Thursday, 24 December 2020

2021 Vision Board




2021 Vision Board




Scan the code below and it should open a printable copy of the Altered Image Coaching 2021 Vision Board Template (based on an idea I found online and with all due credit to Kendra @ self care overload).

I sincerely hope that you find it useful and that it will provide some clarity as we move into 2021.




Wishing you all the very best for the forthcoming year

Warmest regards

DAve x

oooOOOooo

The preparation of the new and different 2021 Workbook is underway! 
(the first copies should be available in early January)





However if you wish to order a copy of the outgoing 2020 workbook please navigate to the Shopping Page


Business Developer / Coach Emma Kersey said this about the 2018 Workbook

"Sorry I didn't get round to fully utilizing the e-book but please know that just reading it helped massively........... just needed a push and the book did that so thank you"



ooo000ooo

About Dave   I am a personal development coach; a therapist; speaker; and  radio presenter.  A number of years ago I founded The Blue Sky Company to enable me to develop my work in more ways.  In addition I am also a therapist and that work includes music therapy; crystal therapy; Reiki and I will soon be offering an introduction to  Mindfulness.


If you would like to know more about my therapy work etc, then please email me.

If you would like to join our Facebook group just follow the link below to the Under Blue Skies page. The page is home to a group of like - minded people (affectionately knows as "the tribe").

By way of a thank you for their continued support Tribe Members regularly receive exclusive content that I do not post anywhere else.  The page also provides advanced information about forthcoming projects and events.

So please spread the word about the blog, the tribe etc. to your friends and family and I hope to see you as a member of our "Tribe" soon.


Under Blue Skies
Private group · 27 members

Join Group
This group aims to concentrate primarily on Personal Change although at times there may be elements of Business Change or a cross over point somewhere...
LINKS

Website:

Wytchwynd Photography

Pinterest:

To subscribe to the blog please go over to the right hand side of this page and click the button that says “Follow”.  Once you do that you will be added to our list of subscribers.

Feel free to share this and other posts with your friends and associates

Inspirational Phrases

In addition to the above I send out a daily email containing an Inspirational Phrase. 

To ensure that we comply with the relevant regulations this is a subscription only service and to  be included please send an email using “add me” as the subject to:- 


Once you have subscribed the phrases will be delivered to your mail box every day at no cost to you whatsoever.

Have a fantastic day, live a life of Passion and Power.

And above all

Don't Predict The Future - CREATE IT!


 

 



Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Have Less / Live More

 

 



   HAVE LESS / LIVE MORE



How often does the attraction of "New Things" manage to seduce you into buying things that you don't really need?

It can be anything from a piece of jewellery to an inspirational book, it simply has to make its way into your possession, like an itch that is never scratched.

But if you really drill down and ask yourself, when have I been at my happiest? (and be truthful here), the answer would probably be "when I was doing....... "(something).  However, the honest answer is probably when you were doing something that was costing you absolutely nothing - NIL, NIX, NADA!!!!

Things such as:-  being with your children on the beach, swimming at sunset, walking barefoot or when you are at your most calm - looking up at the sky, meditating or simply sitting in silence.

So now ask yourself another question - do you really need that new handbag? - What is the worst that could happen if you didn't have it?  

Now expand from this point......

Do you really NEED to buy a new book if you could probably get it from the library?

Do you really NEED to buy a new outfit?  

Would the world grind to a halt if you fixed that thing was broken rather than going online and replacing it with a new item?

Don't get me wrong here, there are things that really are essential purchases such as somewhere to live / repairs / water / gas / electricity but there are changes you could make that would go a long way to reducing some of your costs.

You could cancel that very expensive Gym membership and take up cycling, walking, running - all of which cost very little but still allow you to keep fit and healthy.

You could grow a lot of your own vegetables!

You could visit farm shops and charity shops!

There are lots of savings that can be made just by having a change of mindset!

In the home you could use energy saving machines (yes they do still make them) at off peak times.  Taking advantage of bulk buying is another way that you could save money.

There are many alterations and adaptations that can be made to reduce your spending and improve the quality of your day to day life - all you need to do is choose consciously instead of opting for the knee jerk, often "easy" options.

So as we look towards the turn of the year (here in the Western World) will you become more conscious and thrifty - thus having a simpler but increased quality of day to day life?

oooOOOooo

The preparation of the new and different 2021 Workbook is underway! 
(the first copies should be available in early January)





However if you wish to order a copy of the outgoing 2020 workbook please navigate to the Shopping Page


Business Developer / Coach Emma Kersey said this about the 2018 Workbook

"Sorry I didn't get round to fully utilizing the e-book but please know that just reading it helped massively........... just needed a push and the book did that so thank you"



ooo000ooo

About Dave   I am a personal development coach; a therapist; speaker; and  radio presenter.  A number of years ago I founded The Blue Sky Company to enable me to develop my work in more ways.  In addition I am also a therapist and that work includes music therapy; crystal therapy; Reiki and I will soon be offering an introduction to  Mindfulness.


If you would like to know more about my therapy work etc, then please email me.

If you would like to join our Facebook group just follow the link below to the Under Blue Skies page. The page is home to a group of like - minded people (affectionately knows as "the tribe").

By way of a thank you for their continued support Tribe Members regularly receive exclusive content that I do not post anywhere else.  The page also provides advanced information about forthcoming projects and events.

So please spread the word about the blog, the tribe etc. to your friends and family and I hope to see you as a member of our "Tribe" soon.


Under Blue Skies
Private group · 27 members

Join Group
This group aims to concentrate primarily on Personal Change although at times there may be elements of Business Change or a cross over point somewhere...
LINKS

Website:

Wytchwynd Photography

Pinterest:

To subscribe to the blog please go over to the right hand side of this page and click the button that says “Follow”.  Once you do that you will be added to our list of subscribers.

Feel free to share this and other posts with your friends and associates

Inspirational Phrases

In addition to the above I send out a daily email containing an Inspirational Phrase. 

To ensure that we comply with the relevant regulations this is a subscription only service and to  be included please send an email using “add me” as the subject to:- 


Once you have subscribed the phrases will be delivered to your mail box every day at no cost to you whatsoever.

Have a fantastic day, live a life of Passion and Power.

And above all

Don't Predict The Future - CREATE IT!



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Taking Stock........

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

                               

              TAKING

                     STOCK



Hi, it is almost the end of 2020 and so it is time for most people to sit down and look back over the past year and to do a self check-in.

So in case you have never done this before this post provides you with some guidance of how to do it.

Take yourself into a quiet room where it is unlikely that you will be disturbed by every day life.

Make sure you have a cup of tea or coffee or other such beverage (preferably not alcohol), a pen or pens

Some paper or a notebook or a journal and ask yourself the following questions

1. What three things have gone well for me during the last six months and why?

Your answers should consider what you are grateful for what you have done and what type of thinking has brought positive results in your life.

2. if you were able to create three achievable goals to start in January 2021 what would they be?

Plot the milestones that you would need to reach each month to get to your goal.

How can you celebrate weekly improvements as well as reaching the monthly milestones?

3. what three things can you either think about or do differently that will create positive results during the coming six month period?

Identify things that might get in your way and determine how you will deal with them if they do. Decide what you will celebrate when you achieve your goal.

So here are a few suggestions for you to help bring you some clarity for the coming year.

1. Which of these is your common cause of stress?

Feelings of
a) disapproval
b) overwhelm
c) being fake
d) not being in control

2. What is your main motivation to get you back on track?

a) growing and being your best self?
b) regaining your direction in life?
c) living a life less ordinary?
d) feeling good about yourself again?

3. You are motivated to change when:-

a) you are pushed into it?
b) you have clarity about what matters?
c) you have a break from routine?
d) someone encourages you to change?

You may feel (having read the above), that such changes may be a bit scary!

However, I urge you to read them again and consider each one carefully. 

Then as you consider the points I have raised you may just realise that you are stuck in your comfort zone and and in need of something to kick you out of said comfort zone.

So, instead of being a "scaredy-cat", tell yourself "I might just be able to pull this off", and that 2021 is my year to finally bring some much needed changes into my life.

Then why not tell yourself that it is possible to change if you can follow these “easy to do” steps

You may feel (having read the above) that such changes may be scary

However I urge you to read them again and as you consider the points I have raised you might just realise that you need something to kick you out of your comfort zone.

So instead of being a scaredy-cat, tell yourself I might just be able to pull this off.

Then why not tell yourself that it is possible to change if you can follow these “easy to do” steps

oooOOOooo

The preparation of the new and different 2021 Workbook is underway! 
(the first copies should be available in early January)





However if you wish to order a copy of the outgoing 2020 workbook please navigate to the Shopping Page


Business Developer / Coach Emma Kersey said this about the 2018 Workbook

"Sorry I didn't get round to fully utilizing the e-book but please know that just reading it helped massively........... just needed a push and the book did that so thank you"



ooo000ooo

About Dave   I am a personal development coach; a therapist; speaker; and  radio presenter.  A number of years ago I founded The Blue Sky Company to enable me to develop my work in more ways.  In addition I am also a therapist and that work includes music therapy; crystal therapy; Reiki and I will soon be offering an introduction to  Mindfulness.


If you would like to know more about my therapy work etc, then please email me.

If you would like to join our Facebook group just follow the link below to the Under Blue Skies page. The page is home to a group of like - minded people (affectionately knows as "the tribe").

By way of a thank you for their continued support Tribe Members regularly receive exclusive content that I do not post anywhere else.  The page also provides advanced information about forthcoming projects and events.

So please spread the word about the blog, the tribe etc. to your friends and family and I hope to see you as a member of our "Tribe" soon.


Under Blue Skies
Private group · 27 members

Join Group
This group aims to concentrate primarily on Personal Change although at times there may be elements of Business Change or a cross over point somewhere...
LINKS

Website:

Wytchwynd Photography

Pinterest:

To subscribe to the blog please go over to the right hand side of this page and click the button that says “Follow”.  Once you do that you will be added to our list of subscribers.

Feel free to share this and other posts with your friends and associates

Inspirational Phrases

In addition to the above I send out a daily email containing an Inspirational Phrase. 

To ensure that we comply with the relevant regulations this is a subscription only service and to  be included please send an email using “add me” as the subject to:- 


Once you have subscribed the phrases will be delivered to your mail box every day at no cost to you whatsoever.

Have a fantastic day, live a life of Passion and Power.

And above all

Don't Predict The Future - CREATE IT!

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Reduce, Revise, Recycle - a different view!


                      Reduce

                 Revise

                 Recycle

           a different view!


The title of this post is an often used phrase that we will have all come across at one stage or other of our lives.

However, I sometimes feel that it goes beyond that – I consider that our old views of recycling simply are not enough for life in the 21st-century.

I believe that there are now five R’s that we can combine to help us get to a zero waste situation. Some of these have yet to become mainstream so I have taken the opportunity to tell you what they are so that the more people who do them the quicker they will be adopted by society in general.

So what are these five R’s?


Refuse
Reduce
Reuse
Recycle
Rot

Refusing is down to all – we can opt to have a reusable cup / a water bottle / a canvas bag / drinking straw (non plastic of course)

We can also elect to opt out of receiving junk mail and as I have done, make the move to digital banking plus we can opt for other paperless transactions.

Additionally, I have chosen to walk more (instead of using the car for those short journeys) to the shops et cetera.

Quite simply, these changes only take small amounts of effort yet they can make a huge difference.   However, a word of caution, they can just as easily become lost as I discovered recently.

Quite simply, I attended an event last year (in the days before lockdowns and pandemics). At the event I was offered a free drink (contained in a plastic bottle) and without thinking, I was on the verge of accepting the drink when I suddenly thought about the disposability of the container and stopped myself just in time and politely refused.

We are so very used to accepting leaflets and the like, that it requires a conscious effort to stop and think before taking them.

However, we can all (with practice and determination) stop and think about whether or not we really want the item being proffered to us or will  we take it and then it will simply be discarded without another thought.

But, choose wisely and refuse these things and over time, you will begin to really value the steps that you take.

There is a whole re-purposing movement that finds new and novel uses for things that we would once have discarded.  Such items as old ribbons, jam jars, clothes et cetera can often be reused in different and exciting ways.

And so finally we come to rot - by composting things we cannot use we can ensure that that they go back to nature and will ultimately become beneficial for future crops.

So, as you go forwards with your life from today I would like to encourage you to think about the five R’s which to repeat are:-

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

oooOOOooo

The 2021 Workbook is now in progress!





However if you wish to order a copy of the outgoing 2020 workbook please navigate to the Shopping Page


Business Developer / Coach Emma Kersey said this about the 2018 Workbook

"Sorry I didn't get round to fully utilizing the e-book but please know that just reading it helped massively........... just needed a push and the book did that so thank you"



ooo000ooo

About Dave   I am a personal development coach; a therapist; speaker; and  radio presenter.  A number of years ago I founded The Blue Sky Company to enable me to develop my work in more ways.  In addition I am also a therapist and my therapy work includes music therapy; crystal therapy, Reiki and I am working towards a Diploma in Mindfulness.


If you would like to know more about my therapy work etc, then please email me.

If you would like to join our Facebook group just follow the link below to the Under Blue Skies page. The page is home to a group of like - minded people (affectionately knows as "the tribe").

By way of a thank you for their continued support Tribe Members regularly receive exclusive content that I do not post anywhere else.  The page also provides advanced information about forthcoming projects and events.

So please spread the word about the blog, the tribe etc. to your friends and family and I hope to see you as a member of our "Tribe" soon.


Under Blue Skies
Private group · 27 members

Join Group
This group aims to concentrate primarily on Personal Change although at times there may be elements of Business Change or a cross over point somewhere...
LINKS

Website:

Wytchwynd Photography

Pinterest:

To subscribe to the blog please go over to the right hand side of this page and click the button that says “Follow”.  Once you do that you will be added to our list of subscribers.

Feel free to share this and other posts with your friends and associates

Inspirational Phrases

In addition to the above I send out a daily email containing an Inspirational Phrase. 

To ensure that we comply with the relevant regulations this is a subscription only service and to  be included please send an email using “add me” as the subject to:- 


Once you have subscribed the phrases will be delivered to your mail box every day at no cost to you whatsoever.

Have a fantastic day, live a life of Passion and Power.

And above all

Don't Predict The Future - CREATE IT!

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

My Slip Was Showing.....


         My 
         Slip
         Was
         Showing!

Hi and thank you for being here.

Before I begin, a little historical fact - in the "olden" days women used to wear a garment under their dresses called a "slip" .  A slip was a full length garment designed to give a the dress a better shape.  The term "my slip is showing" instead of being an actual statement of fact eventually came to mean someone was making a mistake.

So this week I thought I would tell you something about a personal experience that I have gone through within the last 24 hours.

The story goes as follows:-

I came home from work yesterday evening to a happy atmosphere within the house. I was told when I got indoors that we were having a visitor in the evening. This is not an unusual occurrence and in fact I was really looking forward to it.

The reason being that since the situation with regards to the perceived* Coronavirus pandemic, we have led fairly sheltered lives.  Therefore, seeing someone different would prove to be a welcome distraction.

At around 7 o’clock the doorbell rang and we welcomed our bubble-sharing friend**

As is usual with this person the conversation was quite spirited and all was going very well until a WhatsApp message arrived for my wife Alison.

It is often the case that when these messages arrive the content is discussed (not in full glorious technicolour but in sufficient detail to say what is happening).  However, this time it was not!

Several more of these messages arrived during the evening and again, the content was not discussed.

But I did eventually gather (from a comment that was made quietly) that the conversation was about a Christmas dinner event for the social group Alison and our friend belonged to.

In and of itself this would not normally cause any sort of a problem!  However, because I carry a little bit of angst concerning this group (which is a whole different story) I was somewhat perturbed that Alison had felt it necessary to be so secretive.

The fact that I knew nothing about the impending event, together with the apparent secrecy surrounding it, caused me something of an upset.

This resulted in my inner instincts coming into play and I chose to retreat into my shell rather than discuss the situation openly. However, this decision led to the evening's conversation becoming quite awkward and somewhat difficult.

Before any judgmental comments are passed I know that this type of action goes against everything that I teach clients, but it does go to prove that I am a normal human and and as such have failings and knee jerk reactions, just as everyone else.

However, because it was so unusual for the secrecy and guarded conversation to be manifest in our house I felt threatened and simply reacted from gut instinct.

I have since apologised to Alison for my behaviour.

So where did I go wrong?

Quite simply, I reacted because I felt threatened! 

I did not assess and evaluate the situation and then respond appropriately.  I simply curled up into a ball (figuratively) and went into shut down mode!

oooOOOooo

*  I have my own opinions about what is (and what is not) happening in the UK at present.

** for those who don’t know about bubbles.  Here in the UK we are permitted (during the lockdown situations) to have certain visitors, provided that we are sharing our space to provide them with support and assistance (otherwise known as a bubble).

oooOOOooo

The 2021 Workbook is now in progress!





However if you wish to order a copy of the outgoing 2020 workbook please navigate to the Shopping Page


Business Developer / Coach Emma Kersey said this about the 2018 Workbook

"Sorry I didn't get round to fully utilizing the e-book but please know that just reading it helped massively........... just needed a push and the book did that so thank you"



ooo000ooo

About Dave   I am a personal development coach; a therapist; speaker; and  radio presenter.  A number of years ago I founded The Blue Sky Company to enable me to develop my work in more ways.  In addition I am also a therapist and my therapy work includes music therapy; crystal therapy, Reiki and I am working towards a Diploma in Mindfulness.


If you would like to know more about my therapy work etc, then please email me.

If you would like to join our Facebook group just follow the link below to the Under Blue Skies page. The page is home to a group of like - minded people (affectionately knows as "the tribe").

By way of a thank you for their continued support Tribe Members regularly receive exclusive content that I do not post anywhere else.  The page also provides advanced information about forthcoming projects and events.

So please spread the word about the blog, the tribe etc. to your friends and family and I hope to see you as a member of our "Tribe" soon.


Under Blue Skies
Private group · 27 members

Join Group
This group aims to concentrate primarily on Personal Change although at times there may be elements of Business Change or a cross over point somewhere...
LINKS

Website:

Wytchwynd Photography

Pinterest:

To subscribe to the blog please go over to the right hand side of this page and click the button that says “Follow”.  Once you do that you will be added to our list of subscribers.

Feel free to share this and other posts with your friends and associates

Inspirational Phrases

In addition to the above I send out a daily email containing an Inspirational Phrase. 

To ensure that we comply with the relevant regulations this is a subscription only service and to  be included please send an email using “add me” as the subject to:- 


Once you have subscribed the phrases will be delivered to your mail box every day at no cost to you whatsoever.

Have a fantastic day, live a life of Passion and Power.

And above all

Don't Predict The Future - CREATE IT!

Taking Stock (Holding A Personal Review)

TAKING STOCK (Holding A Personal Review) So here we are at the beginning of 2021 and I have to say that during my life thus far, I have neve...