24Jul/17Off

How do you feel when your life is out of balance?

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How do you feel when your life is out of balance?

What are the signs of your life being out of Balance? Here are 7 key areas to look for tells in your life. They cross all areas of your life from work to relationships. How do you react to interruptions? How do you bench mark how well you are doing in yourself? How well do you eat? What is your personal self-worth? How many people truly ask these questions of themselves?

1: The control tell: The easiest way to think about how you feel is how little it takes to tip the scales. You feel emotional, stressed, overwhelmed all the time. This can lead to an unhealthy need to control yourself or others in a desperate need to readdress the balance.

2: The interruption tell: You have a lack of tolerance and patience. The smallest things push you over the edge in an unreasonable overreaction for the level of the challenge. You can also have a lack of tolerance for noise and interruptions. Do you lose it with people in your work or home environment easily?

3: Looking outside tell: There is a constant feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where or how to start tasks. Do you always feel as if there is a task hanging over you? You can find it very hard to know what others expect from you. You find yourself constantly seeking validation from others to see if you are doing well enough. You can find your perfectionism crippling. Unable to start tasks in case they are not done well enough.

4: Fitness and diet tell: You either don't do enough exercise or be come obsessed with too much. You control your food and don't have good sleeping patterns. You are always tired and can't get out of bed in the mornings. You wonder "what does sunrise look like" - you never see it! The alarm goes off 10 times in the mornings.

5: The wrong key tell: You feel displaced and opportunities don't seem to arrive or never quite fit to work out. You are always blaming fate. The wrong set of circumstances for you. Besides not being promoted in jobs you can find that you are endlessly looking for a new fit, you never quite settle anywhere. You are constantly upskilling to feel whole. Will the next course fill the void?

6: Relationship tell: You can suddenly withdraw from people and relationships. Ending relationships suddenly without clear thought. Have you stopped talking to your family? Do you seem to have displaced friends from your life recently? Do you just feel disconnected from everyone around you?

7: The searching tell: You are constantly searching to fit in and belong somewhere. Never found anyone that truly gets you. This can lead to an obsession in self-analysis. What's wrong with me? This can become a serial self-help or development search. Do you join many different groups and never stick at any one of them for any length of time?

If these are the tells what are the fixes? How do you counter balance yourself? There are three simple factors;

1: You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses.

2: You need to find a way to express what it really is you want to achieve in life. Set goals.

3: You need to know how to fulfill your dreams or the steps to make them happen. Try to create a road map of realistic steps to these goals for yourself.

Why do the people who come to me crave more balance in their lives? Many people would assume that the aspirations are materialistic. The goals of a new car, a bigger house or to earn more money. It's not that many of these achievements do not happen with greater balance but generally there are 7 key mindsets that people seek.

These are;

1: Happiness is the most important element.

2: Confidence is also a top priority.

3: People strive for self-worth.

4: Respect is huge, both at home and in the workplace.

5: Greater work-life balance. To not always feel tired and jaded.

6: Quality time to spend with the people who matter in their lives and for the other interests in life.

7: Better relationships with partners, children, family and work colleagues.

Everyone that comes to me uses the phrase to me that "they are at cross roads in their life". They want me to siphon their dreams out of them, that have often been forgotten along the way. But most importantly they want a road map of how to get to where they want to be, "I now have a way of moving forward to achieve what I am capable of in life and doing what will make me happier". I always say start with steps. No matter how small they are steps in the right direction. Take control in a positive way. I don't ever tell anyone anything that they don't tell me already knew inside themselves, "Dr. O'Reilly has helped to bring together feelings, thoughts, and plans that have been floating around in my head for some time".

With her gentle and approachable nature, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly is an Irish woman who has become a Global Expert working with men, women, and children around the World. She can quickly take her clients out of their rut and turn a downward spiral into an upward one. Indeed, one of the more rewarding aspects of her work is showing clients, who had previously been written off by society, the basic steps they need to take flight and soar.

When she isn't enjoying the company of her family and friends, Naoise will usually be found with a book in her hand or... She also derives much pleasure from her Podcast, Purple Psychology, which was recently nominated for The People's Choice Award and enjoys the encouraging comments and insightful questions she receives from her listeners on every continent.

 

 

19Aug/13Off

Leaving Cert results 2013, A year later – the transformation of The Homework Club to Confidence Club

So it is one year on - our first state exams results since transforming The Homework Club into Confidence Club and I have been asking myself what are the real results?

In the past I found myself dancing around the real issues with students - as parents and students alike thought they were attending some form of "grind school" we spent more time by stealth in the background getting to the real reasons behind what was going on ... it was often a case of me waiting for an opportunity in the hall to chat casually to a student or waiting for the chance when a parent collected their charge.

Now it is all a lot more straight forward and upfront - which means less time waiting for the chance to talk about what is really happening. All too often the maths result or other challenge is just a factor in what is really happening in a young persons life.

This means a year later I can say that we have worked with real people, real problems and in record time. Many of the students I have met have required no more help from me or my team after the initial hour and a half meeting. Their whole lives have improved not just the "maths problem" or the "english essay rows". The time my team have spent in peoples house has been less that we would have needed in the school for greater return.

All round as what we do is not conventional in anyway it didn't make sense to continue with a conventional school model. I felt often that we had a revolving door as we got results too quickly and now we get them even quicker with a wider spectrum of people.

Another change for me is that I have often felt that we work with students that everyone else has washed their hands of - now we work with the really outside the box stories that no one has thought of! I truly enjoy the challenge and nothing has ever shocked me. I think there is no way now we can be seen as a simple "grind school".

I'm looking forward to what this year brings and all the amazing young people I will meet along the way.

Dr. Naoisé

Expression Developist™

3Jan/13Off

Working with Clients who are older than you

Across My 4 different educational and business identities I work with Clients or Students from the ages 5 to well into their 70's. Recently I have been giving some thoughts to both the patterns of behaviour and pivotal moments in everyone's lives. You might find it starange that I can predict the pivatol moments in advance for many studnets or even know when their personalities will have truely developed so they will decide what they really want from life and what people they will choose to have in their lives, sometimes 10 or 20 years in advance of when I'm meeting them - it is joked that I am an oracle!

But another side of this for me is the fact that with Marie O'Riordan, The Forever Method, as we work together many times we work with business Clients across a whole spectrum of backgrounds, cultures, and ages we very regularly work with Clients much older than either of us. We are both in our 30's and yet here we are working with people who are traditionally seen at retirement age. How is this possible? There is that well know phrase you "can't teach an old dog new tricks". But it's not about new tricks, sometimes it is about reminding people about the tricks they can already do, the tricks they have forgotten or the tricks they always aspired to have and that maybe got lost in the day to day monotony of life. I have noticed a new wave of life and patterns in society in recent years and even recently a friend was talking about the older generation in their lives and how they have seen the same new wave. With divorce in western society has come a new generation of people who start their lives over again in their 40's and 50's and even 60's. It's like a second rebirth. One of the great benefits of working with two 30 year olds is that they still have that optimism for life. Everything is possible. You can be whatever you want to be and you become the people you hang out with. If you work with younger mentors they see you as fresh, not old. They ask you about all the dreams you had when you were 30 and why you didn't fulfil them. Now you have a second chance to do this. In short we can work with people older than us as we can make them remember what we have forgotten! In terms of what I believe, I feel everything in the world revolves around expression. What I am most interested in is making people express their dreams and desires for life. Interestingly I have attracted many older dyslexic business people in the same way as I attract them as students in my other projects.

Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist

 

31Oct/12Off

Expression Club™ November 17th 2012 Ages 7-11 Years

Expression Club™
November 2012 Ages 7-11 Years

Strictly only 10 Student places for each workshop

This November we are continuing with our Confidence Club workshops. The Workshop will be aimed at the age range 7 to 11 (we will as always match the best students to work together).

The Workshop will last 4 hours - our magic formula!

In order to be eligible for a workshop you must first complete our initial interview, this allows us to create an educational profile to match the student, to create a tailor made Workshop and to concentrate on their areas of strengths and weaknesses. We as always believe that everyone has their best way to take in information, process it and express it.

Book online by completing the Book Appointment for inclusion. There will only be 10 Student places.

The workshop will take place on a Saturday to allow students to travel from outside the Dublin area.

We are now moving to Workshops of intense time periods to allow us to focus on Written, Verbal, Media, Creative and Social Expression. We will use a number of different exciting mediums to work with and a broad range of topics. We want to see the students leave with a whole range of new found skills, self-awareness and Confidence. It will be how to present yourself to the world, not only in a school context but way beyond for life. We always focus on skills for life not just for school or exams! As always we will be focusing on each personal student and their Aptitudes Personality and Dreams.

Our aim of the workshop is to support all the students we are already working with and give them that extra boast of confidence in a group setting - a group they feel they belong too! We want every participant to feel more comfortable in who they are, what they are good at and to be able to complete their everyday school work easier and faster!

Look forward to meeting all our new students and some of our "old" friends....

 

Dr Naoisé O'Reilly

Expression Developist™

 

8Jun/12Off

This August 2012 – Didn’t get the results you needed? Looking for alternative options? Book in now!

From Wednesday 15th August 2012

Didn't get the results you needed in the Leaving Certificate? Worried that you won't get your top choice course? What are your options now?

At the Confidence Club we believe everything in life happens for a reason - 9 times out 10 if you didn't get the course you had applied for it probably wasn't for you anyway! Hard to believe I know when your 17 but with 15 years experience of working in education I know see things very differently to what I did on my own results day - hard to believe that I was disappointed with well over 500 points! I could have done almost any course I wanted in the country that day except the one I had picked - and now I know I never would have been satisfied in life...

At the Confidence Club our aim in our Workshops is to help students to choose the best path for them - find the perfect career based on their Personalities, Apttitudes and Potential. Everyone has to follow their dreams and we would like to see them do this from as early an age as possible, we start at 5! The career might be a highly academic one that needs many traditional school subjects or it may be one that is totally outside the box and needs many skills not covered currently in mainstream education - we don't mind as we cover what's needed! But not everyone is as lucky to start with us at 5 and so we are here too to help older students find their true path even when it means changing direction ..

To meet us this August complete the Booking Form

Dr Naoisé O'Reilly

 

 

6Jun/12Off

Why our new Workshops will be 4 hour sessions that see amazing results?

Our new Workshops that will start this August will take into account that we find the magic number to change a students life is 4! Yes in only 4 hours we have seen huge changes in the 500+ students we have worked with over the last 3 and half years at The Homework Club.

In suddenly 4 hours we have had students that have never been able to express themselves finally writing - they have learnt structure they never understood or comprehension skills or suddenly become motivated to enjoy learning - they have discovered who they are - they have made friends for the first time - they suddenly feel someone finally "gets" them - they have had the confidence to join clubs outside school for the first time - they walk into a room and say hi - they stand straighter - they smile!

The Confidence Club Workshops will take place at weekends allowing students to travel from greater distances and achieve huge results in once intense workshop setting - our aims will be much broader as we have always know that exam results are a very small part of the picture in developing lives - the results always just come when everything else is right! Our aim is for every studnet to know who they are and to feel they can be that person...

Dr. Naoisé

   

Introduction

Welcome to the Confidence Club

One step closer to fulfilling a personal dream of mine - "to make school a happier, creative, more successful and enjoyable place for all students, regardless of their differences"... Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

There is always a balance between making long term changes in education and supporting those people currently in the system!

One of the many reasons why Students attending The Homework Club become so successful is because of the awareness they have of their own Potential, Personality and Learning Style and how these effect their own educational success. Every Student at The Homework Club is set-up to work to their best abilities within the environment through an initial interview.

The Confidence Club now offers this service to everybody, especially those restricted through distance and who aren't able to attend our classes at The Homework Club.

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