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05/19/2018

アラン・ウォーカー Faded クリスマスライブ version

昨日、アラン・ウォーカー人気について書きましたが、このライブ映像を見ると、いかに彼の曲が若者世代中心に共感を持って受け入れられているか感じられます。2017年12月にノルウェイで行われたライブのようですが、ビデオ開始2分のあたりから、会場の大観衆がボーカルの女性シンガーと一緒に自然発生的に大合唱を始め、ボルテージMAX状態になります。

「あなたは今どこ? 私は消えてなくなってしまいそう」という哀しげな歌詞を、これだけの大勢の観客が大合唱するということは、言い換えれば、皆、多かれ少なかれ、何らかの不安や孤独、寂しさなどを感じているからこそ、この曲に共感するのでしょう。その映像を観て心打たれるものがあるということは、自分もその一人なのだろうと思います。

I wrote my thought about popularity of Alan Walker's tunes in my previous post, and the above video is another live performance version of Faded, which took place in December 2017 at his home country Norway. I got goose bumps on my skin when the audience started singing with the female singer from 2 minute of the beginning of the video. The large audience's singing the lyrics " Where are you now ? I'm faded ... " probably signifies that many people on the globe are feeling a sense of stagnation in the society, at the same time, hope for the future.  Being moved with this footage probably means that I'm also one of them. 

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05/18/2018

アラン・ウォーカー人気考察  - popularity of Alan Walker - hope in the uncertainty

現在、ヨーロッパの若者の間で支持されているミュージシャンがアラン・ウォーカー。代表的なヒット曲がこれです、BGMとして使用しているyoutuberもいるので、どこかで聞いたことのある方も多いと思います。
(註 キーボードの男性がアラン・ウォーカーです)
美しくて幻想的なメロディーですが、歌詞はちょっと切ないというか退廃的な面もあります。I'm faded, where are you now ?   under the sea
(私は消えてなくなりそう、あなたはどこにいるの? 海の底)
こんな内容の歌詞です。

ここ数か月、英語のトレーニングでネットを通じて南ヨーロッパの人達とも話をする機会がありますが、感じるのは、多くの若者が将来に希望を見いだせないで漠然とした不安を感じているようだということ。国の経済状況が停滞しており、失業率も高く、なかなか良い仕事が得られない。こんな社会状況らしいので、将来に希望を見出せなくて、気分が鬱状態になってしまう人も多いのだそうです。

つまり、アラン・ウォーカーの曲がヨーロッパの若者の将来への不安を代弁し、それをファンタスティックなメロディで元気づけているのだと思います。日本も多かれ少なかれ似たような状況になりつつありますよね。ちょっと切なく、癒しと希望も感じるところが、僕も気に入っています。

The above video is one of my current favorite tunes, Alan Walker's Faded. The melody is beautiful and fantastic, however the lyrics are a bit sad and decadent-ish, such as " I'm faded, where are you now ?  under the sea ... ".

In these several months, I have opportunities to talk with people in their late 20's to early 30's in south European regions through online language practice tutorial service. What I feel from them is ... many of people in those regions seem to be feeling a sense of uncertainty and anxiety about the future because of stagnated economy, high unemployment rate and difficulty in getting a job with good working condition ... etc.

Alan Walker is also a musician in Europe - Norway.  Probably the reason why his songs draw empathy of young generations in Europe would be ... his songs are representing/embodying that kind of their internal voice, and his beautiful melody lines would give the audience a sense of relaxation, healing, reassurance, and hope for the future.  Japan is also facing a similar social problems more or less.  When I listen to his tunes, I feel a little bit blue, and at the same time I feel at ease and get energized, that is why I prefer his tunes.      

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05/17/2018

ダイエットへのモチベーションを高めるエクササイズビデオ  motivator for exercise

学生時代からの友人が「こんなダンスビデオチャンネルがあるよ」と教えてくれました。早速チェックしてみたら、ダンス技術が高いのと皆が真剣に楽しんで練習しているのが非常に印象的です。僕自身の専門は主に筋力トレーニングを通じたダイエットやシェイプアップ、ビルドアップ、リラクゼーション系のエクササイズ等ですので、もちろん、こんな風には踊れませんが、エクササイズへのモチベーションを高めるのに良いと思い、紹介させていただく次第です。

One of my best friends showed me the presence of a youtube channel named as Danceon, and this footage is one of dance exercise videos on that channel. Of course I can not dance like this cuz my specialty is mainly strength & conditioning, however this amazing dance video can be a good motivator for your fitness workout. So I would like to share it here on my blog.

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05/15/2018

An example of simple reflection

今日からまた気温が上がり、こちらは、現在、気温25度~26度程度で、心地よいです。今日も一日、元気に過ごしましょう。

client : I don't have time to exercise. My spouse and friends don't either.

coach : It seems that you, your friends, and your spouse don't have time to exercise.

client : That's true, except for one of my friends who is an avid runner. I don't know how he does it.

coach : When you say you have a friend who is an avid runner, it sounds like you are impressed and may be curious, wondering how he manages to find the time.
Retrieved from Coaching psychology manual (Moore, Jackson, & Tschannen-Moran, 2016).

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05/14/2018

An example of shifted focus reflection

client : I don't have time to exercise. My friends and spouse don't either.

coach : This sounds challenging, so little time to exercise. I'm wondering about the dance class you started with your partner. You were doing pretty well with that. I remember you saying that you were enjoying the classes.

client : Yes, that's the best decision I've made in quite a while. No more sitting in front of the TV on Thursday nights !  It's been great to do something active together. We may even add a second night to the schedule.

coach : It sounds like you are feeling happy with dancing and the time with your partner because it's meeting your needs for both physical activity and connection.

Reference
Coaching psychology manual (2016).

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An example of double-sided reflection

client : I don't have time to exercise. My friends and my spouse don't either.

coach : I hear you saying that you don't have time to exercise and that your friends and spouse don't either. But I've also heard you say that exercise makes you feel better and that regular exercise would be good for your energy and health.

client : That's the problem. I want to exercise, and it does make me feel better, but it cuts into my time with family and friends. If I could figure out how to do both, perhaps I could make exercise stick.

coach : It sounds like you are feeling discouraged because it's hard to meet your needs for both exercise and connection, and it would be worthwhile to find a way.

Reference
Coaching psychology manual, second edition (2016).       

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An example of amplified reflection

client : I don't have time to exercise. My friends and my spouse don't either.

coach : I hear you saying that you don't know anyone close to you who has time to exercise and that it feels impossible for you to fit exercise habits into your daily schedule.

client: It's not impossible for me to exercise. It's just hard to find the time. Once in a while I do manage to exercise, and I know there are people out there who exercise regularly, so maybe I could figure out a way.

coach: Sounds as though you are curious and feeling a little energized about finding a way to exercise more regularly, learning from the experience of others.

Reference
Moore,M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B .(2016). Coaching psychology manual, second edition. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer.

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05/11/2018

ダイエットへのモチベーション確認 - the importance of motivation

For those who are hoping to improve your fitness, physique, eating habits and so on, asking the following questions to yourself will increase your motivation for achieving your goals.
ダイエットしたい、ステキなカラダになりたいと思っている皆さん、やる気を高めたり維持するには、自分自身に以下の質問をしてみると気持ちの確認になるかもしれません。

1) What is driving you to accomplish this goal ?
    なぜ、そうなりたいか? 原動力は何か?
2) What is important to you about this goal ?
    どうして、それが重要なのか?
  自分にとって、そのことがどんな意味を持つのか?
3) What results are you expecting ?
    自分自身がどんな結果を望んでいるのか?

Reference
Moore, M., Jackson, E, & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016). Coaching psychology manual, second edition. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer

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05/06/2018

Open ended question for eliciting clients' storytelling (part 3)

1) What is on your plate right now that maybe getting in the way, this week, this next month, in the next three months ?

2) What would you like to do ?
3) What are you able to do to overcome this hardship or meet your goal ?
4) What are you willing to do to overcome this fear or your goal ?
5) What do you want to do to overcome this tough time or meet your goal ?
6) What can I do to best help you today ?
7) What might I do better to help you today ?
8) What would your life be like if you do not achieve this goal ?
9) What is the best case scenario if you achieve this goal ?
10) What is the worst case scenario if you don't achieve your goal ?

Reference
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016). Coaching psychology manual, second edition. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer.

ゴールデンウィークも明け、気候も夏らしくなってきましたね。皆さん、どんな風に過ごされましたでしょうか? 明日からまた頑張りましょう。

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05/05/2018

Open ended question for eliciting clients' story telling (part 2)

1) What will it take for you to make changes ?
2) What have you tried and succeeded to accomplish in your life that is similar to this goal ?
3) What are some new possibilities that you haven't considered before ?
4) What do you think is the best possible outcome of this coaching program ?
5) What do you think is the likely outcome of this coaching program ?
6) What do you think is the worst possible outcome of this coaching program ?
7) What would you like the outcome of our coaching program to be ?
8) What is happening when you feel getting exhausted ?
9) What are the triggers that are stimulating you to feel anxious ?
10) What would it take to deal with your feelings of emotional disturbance ?
11) What is holding you back or standing in your way ?  How is it holding you back ?
12) What are you afraid of ?
13) What is at risk for you ?
14) What is more important to you than meeting this goal ?
15) What would make this the right time for you to do this ?

Reference
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B (2016). Coaching psychology manual, second edition. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer.

P.S.
When I was seeing an interview of J,Lo before, her motto in life captured my heart and attention, that is ...  " Be the best person you can be in every moment ".   if I translate her words in my interpretation, that would be ... " Not to tell a lie to one's mind and be honest and sincere to oneself as possible in every moment.  Of course as long as you live, 100 % perfect can't be though ... "            

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Open ended questions for eliciting clients' story telling (part 1)

Although this week is a holiday studded week in Japan, I don't have a special thing to do, so, I'm writing some samples of open ended questions that are applicable for one's everyday work in order to solidify my memory.

1) What would you like your wellness to look like three months later, one year later, or two years later ?
2) What are top three values in your life ?
3) What are top three goals in your life ?
4) What part of your life is most important to you ?
5) What would you like less of in your life ?
6) What would you like more of in your life ?
7) What excites you ?
8) What would you like to accomplish in the next three months ?
9) What motivators are important enough for you to enable you to overcome your obstacles in order to achieve your goals ?
10) What would your life be like if you achieve these goals ?
11) What would your life be like if you do not achieve these goals ?
12) What is the best case scenario ?
13) What is the worst case scenario ?

These inquiries would be useful for reconfirming one's values and priorities in one's life as well.
Reference
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching Psychology Manual, second edition. Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer.   

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05/02/2018

バブル時代のヒット曲 - Over Night Success

前回 「バブル時代のようなエナジーや良い意味での陽気さを取り戻そう」という雰囲気やカルチャーが生まれつつあるようだ」と書きましたが、当時(1980年代中頃~90年代前半)をイメージさせるものといえば、僕にとってはこの曲だったりします。

カセットテープのTV コマーシャルで使用されていたので、覚えていらっしゃる方もいるかもしれませんね。テリ・デザリオという歌手が歌っていた「オーバーナイト・サクセス」という曲です。当時、働いていたフィットネスクラブで、朝の開館準備などの作業をしている時に、この曲がよく流れていたんですよ、有線放送か他の従業員の私物カセットテープか何かだったと思いますが ...(CDやMP3など、まだなかった時代の話ですね 笑)

特に、朝この曲を聴くと「今日も1日頑張ろう!」という元気が出るメロディーで今でも好きな曲です。
Previously I wrote that a social phenomena to be reminiscent of subculture and energy in mid1980's to early 90's is occurring in Japan currently. Speaking of these days, this tune is one of my favorites. Because, I was working at a fitness gym in Tokyo as a student part time instructor at that time, and this song was often played as a back ground music in that facility especially when the gym staffs were preparing for the opening of the facility in every morning.
Lyrics and melody of this tune energize and invigorate you at the start of the day !      

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