We launched VIVE events to help as many people as we can take control of their wellbeing, performance and quality of life.
People come to our events with a range of starting points. Whether they’re tired after a long day at work, doing fine but want something more, loving life or are just curious to see what it’s about.
We bring everyone together to reflect on where each of us are now and where we want to be in the future. We teach breathwork, meditation and visualisation; tools that will train your brain to change how you think, feel and act. It’s a session packed with practical tips and activities that you can start using immediately.
Our most recent event was all about finding your focus. This could be focusing on the small tasks we set ourselves each day. Or it could be about developing focus on our bigger goals and ambitions. Either way, we’re here to help you focus and thrive.
A lot of you have been asking us “when are you launching the app?” Well, not just yet, but we’re making great progress. In the meantime, you can sign up to our mailing list and receive early access and exclusive updates before anyone else.
The VIVE app will act as a central hub where you can access on demand visualisations, guidance and sign up to our live events. It’s the best way to turn your visualisation skills into a lasting routine where you’ll see the best results.
By signing up now, you’ll be able to have your say so that we develop an app that truly works for you. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
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‘Runway’ is a new student and graduate start-up accelerator at the University of Bristol which aims to turn fledgling ideas into high growth businesses.
The accelerator, launched with a £750,000 investment, gives students and recent graduates access to co-working space, mentoring and funding. All of the Centre’s teaching staff are entrepreneurs who can help with everything from patenting ideas to connections with funding teams.
Runway also offers: private meeting rooms, breakout space and professional presentation venues, access to student consultants and interns, designers and prototyping facilities, and financial support from the new ‘Jim and Peggy Wilkinson Innovation Fund’.
Tom Ellson, Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship said: “Without donations from supporters like the Jim and Peggy Wilkinson Foundation we would not be making the step change we can announce today.”
Mark Neild, Programme Director for Runway, said: “Runway is where student start-ups take off and we’re excited to see it become an inspiring space full of energetic young entrepreneurs.
“All of our staff have real-world business experience so we can help with the nuts and bolts of founding a venture, but also the psychological stuff: dealing with imposter syndrome, staying disciplined, that sort of thing.”
VIVE has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in the South-West region after being shortlisted as part of a brand new awards programme.
The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the pandemic began. In 2020, when most of the world was shutting down, more than 400,000 startups were set up in Britain, with similar increases seen in other European countries.
There was stiff competition with over 2,500 applications received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries. Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
Co-founded by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the new series follows the success of the Wales StartUp Awards, after organisers recognised the exceptional potential in the startup scene across the other British regions.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, said: “New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. Since 2016, the Wales StartUp Awards have celebrated this amazing annual contribution to our economy by entrepreneurs and the impact they have on communities across the nation.
“Given the sheer volume of phenomenal startups we’ve heard from since then, as well as the huge post-pandemic shift in people’s desires to take their career in a new direction and set up a business against the odds, we felt it was the right time to take the programme nationwide. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”
The way we think affects how we feel. The way we feel affects how we behave. How we behave affects the way we think.
It’s a continuous, reinforcing cycle that can give us amazing high points or deep low points. We need to learn how to intervene when we are in a downward cycle to rewrite the narrative.
🤔 Thinking. Putting things into perspective and showing self-compassion are great skills. For example, try reframing failure as a learning opportunity.
🧠 Feeling. Label your emotions to understand the underlying causes.
👊 Doing. Complete the cycle by taking productive action. Doing something that is hard to start but feels great afterwards is the crux of mental strength.
Embracing difficult feelings
Embracing difficult feelings is difficult. It’s obvious when you say it. And when something is difficult we need good strategies for dealing with it.
Avoidance and blocking of negative emotions can lead to blocking all emotions. So, it’s important to learn how to manage all our emotions.
Here’s one strategy. To embrace difficult feelings, you have to understand them first. This means giving them a label – the more specific the better. There might even be a few different feelings coming together.
Now, that you understand your feelings, you can work to meet unmet needs.
Develop mental strength routinely
The best way to develop mental strength is to do something that is good for you when you lack motivation. Motivation is just a feeling and, like everything feeling, it comes and goes.
The first step is to notice the urge not to act e.g. ‘I don’t want to go to the gym today.’ Then, understand why you are performing the action e.g. ‘I want to go to the gym to improve my fitness.’ Finally, make a choice e.g. ‘I will/ won’t go to the gym today.’
Start by practicing with something small and build up to more difficult goals. A few easy wins could be:
Don’t look at your phone when you’re in a queue;
Brush your teeth at least twice a day;
Hold food in your mouth before biting it;
Setting a timer to work for 10 more minutes when you feel like you are getting distracted;
Sending a message you’ve been putting off for a while.
Do you every feel so immersed in an activity that hours go by without you noticing? That’s flow.
The idea of flow comes from the realms of positive psychology, namely Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. It’s the state of feeling full involvement, energised focus and enjoyment in an activity.
Mihály said that flow is not about discovering the right experience, it is about enhancing the quality of any experience. So, this month, we looked at how to cultivate flow in many aspects of our lives.
Flow occurs when our skill in an activity is high and the challenge is high. How we define ‘high’ in these contexts is relative to the individual. Using visualisation we can change the skill level and perceived challenge level of an activity.
When you visualise being totally immersed in an action – it is as if you are performing it for real. You are actively priming your brain so that the action feels like it comes naturally to you.
You can improve your overall strategic approach to an activity; specific skills to perform an activity and self-efficacy, having more clarity on knowing your true skill level.
Visualisation makes it become more natural and instinctive – helping you to find your flow.
Putting it into Practice
Flow has become a popular topic of discussion for people at the peak of their craft and, increasingly, for people wanting to level up some aspect of their life. The ‘Flow Research Collective Radio‘ podcast talked about all the research into flow with practical advice on how to cultivate it in your life. In ‘The School of Greatness’ podcast, Lewis Holmes talks with Donald Schultz and Travis Pastrana about their personal experiences. Donald has done a lot of things very well – from all his amazing experiences, he shares lessons learned and dilemmas faced. Travis, a stunt performer, gives us an immersive six-minute experience into what it is like to fly through the air on a motorbike.
Within our VIVE team – we try to apply flow in a few areas of our lives. For Maya, this is currently in her work and, for Ben, it’s in learning to drive.
“At the moment, I am definitely finding flow in my work. I have these periods of just incredible energy and motivation! And more than anything, I enjoy it.”
“I’m starting to find flow in learning to drive. I found it difficult for a while, I was overthinking things and it just didn’t feel natural being behind the wheel. But recently, I’ve been much more relaxed and loving it!”