Video!

Hi everyone,

A number of people (1-1 clients and course attendees) had mentioned how helpful it was having someone else talking them through the  various relaxation exercises I suggest in my training / coaching sessions. To help with that I’m just putting together some free videos for you, an introduction then one video for each of the relaxation techniques in my E-book. (If you haven’t got a copy, you can get one now by signing up to my mailing list HERE.)

I’ll be sending the videos out to subscribers soon, so please make sure you’re signed up if you’d like access.

Hope everyone’s having a great week.

John

 

Some ways to kick start or improve staff wellbeing

Here are some ideas for improving staff wellbeing in schools, or any institution really. They’re just little prompts I can go into more details about later if people would like more thoughts. Some you might already do, some might not be for you.

Acknowledge it’s important.

Say it to yourself, say it to your colleagues. My wellbeing is important. Your wellbeing is important.

Take responsibility. You are responsible. Response – able. Able to make a response.

(With thanks to Stephen R Covey and his ‘7 Habits’ materials.)

There are things you can do now, without help or permission. Take 5 mins to do a breathing exercise at the start of the day. Watch 5 mins of your favourite comedian on youtube. Experiment, find something small that works, do it everyday.

Set up a Staff Wellbeing group that meets regularly.

Make the meetings something people look forward to. Begin with the end in mind. (Thanks again to Stephen R Covey, google him!) The meetings should leave people feeling better for having attended.

Talk to each other. Check in.

All staff. It’s not an excuse to whine! Listen to each other. But know any conversation should come around to positive action. Make pro-actively dealing with challenges part of the culture. (If it’s not already…)

Get together with the wider community and and the wider TEACHING community. 

Don’t limit conversations just to your school. All schools and staff are facing these challenges. What could we achieve working with friends and colleagues from neighbouring schools?

Plan fun things. Individually and as an institution. Put fun on your to-do list.

Socialising is important for most people. If things are tough, make sure you have regular lights at the end (or even better, in the middle) of the tunnel.

Think about your habits and rituals.

What direction are they taking you in? Do your current habits support your current goals, or the way you would like things to be in the future.

 

– As I said at the start, just some prompts to point our brains in a wellbeing direction. Have a great week.

John Blackburn

Don’t forget you can get a FREE Relaxation Techniques E-book when you SIGN UP to the mailing list.

“Easy to do, easy not to do!” – with thanks to Jim Rohn

The above is one of my favourite Jim Rohn-isms. (Jim Rohn was a well regarded American speaker, search for him on youtube!)

That sentiment was in my mind this week as I had the privilege of sending out about 600 copies of my Relaxation techniques E-book to teachers across the UK and beyond. Thank you to everyone that expressed an interest and good luck!

I remember a year 9 drum kit student I taught a few years ago. You’ll probably recognise this kind of story in some of your own students if you’re a teacher. He was extremely bright, played several other instruments, but he had a really limiting attitude / belief that it was enough just to intellectually understand something, so he didn’t practice. He’d stop once he’d figured out how it worked. He never ingrained good practice habits. Its not enough to do that. As we all know, you have to do the ritual, the habit, the activity…

… IF you want the benefit… and you do want the benefit.

Taking 5 minutes at the start of our day, to relax and put ourselves in the state of mind where we are at our most resourceful is easy to do. It’s also easy not to do it.

I really hope as many people as possible will take the time not just to read the ideas and methods in the book but to pick one and do it, and do the same tomorrow…

If you’d like a copy of the E-book, just head to SIGN UP to my mailing list. If you have any questions, drop me an EMAIL.

P.S. Here are some blogs I’ve written about developing habits, and the importance of feeling ok, and why I think you should start any activity with the feeling you want at the end!

Start with the feeling

I’ve been doing some work with a friend recently, and the most common thing thats come up as being useful for them has been to think about and engage with how you would like to feel when doing whatever you’re doing first. Before you start doing the work.

So if you want to do some creative work, how would you LIKE to feel whilst doing the work? What feelings (or states if we’re talking about it in more ‘NLP’ type terms…) would be useful in getting the work done?

Maybe you want to feel energised, motivated and excited to start the work in the first place. When have you felt like that before? Even just a little bit… Run the experience through in your head – what could you see, hear and feel when you felt like that? Here is an important one… What kinds of things were you saying to yourself?

What about once you start the work, how do you want to feel whilst you’re actually doing it? Focussed, calm, certain, confident? When have you felt like this before? What could you see, hear and feel? What is that internal voice saying, if anything, when it’s all happening how you like it.

Get the feeling you want first, then do the work. Maintain the feeling whilst you do the work.

Questions? Drop me an email at john@key-idea.co.uk

Goal setting tools for performers and creatives workshop.

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Goal setting tools for performers and creatives.
Friday, 24th August 2018, 2pm.
South East London.
Small group workshop – only 4 places available.
£45

Learn new ways to discover your goals, and start to move quickly toward them.
Break through blocks both professional and personal.
Ideas and skills drawn from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and the work of top ‘success’ authors from around the world.
Workshop will begin at 2pm, and will finish between 4:30pm and 5pm.
Please email to book or for further information.
john@key-idea.co.uk

Relaxation and stress busting workshop for performers and creatives

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Relaxation and stress busting for performers and creatives.
Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 2pm.
South East London.
Small group workshop – only 4 places available.
£45

Learn how to feel relaxed when you want and need it most, to be happier and more productive using techniques and ideas drawn from meditation, mindfulness and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Workshop will begin at 2pm, and will finish between 4:30pm and 5pm.
Please email to book or for further information.
john@key-idea.co.uk

Up-coming workshops for performers and creatives

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know I’m running two new small group workshops for performers at the end of August, 2018.

Relaxation and stress busting for performers and creatives.
Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 2pm.
South East London.
Small group workshop – only 4 places available.
£45

Learn how to feel relaxed when you want and need it most, to be happier and more productive using techniques and ideas drawn from meditation, mindfulness and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Workshop will begin at 2pm, and will finish between 4:30pm and 5pm.
Please email to book or for further information.
john@key-idea.co.uk

Goal setting tools for performers and creatives.
Friday, 24th August 2018, 2pm.
South East London.
Small group workshop – only 4 places available.
£45

Learn new ways to discover your goals, and start to move quickly toward them.
Break through blocks both professional and personal.
Ideas and skills drawn from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and the work of top ‘success’ authors from around the world.
Workshop will begin at 2pm, and will finish between 4:30pm and 5pm.
Please email to book or for further information.
john@key-idea.co.uk

Mailing list fail.

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a productive day!
I got an email from MailChimp who I had been using to run my mailing list saying they had de-activated my account, followed by a short string of reasons why they couldn’t re-activate it, so I’ll be resolving that this week most likely with a new company, I don’t think I’ll loose anyone in the transition, as had downloaded an upto date list, but if you don’y hear from me via email over the weekend, please email at john@key-idea.co.uk and I’ll make sure you’re on the list!

Have a great day!

Sugar free

So I’ve been following a sugar and indeed largely ‘carb’ free diet for about three weeks now. A ‘ketogenic’ diet. And following it I have been. No slips (that I’m aware of) so far. Basically keeping total carb (inc sugar) intake under 20g per day. Lots of fat. Some protein.
Been listening alot to the ‘2ketodudes’ and ‘ketofor ormies’ pod casts to help me out. Have a listen!
I’ve also got to thank regular inspiration Jack black of Mindstore for posting about the benefits he’s found through it on his facebook page, thats what helped me decide to actually do it.

At the moment my trousers are deffo looser than they were, I’m mot getting hungry and I’m sleeping better.
Im also missing my Costa mocha and any fun food. Where fun = bread.
In recent years I thought I was pretty free from any kind of emotional eating. Turns out I was not!
Plenty of sugar cravings (although it subsides quickly) and feelings of dissatisfsction (which sticks around a little longer) though.

I’ve planned to do it for 2 months before I weigh myself.
Will up date any spectacular results here.

Jb

Priorities

Every time we’re offered an opportunity, however attractive it is or isn’t, we should look to see how it fits in with our priorities.
We could also re-examine all of our current activities under the microscope of our priorities and goals / values.

So think about what your goals are, think about your internal values.

Now look at all the stuff you regularly.
Write it out.

Are there anythings you could stop doing to make room, and energy, for things you REALLY want to do?

Our priorities change over time, our values can change, but usually less regularly, but periodic examination of activities is really useful.