Category Archive : Inspirational

Running for the door

You know those team meetings or workshops where you each have to introduce yourself? Or worse there would be a full on ‘ice breaker’ where you feel like you there was a strong chance of your making an idiot of yourself? I would hate those so much – definitely enough to make you want to bolt out the door!

What about a work session where you were put into groups and then you had to present back to your team? Yep, I would hate those too! Not the group work, that would be ok, but when it came to nominate someone to present? Well, I would be the person shrinking lower in my chair hoping that I wouldn’t be selected.

Now, I would happily get up in front of a group at present, so long as I know the subject well anyway. To me that demonstrates how far I’ve come. I’ve practiced and used a variety of techniques to work on my fears of presenting and now I would go so far as to say there are times when I actively seek the opportunity and I really enjoy it!

Of course there is still an element of nerves. There is also still the caveat that I’m only truly comfortable if I’m confident in what I’m presenting. To me this shows that right now I’m still on my journey of overcoming this fear. But that’s ok.

I would love to share with you what I’ve learnt and still actively practice in working towards my goal of being a renowned public speaker. If this is an area you’re keen to work on too get in touch to schedule your 20 minute free initial chat with me or join me on one of our FREE webinars.

Why Tidal Coaching

I thought for ages to come up with a name for my business and I couldn’t settle on one that I liked (and also had the domain name available!). Then a friend of mine suggest using the word Tidal and instantly I liked it.

So many puns… going with the flow, smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, what boat someone is in and so on.

I loved the link with nature.. I feel we are all part of nature and we all have to evolve until find our natural flow. Recently I’ve been reading a book by Deepak Chopra – The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and nature is a key theme. It gives the example of how a fish doesn’t try to swim, it just does.

It just felt right as a name to me. Am I a little miffed that I didn’t come up with it straight away on my own? If I’m being honest, yes maybe a tad! However, I’m not too proud that I wasn’t going to use a suggestion that I loved. I might be stubborn and head strong at times, but I listen and I go with what I feel is right.

So, just in case you were wondering what’s in the name and how it came about – that’s the story! If you want to dip your toe in (see what I did there – dip.. water.. get it?) and chat about how I can support you to move forward rather than just tread water, do get in touch and we can arrange a free 20 minute call.

It was a cold January morning and I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a damp one bed flat with no heating. If you had told me to fast forward 8 years or so and I would now be living in a 4 bed house that I recently bought with my husband, happily married with one son and one dog, building my own business I don’t think I would have believed you.

It’s amazing the twists and turns that life takes. Change is inevitable, if you try to avoid it, there’s the risk that it can lead to living a stagnant and anxious existence. But if you learn to say yes to opportunities and become open to change then there is more potential for you to attract what you want.

I was invited to join a group of virtual strangers on a night out, and nervously I attended. That’s where I first properly met my now husband. If I had said no, my life may have taken a totally different path.

Along the journey I had from where I was to where I am now I realised a lot of things such as my own self-worth, to better manage my own emotions when I feel judged by others and how to keep calm in difficult conversations. Learning these skills (as well as others) has made such a huge difference to the way I approach my life. Now if you ask me where I’m going to be in another 8 years’ time, I have a much clearer picture in mind.

The reason why I do what I do is because I want to ethically support others to improve their confidence and reduce their own negative self beliefs so they are able to set out and achieve what they want to too. I hate it when someone says that they can’t do something, as much as they would like to, or, they say something like that’s not possible for ‘people like me’. I wouldn’t want anyone to be stuck sleeping in a dingy flat not being able to see themselves getting the future they choose.

As I mention in my ‘About’ section, the catalyst for me was when I heard something similar from a young primary school aged child.  I set about learning NLP principles and became a Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming to provide me with the knowledge and skills to be able to coach others effectively, and subsequently Tidal Coaching was developed.

If you would like to develop your Confidence, Composure or Communication skills then check out the various coaching plans available or get in touch to discuss your needs.

Isn’t it funny, I bet that after simply reading the title of this blog you have a picture in your head of a purple frog or a unicorn? We just can’t help ourselves! Now, if I say to you “don’t think of a purple frog” what do you notice? You still think of a purple frog right!? At least until you realise that you’re not supposed to be thinking of one so you change the image, perhaps to a different colour or animal. So what does this tell us?

The short answer is that the unconscious mind cannot process negatives. What this means is whatever you want to achieve, you must frame that goal as what you want, rather than what you don’t want.

I remember as a child I once got told ‘don’t touch the iron, it’s hot’. So instinctively I wanted to do nothing more than go and touch the iron… I did…it was hot!! Now having an understanding of the unconscious mind, a better instruction would have been surrounding the desired behaviour, such as ‘please continue playing with your toy’.

Whether you are working within management and providing an instruction to a team member, a parent to child or setting your own goals they must be correctly worded so there is no misunderstanding between your conscious self, and your unconscious self.

Here are some examples of negatively worded commands and how you can switch them so they serve you better:

  • I don’t want to waste my money – I need to use my money wisely
  • I don’t want to be stressed out – I need to be calm
  • I don’t want to work in this job anymore – I need to gain a more fulfilling job
  • Don’t forget to put the bins out – Remember to put the rubbish out
  • I can’t be late – I need to be on time
  • I can’t make a noise – I need to be quiet
  • Don’t walk on the grass – Stay on the path

It’s simple but effective – just trying asking for what you actually want and you might be amazed by the impact this could have!

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Even those people who love swimming must agree that there is one thing that tends to be a bit of a chore…the getting changed after! Often changing rooms can be busy, wet, cramped, too hot etc.. Combine these less than ideal conditions with trying to get changed and it can certainly be a challenge. You’re still that little bit damp and are trying your best to maintain some level of dignity and cue the hopping around attempting to pull up your skinny jeans – it can all be a bit of a nightmare!

With this in mind I was feeling somewhat apprehensive about my first time taking my 7 month old swimming. Due to Covid-19 being out and about has been limited anyway and here I was determined to take him to his first lesson as it was the closest thing to a baby group I’m likely to see on my maternity, and he does love the bath!

I had a number of fears going through my head in the lead up his first lesson. What if I drop him in the pool? What if he hates it and screams the whole time? What if his swim nappy fails and I’m the cause of the pool being shut? How on earth am I going to manage to stop him rolling all over the changing room floor and hurting himself or getting in the way? Despite these anxious thoughts part of me was actually really excited to be doing something vaguely ‘normal’ but I had to figure out how to stop worrying and enjoy the experience. So here’s what I did…

I began my morning by selecting a couple of specific positive affirmations that I thought would help me. I chose “I am extremely capable” and “I am excellent at staying calm under pressure“.

Upon arrival I repeated my affirmations, took a couple of deep breaths and began the usual faff with getting my son out of his car seat.

The thoughts I was having that were making me nervous were all based on ‘future thinking’ i.e. concerns about what might happen. Therefore upon entering the facilities I utilised a couple of simple grounding techniques to keep me in the present moment. Firstly I paid attention to my senses. As soon as I walked in I could smell the chlorine and I felt the heat of the building. I kept my focus on what else I could feel, I was required to remove my outdoor shoes immediately as part of the Covid procedures so straightaway I could feel the texture of the floor on my feet as I followed the instructions to head through to the changing area.

In the changing area there were separate cubicles, each with a full sized baby changing mat. This was fantastic as I had my own changing space and could keep my son in one place a lot easier. We had arrived ‘swim ready’ so it only took a moment and we were ready to go.

I scooped up my baby, balancing him on one hip and grabbed the bag with all our belongings in the other hand and took another couple of deep breaths, counting for 5 seconds each time I breathed in. I repeated to myself “I am extremely capable” then left the changing area.

Returning to the dedicated standing area. I was directed straight into the pool and our swimming lessons began. Needless to say, the pool remained open, he didn’t scream the whole time and I didn’t drop him!

At the end of the swimming lesson we made our way to the changing rooms and yes, he did cry getting dressed after, but so did the other babies and we both managed to get successfully dressed (skinny jeans were not ideal, but manageable!).

Just because I am a coach, doesn’t mean I don’t have the same worries as any other person, but using the techniques I know certainly helped the experience. All in all I counted this as a successful first time swimming and I’m definitely feeling much calmer and looking forward to subsequent sessions!

If you want to find out more about the various techniques I used to keep calm and composed check out the full composure toolkit that is available to download now.

Undertaking coaching can be daunting for some people, especially if it is the first time. Therefore it is key for you to know what you can expect. It is important to me to be open with you about the process which is followed.

Before we even start to work together it is suggested for us to have an initial no obligation chat. This is to ensure that I am the best coach for you and that you would be comfortable working with me. I will then ask you to complete an introductory form which will assist in identifying what areas you feel you would like some support with. Following this if we are then happy to move forward I will send you a contract to sign and return before we have our first coaching session.

Coaching can take place via online video chat or alternatively we can arrange to meet in an agreed mutual location if preferred. The first session will allow us to delve deeper into what you would like to achieve and work on how to set these as specific goals. Here at Tidal Coaching I like to ensure that you feel you have something to implement straight away and therefore I will make some initial suggestions as to what you can work on before your second session – so don’t be surprised to be set some homework!

Following the session you will receive a personalised worksheet outlining what has been discussed, what tools have been suggested and what the next steps will be.

Our next session will begin with revisiting the steps already put in place and examining how you have felt these have helped and what could be improved. A detailed session will then follow in order involving the use of more in-depth NPL tools this may include addressing any changes in your belief system that may be required or anchoring techniques to allow you to draw upon your desired state whenever you require it. You will again receive a session summary sheet.

As coaching sessions continue the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ cycle will continue. This means that we will work together to plan what you would like to accomplish, invest time in employing the best strategies for you to achieve this, check in to explore these strategies are being effective and then cooperate to implement them. Through the coaching journey together feedback will be continuous between us both.

You may find that you achieve what you would like within just a couple of sessions or you may find that you would prefer for continuous regular coaching sessions to occur.

If you would like to know more check out the various coaching plans available or get in touch to discuss your needs.