Masterclasses

masterclasses

Online Masterclasses are a perfect way to learn new skills, information and ways of improving one’s outlook on life. Although your brain isn’t a true muscle, its complex cellular structure and grey and white matter do function in a similar way to training your body’s muscles. So how better to train your brain than to take masterclasses that will help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

  • WHO – anyone who wants to take control of their emotions, tap into the power of their minds, and who want to be part of a growing community that is invested in building best businesses through the transformation of lives
  • WHAT – online masterclasses to help you gain perspective on yourself and the workplace
  • WHEN – whenever you choose – from September 2021
  • WHERE – anywhere you choose
  • HOW – the masterclasses will be launching September 2021, so once the doors are open, you can enroll in the masterclass/-es of your choosing and start right away
  • WHY – perhaps the best question of all – because you owe it to yourself and others to enrich your life so you can, in turn, enrich the lives of others

You can change your thinking, your emotional responses, your behaviors. No longer will you be living in the shadow of what others say about you. You will be able to be yourself – no matter what. You will have a clear focus on what you want to achieve out of life, how you want to show up every day, and you will no longer be subject to the controlling powers of others.

New neurological pathways need to be created – ones that help you create new habits and beliefs, that support you and your life’s goals, rather than ones that are destructive, self-sabotaging and keep you repeating old patterns and living in a loop of self-destruction.

The external events in your life is a direct correlation of the thoughts you think, the feelings you feel and the perception, interpretation and meaning you give to life.

If you are not happy with the status quo, with the way your life is right now, then something has to change, and that something is someone, and that someone is YOU. Nobody is going to change for us. You are going to have to shift perspective, change the way you look at things, or simply walk away from what is not making you unhappy.

One thing is for certain, unhappiness, fear, shame, guilt, unforgiveness, doubt, misery, self-sabotage …. and all the other negative destructive emotions are simply a lack of love.

To step into the life you want, you have to be willing to let go of the past, eliminate toxicity in your life (such as negative thinking, destructive emotions, relationships, behaviors) and learn to live in the present moment. From this space of freedom you can create a future based on various possibilities.

Change is what happens when effort meets with resistance, and you continue anyway. – Dr. (h.c.) Jennifer L. Breakey

My life’s work has been rolled into four masterclasses. I have extensive personal experience in each of these areas, and through knocking my head against the proverbial brick wall on more than one occasion, I have learnt how to let go, no matter how difficult at the time, of wrongful thinking, feelings, emotions and incorrect perceptions of the meaning I give to life. These masterclasses are:

  1. Building Your Best Business – create a sustainable, successful, and professional business
  2. The Power of Your Emotions  – master your emotions and create the life you want to live
  3. The Power of Your Mind – change the programs that are running your life
  4. The Power of Loving You – love yourself, no matter what

building your best business masterclass

vision, strategies and leadership

The mind is the set of faculties including cognitive aspects such as consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory, as well as noncognitive aspects such as emotion and instinct. You can thank your brain for everything you feel and understand about yourself and the world. But how much do you truly know about the complex organ in your head? In module 1 we look at the anatomy of the brain, bust some myths, and learn how to create new neurological pathways. Emotions give meaning, color and texture to our lives, taking us from elation to sorrow, excitement to resentment, satisfaction to need. Emotions are powerful forces. They determine our outlook on life based on the events occurring around us. They allow us to empathize with other humans. Whichever emotion you feel on a given morning generally shapes how you feel throughout your day. Emotions are hardwired to our brain allowing us to react immediately and at times irrationally when the raw feeling is received by the brain as a survival mechanism. In module 2 we look at the anatomy of emotions and how we can identify triggers that illicit certain emotional responses, and how to combat negative and destructive emotions. Our leaders of tomorrow will no longer be able to just ‘do the job’, but they will have to navigate unchartered waters, and will need to master their minds and emotions.

Mental and emotional wellbeing are essential to the wellbeing of a business and a balanced lifestyle must be learnt. With the technological challenges that are already in business, such as AI, we need to deal with the psychological impact that this has on our community. The ‘big brother is watching you’ syndrome will need to be managed, and trust will need to be reinforced throughout the organization. This takes skill and mastery of the psyche of a business. Business psychology is the study and practice of improving working life. It combines an understanding of the science of human behavior with experience of the world of work to attain effective and sustainable performance for both individuals and organizations. 

the power of your emotions masterclass

the anatomy of your emotions, emotional intelligence, emotionally intelligent leaders

Emotional intelligence (also known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize emotional intelligence, there are five key elements to emotional intelligence:
 
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

The difference between IQ and EQ, is that IQ tests measure your ability to solve problems, use logic, and grasp or communicate complex ideas. EQ tests measure your ability to recognize emotion in yourself and others, and to use that awareness to guide your decisions.

Emotionally intelligent leaders are aware of their own emotions, and intuitively aware of the emotions of others. Through their empathy, emotionally intelligent leaders factor in emotions when presenting information, making assignments or otherwise engaging with their people. Emotionally intelligent leaders are engaging, respected and take other people’s points of view into account without feeling threatened in any way. The great news is that while some people have EQ as a natural talent, for those that don’t, EQ skills can be learned. People can learn how to interact more effectively at work and increase their emotional intelligence.

the power of your mind masterclass

anatomy of the brain, you are what you think, reprogram your mind

The difference between the mind and the brain is often confusing. The mind is associated with the brain, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. The brain is considered to be physical matter, and the mind is considered to be mental. The brain is composed of nerve cells and can be touched, whereas, the mind cannot be touched. To learn about the one you need to learn about the other.

You have a conscious and a subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is a databank for everything that is not in your conscious mind. It stores your beliefs, your previous experiences, your memories, and your skills. Everything that you have seen, done or thought is also there. In this masterclass, we will work at the level of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind typically requires between 22 and 66 days to be reprogrammed. If you are over the age of 31 it could take twice as long. The reason for this is that your subconscious mind is 95% programmed by the age of 31 with all your habits, routines and beliefs. It takes commitment and dedication when tapping into the resources of your brain. We will also look at the model of the mind that Freud determined. Sigmund Freud used the term ‘subconscious’ in 1893 to describe associations and impulses that are not accessible to consciousness. He later abandoned the term in favor of unconscious, noting the following: ‘the only trustworthy antithesis is between conscious and unconscious.’ Freud divided human consciousness into three levels of awareness: the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. Each of these levels corresponds and overlaps with his ideas of the id, ego, and superego.

The mind is powerful. It allows you to direct your thoughts towards a desired outcome. Focus on success and you attract success. Focus on fear and failure and you attract fearful situations and failure. The power of the mind allows you to make your thoughts work for you, not against you.

Make the power of your mind work for you.

the power of loving you masterclass

love - the most tangible abstraction of all

The word love is used far too flippantly these days. You can love your car, your cat, your house, your job, your neighbor, your kids, your spouse …. you get the gist. But what is loving yourself all about? The Greeks have six different words they use for love:

  • Eros, or sexual passion
  • Philia, or deep friendship
  • Ludus, or playful love
  • Agape, or love for everyone
  • Pragma, or longstanding love
  • Philautia, or love of the self

To have esteem and self-compassion is not about being so introspective to the point that we no longer see anyone else. It is about having self-awareness, self-love, a sense of worth and purpose in the world in a non-selfish manner, aware of  yourself in relation to others. However, tilt the scales too far, and you stand the chance of falling into the trap of becoming a narcissist (a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves). In the words of Aristotle – all friendly feelings towards others are an extension of one’s feelings towards ourselvesPhilautia is fundamental to be able to experience love to the fullest. Jesus, in the Christian Bible, says – love your neighbor as yourself. By default then, this means that you cannot love others until you truly love yourself first. It matters not what your religious or spiritual background is. Love is universal and not excluded from anyone. To truly love one’s self is not as easy as it sounds. Over the course of our life time, we all encounter situations that shape us, and not always in a positive and healthy way. It is to this that we must focus, release, let go of the past, and create our own lives our own way. As William Shakespeare put it so succinctly – to thine own self be true