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4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development

Twenty years ago the accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience (‘horizontal development’) was sufficient for business success. Today, it’s not. 4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development, offers a new approach of ‘vertical development’.

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Body image and emotions: what’s the connection?



“Our views of our body image – what’s on the outside – are directly affected by our emotions on the inside.”


This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on body image. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been unhappy with some aspect of our appearance at some point in our lives, but that off-hand musing gets serious when it starts to impact our mental health.


Interestingly, our views of our body image – what’s on the outside – are directly affected by our emotions on the inside. Our feelings about our proportions, our hair, our flabby arms are all driven by an emotional response. And that emotional response is something we can choose to change – from a negative, critical voice, to a positive, inspiring one.


It’s not just about telling ourselves that we look beautiful, it’s about a fundamental emotional shift. But how can we achieve this shift? We teach our coachees a technique called the SHIFT skill to help them manage their emotional state. Read on to find out more about this skill and how you can use it to take control of your own emotions.


The SHIFT Skill


Most of the approaches people use to deal with negative moods or stress (e.g. exercise, relaxation, alcohol, commiserating with family or friends) cannot be done in the heat of the moment. The SHIFT skill is designed to enable you to change the way you feel at any moment of the day. When you change the way you feel, one of the consequences is that you will create a shift in your perceptual awareness.


This is the SHIFT process:

Stop and shift your attention to your

Heart, breathe through this area

Induce a positive emotion

Feel it in your body and allow it to

Turn the brain back on and notice your insights


The ability to change how you feel on demand, under any circumstance, is genuinely life-changing. You never have to feel anything you don’t want to feel ever again.


SHIFT is one of a number of techniques that Complete Coherence coaches teach their coachees. Get in touch to find out more about our coaching programmes and how these programmes offer demonstrable ROI for you and your business.


Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The medical mental health information provided here is for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.


If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, the NHS has a list of mental health helplines you can call for immediate help.


The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free).


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