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  • The “Write” Way to Self Confidence

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    • 21st Feb 2016
    • The “Write” Way to Self Confidence We’ve talked a lot previously about building Self Confidence. It’s something I help people with on an almost daily basis. When people are struggling with different aspects of their lives, a feeling of low confidence is often present too. Studies have shown that hypnosis can help you feel wonderfully confident in many different areas of your life. What most people don’t know however is that you can replicate the benefits of hypnosis yourself through the act of reading and writing. In fact, by the time you get to the end of this article you may well feel more relaxed and positive as you discover how to use writing as a form of self confidence

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  • Overcoming a Fear of Failure

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    • 7th Feb 2016
    • Overcoming a Fear of Failure How many times have you not taken action because you are afraid that you might not get it right? Do you keep putting things off because you need more information or whatever you are doing needs a little more work? Do you always want to be perfect at what you are about to do even though you’ve never done it before? And then bottled out at the last minute for fear of looking foolish? Or that you might make a mistake? Sound familiar? It certainly does for me. I always wanted to be the best at everything I decided to do. The problem was that for many years I stopped myself from taking opportunities because

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  • Would you rather be right, or successful?

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    • 1st Feb 2016
    • Would you rather be right, or successful? You can’t fail to have noticed that there’s quite a lot of football going on at the moment! Whether you love it or hate it, it has been difficult to avoid. If you hate it and did manage to avoid it, well done to you. Being born in Wrexham to English parents, I consider myself “Welshlish”. That way I can have the best of both worlds. It also means I can get excited about the World Cup but not devastated if things don’t go too well. However, after watching England versus Germany on Sunday all I can say is “Oh dear!” For me it wasn’t the manner of defeat or that it was

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  • Four Top Tips to Beat Procrastination

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    • 24th Jan 2016
    • Four Top Tips to Beat Procrastination Procrastination is a time and energy drainer. Have you ever experienced having something really important to do and found yourself doing absolutely anything else other than that important task in hand? You know the impact of not doing something and yet somehow get drawn to the virtually useless tasks of reading emails, watching TV, surfing the internet or a sudden urge to do any easy task which doesn’t really matter. You’re not alone. Procrastination affects even the most motivated of people from time to time. The procrastination can be a result of an underlying fear of failure; so if we never do the task we can never fail is our unconscious thought. Or we

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  • Have a Wonderful Life

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    • 21st Jan 2016
    • Have a Wonderful Life When people ask me what business I’m in sometimes it can take me a while to answer as I really have to think about it. Although I spend most of my time coaching, teaching, using hypnosis or writing, I don’t really think of myself as a coach, teacher, hypnotherapist or writer. I prefer the way American Supercoach Michael Neill describes it as being in the “having a wonderful life” business. The one thing all the people I work with have in common is that they want to change something that’s happening now, to help them have a more wonderful life in the future. Whether that is to stop smoking so their wonderful life is healthier or

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  • Turning Problems Around

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    • 7th Jan 2016
    • Turning Problems Around Have you noticed how much easier it is to notice something that’s wrong as opposed to noticing all the things that are just going along nicely? Even more noticeable over the last couple of weeks as Election fever swept the nation. Each politician in turn pointing out to us what was wrong with their opponents’ policies and records, rather than revealing what their triumphs and plans were. I’m writing this before the results announcement but am intrigued with what the outcome might be. People might tell you that we “must think positively”; however it’s actually a hard wired function of our brain to seek out what needs improving or fixing. The intention behind that is not to

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  • That Old New Year’s Resolution Chestnut

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    • 31st Dec 2015
    • That Old New Year’s Resolution Chestnut
    • So it’s New Year’s Eve again. Are you reflecting back on a wonderful year and hoping 2011 brings more of the same? Or can you not wait to see the back of 2010 and think that 2011 couldn’t get any worse? Whatever you’re current mindset January 1st can act as a signpost to new beginnings, a catalyst for change or a springboard into action. Of course, in homes and workplaces across the land the hot question on everyone’s lips is “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?” and “How long do you think you’ll stick to them this year?” The trouble with New Year’s Resolutions is that we feel we “should” make them and do it without too much thought. New

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  • The Best Present You Can Give This Year

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    • 24th Dec 2015
    • The Best Present You Can Give This Year
    • So tomorrow it will finally be Christmas Day. Hopefully the weather hasn’t disrupted your plans and preparations too much and you can settle down and enjoy the day with those who are nearest and dearest to you. Now, chances are we’ve not met yet but I’m going to do a little mind reading. Over the last couple of weeks you will have been running around trying to make this Christmas as perfect as you can for others. Also, this year will have been harder than most for you and caused you to experience increased stress leading to tiredness and maybe disrupted sleep. You don’t have time for “me time” as you’re too busy looking after everyone else and if you

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  • How to Stay “Family Friendly” at Christmas

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    • 17th Dec 2015
    • How to Stay “Family Friendly” at Christmas
    • So just a few days until Christmas, that time of year that’s all about family. Well, all about trying not to fall out with your family that is. Between the budgeting, setting up parties, driving back and to from the shopping centre to the toy shops to the supermarket to home and back around again, it’s no wonder Christmas is the most stressful time of year. Sometimes, at the end of all this it can be tough to feel like being sociable with the very people we’ve been setting all of this up for. When the big get together begins, here are three things you can do to keep it family friendly so as not to let the stress get

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  • Coping with the Stress of Christmas

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    • 4th Dec 2015
    • Coping with the Stress of Christmas
    • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so goes the song. Sadly, for many of us the holiday season can be a time of immense stress, worry, and excessive business. Instead of enjoying the warmth and joy of spending time with loved ones, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the added tasks that the holidays bring. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to cut back on seasonal stress so that you can spend less of your time rushing and more of it relaxing. Schedule Time for Yourself No, really! Don’t just think, “I’ll sit down and read for a while if I have time.” Believe me, you’ll never just “have” time. It is important to schedule

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