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Debunking the myths on Perfectionism and Self Compassion

Speaker: Sanela Lukanovic and Nicola Arnold
Type: Paid on the Door
Venue: Holiday Inn (Courtfield Road Entrance) 97 Cromwell Road, London (Click venue address for map) (Click venue address for map)
Date: 27 November 2018
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Debunking the myths on Perfectionism and Self Compassion

Times: 18h15 Registration and Networking

18h30 Session begins and finishes at 20h00


This is a highly experiential, psycho-educational 90 min workshop focusing on the two of the most prolific and extremely dangerous myths that are keeping millions of us stuck and playing below our real potential: Perfectionism and Self Compassion.

We confuse perfectionism and healthy striving for excellence. We believe that if we look perfect and do everything perfectly we will avoid judgement, criticism and disconnection from others. We believe it is a badge of honour, a sign that we are adhering to high standards and delivering exceptional value to our clients. We push ourselves and those around us hard in order to achieve it. When we fail, we engage in negative behaviours of blame and self criticism that keep us stuck for longer.

But what if Perfectionism is actually a heavy armour which stops us from being truly seen, expressing our opinions, delivering our best work. What if perfectionism stops us from being brave in the way we lead, parent and love?

We will also look into the research showing that Self Compassion is not a weakness but a best tool of resourcefulness available to us. It has nothing to do with “letting yourself of the hook” and everything to do with “having your own back”.

Our intention is for the participants to learn about the concepts and then apply the learning through various exercises.

This workshop draws from extensive research by Dr. Brené Brown (Daring Way), Kristin Naff (Self Compassion) as well as research on will power. Some teaching may use exclusive Brené Brown videos to explain a concept.

Half of the workshop is allocated to “learn by doing”. When teaching the concepts we model vulnerability, an essential element of being brave, by sharing our own experiences. The feedback indicates that this is an extremely powerful and useful to participants.

Overall Learning Objectives:

  • To understand perfectionism and the negative impact it has on us and our potential
  • To offer way to reframe it and embrace a more positive approach of striving for excellence purposes

To learn about 3 aspects of self compassion and how it works and how to practice it

Sanela  is an Accredited Daring Way facilitator (2016), Life and career coach. Her passion is empowering women to show up, be seen and live braveTM as well as taking this work to parents and schools. 

She has 14 years of life and career coaching experience background, including working in corporates, business schools and in her private practice. Having started her career as a management consultant, she has developed a unique way of combining pragmatism, love of research and power of intuition in her coaching.

Nicola Arnold (PCC, CPCC, BA (Hons), Cert Ed) is a certified coach who empowers individuals to stand in their spotlight, illuminating their path of possibilities.

With over 20 years’ experience, her passion is in supporting individuals to create a positive and empowering belief in what they want. She writes for Thrive Global and other publications on self worth, wellbeing and authenticity – three of her top values. Nicola is also a registered coach for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS Leadership Academy.

In 2016 she launched the Happy to be ME hub, an online community, inviting individuals to be their authentic selves and be happy to be in their own skin, channelling self worth as a lifestyle not a luxury. Last year she was shortlisted for an ‘exceptional service award’ for her work in supporting her online and local community with becoming more resilient and in promoting developing a happier society.

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