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This Week on Patreon - 24 July

Posted on 24 July, 2021 at 6:55


There are over 170 posts on my Patreon platform now, with new ones being added every week. 

The material is aimed at creative people who are generally motivated and proactive, but who would like some regular support and insights to keep them on track. It has been designed as a result of talking with people who want something they can dip into and a way of accessing coaching with me which is more affordable.

 

It is a place where clients can continue to work with me when they have finished coaching sessions. Or where people who are not yet ready for formal coaching sessions can begin their coaching journey. Or where you can go for information and support.

 

Coaching materials are dropped into your mailbox on a regular basis. There are 3 levels, starting at £4 a month for weekly blogs and fortnightly videos, right up to 3 Star members who get a quarterly 1-2-1 online coaching session with me. It’s like having a coach on retainer.

 

https://www.patreon.com/catchingfireworks



Art Talk - 23rd July

Posted on 21 July, 2021 at 7:15



I am delighted to be a guest on Art Talk on IGTV Live on Friday 23rd July at 7pm UK time with artists Marina Emphietzi, Jana Oliviera and Mazarine Memon.

 

Have you ever wondered what your favourite artists are up to when they aren’t creating their collections? These three artists have all been busy with interesting projects, like new workshops and a book launch. Together, we will be talking about the many facets of an artistic lifestyle.

 

Join us as we go live through one of our Instagram accounts: @fireworksdhp, @marina.emphietzi, @jana_2worlds or @mazarinememon

 

(You can catch this and our previous conversation on my Podcasts page.)

This Week on Patreon - 17 July 2021

Posted on 17 July, 2021 at 6:05

Keeping a Positive Mind

Posted on 14 July, 2021 at 3:40



I often write and talk about the importance of having a vision. This is really powerful and if you write it down, draw it, or make a mood board, you can read/look at your vision paper whenever you want.

 

But how can you keep it real, as they say, everyday? Particularly on a bad day?

 

One way is to distil your vision into a few words, an affirmation that means something to you. Your subconscious mind will give you exactly what you tell it. By repeating an affirmation again and again, you will hard wire your mind to think positively and your vision will become more of a reality to you. (Don’t believe me? Have you ever felt a bit bleurgh but have had to mentally gee yourself up because you were going to a party, meeting friends, etc., and didn’t want to be a wet blanket? It’s just the same principle.)

 

How do you go about creating your affirmation?

 

The first place to start is with yourself. This affirmation is all about you, what you want and how you want to inspire yourself. So this is one occasion when the key word is “I”, for example:

 

 

  • I am a great artist
  • I am a successful writer
  • I am awash with creativity
  • I am great at public speaking
  • I love networking
  • I am confident

 

Notice something else about those statements? They are all quite short. These are sentences you want to be able to remember and repeat quickly to yourself, so you don’t want an essay. Also, the subconscious mind likes simplicity.

 

Did you also notice that all the statements are positive? Affirmations must be done with an upbeat twist. Why? You have to focus on what you do want because whatever you think, your mind conjures up. Don’t think of a blue rabbit in a tutu. Ah ha! I said don’t think of a blue rabbit in a tutu, but I reckon that little bunny is hopping around your brain just now. Blue bunnies are not a problem, but if you are saying “I don’t want to be a failure”, it puts the concept of failure into the brain. And be honest, which is more inspiring:

 

 

  • I don’t want to be ill
  • I am healthy

 

 

The last thing about the affirmations is that you put them in the present tense. This is telling your subconscious mind what you want in a way that makes it real. If you say “I will be a successful artist”, there is still a bit of doubt with the “will”. When you say, “I am a successful artist”, you can start believing in it and behaving accordingly, which can give you confidence.

 

Obviously, it doesn’t matter how much you say something if you don’t put in the work to make it happen. However, if you have the vision, your affirmation is a little language device you can use to keep you on track and give you confidence.

 

I created an affirmation for myself which is at the back of my mind when I am working with clients:

 

 

  • “I light the blue touch paper”.

 

 

What affirmation will take you to your vision?

 

This Week on Patreon - 9 July 2021

Posted on 9 July, 2021 at 6:20

New resources on Patreon this week - all 3 membership levels get a blog a week and a video every two weeks. 3 Star members also get a quarterly 1-2-1 online coaching session with me. It’s like having a coach on retainer.

https://www.patreon.com/catchingfireworks


What can make it difficult to effectively provide coaching support?

Posted on 9 July, 2021 at 4:55


I was asked this question recently.


The biggest difficultly comes if people think that I am going to give them the answers, create the plan and/or do the work for them.


Managing peoples’ expectations and explaining the difference between coaching and mentoring is a key part of my initial conversations with people.


As a coach, my role is to be objective and non-directive, to draw ideas and actions out of the client. As coaching expert Nancy Klein says in her book 'Time to Think', "Usually the brain that contains the problem also contains the solutions - often the best one."


If you are a creative professional looking for ongoing support and accountability, book a Clarity Call and let's start a conversation.


This week on Patreon - 2 July 2021

Posted on 2 July, 2021 at 4:40

New resources on Patreon this week - all 3 membership levels get a blog a week and a video every two weeks.

3 Star members also get a quarterly 1-2-1 online coaching session with me. It’s like having a coach on retainer.

https://www.patreon.com/catchingfireworks


160 Posts on Patreon!

Posted on 25 June, 2021 at 5:45



With the weekly coaching question and weekly blog just uploaded, there are now over 160 resources in my coaching library on Patreon if you sign up at the 3 Star Level. These cover topics such as motivation, productivity, attitude and mindset, to give you insights and help you thrive. 

Even at 1 Star membership, which is just £4 a month (plus VAT), there are almost 100 resources to access immediately, and more are beign added every week.

It is a place where clients can continue to work with me when they have finished coaching sessions. Or where people who are not yet ready for formal coaching sessions can begin their coaching journey. Or where you can go for information and support.

 

3 Star members also get a quarterly 1-2-1 online coaching session with me. It’s like having a coach on retainer.

https://www.patreon.com/catchingfireworks

How Do I Support My Clients?

Posted on 24 June, 2021 at 4:15



People have asked what type of support I provide to creative professionals.

 

I work with people who are serious about making a change in their creative life, however big or small, and want to get into action. This could be through finding ways of working which support your practice or getting you through blocks caused by lack of confidence, negative perception or unhelpful attitudes. I listen intently with no agenda, ask questions and dig deep to find out what you really want. I find that most of you know what you really want to achieve in life, but sometimes it is hidden so deep down even you can’t find it.

 

I work on the principle that you know your areas best and have all the knowledge you need to do what you want. The issue is often that you might not recognise that in yourselves, or you are stuck in some way.

I help you to: find clarity through creating a clear vision of what you want to achieve; give an objective space where you can get perspective and help you put things in context; and give you ongoing support to keep you accountable as you take action.

 

If this sounds like something which chimes with where you are now, book a Clarity Call and let’s start a conversation.

Circle of Control

Posted on 25 November, 2020 at 4:20



In the confusion of what we can/can't, should/shouldn't be doing, this is a tool I have been using with some of my coaching clients during these times when it can feel that everything is out of your control. It might be of use to some of you.

 

Get a piece of paper and draw a circle in the centre.

 

Around the outside of the circle, write down all the things your can’t control. For example:

 

- other peoples’ feelings, actions, opinions

- how the news is reported

- food supplies in shops

- how long this situation will last

- etc…

 

As much as possible, let go of worrying about these things.

 

In the centre of the circle, write down all the things you CAN control. For example:

- how you feel, your behaviour, your thoughts

- how you limit your news consumption

- how you use your food supplies

- your own wellbeing

- etc…

 

These are the things you can focus on.

 

Keep the circle near you and if you feel panicky, take a breath, remind yourself of what you can control and refocus.


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