I can share with you How to show up as your authentic self in life and business because I do it! Sometimes we don’t connect the dots between ourselves and our businesses but I think it’s catching on, because I am seeing a lot of business people talking about mindset.
I’ve been following Judith Morgan’s blog fest with interest because I love reading blogs for starters (nearly as much as I love writing them!) but more than that, I love hearing people’s stories. These blogs are really people’s business stories and It all ties in with her new book called Your Biz Your Way which is about doing YOUR business YOUR way. And you can find Judith’s blog here. Now I’m all about living life your way so this sits well with me!
Treat this like this is your life
I remember someone saying to me in my Corporate job ‘Treat this like it was your business’. That excited me so much because even in a big corporation there were people that realised if you give people trust and ownership, they will be more inspired and driven. That little comment made a great big difference to my teams’ results. It was me being my authentic self in that role.
I think that ‘Treat this like this is your business’ could translate more broadly into ‘Treat this like this is your life’ and that is something I certainly live by. So many people wait to be ‘done to’ but often you have to make your life happen on purpose. You have more power as your authentic self.
Got no money; make some. Got no friends; Find some. Hate your job? The list goes on. You can change most things in your life. If you want to. Believing this is the first step. The opportunities are abundant in 2018 and we are truly blessed.
This can be a bit of a mindset shift and in my therapy business I help a lot of people with mindset shifts! But get your head in the game and this really is YOUR LIFE and you will feel like you have more options. More power and therefore more happiness.
My life fundamentals
I have some fundamentals that I live my life as my authentic self and things are not much different in my business. Let me share these with you now:
Use energy wisely
I am fully aware of my energy levels. When they are high I harness them and flourish and when they are low, I replenish. I try to never go overdrawn because when I am depleted I cannot give my best self to life, family, friends and clients
I don’t waste my energy on arguments, gossip, comparison or anything that brings negative energy into my ‘field’.
I replenish mostly in nature, walking and being around tress or the sea.
It is said that children laugh around 300 times a day and adults just 17. I look for laughter at every opportunity because it feels good! And bring laughter into my therapy practice because it’s as excellent way to access the unconscious and change how something feels.
Do things that bring you joy
I know myself well. I could write an exact list right now of things that bring me joy. If I ever feel myself creeping away from joy I act quick and get it back. This is a life skill in my view.
Things that bring you joy don’t have to be big or expensive, they just need to bring you joy.
In my therapy business I get joy from working at a deep level with clients. I help them find themselves and find their own joy too.
When I travel I really go for it. Get involved in the culture, see all there is to see, eat the local food, go where the locals go and find out about their cultures and traditions.
I explore in my business too. Mostly training in new therapies because I seek out the best trainers Worldwide. But in a broader sense trying new things with clients to best help them.
I don’t do gimmicks, I don’t endorse people I don’t trust or believe in and I always bring my true self to the table/day/session. These criteria are true to authentic self. I love values because they form our identity and it’s a big piece of the work I do in my signature package (if you are curious about what that is please do ask me). When we align to our true values people get the best of us and it’s funny how the right things come to us.
I see being my authentic self as a hugely important part of being a therapist. My energy will flow in a way that shows people my intentions are to help them the best I can. Trust and rapport are part of a good Hypnosis session.
If I give my true self, it creates an energetic circuit where my client can be open about what they want to change and achieve the best possible results.
If you are a Facebook friend of mine you will know that I share knowledge freely. I believe if we all share knowledge, the world is a better place because we all know more. It’s also a great chance for discussion.
I share knowledge freely as a therapist. I don’t hold things back for ‘the next session’, if I think it benefits the client, I share it or use it there and then. Best outcomes are my mission!
Focus on your strengths
No one asks Tiger Woods to excel at basketball do they? He is really good at golf so he plays that, wins, feels great, earns good money and thrills his fans. Why on earth would he focus on other sports that he isn’t good at? Unless he wanted to learn new things or he enjoyed doing them of course.
We spend too much time thinking about the things we aren’t good at when I believe we should nurture and grow the things we are good at. I also believe we all have a gift/gifts. You’ve just got to find yours.
Know WHO you are, not WHAT you are
I often ask clients ‘Who are you’? And they answer with things like mum, wife, dad, husband, sister, brother, lawyer, teacher, entrepreneur, fitness addict or whatever. Usually a role, job or hobby.
And then we do what I call ‘work of the self’, where we uncover the parts of them they may have overlooked or forgotten. When we uncover their real ‘who’ it feels exciting. Like a new toy to be played with!
Just so you know, I am an explorer 🙂
Everything flows when you are your authentic self
This was a very easy post to write. It flowed from the heart and isn’t it great how easy things are when we are just our true selves. I believe when we live our truth, we do our best work.
I would love to hear what you think of how finding yourself links to having a better business and if you want to hear more from me, please come and follow me on Facebook and Instagram
Until next time.
This 10 ways that Hypnosis can help small business owners be more successful is an exciting post for me to write because as a Hypnotherapist discovering the endless uses for Hypnosis seems to be my life purpose!
In the past year I’ve been helping lots of small business owners improve their mindset so they can be more successful.
This week is American Express shop small week where you can get £5 for £10 spent. We also recently had Small Business Saturday and Local Business Week back in May. These are great marketing opportunities for small business but a good mindset will see you through an entire year.
So why Hypnosis for mindset?
Hypnosis is loved by those who understand and use it and misunderstood by many that don’t. One of my popular blog posts was this one in which I answered some of the common questions people ask about Hypnosis. I had a lot of calls from that post purely because people better understood what Hypnosis is and isn’t.
Hypnosis isn’t ‘woo woo’. You don’t have to believe in it for it to work. It is a process of bypassing the critical factor (the logical part) of your mind, to get to your unconscious mind, which is the part that calls the shots.
So if you spend lots of time and energy on doing all the things you think you need to do to be successful, life and business could be so much easier if you tapped into your greatest asset. The power of your unconscious mind.
Here are the 10 ways that Hypnosis can help small business owners be more successful
1 – Self-belief
I consider this to be the biggest issue for entrepreneurs. Many have great ideas, business plans, amazing websites and good products. But you need self-belief to keep going, to overcome hurdles and to achieve your dreams. It’s different to confidence because you can be outwardly confident, but inwardly giving yourself negative self-talk like ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I will fail’ and ‘I’m not good enough’. Not having self-belief makes you doubt yourself and not ‘go for it’.
Having self-belief is a game changer because it makes you believe you can do anything and not to listen to nay sayers.
Sports people probably understand this the most. When they are about to start their game or race, they HAVE to believe they can win. That’s why so many sports people have coaching and many use Hypnosis and NLP to increase their self-belief.
2 – Confidence
You wouldn’t believe how many ‘big business’ names have coaching to increase their confidence. It helps with presentations, public speaking and leading teams but also it feels good. It’s normal to have a few nerves before an interview or public speaking event, they can be useful in creating adrenalin. But no one wants to be a nervous wreck in the toilets before an important event or meeting.
Hypnosis can eliminate reasons that you don’t feel confident and create ‘anchors’ for you to use to give you a boost. Confidence is a state of mind so it makes sense that Hypnosis is brilliant for increasing confidence.
3 – Removing blocks
Procrastination is the nemesis of many entrepreneurs. Maybe you know what needs to be done and just can’t understand why you are not doing it. And then you see other people around you doing it. Maybe your competitors!
You know what you need to do and why so why aren’t you doing it? You can’t understand it. This is because these blocks are held in your unconscious. You can’t access them yourself because they are not known to your conscious mind. I can’t tell you how many people have ‘wow’ moments and clear blocks during Hypnosis.
4 – Strategy
If you are struggling to put a clear strategy together or can’t get a clear view of the ‘big picture’ for your 1,3,5 year plan, Hypnosis is marvelous for creating one. I use a technique where you create a map in your mind of the big picture and all the elements of getting there. This can be done in person or on Skype – try it!
5 – Creativity
Creativity is held in the right side of your brain and will become stifled if you are overloading the left side of the brain where you logic sits. Stress will also affect creativity because your brain can’t relax into that nice place where creative thoughts flow.
Have you ever noticed you have good ideas as you drift off to sleep, or after exercise or on holiday? This is because you are relaxing and your brain can perform at its creative best. In Hypnosis you connect to the unconscious mind where ideas and creativity come to the surface.
6 – Resilience
Being in business (and life!) requires resilience. Resilience comes from self-awareness and taking action when you realise you need to. Hypnosis can help you let go of things that are worrying you and making you less resilient and teach you how to connect to a place inside where you can replenish and restore.
7 – Calm
Just in case you don’t know. A continuous state of stress isn’t good for you. Not meaning to scare you here but the World Health Organisation say more than half of the top causes of death are linked to stress. I wrote a blog about it here. Now the reality is that business can be stressful but it is how you manage your stress, not your workload that is important. Products, finances, customers, suppliers, employees… it all goes on. But some people can juggle all this and not feel the effects of stress and other people will feel very stressed.
Like resilience, awareness here is key. Know your stress signals and take action to address them when you feel them. More importantly, build relaxation time into your schedule on a regular basis. I have a free relaxing recording that you can listen to here. Just 12 minutes to totally unwind 🙂
8 – Winning business
I’ve had lots of clients who come to see me because things aren’t right in their lives. Maybe they feel a bit lost or confused about themselves. Or maybe issues from the past have presented themselves as unhelpful emotions which are getting in the way of winning business. With these issues dealt with in a few sessions of Hypnosis, winning business will be much easier with you feeling focused and energised.
Customers can sense when things are off balance so it pays to get things sorted so you are at your best when you are selling.
9 – Increased intuition
Intuition is a very useful business tool. although good planning and strategy are important, intuition is your internal compass.
If something isn’t right for you, your intuition will know this. Intuition is basically your unconscious mind and its job is to keep you safe and do its best for you. The more you are able to tap into your unconscious mind, the better your intuition will be able to help you do the things that are right for you.
10 – Creating an abundant mindset
An abundant mindset means not worrying about a ‘lack of’. A lack of clients or customers, a lack of money etc. an abundant mindset means you believe good things will come to you easily. If you believe there to be lots of customers for your services this gives you loads more opportunity to see and takes away ‘competitor envy’ because there is enough to go round. An abundant mindset means you are not scared to invest in yourself because you are worth it.
Because everything in life operations at a ‘vibrational level’ you will be sending positive messages to the world around you and this will manifest as good things being drawn to you. Now I know that sounds a bit ‘woo woo’ but it’s actually energetic principles in action!
So how can you use Hypnosis to have a more successful business?
I can help you with any of the ten things above, just get in touch to book a session and get the edge for 2018 in your business. Don’t let another year pass and struggle on with the same battles in your head, get them sorted and grab 2018 with both hands. This could be your best year yet.