Professional Supervision – how is it working for you?

What If Your Professional Development Results Spoke for Themselves?


What difference would it make to:

  • your organization
  • your job satistaction
  • your team
  • yourself
  • your commitment
  • your self-belief
  • your motivation levels

if the result of your Professional Supervision ‘spoke for themselves’?  If you were immediately able to see a measurable difference to an issue you may have been experiencing or a relationship with your staff/boss etc.

If you could see a measurable difference as a result of accountability focused Professional Supervision, would that mean that:

  1. Your results would continue to improve?
  2. Your delivery would go from strength to strength
  3. Others would notice a distinct change for the better and want to become involved it
  4. Would your relationship with, and how you view your job change?
  5. Would you become more f0cussed?

It really does matter a great deal that you begin to question the results you are attaining from Professional Supervision.  Is it probable that you could expect a ‘results driven’ supervision experience?

It could be time for you to ask your own ‘What If’s’:

  • What if I were able to improve the quality of my Professional Supervision
  • What if there were a results based model that worked
  • What if there were a new breed of Supervision beginning to shake things up

Take a look here and begin to hold yourself and others accountable.


Fiona

Affirmations

I love this video.  It’s called Jessica’s Daily Affirmations. Imagine adults with that sort of self-belief – enjoy:


Fiona

Overcoming Procrastination Achievement and Goal Setting

One of the most critical factors to attaining the life of your dreams is in the Art of Noticing. You see it is the art of noticing that will lead you to clarity.

The art of noticing is really invaluable in three ways:

  1. To guide you in your decision-making
  2. To highlight the valuable lessons that lie in decisions that didn’t quite ‘fit’ with your desired outcomes
  3. It highlights where you need to make changes in your life

People make choices and decisions every day, sometimes they are great decisions and they lead them towards their desired outcome, however sometimes the decision doesn’t quite ‘fit’ with their future goal. Where people get stuck is that they fail to ‘notice’, stop and ask themselves if a particular decision, thought, conversation or action was useful.

It is in the art of noticing that the greatest lessons can be learned. So how do you use this powerful simple tool in your life?

Here’s some action step you may want to being with.

Think back over the last couple of years of your life. Note down any instances or decisions that:

  • Did not leave you with a sense of joy
  • Did not lead you towards your desired outcome
  • Seem to be a repeat pattern in your life

What did you notice about them at the time, or did you just move on with your life?  Now that you are looking at the situation from afar, is there anything you notice which, if you altered your thoughts or actions, could change the way you act in the future? Or could change the way you ‘view’ or ‘see’ what happened?

The secret that many have not yet discovered is – you cannot ‘change’ anyone else, you can only ‘change’ how you ‘see’ them, or how you ‘see’ a situation.


Fiona

Budgeting Help

Budget Advice

I’m fortunate enough to be delivering workshops and seminars for the one of our local Budget Advisory Services.  I love this work, it’s an opportunity for me to teach people about budgeting, compounding interest and how to have more money in general.  But on top of that I get to indulge in one of my passions and that is teaching people about the psychology of money – why some people have it and some don’t.

The training that I run for the budget service is based around the book The Four Laws of Financial Prosperity, you’ll find a link for the book at the end of this article..  That book is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, it’s simple, easy to follow and implement the strategies contained within.

In the sessions I run, one of the questions I ask the participants is:

  • If I asked you to go to the grocery store for me, for some reason I couldn’t go myself.  And I gave you a $100 note, stating that I had a budget of $50 and gave you a rough idea of the sorts of things I wanted, my question is ‘how disciplined would you be with my budget’?  In other words would you stick to my budget of $50 or would you overspend?
  • Everyone answered that they would definitely stick to my budget of $50
  • Now I ask the participants what happens when they go to the grocery store with their own money, how likely would it be that they would stick to their budget.  Most of them said that they wouldn’t.
  • So I asked why that was, and their response was a blank.  I suggested that maybe there was a possibility they valued my money more than their own?

This always sparks a lively discussion.  It’s interesting that we would be very careful with someone elses money but less careful with our own.  Could it be that we think ‘there’s plenty more where that came from’?  I doubt it.

Without realizing it, people give their money a personality all of its own.  It’s almost as if the money takes on a life of it’s own, as if we don’t ‘own it’.

The other questions I ask is ‘when I mention the word ‘budget’ what immediately comes to mind – what words do you think?

Most of them respond that the word ‘budget’ conjures up feelings of ‘deprivation’, ‘restriction’, ‘doing without’.

After the three budget sessions, what happens is that they realize the opposite is true.  A budget actually frees you up to choose what you’ll spend your money on.  You can choose whether to have the paid TV channels or whether to spend that money on a new outfit.  Or you could decide you really want an overseas holiday so you could begin to trim something from your budget and therefore allow yourself to have a much needed holiday.  It is a choice.

The word ‘budget’ is almost like a four letter word – a dirty word to most people.  So here’s a suggestion for you:

Rename Your Budget

to something that brings you a sense of joy and excitement.  Could it be your ‘wealth creation plan’ or your ‘holiday fund’?

I’ll be posting a lot more quick tips on how to love your money more, budgeting and the psychology of money, so watch this space.

Four Laws of Financial Prosperity


Fiona

Relationship Advice and Date Nights

Is Your Relationship On Track?

I was reminded recently when my lovely friend came to stay, how easy it is to let every day life get in the way.

We were talking about relationships and how it’s so easy to let life get in the way and become too busy or not bothered with making an effort.

Relationships are much like the plants in your garden.  Think about a person who becomes interested in vegetable gardening for a minute.  They initially become really interested in the whole process, they prepare the soil, adding fertilizer and mulch.  Then they are ready to purchase the seedlings and plant them.  So they think about what vegetables they love the most, purchase them and then the planting begins.

For a while they’re really keen, they remember to water the plants every day.  Then they get really busy, or the garden seems a long way away from the kitchen and so begins the decline of the veggie patch.

It could be that winter sets in and they still have veggies in the garden that grow in the winter time but getting out there seems ‘too hard’, ‘too cold’, ‘too busy to bother’.

So what happens to the garden?

  1. The weeds begin to grow wild
  2. The plants suffer and wilt with slack of water
  3. Those that do survive don’t produce healthy vibrant results

Your relationship is much the same.  In order to keep the relationship healthy, vibrant and alive, you need to nurture it.

However, if we think about the garden again for a moment, if, when you first planted your seeds, you wouldn’t then go back 3 days later and dig up the soil to see what the seed was doing, you’d tend to the soil, nurture it and let nature take it’s course, otherwise the seeds wouldn’t grow!

So I see two key factors coming from the above information:

  1. In order for your relationship to remain vibrant and alive, you need to nurture it, spend time – schedule date nights in your calendar.
  2. However, don’t obsess so much in the beginning that you stifle the relationship’s natural flow.

I saw an episode of Oprah recently where a couple had become distant and were not intimate in their marriage any longer.  Oprah had a therapist on the show who said they needed to schedule some date nights in their diary.  These date nights needed to include intimacy.

Some members of the audience raised the question as to whether this was too orchestrated.  The therapist’s response was – our lives are very full, we get busy and it’s so easy to put things off until another day.  What the date night does, if you schedule it in your diary and you know it’s coming up, you begin to think about it, plan it, expect it and look forward to it.

So if you’re in a relationship, you might like to regularly schedule some date night.  You might also want to think about some ‘away nights’, where you go and stay away from home together.  It’s so easy to let life intervene when you’re in your own environment, there’s something about being away that has you focus solely on the present.

Here’s to your successful date nights.


Fiona