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Volume 10 - Issue 4  - Oct 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the October newsletter from BWIS.

This month we consider how to make successful changes for ourselves, and look at some exciting events coming up with BWIS.
Best wishes from Steve, Sue, Charlie, Martin & Phil.

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In This Issue
One Small Step
News and Events
Inspiring Quotes
And Finally...

  One Small Step

It’s mostly easier to stay where we are, even when it’s unsatisfactory, than to make the effort to do something different. Why? Because change is often challenging and disturbing.
The 6 Core Human Needs (Anthony Robbins) include both certainty AND uncertainty. It’s about getting the balance right. Of course we need safety, security, comfort and order: but we ALSO need variety, challenge, excitement and adventure.
Humans are designed to learn and grow in response to changing situations and new information. (As we have all learned this year.) The secret is to make it as easy as possible for ourselves to avoid overwhelm. Too many new things at once easily pushes us into stress and panic: then we quickly revert to “Oh well I’ll stay where I am then”. Familiarity and comfort are a strong pull – and they often don’t get us what we want.

That’s why we call our coaching skills course “Small Steps to Big Changes”. And that’s what people achieve - by following these steps:
  • Think carefully about what you want
  • Focus on the benefits
  • Identify the drawbacks
  • Make a plan
  • Identify the first small step
  • Arrange the support you need
  • Take action and monitor the results
  • Adapt and continue.
By understanding this process and the skills needed for each stage, you can learn how to make effective changes for yourself. Then you can help others to do the same. It makes a huge difference to your life and your sense of achievement, while building your confidence and self-belief, and opening up new possibilities.

If coaching interests you, do try come to our next free no-obligation taster session: we guarantee you an enlightening hour or so.

News and Events

Many of our events are free, some are donation based and the others are reasonably priced.

Small Steps to BIG Changes - COACHING Training
FREE Taster Session on Zoom Mon 19 Oct. Book here. The taster is for anyone who wants to explore the benefits of developing themselves personally or professionally. Come and see what learning coaching skills can do for you.  
Small Steps to BIG Changes - Explore the power of coachingThe course begins Mon 2 Nov. Click here for information about the course, or to book your place.
BWIS Workshop – Self-Employment and Bookkeeping
Find out all you need to know to set up and run your own small business. Presented by Jill Blofield, professional accountant. Learn what’s involved in being self-employed and how to register a business with HMRC. How to keep good bookkeeping records, and what you need to know about expenses & allowances for tax. Weds 4 Nov 6.00pm. Book here.

BWIS Workshop - Content Marketing for your Small Business
A training that will cover marketing topics such as promotion, branding, social media, and communications strategy. Presented by Elma Glasgow, PR and communications specialist. Weds 18 Nov 6.00pm. Book here.

LIFE LOUNGE - Your Inner Team
Thurs 8th Oct. How well do you know the sub-personalities who live in your head and guide your actions, responses and behaviours? Come and have fun getting to know your personal team, and find out how to get it working more efficiently. Book your place here for just £5.
Coach Group
Open to qualified coaches and those in training. Next is Mon 12th Oct, meet on Zoom for a 7.00 start, finish by 9.00. Book here, or contact Charlie.

Inspiring Quotes

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step" - Martin Luther King Jr 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe

"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are" - Chauncey Depew

“Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” -  Chinese Proverb
“Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” - Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

And Finally ...

Eat an elephant one bite at a time – that’s the standard advice for dealing with a big task.
It makes sense: you start at the beginning with the first bite and keep going. And provided you keep going, you will 'eat your elephant'.

I only really got it last week though, when I managed to complete a big project more easily than expected. The revelation was to focus ONLY on the current bite as a bite, not as part of an elephant.

By all means take a step back occasionally and look at the bigger picture, but when doing a task, focus on doing the task in front of you. Not the next task, but THIS one, in front of you NOW.

What elephant-sized projects are you working on right now?

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