First Responders – don’t delay!

The introductory offer of $49.95 for lifetime access to the online Triple Zero Resilience & Wellbeing program for First Responders – is ending on 28th February 2019.

After that….it will be set to the regular price of $149.95.

It’s unbelievable value – and something that I believe ALL first responders need to have.

Looking after your mental wellbeing is VITAL in this field of work, and this program aims to give you skills & strategies to help you keep doing the job you love – for as long as you can, whilst maintaining a healthy mindset in both your professional and personal life.

For more information – check it out at: https://platinumpotential.com.au/triplezeroresilienceprogram/

 

Emotional Resilience & Wellbeing for First Responders – Online Program!

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Yes…you haven’t heard from me for some time now; but there’s been a reason for that!

  1. I have barely used this site since writing my first few blogs (I do everything on my website now: www.platinumpotential.com.au )
  2. I’ve been busy creating a program to help other FIRST RESPONDERS keep doing the job they love, for as long as they can, whilst maintaining a healthy mindset & being fulfilled in both their professional & personal lives!

 

Since resigning from the Qld Ambulance Service in 2015, and writing the blog (‘Unless you’ve been there you wouldn’t understand. A Paramedics farewell to the job’ ) asa way to tell people who weren’t in the job “Shut up and stop asking me why I’m leaving!”……the response to that surprised me, and jolted me into saying “I have to do something to help others”.

So, I put both my 15yrs of Paramedic experience, together with my more recent ‘coaching’ qualifications….and created a program called the Emotional Resilience & Wellbeing program for Emergency Services personnel (Also known as the ‘Triple Zero Resilience Program’ for my Aussie officers).

Whilst it’s now been available as a 3 day workshop for a little while now, I recently decided to just have it as an ONLINE program only (at this stage) – so that it can be accessible to more First Responders around the world, at their own convenience, and in the comfort of their own home. 

It’s a 6 module, interactive program, with 27 lessons, all with video content, downloadable workbooks & activities, some audio downloads, access to a private facebook group, & more! – Oh, and it’s LIFETIME ACCESS – all for only $49.95 (AUD)

……And I believe that IT’S WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW TO NOT ONLY SURVIVE IN THE JOB….BUT THRIVE!

So if you’d like to KNOW MORE about the program, you can head to the website: www.platinumpotential.com.au & click on the FIRST RESPONDER PROGRAM button.

OR 

Head straight over to purchase it ($49.95) if you are keen to get started – via this link:

SIGN UP TO THE ONLINE PROGRAM

https://members.platinumpotential.com.au/register/000-online-resilience-program/

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

(my email is di@platinumpotential.com.au if you’d like to get in touch!)

Di McMath

x

 

 

This simple task – could save your life.

This simple task, could save your life one day.

If you’ve ever suffered from depression, you’d know that when you feel like you’re in that deep dark hole; that it can quite often be a struggle to find a way out of it.

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You know that you don’t like feeling that way, yet you feel no energy to even begin to find a way to climb out of it – because it seems like such a huge task to even think of a way to do it.

Well, what if you prepared yourself for the next time that you were to fall in that hole?

What if there was something that you created, that was readily available – that acted like a small step ladder that gave you the momentum to begin climbing out of that hole?

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So here’s how it goes….

Whilst you’re are in a good headspace, take out a small piece of paper and write the heading:

‘My stepladder’

Then write the numbers 1-5 down the left hand side (more if you prefer – to give you a selection).

Next, I’d like you to think of the five little & simple things that you know makes you feel good, and doesn’t take much effort (to physically do, or think about), nor does it require any other people to be involved.

As an example, here’s mine.

  1. Reading my gratitude journal (the actual book I’ve collected gratitude lists for days/months/years).
  2. Write down at least 3 specific things that I’m grateful for – in my Gratitude Journal.
  3. Put on some favourite ‘feel good’ music – start with one of these:

–          (This is where I would have a list ready)

  1. Burning incense & candles
  2. Watch some funny YouTube videos – start with one of these:

–         (This is where I would have a list ready)

  1. Watch one of my favourites comedy or ‘uplifting’ movies

–          (This is where I would have a list ready)

  1. Watching the sun set / sun rise
  2. Sitting (or walking) on the beach

If you wanted to go one step further, simply have one (1) place where you keep your specific things (eg: gratitude journal, candles, incense, dvd’s / USB with funny videos or movies). This way, you don’t have to make much effort at all to try and find them – once you’ve found your list.

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Now, the next time I’m feeling like I’m in a ‘low’ point in my life….I can simply get my list out and start at number 1.

It’s amazing how doing this simple exercise can help you to begin climbing out of your dark hole.

Or – if you wanted to take it one step further; try scheduling these small things that make you feel good – into your daily or weekly routine as a bit of ‘self-care’.

I hope it helps!

x

Di McMath is a Resilience Coach, NLP Coach Practitioner, & former Advanced Care Paramedic. She is the best-selling Author of the best selling book in Amazon’s motivational business category 2015 -‘Icebreakers’. She is also the creator of the ‘Triple Zero 000 Resilience Program’ – supporting Emergency Service Workers through building stronger mindsets.

http://www.platinumpotential.com.au/

Facebook group: Emergency Services Family

 

 

 

3 ways to make better decisions

Wouldn’t it be nice to have had hindsight about some situations?

How often have you said the words;

”If only…..”? 

If only I knew he was going to turn out to be a jerk.”

If only I had trusted my gut instinct in that situation.”

If only we hadn’t have stopped for that coffee….”

If only I had gone in with that lotto syndicate…”

If only…..

If only….

Well, unless you are fortunate enough to be ‘gifted’ with being able to see into the future; you’re unfortunately going to have situations in your life that you’ll often wish that you’d had some hindsight into.

 

But what if we were able to make better decisions?

The kind of decisions that may have prevented things from turning out the way they did, or that would have made the situation 10 x better?

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Why is it that some of us can have such huge debates in our mind about making decisions, and yet some of us just make split decisions with no hesitation?

 

Well, here’s 3 things that you can do to start making the whole process a lot easier & more effective!

 

ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY INFORMATION

Studies have shown that in ‘marketing’, people tend to eliminate all of the thing that aren’t relevant to them first – in order to be able to focus on what’s really important to them.

For example, if I’m looking through a catalogue from ‘Target’; I’d glance over all of the things that are irrelevant to me and focus on the bits that I have an interest in or are most important to me.

Same goes with big decisions in life.

Are you too focused on all of the little details that aren’t really relevant in the big scheme of things?

 

Do these act as excuses for you making the decisions that are necessary?

Do you get upset with someone for the little things, for the real reason being that you love them – and you want to make it work somehow? Because let’s face it….if you didn’t care about them; the little things wouldn’t bother you. Would they?

So when thinking about making a decision; eliminate all the unnecessary crap. The stuff that is really irrelevant in the big scheme of things, and just focus on what really matters.

 

PRACTICE ANTICIPATION

Now, this doesn’t give you a free card to start jumping on the ‘Negative Nelly’ bandwagon and think of all of the things that could go wrong!

That’s just fear raising its head and speaking up!

‘Fears’ job is to try and protect you, but it can stop you from living life to the full.

…..So, back to ‘anticipation’.

Let’s take some professional sports people for instance.

Footballers are constantly anticipating what their opposition’s next move will be, and make the decision to defend a certain way.

Golfers anticipate where their ball will land if they use certain clubs & swing the club and hit the ball a certain way.

So, just as they don’t play the game relying on themselves or their opposition to make mistakes; don’t always anticipate the worst outcomes that can happen if you make certain decisions.

Anticipate what can happen, both positive & negative….and think about what your next step would be if that happened.

Try not to think too many steps ahead of yourself…

’See it as it is, not worse than it is’.

 

Practice your ‘what if…’ muscle in a more positive light.

“What if I did go on that holiday? – would things ‘really’ fall apart at work if I was away?”

“What if the disastrous thing that I’ve been imagining…didn’t happen; and it actually turned out to be ok?”

And if you make a decision, & do happen to make a poor choice….

‘It’s never a failure, its feedback!’

Learn from it, and readjust your next decision accordingly!

 

BUILD YOUR ‘FAITH’ MUSCLE.

Now, this is not talking about religion – it’s purely about having trust that you will be supported in the decisions you make.

It won’t always mean being supported by ‘people’ around you, but some sort of higher force – ‘God, the universe, fate,’ whatever  that means for you…but just a trust, a knowing

– that all will work out the way it’s meant to.

Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith – and build your wings on the way down!

 

You never know….you may just fly!

So make more decisions….plenty of them!

Take risks,

….be brave enough to make mistakes…….but LEARN from them!

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There are two types of pain in this world…..pain on the road to success, & the pain of regret.

The latter – is more painful & long lasting.

 

 

More help to decrease suicide & PTSD in the Emergency Services

What if the current ‘staff support services’ helped….but weren’t enough?

What if there was more to help our first responders?

Speaking from experience and feedback from colleagues…..staff DO want more, and with there still being suicides within the industry – it’s needed!

Do yourself a favour & watch this 2min video till the end. It speaks for itself….and it could just be what you and your organisation need,

so that the next job you go to….is NOT one of your own.

 

 

I see you. A poem for Paramedics

I wrote a poem for all my Paramedic mates. Obviously it won’t resonate with all of you…but just a reminder that you need to care for yourself before you can care for others….so stick your hand up if you need. xx.

– I see you –

‘When I see you through my eyes,
I see a strong and confident Paramedic who’s capable of saving the world.
When I see you through my heart, I see that you doubt your capabilities at times.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see a bright and bubbly personality that’s full of life.
When I see you through my heart, I see that you wish you could feel the fullness of life.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you are everyone’s saviour.
When I see you through my heart, I see that you wish someone was yours.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you care about your patients and their loved ones.
When I see you through my heart, I see that some patient’s leave big emotional wounds inside you that often split open without warning.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see you as the ‘popular’ one!
When I see you through my heart, I see that you feel alone a lot of the time.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see you wear that uniform with pride!
When I see you through my heart, I see that it can make you anxious sometimes.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you can handle any job that comes your way.
When I see you through my heart, you’re screaming out inside for fate to let you avoid them.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you were made for this job.
When I see you through my heart, I see that you can often feel trapped into thinking “This is all I know, this is who I am”.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you like how others view you – it can give you a sense of worthiness.
But when I see you through my heart, I see that sometimes you don’t feel worthy inside.

When I see you through my eyes,
I see that you always treat others from your heart.
When I see you through my heart, I know that yours is breaking.

So please my friend,
Just take a look – through the vision that I’m seeing…
And when you see that you’re not alone
That in itself – can be freeing.

Remove your mask,
remove your veil,
and let out your inner feelings.

You are never alone throughout this journey,
called ‘The road to inner healing.’

xxx

Di McMath –
Platinum Potential http://www.platinumpotential.com.au Facebook: Platinum Potential Facebook: Icebreakers book

 

 

 

The Uniform – What does it mean for you?

Whether you have knowledge of it or not, donning on ‘the uniform’ each shift can have similar meanings for many.
Just as an actor steps into character, the uniform can deliver many ‘emotions’ when it’s time to put it on and head out the door to another shift. Conscious of them or not, they can determine the officers ‘state’ and have a flow on effect to how they may handle their shift, and how they interact with other staff members & the community.

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I have found, that as years go by – there can be many different characters that the ‘uniform’ causes us to play each time it is put on.

Here are just some of the common characters that I believe exist:

‘Superhero’

emergency services 2– This is when the uniform is almost like a superhero cape with special powers. The
community sees you on a pedestal, and that drives you.
– Often early on in the career, and at times – lasting years.
– Ego driven: a sense of significance when worn
– A sense of confidence when worn
– Often not afraid to trod on toes to get where they want in hierarchy
– Often not well liked by other officers
– ‘Significance’ is often high on their list of values

CLICK HERE to read more…

 

‘Icebreakers’: How to Empower, Motivate and Inspire Your Team, Through Step-by-Step Activities That Boost Confidence, Resilience and Create Happier Individuals

Di McMath

DI MCMATH

(author of blog posts : ‘Unless you’ve been there you wouldn’t understand: A Paramedics farewell to the job’

and also ‘Caring for the ‘invisible wounds’: A former Paramedic’s mission to help build Resilience in the lives of Emergency workers’)

Has now released a book:

ICEBREAKERS

HOW TO EMPOWER, INSPIRE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM THROUGH STEP-BY-STEP ACTIVITIES THAT BOOST CONFIDENCE, RESILIENCE & CREATE HAPPIER INDIVIDUALS

amazon best seller

 

Paperback & Kindle available
CLICK HERE to purchase, and follow the links to ‘Icebreakers’ book on Di’s website

Di’s currently creating a ‘RESILIENCE’ program for Emergency Service personnel. 

Register your interest by sending her an email: di@platinumpotential.com.au

http://www.platinumpotential.com.au

http://www.facebook.com/platinumpotential

http://www.facebook.com/icebreakersbook

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RESEARCH: “Life Coaching can assist the wellbeing of medical personnel – and have a flow on effect resulting in better patient care and greater staff productivity.”

 

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RESEARCH  

HYPOTHESIS:

 “Life Coaching can assist the wellbeing of medical personnel – and have a flow on effect resulting in better patient care and greater staff productivity.”

 

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By Di McMath

Life Coach – LCA Coach, ACTP – ICF, NLP Coach Practitioner, Advanced Care Paramedic, Registered Nurse

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Other content from Di McMath

BLOGS:

https://dimcmath.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/unless-youve-been-there-you-wouldnt-understand-a-paramedics-farewell-to-the-job/

https://dimcmath.wordpress.com/caring-for-the-invisible-wounds-a-former-paramedics-mission-to-help-build-resilience-in-the-lives-of-emergency-workers/

BOOK:

ICEBREAKERS: ‘How to empower, motivate and inspire your team through step-by-step activities that boost confidence, resilience and create happier individuals’

amazon best seller

 

‘Icebreakers’: How to Empower, Motivate and Inspire Your Team, Through Step-by-Step Activities That Boost Confidence, Resilience and Create Happier Individuals

DI MCMATH

(author of blog posts : ‘Unless you’ve been there you wouldn’t understand: A Paramedics farewell to the job’

and also ‘Caring for the ‘invisible wounds’: A former Paramedic’s mission to help build Resilience in the lives of Emergency workers’)

Has now released a book:

ICEBREAKERS

HOW TO EMPOWER, INSPIRE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM THROUGH STEP-BY-STEP ACTIVITIES THAT BOOST CONFIDENCE, RESILIENCE & CREATE HAPPIER INDIVIDUALS

amazon best seller

 

Paperback & Kindle available
CLICK HERE to purchase, and follow the links to ‘Icebreakers’ book on Di’s website

Di’s currently creating a ‘RESILIENCE’ program for Emergency Service personnel. 

Register your interest by sending her an email: di@platinumpotential.com.au

http://www.platinumpotential.com.au

http://www.facebook.com/platinumpotential

http://www.facebook.com/icebreakersbook