Preparing to succeed - whatever it is you are doing - including surviving going to the dentist!

I work with people who need a bit of a helping hand to rediscover what makes them shine, be energised and succeed. This post gives you a simple model to help you prepare to succeed.

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It always amazes me how powerful our self talk can be. I firmly  believe that my mindset influences my behaviour which influences my results. If we think we are going to do well, really rock that presentation, make a great contribution to the meeting, discussion or conversation, chances are that we will prove ourselves right. Similarly, if we only focus on how things could go wrong we often live up to these expectations.

I'd like to share a very simple preparation tool that I use regularly  - for things across all aspects of my life, from preparing to work with a client, to looking ahead to a conversation with my partner, to using with individuals, groups and teams to agree how the session/training/ workshop will go, to getting myself into the best mindset to go to the dentist!

The thinking behind this is set out below along with my recent dentist example.

Have a go and let me know what you think


A bit about me

As a former Chief Executive, I now work as an independent coach and mentor. I love my work as a coach and get great satisfaction and joy from watching my clients grow and succeed

My clients often describe their work with me as challenging, energising, thought provoking and practical. Take a look at my Linked In page to get a feel for how client's see their experience of investing in coaching

Outside of my coaching work, I paint a bit, sew bright. flowery fabric together to make quilts, help run a community Arts Festival and support my husband's studio glass business Please get in touch if I can ever be of any help

Sandra Whiles

Director, Sandra Whiles Coaching Ltd

I work with people who need a bit of a helping hand to rediscover what makes them shine, be energised and succeed. I love my work as a coach, helping people, organisations, groups, teams and partnerships succeed and supporting small businesses to transform their ideas into reality. All of my work is grounded in a coaching approach and builds on my experience and success in shaping and leading individuals, teams, organisations and partnerships over many years. Before setting up my business in 2016, I worked for 35 years in the public sector. My last job was as Chief Executive for Blaby District Council in Leicestershire, described as "a great council" by the LGA in 2015 with very high levels of public satisfaction and staff engagement. Having trained with Barefoot Coaching Ltd, I am a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, hold a postgraduate certificate in coaching from the University of Chester, have done specialist training in Team Coaching and am a qualified NLP Practitioner. Sustainability is very important to me, so my work is designed and delivered in ways that give clients tools and approaches to use to maintain and build on their successes after their work with me is completed.