Imagine Yourself How to deal with adversity when life sucks!
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Imagine Yourself How to deal with adversity when life sucks!

Mind & Body Skills to help you with life's toughest issues - All ages
4.6 (15 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,232 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2016
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Articles
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Gain skills to better cope when serious illness strikes!
Discover how to achieve key states to improve what you can change
Uncover how to leave less than desirable states of being during life’s harsh times
Benefit through learning key self-regulation skills that will serve you well during any crisis!
Use key brain/body skills that improve our ability to be calmer and more mindful
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Requirements
  • Openness to learn
  • Willingness to invest in themselves and practice the skills
  • Have access to an audio player i.e. MP3 Player, or audio software on your tablet, computer, phone to play the 7 audio programs
  • Best to have a non-judgemental friend to talk with
Description

What to do when life goes sideways: 

  • Health
  • Behaviour with family, friend or student
  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Failure

In my case it was my daughter's brain tumour that pushed me hard. 

That is one of the key reasons why this program was born. We offer skills to help the whole family or group.  Each of  you and all of you can use them to deal with life's toughest issues.

The program offers insights into what we all all experience.  You'll learn

  1. The process as we experience life's losses and griefs
  2. Discover 3 Key States that build our health and happiness
  3. Understand how 3 Key States can block us from health and happiness
  4. Eight skills in video to help you shift from being in a bad state to a better state 
  5. Two text based skills to assist you further deepen your ability to thrive
  6. A common language approach so that ages 3 - 103 can connect, engage and share a  little more of their personal journey.
  7. Word Puzzles to help you remember and practice what you've learned
  8. Five Audio stories to assist you practise the skills
  9. One Audio skill building Relaxation exercise in audio format 
    1. One in male voice
    2. One in female voice

This family student and school friendly program was born out of the frustration of me not being able to find any skill based program during those large issues in my family. Oh and yes, me then 7 year old daughter and I have both done very well since that very stressful time.

  1. "Don't forget to use the audios; they are a big part of the success of the program."5 stories to choose from
  2. Each one helps you practice key skills to assist you deepen your capacity to thrive
  3. The chair exercise is here twice; once in male voice and once in female voice.

P.S. I'm sorry to tell you that your primary cancer has spread and it is in four locations! I've had my own 7 year battle with two bouts of cancer and a failed medical procedure that meant an emergency surgery with a rush trip to the OR at midnight.

So, I've lived this from several  perspectives. As a father, a spouse, a son and a brother. I've always been astounded at the lack of basic Situational Mental Heath programming available in North America.

I've also found this program very useful to help me better manage the two chronic illnesses  life has challenged me with. Doctors tell me my body age is at least 12 years less than my chronological age. I am quite certain that is in part due to the use of these skills impacting my mind and body health.  I wish you and yours all the very best on your journey.

SAFETY Notice:

Don't use the audio's while operating any type of moving or stationary device with moving parts. The audio stories are designed to build skill while relaxing you. WE don't want you falling asleep while driving or operating machinery.






Please Note: When you use the audio programs they are very effective.  EXCEPT if you use them with children the adult in charge can fall asleep before the children. So keep that in mind. :)

Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals and Families challenged with illness
  • Anyone who is in grief or loss due to Death, Divorce, Separation, Illness, Job Loss, Bankruptcy
  • Students struggling with achieving passing grades and/or other school issues
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 52 Lectures Collapse All 52 Lectures 02:49:30
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Hello and Welcome
3 Lectures 06:23

Imagine Yourself is a skill based program designed to help:

  • Individuals, Families and Communities, 
  • Students, Educators and Schools
  • Health Care Staff, Medical Professionals and Organizations
  • Groups and Organizations deal with life's toughest times. What I call BIGStuff.

The program offers:

  • 7 video skills
  • 2 Audio Programs
  • 5 Audio Stories
  • Easy to understand Model
    • Four Types of Energy
    • 3 Optimal States
    • 3 Less Optimal States
    • Easy to understand process to shift our Energy 

So the programs helps the participants learn key skills to assist them:

  • Understand what they are experiencing
  • Skills to help them gain a sense of control
  • Common language approach to help them better communicate what they are experiencing


Plus some added information to assist us all better understand ourselves and each other.


Preview 01:02

Introducing Imagine Yourself
01:32

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3 States of Being
1 Lecture 05:51

Three healthy states of being that we should strive to achieve every day.

3 Healthy States of Being
05:51

How many Healthy States of Being are there in the Imagine Yourself model?

Healthy States of Being
1 question
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3 Challenging States of Being
1 Lecture 05:02

Three less healthy states of being that we all visit everyday. However we need to take care our visits don't last too long. Plus we should use the skills to move out of these states as often as possible. However if we find we get stuck in one of them we should ask for help to get out of them.

3 Less Healthy States of Being iv
05:02

How many states or zones are there in the Less Healthy States of Being?

Less Healthy States of Being
1 question
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A Safety Message
1 Lecture 00:55

Don't practise these skills while operating any type of equipment.

Preview 00:55
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Types of Energy
1 Lecture 04:05

Energy

  • Easy to understand model
  • 4 Energy types
  • Each Energy State offers unique gifts
  • Each Energy State can both build and block our quality of life
  • Understand your favourite and least favourite state helps build self awareness
  • The skills help us learn to manage our Energy
  • The skills can help us change our Energy
Types of Energy
04:05

How many types of Energy are there in the Imagine Yourself model

Types of Energy
1 question
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Imagine Yourself Word Puzzles
1 Lecture 00:10
IY Imagine Yourself Word Puzzles
00:10
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IY Key Skills to help us manage or change our Energy
10 Lectures 21:44
IY Skills Belly Breathing
02:14

IY Skills QTS Quick Tension Scan Video + Pdf QTS Downloadable FIle
02:40


IY Skills Leaves, Breeze & Trees
02:36

IY Skills Slow & Quiet Energy Exercise Silly Bird & Lifting Breath Exercises
03:51

IY Skills Loud and Fast Energy Exercise Clapping
01:11

IY Skills Loud & Fast Energy Playing Imaginary Drums
02:45

IY Skills Loud and Fast The Spoons
02:24

IY Skills Turtle Walking
01:08

IY Key Skill Mindfulness
00:15
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What does each type of Energy represent to you?
2 Lectures 02:06

So, we've practised:

Loud

Fast

Quiet 

Slow

Energy... each one experienced a little different by each of us. Got a favourite?

Preview 01:52

Exercise Exploration Sheets
00:14

How may types of Energy are there?


Energy
1 question
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Exploring how our Language builds Resiliency
4 Lectures 03:07

The language we use shows us the vision, values and beliefs we hold to be true.

A resilient common language approach helps us to:

  • Use basic words so that all ages can participate
  • Helps us put things in a "Put our best foot forward" frame of mind 

to help ensure the best possible experience and outcomes. 

Basic of Resiliency and Language
00:09

I Have Resiliency for Life Mini Series
01:00

I Am Resiliency for Life Mini Series
00:59

I Can I Do Resiliency for Life Mini Series
00:59
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About the Instructor
Michael Ballard
4.4 Average rating
70 Reviews
4,264 Students
6 Courses
Drift, Dream, Drown or Decide & Do!

Michael Ballard has presented to audiences and consulted with groups from Bermuda to Singapore and coast to coast to coast in North America as an internationally renowned speaker. Thousands of people have deepened their personal and professional ability to thrive using the process and skills he teaches. In the process they've learned how to deal with life's BIG Stuff issues based on the expertise Michael enjoys sharing on resilience. He hopes you will, too!

Michael has appeared in close to 150 media interviews across North America on resiliency. He has also executive produced and hosted over 24 video interviews on those impacted by life’s BIGStuff events.

Michael learned quite a bit about thriving using resilience while facing adversity during his 7 year battle with three challenges to his life while fighting cancer, multiple treatments, setbacks and victories. He enjoys upbeat, serious, silly and insightful conversations over coffee, puns, biking, hiking, photography and snorkelling. Oh and volunteering where he works at stretching his comfort zones.

Michael joined Udemy in 2014. In late 2014, one of his business clients called him up to discuss challenges personally and professionally in dealing with health and relationship issues and in the process encouraged him to start to make online video and audio based programming. 

Michael is very pleased and excited to know that  his programming is impacting  students in over 121 countries.


Michael Ballard
4.3 Average rating
128 Reviews
12,705 Students
11 Courses
Helping people learn how to deal with adveristy

Michael Ballard has presented to audiences and consulted with groups from Bermuda to Singapore and New Orleans to Vancouver as an internationally renowned speaker. Thousands of people have deepened their personal and professional ability to thrive using the process and skills he teaches. In the process they've learned how to deal with life's BIG Stuff issues based on the expertise Michael enjoys sharing on resilience. He hopes you will, too!

Michael has appeared in over 140 media interviews across North America on resiliency. He has also executive produced and hosted over 24 video interviews on those impacted by life’s BIG Stuff events. Plus students here in over 139 countries.

Michael learned quite a bit about thriving through resilience while facing adversity during his 7 year battle with three challenges to his life while fighting cancer, multiple treatments, setbacks and victories. He enjoys upbeat and insightful coffee, conversations, puns, biking, hiking, photography and snorkelling.

Michael joined Udemy in 2014. In late 2014, one of his coaching clients called him up to discuss personnel and workplace productivity issues and in the process encouraged him to start making video based programming.