personal development

Time to reflect on your insights

I hope it has been a fruitful 8 weeks for you, whether you’ve followed closely, or just a few tips here and there. Take a moment to reflect on what have you’ve learnt during this ‘8 weeks to a better bodymind’ challenge.

Consider three things this challenge has taught you – it can be about yourself, about self-care, or about genuine health and wellbeing? I’d love to hear them so please feel free to email me: suzy@suzyreading.co.uk.

Me? I’ve learnt I can be bold, courageous and can do things differently. I have learnt that I have to back myself and I really, really do know my stuff – the results of this challenge are the living proof.

I will be sharing my before and after photos in a few days and a little more about my own insights. Stay tuned!

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Maybe you don’t need a shrink but could you do with a coach?

Why do people engage a coach? In a nutshell, it’s because everyone deserves to be nurtured and empowered to nurture themselves. Who uses a coach? ANYONE with the one or more of the following…

  • a dream, a vision or a goal,
  • a feeling of unrealised potential, a desire for a fuller life
  • a project, a task or a problem,
  • a decision or cross roads to be faced,
  • a situation you can’t change but which must be managed
  • change, transition or stress to deal with. Read more »
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How do you know if you’re ready for change?

This week I came across an interesting conceptualisation of the “stages of change” which might be particularly useful if you or someone you care about is in the midst of transition. Perhaps it might shed some light on readiness for change, the kind of support you yourself might need, or could consider offering to your loved one.

According to Prochaska, Norcross and Di Climente*, leading experts and researchers in the process of self-change, there are 6 stages of change, all of which need to be experienced if you want to create lasting, positive change. Research suggests that rushing through or skipping any one of these stages may result in a lower rate of goal success. Read more »

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How to get HAPPY!

Last week we took a look at the research findings on the characteristics shared by happy individuals. These are: optimism, self-confidence, extraversion and self-efficacy.

For suggestions on how to build optimism check out my article on dealing with setbacks. For a proven and very simple technique to develop your self-confidence, please read my article about self-talk. To boost extraversion and the enjoyment you gain from your relationships I recommend you read my article on building positive relationships.

Let’s now turn our attention to self-efficacy: a definition and tools to cultivate it. Read more »

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