The Enjoyment Factor workshop creates a change in perspective on the life you are leading, a refreshingly energizing change in the way you think about your life and your desires for the future.
More a change of your thinking than a workshop. You will view yourself and your life from the perspective of everything that makes you enjoy being you.
You will be making all the decisions. It’s your life and your values. I provide a sensitively-structured information and discussion program designed to help you come to some positive, productive and promising decisions about where you want to go in life and what changes – if any – you might make to your current circumstances. In an enjoyable sense, I will be encouraging you to “step outside yourself and observe your life in action”.
Fundamentally the process takes you back to basics, stripping the layers of expectations that life has gradually heaped upon you and have been inhibiting the creative expression of your natural-born talents, passions and interests.
I am not a medico, psychologist, or other health professional – though I mix professionally with such people. I am a leisure specialist. I have over 30 years of professional experience in recreation/leisure planning and development- what you might reasonably call the enjoyment profession - working with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests in developing their leisure passions. Such work has taken me far beyond recreation and leisure pursuits to embrace all aspects of positive human behaviour at work, home and play.
Lifestyle issues are ageless, making these Enjoyment Factor workshops suitable for people of any age who feel a need to review their lifestyle. Reasons frequently quoted for participating include:
Just some of the things you will learn:
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My approach is to identify and help you implement a natural way
This heavily emphasizes the “leading” or preventive approach – helping peopleto stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
My background is over 40 years of professional experience in recreation and leisure planning and development. This experience has given me extensive insight into positive human behavior and the benefits of such behavior to all facets of life, including stress.
From my experiences, I have elicited five features of positive human behavior:
But it’s when people are experiencing negative behavior arising from prolonged excessive stress that some interesting benefits can be sourced. In such cases it becomes necessary to go outside the stress-generating cycle to find the unique emotional release-valve that works for that individual. Usually such experiences are found in leisure interests totally remote from the working environment.
Creating enjoyable leisure experiences can, if experienced frequently enough, turn the ‘negativity ship’ around, eventually restoring the necessary energy to sustain resilience. Any freely-chosen mind-absorbing leisure interest can do it. The emphasis is not on whether the interest is physical or mental but on the degree to which it absorbs the mind and spirit (creating what some call “a state of flow”).
A favourite leisure/recreation interest is nature’s way of managing stress. But it hasn’t always been seen this way.
While all of these benefits can have be good for coping with daily short-term stress, the real benefits are in the sustained resilience to cope with stress over the long term and maintain a state of ongoing mental health and wellbeing.
Reviews written by readers of "Enjoy Being Proud of Who You Are - 52 Inspirational Life-Skills Messages for Teenagers" (published November 2013)
"What a great little book! And what a set of inspirational ideas for teenagers AND for their support workers, teachers, and parents. Attractively presented, the book provides 52 "inspirational life-skills messages for teenagers", which, in fact, could be life skills messages for everyone.
Taken at face value, the messages could be a bit vague and perhaps even daunting. Yet, if used for self reflection, as the basis for group discussions and as "take home" review themes, the messages are brilliant. Just to take one example: "Do what you love". The message, "Do what you love, love what you do and others will love you" would be brilliant for a workshop amongst young people. Ask and record "What do you love?" "Why do you love it?" "Are you doing what you love, if not why, and what can you do to change things?" "What do you need to do to be doing what you love?" What is meant by "…and others will love you" and why would they?". "Who amongst your peers and family do you feel are doing what they love? Do they "stand tall" because of this?" Might we understand them better if we knew their answers?"
Answers could be jotted down individually, or shared on a white board so that both group and self-understanding emerges. And then another "message" could be selected for the next meeting with the directions "Think about what this message means to you; what do you think it means to your friends, your family, your teachers? Might you share an understanding with those you don't get on with by discussing this message? What new messages might we add that are similar…but different?"
Clearly, "Enjoy Being Proud…" opens up a wealth of ideas, thoughts and reflections that will be helpful to everyone. The full benefit lies in working through the messages not just reading them and as such, the 58 pages is really worth 580! Maybe the author could start a blog: sharing the findings and responses to the "messages" of "Enjoy Being Proud…"
- Dr Ken Marriott - Melbourne Australia December 2013
- Jim Daly Adelaide Australia, January 2014
Here's a few 'tasters' to whet your emotional appetite for more when you purchase a copy of my book.
With my best wishes
- Peter Nicholls
"You are enough. It doesn't mean you have done enough. It means to be comfortable in your own skin. You have all the natural resources you need within you to become the person you want to be".
"Want to feel better? Do something that makes someone else feel better".
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Research into stress levels within the UK Civil Service came up with some findings the researcher didn't expect. He expected to find that the senior executives were the most stressed because of their high pressure work and major decision responsibilities. Such was the disbelief in the findings that the study was repeated and with the same outcome.
What he found was the greatest stress levels were experienced in the lower staff levels. The identified reason? They had little or no control over their duties or the discretion of senior management to make changes.
So much of our stress levels today are due to our lack of control over what happens to us at work and in personal life. It's not so much the changes as the lack of control over our ability to accept or reject change in our lives.
A freely-chosen leisure interest has huge stress-releasing benefits, not the least of them being that your favourite leisure/recreation interest is totally within your control - your choice of interest, when and where you enjoy it, with whom or alone, to what extent of skill you want to develop, and the fact that it generally reflects your talents and passions in life.
LEISURE AND CHANGE: PRESENTATION TO PARKS AND LEISURE 2012 CONFERENCE NEWCASTLE – 18 SEPTEMBER 2012
SLIDE 1 - Leisure is Riding On the Crest Of A Massive Wave Of Change
Change is affecting everything – including the role and potential of leisure in today's high pressure society
Leisure is back in business- providing solutions to urgent global problems wider than the leisure industry
There is a global human energy crisis – we are burning human energy faster than we create it, with the inevitable result that burnout symptoms are everywhere – at work and in community life
SLIDE 2 – Stress Is Killing Health By Stealth
SLIDE 3 – I’ll Have What He’s Having!!
Resilience is built on the mental/emotional energy of the heart, mind and spirit
Leisure hasn’t changed. Circumstances have. We need to re-state the definition of Leisure to demonstrate it offers solutions that people want, e.g.:
Slide 3 – Unleash Your Talents With Passionate Interests To Maximize Your Potential
Slide 4 - When You Lose Yourself In An Interest You Love, You Find Yourself
SLIDE 5 – Natural Energy Is Within You – personal, unlimited, natural, free, readily available
SLIDE 6 - Positive Human Behaviour – negative human behaviour creates the opposite effects. To find the energy needed to change the situation around, it is necessary to go outside the system that is generating the negative behaviour
SLIDE 7/8 – Work Life Balance / Work Life Harmony
Cannot deficit budget time. Always only 168 hours in the week; but you can deficit budget energy. Review energy allocation priorities to ensure a harmonious mix of energy in / energy out.
SLIDE 9/10/11 – What’s The Ripple Effect Of Leisure To Business?
An energizing leisure interest doesn’t of itself change behaviour, it triggers a ripple effect that can eventually “turn the negativity ship around”
PLA - opportunities to reposition itself in the market place, serving wider than leisure industry
Leisure is back in business in a big way.
The business of resolving global human energy problems
The business of resolving corporate energy problems
The business of resolving personal energy problems
Leisure is back in business in a big way and it’s going to stay there for a long time to come.
"As an executive and business coach , I have always been impressed by Peter’s passionate determination to succeed in business and, importantly, to put into practice agreed actions arising from our meetings – a quality often found wanting in new business people.
Peter has shown courage in going into a business based on an “outside the square” - but very important - principle of personal development benefits to work productivity, gained from passionate leisure interests. He has worked hard to articulate these benefits in ways that business minds can respond to positively.
As you work with Peter, you will quickly appreciate his energy and determination to go the extra mile in helping you or your staff grow and develop in business or personal life.
“Peter is a very genuine man, who's truly interested in helping people regain control of their lives and who they authentically are. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience but I find his integrity, patience and listening skills a delight to be around in this hectic world.” Joanna Cozens, Director, Hey Jo, Sydney.
“Peter has proven himself to be one of those extremely rare individuals who work with amazing passion and dedication in the field of helping people to achieve some Work/Life balance. Peter has the knack of being able to get clients to firstly identify that they have a real need to look at this critically important part of their lives; and the knowledge and experience to provide the appropriate tools which will lead to that life-changing balance most of us hope for, but don't quite know where to find it!” Phil Evans, Master Coach, Life Coach , Owner , People Stuff, Sydney
“Peter is an Australian pioneer in the now overcrowded work life balance industry, yet despite the rising competition he has stayed true to his beliefs and offers a personalised service that is about results over profits. I admire Peter's genuine love and interest in his clients and his ability to adopt new technology wherever necessary to get his message across. Without hesitation I recommend Peter's unique approach to realising any individual's true potential.” Keith Arnold, LOUD Communications Pty Ltd, Adelaide
“Peter is a passionate presenter and has immense wisdom to share in his trainings. His listening skills and his ability to be non-nudgemental about client's lifestyles issues has created a conducive environment to share, relax and learn The work Peter is skilled in is very relevant in these times of constant stress and rapid changes. I highly recommend him to your business.” Catherine Lonergan, Sydney
"Special thanks for your session, Peter. I really found the day valuable, liked the format, group sharing and loved the handouts and book". Matt Schmidt, Adelaide
"Exceptional workshop. Able to take a step back and look at my life what/how I want to go forward. Thank you Peter" , M. Lake, Sydney
"A fantastic workshop! Peter, your work is really important and you're very easy to work with" L Martin, Sydney
"Passionate presenter, immense wisdom" C. Lonergan, Sydney
"Well worth while, presented with energy, enthusiasm, sensitivity and insight" K Dwyer, Adelaide
"Stretched the mind - moved the barriers - 'permission-giving'." - P Jones, Adelaide
"Thank you for bringing me out of myself. A chance to really stop and take a look at who I am". B Alcock, Adelaide
"Excellent, thought-provoking, insightful, contemplative. Sensitively facilitated" - Steve Williams, Adelaide
"I could have listened to him for another hour - I found him inspiring". A feedback form following a presentation to a Retireinvest client function, Adelaide
"Peter, I have had a chance to read your articles. They are really fantastic and I see how they inspire. Woven throughout all of your articles is a positive encouragement to follow one's passions, utilize one's strengths, and follow one's interests. "How to be a Better Speaker" article is an incredibly useful article. This is the most pragmatic sheet of helpful tips I've seen." Delia Mannen, Barcelona Spain
"Once again you have touched me. I am that person who IS energetic and positive and creative – most of the time. But I get in a slump every now and then. Your email hits that head-on. Finding that passion is like a magnifying glass on excitement and passion and energy, on LIFE. Thanks again – you’re the spark for my fire on an ongoing basis!" Donna Hill MO USA
"Peter Nicholls' insightful production, "Making Life Work for You", has an amazing depth of wisdom and compassion for people and our culture. With the succinct efficiency of a talented entreprenuer in the buisness realm, Nicholls couples his awareness with the principles of success. Wrapped in the style reminiscent of Peck's The Road Less Traveled, it's a delightfully easy read while tackling a meaty subject." Becky Reed USA
"Having reflected on the articles you have published, I found myself able to reflect on my own life journey. As I work towards my lifelong ambition of running my own business of writing personal poems for others, I have discovered that the key to my success lies, not just in what I write but, first and foremost, in believing in myself. Thank-you for helping me on my journey of self-discovery." M Tetley
Genuine testimonials last a lifetime and I am extremely grateful for every one of the humbling messages sent to me by clients. But some of them are now a bit long in the tooth. Frankly some of the best testimonials I have aren't written here. They appear as comments below articles and position statements I have published elsewhere on this website. For example, see:
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"Amazing article. I am so impressed. Could never think of such a thing is possible with it...I think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects."
"This is really an amazing article and the subject of the article is just admirable because the mental problem people face is depression, so staying mentally healthy is important task to do".
"Thanks for sharing these great tips about on how to stay mentally fit. Mental fitness is a very common problem nowadays, these tips will be very useful."
"This is an amazing post and I admire the way you have explained the feeling of fear. The retirement is hard for people mostly because for a long time (people) used to spend their life on a particular purpose and that purpose when goes they get afraid that the life is gone too."
The workshop content recognizes:
Exploring participants leisure pursuits identifies much about the natural talents and potential of each team member, the real person who looks out at the world through their eyes. The process maximizes the individual and team potential of each member.
This workshop can be adapted to address issues relating to work life balance and transition from work to retirement.
My clients say that I:
When you come to the workshop or consultation, you leave your work hat at the door.
Parcipants use my sensitive, seasoned, structured process to...
Team Leaders: It is so important that you take part in the workshop.
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Those experiences do so much more than simply give you enjoyment – and that fact is at the very core of the Lifestyle Review workshop’s life-enriching value to you and your future..
When you lose yourself in any interest you love, you find yourself.Your mind is transported away from the pressures of daily life, your passions flourish, your talents unleashed and your sense of enthusiasm, creativity and purpose spring to life. Your self esteem lifts in the wake of enjoying a life-expanding experience, the sort that nature always intended of you. The ripple effect flows through to everything else you do at work, home and play.
My Lifestyle Review Workshop gives you a structured approach towards you restoring - or creating anew - a harmonious mix of what you love to do in life with what you still have to do.· It’s the sort of mix that gives your life new meaning, self esteem and a renewed sense of self worth.
You are in control of your own process.You will enjoy re-visiting your true self, reminding yourself what makes the real you tick - your passions, talents, interests and potential. ·A sort of 360-degree self-appraisal of who you are and where you want to be.
Ideal for men and women of any ageespecially if you are
Register now for a totally positive and life-enriching experience at my next
Lifestyle Review Workshop, Adelaide - Thursday 27 October 2011, 9.00am-1.00 pm, Education Development Centre, Milner Street Hindmarsh.
The changes don’t start weeks later but right from the start of the workshop. You will tap a natural, constantly-available, unlimited, source of personal energy for sustained enjoyment of life at work, home, or play, including when you are no longer working fulltime.
The benefitscan extend to improving any or all of your:
Read these genuine testimonials of past attendees - men and women.
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personal growth, work life harmony, mental and physical fitness talent development, transition from work to your "dessert years".
My natural recipe for lifelong enjoyment is to regularly fertilize your natural-born talents with passionate interests and mix often with positive like-minded people. When you lose yourself in an interest you really enjoy, you find yourself.
My sensitively-structured programs are backed by more than 30 years of professional experience in recreation/leisure planning and development, working with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. It's all about positive human behaviour, applicable at work, home and play.
My clients say I listen like they are the only person on the earth and they appreciate my non-judgmental approach.
How to Enjoy Your Dessert Years. The hunger to grow is as important as the hunger to eat.
2 Inspirational Life-Skill Messages for Teenagers
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