We are so excited; after months of work we are opening up our first Choice Theory online course: How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety Effectively
Prior to Covid 19 I had planned a range of elaborate launch options but with everything that is going on in the world, we decided to just get it out there because we truly believe that the world needs this course right now
Our First Course: – Dealing with Stress and Anxiety Effectively
This is our first course and is a good example of how all our courses will be structured. You receive online access to a series of short videos with accompanying activities and downloads. You also have the ability to ask questions. The videos give you information and the activities help you to apply what you’ve learned to your own life situation.
If you are wondering how to deal with stress and anxiety effectively this course will answer your questions. You will learn how to: –
- Zero in on the specific causes of stress in your life
- Self-evaluate so that you can change the behaviours which are distressing you
- Use stress effectively in your life moving forward
- Make choices that align with your individual needs
- Understand what stress is and how you are creating it
- Engineer inner peace and resilience
- And so much more
You can learn more about it here.
Our mission is to help you live your best life using Choice Theory. Choice theory really is the gift that keeps on giving. The more you learn about it the deeper you go and the more life works. People also come to Choice Theory because a specific area of their life is not working and they want an effective resource that will change that. This is another reason we are creating our online courses. They teach Choice Theory basics, but in a way that is appropriate whether you know anything about Choice Theory or not, and the courses are directly related to specific problems or goals.
Most people know of Choice Theory via a smattering of required learning they did during a psychology or education degree. Over the years it has had to compete for attention amongst a few other theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, all of which cross over in some ways. Choice Theory has probably not received the attention it deserves because of its apparent simplicity, but also I believe, because it hasn’t had particularly accessible platforms for delivery.
Dr William Glasser, the developer of Choice theory wrote a number of books on the topic as well as on many variables of the topic, and his idea was that people get together in groups to develop their practice of it. There is also a formal pathway of courses you can take via the network of William Glasser Organisations around the world, but these are expensive and require days of attendance or months of study.
My Personal Experience
I didn’t come to Choice Theory via a psych or education degree. In fact until I met Jeff, I had never even heard of it. The simplicity and structure of Choice Theory intrigued me and I quickly completed the four day Basic Intensive program, followed by the Basic Practicum. With each intensive learning phase came a period of wonder and renewed understanding of myself, my needs and behaviours.
Like anything you need to stay aware and when I needed Choice Theory the most I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I blamed others for my own unwillingness to address issues and I didn’t pay attention to meeting my needs. The end result was catastrophic and I ended up in hospital. Fortunately I had Jeff and I knew enough Choice Theory to get back on track quickly.
Choice Theory requires us to take complete responsibility for our behaviour and until we actually try to live that, we don’t realise how far we fall short of it. It is so much easier to look outside of ourselves for reasons why we are the way we are, and yet the closer we come to taking full responsibility the more control of our life we achieve.
The hardest part of all this for me was accepting that my thoughts are a behaviour and create my feelings and emotions. This, along with understanding that all our behaviours are an attempt to meet our needs is perhaps the core of Choice Theory
Glasser wanted people to understand the concept (and reality) of internal control, that is, that we are not controlled by circumstances outside of ourselves, nor are we victims of life’s curve balls, but rather we are the architects of our thinking and our behaviour. While the world is coming to understand the importance of mastering our minds, mindfulness and mindsets, we are still bombarded with opposing messages like “he/she/it made me”, “that’s just me”, “I just lost it.”The transfer of this knowledge however, into continuous action is an ongoing process that benefits greatly for sustained input and support.
Although still in its infancy, we will grow Choice Theory Online into a resource and community that provides that sustained input and support. If you would like a taste of how to use Choice Theory to feel better over just a few days you can sign up for our free four Days to Feeling Better course, or if you would like a Choice Theory meme each day to help maintain a Choice Theory Mindset you can sign up here. We will update both of these lists about new courses as they go live.
The other way to stay in touch with us is by downloading the Needs Profile in the side bar. Understanding our needs so that we can effectively meet them is a great first step towards living our best life.
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below and we would be happy to answer them. Your comments are so important because they help us to know how we can serve you better.