If nothing could hold you back what would your future look like?  

 

 

You are probably here, reading this page because you are having thoughts or feelings that are holding you back from something you would like to achieve. 

Often, when you try to take steps to move you closer to your goals unhelpful thoughts and feelings show up.  When you are experiencing these unwanted thoughts and feelings it makes it hard to really live your life, to focus or engage in what is happening around you.  It can be hard to appreciate your life with all that stuff going on in your head and this can have a big impact on you.  

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Many people say to me, “I just want to be happy!” and of course you do, everyone does.  A lot of people believe that to achieve happiness you need to get rid of your unpleasant thoughts and think positive, and that’s easy, isn't it?

Have you ever been worried and someone said, “Don’t worry, it might never happen?" Well, how did that work for you?  Were you suddenly carefree and able to skip down the street?  I’m guessing not.   

This ideal, happy life is impossible, we can’t control life, stuff happens to us, stuff that is crap and unpleasant and to make it worse we beat ourselves up for not being able to think positive and control the way we feel.  

The problem is not your thoughts and feelings themselves, it’s that you get caught up in them, they hook onto you and influence what you do. You may do or say unhelpful things or avoid something that could make your life better.  Sometimes you can get lost in a circle of unpleasant thoughts, beat yourself up and feel worse.

"What's wrong with me?  Why can't I just think positively?  Other people can do it why can't I?"

So, what’s the solution?

Although we can’t control the things that happen to us or our thoughts and feelings, we can control how we respond to them, how we react, instead of acting on autopilot.

The solution is to learn a new skill to help you unhook from these thoughts and feelings so they don’t control, consume or hold you back.  When you start to reduce their impact, you will be able to do more of what truly matters to you and become the person you want to be. 

I can help you...

Reduce the impact of your thoughts and feelings so they no longer push you around.

Focus on your own self-worth instead of comparing yourself to others.

Find clarity and focus about your future.

Set value-based goals and take action towards creating a life that is meaningful. 

Learn to be more present with the people you love and free to experience life in the here and now. 

Increase your resilience in challenging situations.

Do more things for yourself and learn to say ‘no’.

Step out of your comfort zone.

Become motivated to exercise and help with cravings.

If you beat yourself up for not being good enough.

If you have life inhibiting perfectionism.

If you feel like an imposter.

I use techniques based on Acceptance and Commitment Coaching to help you unhook from these unwanted thoughts and respond to them flexibly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t just coach clients on ACT I continue to implement it in my own life. I use it every day, both in my personal life, to help me manage my OCD and at work.  

But to work together I need you to be ready, are you….

Willing to try something new and experiment with your way of thinking?

Commit to taking action towards your goals?

Wanting to make an ongoing change to improve your life?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then why not arrange a free, no obligation coaching call so we can chat a little more and I can find out if coaching is right for you.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Coaching?

What is Acceptance and Commitment Coaching?

 

My coaching is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a psychological, behavioural therapy approach with over 20 years of empirical research, created by the Psychologist Steven Hayes. 

 

Although developed to help people who have diagnosed mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders and trauma.  ACT is now successfully being used in everyday life with people with stress, worry, burn out, motivation, cravings, pain and health issues.  It is also helping increase performance and wellbeing in sport, business, the arts, healthcare, emergency services and many more professions.

The main goal of ACT is to increase mental flexibility (your ability to respond in a mentally flexible way to life’s challenges) helping you be more resilient and productive.  By learning and practicing mindfulness tools and techniques you can deal with difficult thoughts and feelings to reduce their impact and increase your ability to choose how you respond in challenging situations.  ACC can help you prioritise the stuff that is truly important in your life, help you make decisions, inspire, guide and motivate you to take action and improve your life for the better.

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What about positive thinking?

 

I know what you’re thinking, another coach has said that if we just think positive, keep in a positive frame of mind we can have everything we want. 

 

To some degree and in some areas of your life positive thinking may work.  If I need to run up a hill or have the confidence to stand up and do a presentation in front of one hundred people then positive thinking does work for me, but for the deep-down stuff I’m afraid it doesn’t even scratch the surface.

 

That’s the great thing about my coaching, we can use positive thinking when it will work for you and use ACC tools when it doesn’t, you will be learning a new skill, another tool to add to your toolbox when positive thinking techniques aren’t working.

What about positive thinking?

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Is ACT meditation?

Although ACT uses mindfulness tools and shares some techniques with meditation practises it is not the same thing.  ACT is action based, the tools and techniques you learn aren’t there to relax you but to help you set goals and take action towards achieving them.

ACT coaching focuses on helping you set value-based goals, navigate obstacles in your path, deal more effectively with your inner critic, move forward and make your life better.

Is meditation involved?

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"I am enjoying my life more as I feel more confident and I am finally able to do the things that I want to do. I have the tools and the positive attitude to carry on with the changes I have put in place.  I know that everything I am doing is because I want to do it and it is going to improve my life and my family's life in some way.  All the old limiting beliefs are going and I am looking forward to the future, I cannot thank Joanne enough."

Andy Freeman, Director of FUNtastic.

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