New Year coaching template

New Year coaching template

It’s here!

Welcome to 2017. New year, new energy, new opportunities. Woo hoo!

To say thanks for being my subscriber (I know I don’t always get it right and you’re still here so thanks!) I enclose a free visual coaching template to help you get 2017 off to the best possible start.

To use the visual coaching template simply print a copy, grab your favourite makers and  fill it in according to the instructions below.

1. How I Want To Feel This Year.
What words immediately come to mind? Jot these down. Have fun with it. How do you really really want to feel in 2017? The plans, the actions, the tasks are often rooted in a quest to feel a particular way. We want those shoes because we feel amazing in them; we want lots of money to feel successful, connected, contributing etc..

2. Thoughts, Words, Deeds That Feed My Soul
How often do we make plans without tending to these important aspects of our lives? To achieve our goals I believe we need support, guidance and fun along the way! Make sure you feed your soul in 2017 with that which sets you alight.

3. Aims, Goals, Desires
Ok, let’s get into the juicy details here. Choose one area of your life, or really go for it and jot down everything you want to achieve in 2017. Don’t worry about the how for now, just get it all down and make sure you write in the present tense. Don’t overthink it, ink it!

4. New Habits I Want to Cultivate
If your goals include streamlining your finances (for example) a new habit may be doing your accounts on a monthly basis. Want to feel fit and fantastic every day? A new habit may be to get up 20 minutes earlier than usual and go for a walk. What new habits do you need to cultivate to support your goals?

5. Purpose
This is a big question! When I filled out the template I instinctively left this as the last section to fill out. It can be a word, a sentence, even a song title. Get something in there that’s a nod to your why, your reason for being here. What feeds your drive, your heart, your spirit?

Good luck and I’d love to hear how you get on with the template so do drop me a line to let me know.

Here’s to your best year yet!
Emer

Oh, and if you love the idea of visual templates and want to learn more do join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics on September 5th. It’s going to be an amazing group!

Right Brain exercises for getting in the flow

Do you ever feel bombarded with messages that tell you you should be fitter, happier, eat more ‘superfoods’ and use coconut oil instead of shampoo?

It’s quite possibly the worst cloud under which to make plans, set goals and y’know, be a better person.

And the thing is, goals don’t really work if we only use one half of our brains. Typically we set goals using purely the left side of our brain – the side that works with logic, planning, structure and so forth.

Sure, all that is important but if we really want to set goals we are aligned with and feel excited about then it’s important to tap into the right side of our brain – the side that speaks to our creativity, intuition and imagination.

Here are a few fun exercises to wake up the right side of your brain:

* Draw a picture of a loved one, family member or pet without looking at the page you are drawing on (I can see that one turning into quite a fun dinner party game come to think of it).

* Stand up, reach behind your back and grab your right ankle with your left hand. Now grab your left ankle with your right hand. Alternate between the two until you begin to fill dizzy. (If you’re unable to do this simply imagine your left hand touching your right ankle etc. It will work just as well)

* Impress your friends with your new juggling skills. Yes, that’s right, you too can juggle with the aid of a friendly satsuma. Your task here is not to look at the satsuma but to stare at a fixed point in the distance whilst maintaining a sense of calm and dare I say it, smugness.

Exercises like these help us get into the flow of creative thinking. It’s when we’re in the flow that we get our best ideas. It’s one of the reasons I love drawing so much. It’s so absorbing and refreshing to be using the right side of the brain, especially when we live in a society which is oh so left brain orientated.

Give these exercises a go, and as always, let me know how you get on!

Want to learn more? Join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics on September 5th 2017.

Not another article on goal setting

I don’t know about you but there’s something about the prevalence of articles on goal setting at this time of year that brings out my inner 3 year old. The one that stamps her feet and says ‘No!’ It’s that instinctive resistance towards doing something just because somebody else said you should.

After all it’s January, it’s cold, and to be honest leaving the house from time to time to get in some groceries is my primary goal.

However as the week slowly blossoms I find myself emerging from my shell. Not only have I begun skimming over one or two of these articles, I now have the audacity to write one myself.

Although it’s not strictly speaking about goal setting. It’s a quick little exercise to set the foundation for your year ahead.

Y’know that time when you’re just drifting off to sleep or when you begin to awake, that’s when your brain is at its creative peak. It’s called the hypnagogic state. (I can’t remember where I learnt that but it’s never left me. Such a great word.)

Tonight when you drift off to sleep think about how you wish to FEEL in 2015. Not what you want to do, not all those boxes that need to be ticked, not anything that you’re striving for, aiming for, just how you want to feel.

Think about it. Are the things you want more about the feelings they bring? Is the new car, new wardrobe or new partner about feeling in control, feeling confident, feeling loved?

Tomorrow jot down the thoughts that sprung to mind.

Now you know what I’m going to say next. That’s right. Get out some paper, stick it on the wall and start drawing big.

Think of a visual to represent each feeling that you came up with. If you had to describe the feeling in a game of Pictionary what would you draw?

Remember it doesn’t have to look ‘arty’ or ‘perfect’ in any way. You don’t even have to show this to anyone if you don’t want to (though it can form the basis of a fun game!)

You’ll be amazed at the clarity a visual will bring. It will stick in your mind over and above any block of text, list or note scribbled in the back of your diary.

Now find a place in your house or office to hang your work so that it catches your eye on a regular basis. The inside door of your wardrobe is a good place for this. It’s private (usually) and it’s a door you’ll open every day (that’s right, pyjama season is officially over…).

Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Till next time,

Emer

P.S. If you wish to learn more ways to draw big, do join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics on September 5th. See you then!