1 day ago

ONE DAY YOU WILL DIE

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

Life is short. What would you do if you had just one more year to live?

It’s a scary question for a Life Coach to ask, but it’s one that’s well worth considering every year or so to help check your life is on track. It’s not a morbid question, it's a life-affirming one because it … View more
Life is short. What would you do if you had just one more year to live?

It’s a scary question for a Life Coach to ask, but it’s one that’s well worth considering every year or so to help check your life is on track. It’s not a morbid question, it's a life-affirming one because it helps focus on what really matters and what you should be doing with your life.

You might want to start doing something that you have been putting off for years. It might be something big, or something relatively small. For example, you might have wanted to take up painting portraits, buy a dog, hire a camper van and explore the USA, or reconnect with an old friend you have not seen for years. The question highlights what’s important to you.

Thinking it through, I realised that I’ve known for a while as l get older, I need to improve my flexibility and balance. I’d like to practice Yoga, but the trouble hasd been I’d always come up with reasons why not: ‘men don’t go to yoga’ ‘I don’t have the right clothes for it’ ‘too expensive’ etc. Recognising life is short, the good news is I’ve now enrolled in a yoga class and feel good about it.

You might want to stop doing something. We all have bad habits we’d like to change, little things like cutting back on TV, doughnuts or social media, or bigger things like improving difficult relationships.

One coaching client I worked with was a kind and gentle guy at home and with friends, but he told me that at work he was the opposite. He was rude to customers, unhelpful to other staff, and generally a prize-winning grump.
Considering life is short, he came to realise he was suffering from work ‘burnout’ and was not behaving like the person he wanted to be. He eventually found a new job. Although it did not pay as well, it was less stressful and gave him space to be kind and gentle. In that way it was more consistent with his overall values.

Let me know what answers you come up with. I’d love to hear from you.
I offer a free introductory life coaching session. Call me now to book Ph 021 264 2506

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11 days ago

IS LIFE COACHING OR COUNSELLING AND THERAPY BEST FOR YOU?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

Do you feel like your life’s going well, but you could use some help and support to reach your full potential? This guide will help you decide between life coaching and counselling or therapy.

Life Coaching:
• Coaching focuses on the future. Life coaches act as your cheerleader and … View more
Do you feel like your life’s going well, but you could use some help and support to reach your full potential? This guide will help you decide between life coaching and counselling or therapy.

Life Coaching:
• Coaching focuses on the future. Life coaches act as your cheerleader and brainstorming buddy, helping you set and achieve goals you're excited about. They focus on the present and what you can do to move forward.

• Action-oriented: Life coaching is a collaborative process. You'll work together to develop strategies and overcome obstacles to reach your goals, whether it's improving your career, relationships, or overall well-being.
• Short Term: Life coaching is typically shorter-term than therapy, often lasting just a few weeks or months. It's ideal for those who are generally happy but want to take things to the next level.

Counselling often involves:
• Addressing Deeper Issues: Counsellors or therapists can help you understand and overcome challenges originating from past experiences, negative emotions, or mental health conditions. Therapy can be a long-term commitment, depending on your needs.
The bottom line:
• Life coaching is ideal if you're looking for a supportive partner and coach to help you achieve specific goals and navigate life transitions.
• Counselling is the better choice if you're struggling with deeper emotional issues or mental health concerns.

I offer a free introductory life coaching session. Call me now to book Ph 021 264 2506

(Or for more details check out www.hibiscuslifecoach.com...)

27 days ago

Free Session How to find your ideal life coach

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

A good life coach will help you make the most of your life, and prosper through life’s challenges. For example; building healthy relationships, career goals, change and loss, managing stress and work-life balance. Helping you clear away the clouds to let the sunshine in.

But how to find your … View more
A good life coach will help you make the most of your life, and prosper through life’s challenges. For example; building healthy relationships, career goals, change and loss, managing stress and work-life balance. Helping you clear away the clouds to let the sunshine in.

But how to find your ideal coach?

To get positive results you need to feel you are comfortable sharing your innermost feelings and desires. Your coach really needs to ‘get’ you so that so they can effectively support and motivate you in the journey towards the goals you choose.

Fortunately, most life coaches give you the chance to ‘try before you buy’ and offer an introductory free session. Check through local life coaches on the net and check out a couple with a free session to find one you feel most comfortable with.

Costs for ongoing sessions can vary quite widely but some coaches offer a discounted rate if you are on a limited income. It’s good to check.


Free Introductory Life Coach Session with Steve Brown: Text 021 2642506

50 days ago

Are you reaching your full potential?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

Ever feel like you're on a good path but could use a little help reaching your full potential? Or maybe you're facing challenges that feel overwhelming. This guide can help you decide between life coaching and counselling.

Life Coaching:
• Focus on the Future: Life coaches act as … View more
Ever feel like you're on a good path but could use a little help reaching your full potential? Or maybe you're facing challenges that feel overwhelming. This guide can help you decide between life coaching and counselling.

Life Coaching:
• Focus on the Future: Life coaches act as your cheerleader and brainstorming buddy, helping you set and achieve goals you're excited about. They focus on the present and what you can do to move forward.

• Action-Oriented: Life coaching is a collaborative process. You'll work together to develop strategies and overcome obstacles to reach your goals, whether it's improving your career, relationships, or overall well-being.
• Shorter Term: Life coaching is typically shorter-term than therapy, often lasting a few months to a year. It's ideal for those who are generally functioning well but want to take things to the next level.

Counselling:
• Addressing Deeper Issues: Counselors or therapists are trained mental health professionals who can help you understand and overcome challenges stemming from past experiences, negative emotions, or mental health conditions.
• Longer-Term Support: Therapy can be a longer-term commitment, depending on your needs. It delves deeper into your past to identify root causes of current issues and develop coping mechanisms.
• Wider Range of Concerns: Counselors can address a wider range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and addiction.

The bottom line:
• Life coaching is ideal if you're looking for a supportive partner to help you achieve specific goals and navigate life transitions.
• Counselling is the better choice if you're struggling with deeper emotional issues or mental health concerns.

CONTACT STEVE TO BOOK A FREE FIRST LIFE COACHING SESSION Ph 021 264 2506

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55 days ago

Are you reaching your full potential?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

Ever feel like you're on a good path but could use a little help reaching your full potential? Or maybe you're facing challenges that feel overwhelming. This guide can help you decide between life coaching and counselling.

Life Coaching:
• Focus on the Future: Life coaches act as … View more
Ever feel like you're on a good path but could use a little help reaching your full potential? Or maybe you're facing challenges that feel overwhelming. This guide can help you decide between life coaching and counselling.

Life Coaching:
• Focus on the Future: Life coaches act as your cheerleader and brainstorming buddy, helping you set and achieve goals you're excited about. They focus on the present and what you can do to move forward.
• Action-Oriented: Life coaching is a collaborative process. You'll work together to develop strategies and overcome obstacles to reach your goals, whether it's improving your career, relationships, or overall well-being.
• Shorter Term: Life coaching is typically shorter-term than therapy, often lasting a few months to a year. It's ideal for those who are generally functioning well but want to take things to the next level.

Counselling:
• Addressing Deeper Issues: Counselors or therapists are trained mental health professionals who can help you understand and overcome challenges stemming from past experiences, negative emotions, or mental health conditions.
• Longer-Term Support: Therapy can be a longer-term commitment, depending on your needs. It delves deeper into your past to identify root causes of current issues and develop coping mechanisms.
• Wider Range of Concerns: Counselors can address a wider range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and addiction.

The bottom line:
• Life coaching is ideal if you're looking for a supportive partner to help you achieve specific goals and navigate life transitions.
• Counselling is the better choice if you're struggling with deeper emotional issues or mental health concerns.

CONTACT STEVE TO BOOK A FREE FIRST LIFE COACHING SESSION Ph 021 264 2506

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61 days ago

Life Coaching Happiness: Ten hints to put a smile on your face

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

• Buy an alarm clock and leave your phone elsewhere when you’re in bed. Less temptation for late-night scrolling!
• Caring for yourself - make homemade soup to eat at work.
• Take a two-minute cold shower each morning to dispel the blues.
• Set your alarm 30 minutes early to give … View more
• Buy an alarm clock and leave your phone elsewhere when you’re in bed. Less temptation for late-night scrolling!
• Caring for yourself - make homemade soup to eat at work.
• Take a two-minute cold shower each morning to dispel the blues.
• Set your alarm 30 minutes early to give yourself time for a quiet cuppa.
• Do a 10-minute tidy-up with your partner each day rather than letting the household chores pile up.
• If life’s too stimulating ‘reset your brain’ by putting your head under the bedcovers for 15 minutes to shut out the world.
• Brush your teeth standing on one foot and alternate the foot each night. Great to develop better balance!
• Unsubscribe from retailers' email lists you follow but don’t usually read.
• Start each day by acknowledging three things (big or small) you’re thankful for.
• Have one day a week set aside as ‘social media free’.

Contact Steve to book a FREE initial life coaching session 021 264 2506
(With thanks to www.theguardian.com...)

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70 days ago

Life Coaching and Mindfulness - A trendy fad?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

People often come to life coaching wanting help to change. For example, to change habits they have or the way they usually tend to respond in particular situations. These changes are often hard to make because most of us operate on ‘autopilot’ or ‘muscle memory’. We respond without … View morePeople often come to life coaching wanting help to change. For example, to change habits they have or the way they usually tend to respond in particular situations. These changes are often hard to make because most of us operate on ‘autopilot’ or ‘muscle memory’. We respond without conscious thinking, to situations as they come up. We have habitual responses that are often quite deeply ingrained.

Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company famously said that if we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got. To change we must turn off the autopilot and respond consciously or ‘mindfully’ to each particular situation rather than just ‘doing what we have always done’.

To ‘turn off the autopilot’ we must be able to recognise or notice the point where we would usually react automatically, so we can consciously modify our response in a way that will better move us towards our chosen goals. Mindfulness helps us ‘notice the gap’ that very brief interval just before making a habitual response where we can consciously choose a more positive response.

Following extensive research, mindfulness training has now been widely adopted in both coaching and counselling because it helps us be more aware of our thoughts and feelings, and therefore recognise when opportunities to make conscious change arise.
In a simple form of mindfulness, our coaching client sits quietly, often focusing on their breathing. They practice daily or weekly simply noticing their thoughts and feelings, not engaging with them or judging them.
If you would like to develop more mindfulness, here is a simple practice to start.
• Find a quiet space and sit comfortably.
• Close your eyes or soften your gaze.
• Focus on your breath, feeling the rise and fall of your chest or abdomen.
• When your mind wanders gently notice your thought and guide your attention back to your breath.
• Practice for just a few minutes each day, gradually increasing the duration as you become more comfortable.

Contact Steve to book a FREE initial coaching session 021 264 2506

74 days ago

FREE TRIAL LIFE COACHING SESSIONS

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

Book a Free Life Coaching Session with me now. My advice is to check out two or three different life coaches, to see who you feel most comfortable with.

An introductory free life coaching session gives you a chance to experience coaching, clarify the goals you want to achieve, and get a real … View more
Book a Free Life Coaching Session with me now. My advice is to check out two or three different life coaches, to see who you feel most comfortable with.

An introductory free life coaching session gives you a chance to experience coaching, clarify the goals you want to achieve, and get a real taste of the coaching process.
Research shows that in life coaching the relationship between the coach and the client is the most important success factor so it’s very important to find a coach with whom you are comfortable enough to fully share your thoughts, feelings, and goals.

Your coach really needs to ‘get’ you, to be able to effectively support and motivate you in the journey towards the goals you choose.

Contact Steve to book a FREE initial coaching session 021 264 2506

77 days ago

Congratulations from HLC Life Coach Steve

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

CONGRATULATIONS! to my lovely wife, my life partner, and my excellent full-time personal counsellor. Amanda is well-known locally and was principal of the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy in Stanmore Bay till last year before it changed ownership. She's now completed all the papers for a … View moreCONGRATULATIONS! to my lovely wife, my life partner, and my excellent full-time personal counsellor. Amanda is well-known locally and was principal of the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy in Stanmore Bay till last year before it changed ownership. She's now completed all the papers for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling (with distinction) and is working as a counsellor at Orewa College.
PS: Remember I offer a Free life coaching session. To book or for more details contact me now.

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88 days ago

Help to Get Happy - Book a FREE life coaching session

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

If you'd like a happier life I can help you using simple evidence-based techniques that really work.

For example, Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania found that people simply thinking about and writing down three positive things that happened in their lives each day over a … View more
If you'd like a happier life I can help you using simple evidence-based techniques that really work.

For example, Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania found that people simply thinking about and writing down three positive things that happened in their lives each day over a month resulted in a lasting increase in their happiness. Worth giving a try?

Contact Steve to book a FREE initial coaching session 021 264 2506

95 days ago

QUIZ: Would you benefit from having a life coach who works locally?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

If your answer is ‘yes’ to the following questions then you could benefit from my offer of a free life coaching session.....

+ Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed?
+ Are you transitioning - changing jobs, retiring, or separating?
+ Would you like to improve your … View more
If your answer is ‘yes’ to the following questions then you could benefit from my offer of a free life coaching session.....

+ Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed?
+ Are you transitioning - changing jobs, retiring, or separating?
+ Would you like to improve your relationships, & confidence?
+ Do you want to improve your communication skills?
+ Do you welcome honest and constructive feedback?
+ Are motivated to make changes?

👥 Call or text me for a free consultation. 021 264 2506 or go to: www.hibiscuslifecoach.com... now for more information

99 days ago

Poll: How many people do you know who benefited from life coaching?

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

A good Life Coach can help you with:
Building Healthy Relationships - Communication Skills - Loss & Separation - Career Goals - Work-life Balance - Managing Stress and Anxiety - Business Coaching - Personal Development

As your local life coach in Red Beach I'd like to help you … View more
A good Life Coach can help you with:
Building Healthy Relationships - Communication Skills - Loss & Separation - Career Goals - Work-life Balance - Managing Stress and Anxiety - Business Coaching - Personal Development

As your local life coach in Red Beach I'd like to help you towards the life you want in 2024.

Please text your poll response to 021 2642506 or call/text me for a free consultation. I'd love to hear from you.

101 days ago

Secret of a Life Coach #2

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

A good coach has a focus on the future rather than the past. They ask powerful questions to help you identify the things you want to change.
Coaches’ Tip: Share a kind smile with a stranger when you’re out and about.
Steve Brown: Your local life coach in Red Beach. Contact me now for a free … View more
A good coach has a focus on the future rather than the past. They ask powerful questions to help you identify the things you want to change.
Coaches’ Tip: Share a kind smile with a stranger when you’re out and about.
Steve Brown: Your local life coach in Red Beach. Contact me now for a free consultation.

108 days ago

Secrets of a Life Coach #1

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

A good coach will listen attentively and carefully to you. Helping identify the life you want, and any changes you might like to take towards that.

Coaches’ Tip ‘If you’re busy pick one thing you need to do and get it completely done. One less thing on your list.
Steve Brown: Your local… View more
A good coach will listen attentively and carefully to you. Helping identify the life you want, and any changes you might like to take towards that.

Coaches’ Tip ‘If you’re busy pick one thing you need to do and get it completely done. One less thing on your list.
Steve Brown: Your local life coach in Red Beach. Contact me now for a free consultation.

108 days ago

Secrets of a Life Coach #1

Steve Brown from Hibiscus Life Coaching

A good coach will listen attentively and carefully to you. Helping identify the life you want, and any changes you might like to take towards that.

Coaches’ Tip ‘If you’re busy pick one thing you need to do and get it completely done. One less thing on your list.

Steve Brown: Your … View more
A good coach will listen attentively and carefully to you. Helping identify the life you want, and any changes you might like to take towards that.

Coaches’ Tip ‘If you’re busy pick one thing you need to do and get it completely done. One less thing on your list.

Steve Brown: Your local life coach in Red Beach. Contact me now for a free consultation.

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