The story of one of my clients. Who would love to share their story with you.
Joy was a nine to five office worker who got up every morning and trundled off to work. She dreamed of winning the lottery. One day, that dream came true and she inherited £100,000. Set for really good life some may say? The trouble was, at the back of her mind, she felt unworthy.
To change her mind set she decided to set up a home design business. She invested money in training and then set out to make her first million. Did she?
No. But why? She’d been given a large sum of money and the best training possible. What she had failed to do is to feel worthy of any of it.
Her unconscious mind was still that person who felt she’d ended up where she was by luck. No other reason. Her unconscious habits and behaviours set out to help her achieve what she was focusing on… failing. She knew she’d been pretty good at that.
It happens in so many cases. Look at the lottery winners who win millions and end up with nothing or less than nothing. We look and say we’d never do that. I suspect they’d have said the same thing too.
So how can you get out of that cycle of self-destruct?
One final note to remember is some of the greatest names in history have been there.
1. Awareness is the first step to understanding that you create everything in your experience. Every part of your life, good or bad, has a root somewhere within your mind.
2. Create your own experience, you can finally take control of what you are inviting into your experience. People do not realise that they are the creators of their own experience, and live their lives reacting to the things around them.
3. To consciously create your life with responsibility, act, don’t react. Performing the same action over and over yet expecting different results isn’t going to work. Live in the moment not the past.
4. You may have to go through a period of change where you admit that you were causing negative or painful experiences to happen to you because of your thoughts and actions. This can be hard, because we do not want to take responsibility for our lives. We want to blame others for what is happening to us. But nothing “just happens” to us, we create our own lives through our thoughts, words, actions and beliefs.
5. The fear inside of us has been in control for too long. Fear is like a parasite inside of you, and it feels very threatened by the idea of freedom and of living with conscious awareness, it feeds on drama, judgments, negative emotions and on your fear of change.
The beginning of change always lies within us. Awareness is the first step to creating change.
Be the listener, not the judge.
Be the comfort, not the hindrance.
We live in a world of ‘what if?’, ‘what might have been?’ and ‘what could?’. How about living in the ‘what right now?’.
If we stop and take a look at all that is around us right now, we can learn and be aware of the abundance of right now.
I can hear you saying… not me I’m not abundant. I’ve got bills coming out of my ears, I’ve got a job I really don’t like, I’m afraid to change in case….
Take a minute to think about exactly what you do have right now.
In fact if we did not believe, like the author, Hansel and Gretel may have got lost in the woods forever. Pinocchio would just have been a wooden puppet on a carpenter's shelf. But we allowed ourselves to follow each moment believing that, moment by moment, belief would lead to positive outcomes. Even when obstacles were placed in the way.
So how does that make me abundant?
As a child you used those amazing skills breathing, listening, learning to become the adult you are now. I suspect you’d not even thought of that.
How? You lived in that moment of time. Let’s take walking. You would have fallen over trying tens, maybe hundreds of times to walk. But the first time it worked and you walked steady, you forgot those other times and moved forward to the next step.
Life is about learning to try again. As the saying goes “falls down seven times, gets up eight”. Would Facebook exist? Google? Telephones? Would electricity exist if in a moment of difficulty they thought “I won’t bother again”?
I wouldn’t be writing this blog now if I hadn’t tried again. I struggled all my life to get words to make sense in a sentence, a page, an article. Now, if I slip a bit in the moment, I get up and in the moment check myself and go again.
How can the abundance of now help you?
The only moment you can truly deal with is right now. We do not know what will happen, even five minutes from now in reality. So take those bills out see how you can reduce them one by one. Maybe by talking to someone? An expert, citizens advice, a friend. A problem shared can bring a whole new perspective to a situation. That’s why I help people as a coach, a therapist, a mentor.
That job you don’t like, is it the job or is it all that’s going on around it? What are your skills? It took me 20 years but I finally pulled my fingers out of my ears and realised that my true skill is the art of listening, listening without judgement, not judging on what I may think. By doing this it allows my clients to learn to gain their belief to do the same thing, listen to themselves without judgement.
Choose to live in the now. Live every day, hour, minute to the max because you won’t get it back again.
So as you finish this last sentence I challenge you to STOP for a minute and listen to ‘the now’.
If you were buying a car, would you buy the one with rusty sides and an engine that spluttered? Or clothes... would you pick the ripped one from the rail, just because it was slightly cheaper?
Yet when it comes to your health and weight, you are willing to search for the cheapest option and expect the most expensive results.
Why do you hold onto that weight? Are you holding onto past habits too?
Take Jenny* a client I saw last year. She had tried every diet going and read every self help book available. Some worked for a while, but then she just piled the weight straight back on.
If these programmes worked there would just be one. They are all businesses and are all competing for your money and attention. If hypnotherapy had an advert it would probably read “I can’t make you thin but I can help you make you thin” or “take control of your self-defeating habits without feeling like you’re on a diet”.
Jenny discovered on her journey that she’d been sabotaging herself each time. Here are some of things she’d been telling herself.
‘I’ll lose weight for the holiday’. So she dieted for a few weeks and lost weight. In the process she told her subconscious to get ready "I’ll open those floodgates on food afterwards, as a reward".
‘I can’t eat chocolate, pastas and all those ‘bad’ foods when I’m dieting’. Funnily enough, after the holiday, she’d always eat more and more of those things.
So how did hypnotherapy make a life changing difference?
She had lost three stone last time I spoke to her and more importantly has not felt like she’s ever been on a diet.
*name has been changed
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Many of us play the lottery or buy the occasional scratchcard. But when it becomes a habit or addiction, that steals our hard earned pay packets away from us, it becomes the demon on our shoulder, telling us the next one must be the winning one.
What makes that transition from fun with a few pennies to gambling our lives away?
Low self esteem?
Lost in life?
Stressed and feeling out of control?
Even as a reward?
One of the most important aspects I look at when working with people with gambling problems is finding the root cause.
Imagine every button you press, every card you turn, removes another item in your life until all that remains is a lonely soul in an empty space. I’m pretty sure you don’t want that.
I’ll teach you relaxation techniques to overcome the demon when he appears whispering in your ear. Most importantly I will also teach you the confidence to like yourself again.
If you're ready to send those demons packing, why not get in touch?
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F is for finding lost items.
How many times have you lost something and wondered where you’ve put it? If you’re like me, many times. In fact just today I bought a paper and five minutes later I couldn’t find it.
Turned out I’d left it on the counter at the shop I’d bought it from.
Have you lost something important and cannot find it? One of my clients recently lost, well misplaced, a family heirloom. After three months of searching, they decided to try hypnotherapy. Just one session and her subconscious went back to a place she’d looked many times. It wasn’t even hidden.
So if the sock monster has extend his duties to hiding more important items, give me a buzz. I might be able to get the location out of him.
For more information or to book a session contact me at www.beckywells.com
F is for Fear
What about fear? Is a fear or phobia holding you back?
How many things can you imagine doing if that fear or phobia didn’t stop you.
Some of the fears I’ve worked with ...
How much easier would life be if that fear wasn’t holding you back? Take a moment to sit back and say ‘that fear of ….’ Is no longer there. ‘Now I can…’ That’s where I want to help, help you on the way to wherever you want to go.
If fear is stopping you moving forwards, learn to stand up to fear and climb to new heights.
For more information or to book a session contact me at www.beckywells.com
Have you ever made yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
Worry that you’ve lost control over how much food you eat?
Does that image you see in the mirror tell you you're overweight, when others around comment on how little you weigh?
Does the thought of food dominate your life and lifestyle?
Do you hide your feelings about food to those around you?
Many people find a combination of therapies can help for eating disorders.
Why is hypnotherapy one of those to consider?
Importantly I would also advise you to seek help from a medical professional, such as your GP.
It’s a journey to take control of those habits around food and thoughts around your own self. Giving you that healthy you back in the process by replacing negative, damaging thoughts with positive empowering ones.
As Lao Tzu once said. ‘Every great journey begins with that single step’.
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Depression can feel like the loneliest place in the world. You can be in a room full of people, hiding behind a mask of smiles and laughter, but inside feeling like a person trapped on a desert island not knowing which way to escape.
Do you try and pretend it's not there or that it is not a serious condition?
Do you find you’re always tired? It can be very debilitating, making everyday tasks like climbing your own Everest.
Sometimes it's just about finding someone to listen. Not only listening but listening without judgement. Someone who doesn’t see crying or being emotional as a weakness.
I’m guessing you would like nothing better than to feel happy again and be yourself.
Never call that problem stupid or tell everyone that it is nothing to worry about.
For those who think someone they know is showing these symptoms….
The important thing is to be there. Be genuine, don’t lie to them. Don’t tell them things and not really mean them. A hug or simple ‘I’m here for you, if that’s okay’. Tell them how much you value their friendship and that you care about their life. That conversation could quite literally save their life. I know. I have spoken to many at this point over the years.
Depression can make people feel worthless and not needed. Be there to reassure that person that they really matter and that you want to help.
As a hypnotherapist the most important initial job I can do is listen and bring a sense of relaxation back to that person. For them it’s probably felt like they’ve been a coiled spring waiting to break for way too long.
It’s a journey… but it’s a journey back to discovering the real you again.
We all live in a world where we are told what to do, whether consciously or subconsciously, by other people. It can be our spouse or our employer or even the adverts we watch on TV. These instructions even get internalised after a while so we just follow them without being asked.
When will it be time to take back those controls and say ‘no’?
Right now I say.
A see a lot of clients who, behind that shield they have put up to protect them, have dreams, ambitions and visions that would change the world for the better. If only they’d learn how to break down that barrier in front of them.
What who you do if you had all that confidence? Start a business? Stand up to the bullies around you? What is stopping you from doing it right now?
Take a look in the mirror. Who do you see staring back at you? Imagine for a moment that this person wasn’t you but someone else. Maybe a friend. What advice would you give them about their dreams and ambitions? I suspect you’d encourage them to go for it.
Having a higher level of confidence can have great benefits in all areas of your life, from relationships, career and even your own state of mind. It give you the faith to stand up and be that unique individual that you are.
Confidence is a skill that can be developed. It has no boundaries when it comes to age, religion or gender. As your confidence grows you’ll also notice your body posture becomes more upright. Strange but true. Standing tall when walking down the street, smiling more.
Hypnotherapy can help you reach that goal by first teaching you how to relax.
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