook to update any changes with a few brief comments. Then update your life balance score as applicable – between 3 to 6 months. Keep old copies to enable you to make comparisons and to view your progress.

Life Balance & Wellbeing
Improve Your Quality of Life & Set Powerful Goals
 Contact for a strategy session
Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com

 

 

Take time to relax and unwind.

   

10 Building Steps

Personal Development Steps

My Building Steps For Confidence,   
                                          Progression, Success & Happiness                                                                                                                                                                                             

What needs your attention now? 

What are your challenges? 

What do you want to achieve and  by when?

This is based on guidelines to help you assess where you are at and where you feel you need to be. This process can be used and described as a 1 to 10 building steps scale system representing balance. 1 = completely out of balance. 10 = totally balanced. This can be used in all areas of your life,  monitoring  your progress and considering what needs to be done or put in place to raise your level and achievements.

CHART RATING STEPS

10. completion / excellent / couldn’t be better

 9. successful / reaching target / very happy 

 8. achievement / satisfied / positive progression

 7. improvement / progressing / achieving

 6. building confidence / managing / coping

 5. need to work on my goals / plans & actions

 4. need more commitment / positive thinking / i can do

 3. need constructive change / motivation / support 

 2. need direction / self belief / use supporting networks

 1. need total support / help / guidance / direction

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Through using a system like this many of us would aim to reach 10 in whatever we do, this is often extremely difficult to achieve and maintain.

However, this is what we work towards with a positive self belief and with ” I CAN DO ATTITUDE ”  and to have the motivation and willingness to progress and by using the support that is available can only assist in reaching your desired and achievable level.

We may differ on our perception to what is success and not everyone has ambitions to reach the top, some of us are very happy with a lesser level and may have reached that target and feel they have gone as far as they wish to go or can achieve through choice and or decision.

Although encouragement and support should prevail to assist in being,  “ THE BEST YOU CAN BE. ”  The more you can progress and achieve the better you feel, this will raise your confidence and will boost your ego.

Some people relate to their problems with a feeling of being in a deep hole. This is when the building steps can be a useful tool to implement.

Through viewing the steps as guidelines to what is needed to move forward and up.

With this in mind, some of us may take smaller steps and longer time to reach our required destination, that is OK. The GOAL remains the same to progress and to achieve. TO BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE.

This assessment style has been drawn up as a means to assist in identifying the level you feel you are at [using describing words] and to monitor your progress at various times through starting out, through your journey and completing studies / assignments / projects / sport  / business etc.

The model is just one way of looking at self assessment and personal development using the chart rating  [BUILDING STEPS].

 

Do you need the tools and techniques to get ahead?

Do you have a life coach or mentor and role model?

Are you ready to take action?

 

We will apply a system designed to meet with your current and future needs, to strengthen the areas that need attention, for your confidence, progression, success & happiness, your BUILDING STEPS.

“ I agree to coach / mentor you to the very best of my ability, to believe in you, to encourage you and to give you 100 %  of my energy and commitment.”

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com

 

                                                 

Wise saying/quote!

“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.”

Anger Management

Don’t Let Anger Take Control

What Can Make You Feel or Get Angry?
Overcome Adversity
  • Unable to get what you want!
  • Being told to do something you don’t want to do!
  • The feeling of being put down, perhaps being shown up in front of others!
  • Perhaps being listened too, but feel you are being humoured!
  • Someone trying to wind you up and perhaps knowing your weak points!
  • Not being allowed the space, time or opportunity to communicate your feelings!

 

There are many others, the list can be endless, but this highlights some causes for frustration that can lead to anger and outbursts that can spiral out of control unless we can master or self-control how we deal with difficult situations.

We cannot always control others, but we can be responsible for our own behaviour, attitude and outlook. Therefore, if we all took a little more time to think and evaluate the situation early, then many problems would be greatly reduced.

Sometimes even against our better judgement, it can pay just to agree to disagree, in other words what you hear and understand you perhaps strongly disagree with.

However, the sensible thing maybe to agree to differ, then change the subject or move on or away, [particularly if it is getting to boiling point].

Furthermore, you may realise for several reasons it may not be the right time, place, or environment for such a confrontation.

Sometimes, just by hearing and seeing the other persons point of view, even if you disagree can lower frustrations.

As sometimes by our listening skills we pick up information and clues that suggest that they are not trying to be harmful or obnoxious it is how things need to be for one reason or another.

This point is to make clear that when we are angry and perhaps shouting we are often not very good at listening, we just want to put across our point/s.

Furthermore, facial expressions and body language can convey clues, signals to how people maybe feeling even when little or no communication is involved. All this should be considered during anger and moments of frustration.

We need to take responsibility for our own actions, even when it may appear we are being provoked. By being verbally abusive, or threatening or using physical behaviour will only take you down and the consequences can be dire for you in many ways in the here and now and into the future.

So thinking first and having a calmer approach will solve more issues for you and the result will be of better outcomes, even if you didn’t get what you wanted or win your case or argument on that occasion.

 

Overcome Adversity!

Thinking of coping strategies!

Often sitting down rather than standing up appears less threatening when communicating and shows you are in more control, [if both parties agree to sit down then a better chance for an amicable discussion].

If standing give the other person some space don’t constantly eyeball and be right up into their face.

If the conversation appears heated, step back rather than forward. Retreating doesn’t mean advantage the other person, it means that you are the mature one and trying to play down the conflict situation.

It maybe a good idea to end the conversation with the view that you can resume later or even the next day when tempers appear dissolved, [time out gives both parties the opportunity to calm down and gives thinking and re-thinking time].

Try to show some agreement with them as applicable to lessen the conflict, listen and show some understanding and respond in a way that is not patronising or being disrespectful.

Remember you can be assertive and illustrate your point but don’t get into an unnecessary challenging and un-tasteful event.

If a solution cannot be found at least try and find some common ground to end.

Know when to withdraw and or move-on, be mature and sensible and be in control of yourself. [If applicable, use mediation to help resolve conflict].

Ideally, it is good when apologies can be met and or with acceptance as it probably means that the relationship can be restored.

Make friends & build positive relationships

Sometimes personal problems come to light through other subjects or topics of conversation that may intrude on our thought process and at that moment in time it may hit a sensitive note and may spark a reaction.

Instead of having control and realising the innocence of the remark made, we respond badly and show extreme anger. [If this becomes a regular occurrence and or becomes out of control behaviour then this may need to be addressed].

Also, we know that excessive usage of alcohol and or substance misuse don’t help.

Furthermore, some people maybe affected by caffeine or certain additives in some food products that may put your brain and body into a hyper state and this may cause a reaction and behaviour change.

It may not always be noticeable but can create problems if not identified.

If there is a suspicion then worth discussing with your GP and or health service. This is just another example as to why aggressive behaviour may occur and you may not always be in control over.

 

Your anger may not intend to be personal, but may come across as such and can be seen as out of control.

Anger is an emotion that we all can display from time to time, but it is being able to use it effectively in a constructive way and moving on.

However, from time to time we generally communicate, act in a passive and or an aggressive way. The balance is being able to feel comfortable and confident in using assertive skills, a technique and positive skills in reacting and responding to information as needed.

Assertive skills aim to be neither passive nor aggressive in there interactions with other people. Being assertive can help to feel better about ourselves, this can improve confidence & self esteem.

Is this is an area that you need support in, then coaching can help you to overcome this problem by implementing assertive techniques and skills.

Although we can generally get things right, it can be helpful to re-visit our thought process and to remind ourselves of the positive steps forward that we need to take and keep taking to stay on the right track and that goes for many areas of our life as we go through our life journey.

Doing meaningful – regular activities, exercise and meditation are some helpful ways to reduce aggressive feelings and behaviour. Also helpful to have a regular sleeping pattern.

Talking therapy – communication  is always a positive way forward in finding ways to reduce and stop problems.

The fact that you can talk about a problem can show that you identify that an issue exists and that you are willing to seek the necessary support to find a solution and to overcome the problem and this will make you feel much better for it.

[Motivation is a key factor in making positive changes]. So don’t let problems simmer, escalate and explode.  

 

ANGER  –  Doesn’t solve anything.  It builds nothing, but it can destroy EVERYTHING.

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Need support with anger management. We can look at coping strategies / plans / goals and work together to make the necessary changes to overcome adversity. 

 

[One-to-One or Group Sessions / Workshop]

Contact for a strategy session         

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com
                                                              

 

Wise sayings/quotes!

“An eye for an eye, only makes the whole world blind.”

“Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.”

“A bad attitude is like a flat tyre, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.”

 

                                                          

                               

 

 

Motivation Skills

                         “Empower Your Life”

                             Motivation is key!

Lawrie’s Manifesto

Motivation is a key factor in completing tasks, being successful and achieving positive outcomes throughout our life journey.

Here is my supporting tips to help you reach your destination. I have highlighted some key words that need to be adhered too, as you move forward.

  • You need to begin with your issue or goal you wish to work on!
  • You need to start with a positive attitude, outlook and approach!
  • You need to be committed to your yourself at all times!
  • You need to be willing to make a positive change or changes!
  • You need to be motivated to work with your coach or mentor at agreed times!
  • You need to attend all coaching / mentoring sessions to maximise support!
  • You need to take on the challenges your coach or mentor puts forward!
  • You need to take the steps each day or each week to make progress!
  • You need to keep going even when you’re faced with obstacles!
  • You need to be able to address problems and communicate  how you feel!
  • You need to be inspired to take on and complete tasks / actions! 
  • You need to be driven by what you want to achieve and to succeed!
  • You must remain focused in what you do at all times!
  • You need to keep believing in yourself even in difficult times!
  • You should keep a diary or journal to record actions and to monitor progress!
  • You can use the diary or journal to discuss / feedback to the coach or mentor and useful for reflecting  back!
  • You should take timeout to praise your achievements
  • You need to maintain the high levels, standards you set and not be distracted!
  • You will have great satisfaction and feel so proud on completion.
  • ISSUE / GOAL completed, YES” job done and will lift your confidence & self esteem.

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I hope this has been helpful and something you can reflect on.

                                              

Session/s will sharpen your skills.

 

“ I agree to coach / mentor you to the very best of my ability, to believe in you, to encourage you and to give you 100 %  of my energy and commitment.”

Contact for a strategy session   

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com

Wise sayings/quotes!

“Only I can change my life.”

“Never judge a person for their mistakes, judge a person on how they fix them.”

GOALS

Break Through Your Challenges  

  “Accomplish Your Goals”

Do you have an action plan?

 >YOUR GOALS   >THE WAY AHEAD

The process of planning and setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in your life. By knowing what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate your efforts.     

*Clearly define your goals.

*State each goal as a positive statement.

*Express your goals positively.

8 Powerful Steps, Your Personal & Professional Development Plan
  1. It’s important to take your plan into your own hands and decide your direction….?
  2. Assess where you are now….?
  3. Identify your specific goals….?
  4. Gather information that you need to progress….?
  5. Evaluate your professional skills….?
  6. Decide on a strategy to how you will achieve, reach your desired destination….?
  7. Develop a timescale to complete your tasks and goals….?
  8. Write it down and keep records of your progress, updates with completed outcomes, achievements and celebrate success….?

From time to time we can all benefit from some coaching or mentoring.

It maybe that all that is needed is a few sessions to mull over our thought process and to find some peace of mind, some clarity for our decision making and for direction, to enable us to plan ahead for a smoother path forward as we progress through our life journey.

If you feel there is a need for extended or on-going coaching / mentoring support, then in a planned and supportive way it will be there for you.

 

Goal planning & setting goals, [one-to-one or group session/s].

Sessions will stretch your comfort zone.

 

  • Give yourself some quality time, you know you deserve it.
  • Remember you are unique, you are special and deserve to be the very best you can be.
  • Consider the above how you want your life to be, the things that you wish to do, what you want to achieve?
  • Let today be a new start. Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
  • Make the positive changes you may have thought about, but not yet begun, or feel stuck and not making headway.
  • Can I be of help to you?  To support you to unlock your talent and potential.
  • Do you need the tools and the techniques to get ahead?                                

Over many years I have coached clients to reach their objectives, desired outcomes and goals of all kinds. This has provided the tools for them to get ahead and enjoy more happiness, success, achievements and quality of life.

 

>Start your Life Coaching sessions today.   

“I agree to coach / mentor you to the very best of my ability, to believe in you, to encourage you and to give you 100 %  of my energy and commitment.”

 

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Andy Murray [Britain’s tennis player] picture of the gold post box at his home town Dunblane, in honour of his Olympics gold medals. [singles, 2012 & 2016].         

  Wise saying/quote!    

“A goal is a dream with a date. It will remain as a dream unless powerful purposes combined with action planning to arrive at a predetermined place in time.”

 

My goals planned and completed in a week, homemade apple pie, scones and bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Wheel of Life

 

YOUR LIFE BALANCE 

Your Personal Self Assessment

 

 

A useful coaching tool for the client to use during a coaching session/s their             Wheel of Life”  life balance, this is an interesting concept and can give the client the opportunity to explore other paths.

Through this self assessment it can help you identify with other areas that may need attention that may have initially not been recognised and or useful for discussion and clarity to what you may wish to work on, or perhaps not.

This in turn can allow for further or extended input that can only benefit you the client and the coaching process.  Ask for this service.

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3  FEARS  THAT  HOLD  PEOPLE  BACK 
 >The fear of failure ! 
      >The fear of rejection ! 
        >The fear of success !     

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If you find yourself in one of these 3 categories don’t delay, get the help you need NOW! Overcome adversity, you owe it to yourself.

 

The light, not the darkness that most frightens us.”

  “The biggest fear we can have, is the fear of the unknown.”

 

Email: lawrie.7@outlook.com

 

 

                  Wise sayings/quotes!             

   “Sometimes we say, we cannot see the wood for the trees.”

     It always seems impossible until it is done.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Visit places that have historic things of interest to view and see.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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