09 Mar 2018

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset

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Visualisation? A load of old rubbish, or does it actually work amazingly well?

What are your thoughts on visualisation? You might have simply heard of it and thought its just a load of old codswallop. You may have wondered what it is, and wondered how it may be able to help you. You might have had a go and thought it didn’t work. You could have tried and had amazing success. Or perhaps this has been something that you have been taught as part of your job role, or you have learned on a personal level – and experienced great results.

I am going to tell you more about visualisation, what it is, why it is so powerful, and how it can help you, in the most incredible way. I will also provide some ideas and top tips to help you along your way.

Firstly, what is visualisation? It is the art of creating a compelling image in your mind of what it is you wish to achieve. In my view, it is by far, one of the most under-utilised tools we have at our immediate disposal.

Your subconscious mind, which controls the most part of your powerful resource doesn’t actually know the difference between reality and imagination. So your brain see’s nothing different between doing something and visualising it.

There has been much research conducted around this, whereby control groups and experiment groups are asked to repeat a task, so learn something over a period of time, such as playing a piano. One group was told to actually rehearse the task. The other group was told simply to imagine, or visualise rehearsing the task. When both samples were tested, there was actually no difference between the performance of the group who actually practiced the routine compared to the group that simply visualised the task. Amazing hey! That is just one example, there are several more.

Did you know that sports psychologists and peak performance experts have actually been practicing visualisation techniques since the 1980’s? So this concept isn’t some new, or ’woo woo’, as you may initially be thinking.

So if peak performance experts and olympic sports performer practice the art of visualisation to achieve their supercharged goals, why can’t you?

Clients will usually come to me because there is something they want to change. It is with frustration and bemusement, that they can’t change what they need to. Like yesterday. We all want immediate and quick wins don’t we. So why is this the case, why can’t we change something quickly? Firstly, we have been thinking this way for a long time. Secondly, because we often focus on what we don’t want, or what we don’t have, rather than what we actually desire or wish to change. The mind is often in lack. Then guess what? – We will attract more of what we don’t actually want. We actually create mental rehearsal images as we do so, thus repeating the same behaviour.

Lets then turn this around. Lets visualise and imagine what we want, rather than what we don’t want.

If you would like to start visualising to achieve success in your life, here are some tips and ideas to get you started.

  • Visualising is actually really simple. It takes no effort whatsoever. You simply need to relax, close your eyes. And show up. Ideally every day.
  • Have a think what is it you actually want. Don’t be fluffy and go around the houses. Be specific and have firm intention and focus.
  • Spend five minutes every single day just after you wake up, closing your eyes and visualising what it is you want. Make the images dramatic, bold and detailed. Imagine yourself being exactly where you want to be. If for example it is being in your dream house, imagine walking though every room in the house and using all your senses to be there. Imagine the sight, sounds, and the feeling as you walk round. Really be in that scene.
  • Fill any images you focus on with real emotion. And imagine you are there right now. Not in the future, or anywhere else. You are there and you have achieved this fantastic life for yourself, whatever that may look like.

A quick caveat. Clients will often say to me that they can’t visualise very well, or that they can’t actually see anything. No problem at all, it simply means you are either not used to it, or you are more of a feeling person like me. If that is the case, once again close your eyes, and really imagine the feeling of the event or the scene you wish to create. Also remember that the subconscious mind thinks in pictures. So if I said to you, whatever you do, don’t think of purple elephant wearing giant poker dot wellies. …. You get the picture. See what I did there!

I want to leave with this. It works!! I use visualisation in my life, in order to create the life I want as part of my daily routine. And all those experts are using it to their advantage, so they can achieve their desired goals and successes. So what are you waiting for? Go for it! – I’m looking forward to hearing how you have been getting on.

Janine teaches visualisation strategies to her clients as part of her work as a specialist in her field. And she see’s amazing results, time and time again. Clients are taught powerful techniques that literally change their lives overnight, and they don’t look back.
Janine works with organisations and corporate clients. She also has a private practice where she see’s clients on an individual basis. She utilises bespoke programmes to work with you in helping you achieve your desired goals and outcomes. Please contact her direct for more information – [email protected] 
04 Oct 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset / Hypnotherapy

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Will hypnotherapy work for me?

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Are you feeling stuck in a certain area of your life and wondering if hypnotherapy will work? Have you heard certain things about hypnotherapy and wondering whether something like that would be suitable for you? Have you ever wondered how hypnotherapy can help you with something that feels like it’s been keeping you stuck for years?

 

First of all, I want to teach you this. We are in hypnosis for the most part of the day. Driving along the road and wondered how you got somewhere? On a long phone call to a friend. Engrossed in a TV programme or a film, scanning through the internet. That day dreamy type state you find yourself in. This is hypnosis type state. Thats all it is!

So why is hypnosis so effective and how can it help?

It is very hard to make a change at a conscious level. Most of us find it easier or more comfortable to stay stuck in old habits or patterns of thinking. Yes, consciously we don’t want to stay stuck, but our subconscious programming has a different agenda. This will be based on old beliefs that are keeping us from moving forward. These are called ‘limiting beliefs’.

Another thing to remember is that that the mind is separated into two parts, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious part of our mind only makes up around 5%. This is the part that is responsible for reasoning and logic. Whereas the subconscious mind takes up the rest, a whopping 95%. All our internal programmes, beliefs, emotions. It is essentially our storehouse.

Why do we stay stuck when really all we want to do is change?

We are continually instructing our subconscious mind in a certain way, usually a repeated pattern from the past. This is based on those old beliefs we formed a long time ago.

 

So, say your goal is to be happy. Why aren’t you feeling happy right now? What is going on that’s getting in the way of your happiness?

Why do old patterns tend to continue over and over?

This is usually based on learnt behaviour. Something at a subconscious level keeps us in our safety zone if you will. We don’t want to face the fear of the unknown, whatever that might be, so its easier to stay where we are.

Why is hypnotherapy so effective?

As I mentioned above, it is hard to change with the use of our conscious mind alone. We need to work with the subconscious mind, and get it on side to enable us to work with the changes we want. What we can do then, is work with the stuck limiting beliefs. Hypnotherapy works powerfully directly with the subconscious mind to do just that. In a nutshell, if we created certain beliefs, we can un-create them. Like erasing an old computer programme.

I see huge shifts with clients I work with. In only a few sessions, deep routed anxiety, stress and depression is shifted. I also see amazing results with clients who have issues around confidence, self esteem, and fears of any kind. Happy clients report success in a really short space of time. It really is great to witness time and time again, thats why I love the work that I do.

See what other clients have had to say and feel free to contact me on the form below for more information.

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22 Jun 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset

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Confidence success!

I was privileged to be part of the Removing Shame and Guilt Conference hosted in Birmingham recently. I was part of the expert panel and I also delivered confidence workshops.

 

I want to share with you today techniques we can use to improve our confidence and to understand why we often lack perceived confidence in certain areas.

 

I commonly hear, “I am not confident”. This is however a generic term. We don’t really mean this. We can be confident at lots of things e.g. Parenting skills, a good listener, great in the kitchen, business success, organising trips, an amazing driver – there are tons of skills we are confident in. We tend to put ourselves down however and over generalise.

 

Where does my lack of confidence come from?

If we have what I call low self thinking, this will come from the past and is linked to an old habit or belief about ourselves. This also relates to old emotions of the past which continue to play out in the same repeated behaviours. E.g fear, worry and anxiety. We are also conditioned by the past through what others tell us. We then end up believing this and perceive it to be real. Thus creating a “I can’t do it” or a “I am not confident” programme.

 

Thus it is important we get into the habit of high self thinking, a new confidence programme and mindset.

 

How can I do this?

It is worthy to note that to change our outer world (our environment, how we are viewed by others) we need to change our inner world (internal voice, patterns, habits etc). Change comes from within. However, be patient, it takes time! Would you visit the gym once and expect to come out with a buff body. No? So perseverance is the key. Allow it to become a new habit, part of your daily routine, and reap the benefits!

 

Here are a couple of exercises you can try –

 

Start the day with confidence

It is very easy to get up and moan and complain. Then you will start the day on a negative. Start the day with confidence. Change to your new mindset.

 

Here are a two exercises I want you to implement –

  • Have some affirmations handy, on post it notes by the side of your bed or on your mirror. Think of affirmations that really resonate with you and have lots of energy. How do you really want to feel and look? – Be bold and exciting! Repeat these affirmations over and over as you get ready for your day, let them become your mantra, your new programme for you.

 

  • The moment you wake up (great state to work in) sit up straight somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes. Relax your whole body from head to toe, simply imagine it relaxing. Once you have done this, imagine a confident you (in whatever situation is appropriate for you). How does it feel? Really step into that confident you and brighten up the whole scene. Brighten the colour, the sounds, the feelings, make it as viivid as you can, as if you are really there. Where you are you? What you are saying and doing? What are others reaction to you? This can be real or imagined as the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy.

 

Be as bold as you can, and remember keep showing up, persistence is the key! Trust me, you will love the results. I am keen to hear how you have been getting on.

 

If you would like to know more about the work that I do, please contact me on the form below. You can also check the link to my confidence programme package whereby you can have the opportunity to work with me directly to achieve the confidence you deserve quickly and effectively.

 

https://www.changeforsuccess.co.uk/do-you-have-a-lack-of-confidence-and-low-self-esteem-what-are-the-costs-for-you/

 

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22 May 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Changing mindset

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Confidence – how can I get more of it?

This is a common question I hear. I also often hear “I don’t have any confidence”. So many are very confident in the fact that they don’t have any confidence!

The mere thought of not having any confidence is in itself an old habit or belief. Babies are not born with the immediate thought, ‘I do not have any confidence’, this is usually cultivated throughout life. As youngsters we are often told no, countless times. Self belief is often frowned upon as a fine line between confident and arrogance. Sadly, some of the not so encouraging things we are told when we are younger have a tendency to stick. We then form this self fulfilling belief that we are not the confident ‘type’.

I want you first to realise, that you created this old programme by learning it, and then believing it. However, something we have learnt can be unlearnt. Secondly, you can’t be not confident at every task that is thrown at you in life. Yes, you may feel unconfident or unnerved at having to speak in front of thousands, or even half a dozen people, but you may well be very confident in other areas, such as cooking, diy, maths, riding a bike, chatting to others in a social setting. It is therefore important not to generalise. So there is no point holding onto ‘I am not confident’. Full stop. There are plenty of things you are entirely proficient at.

Usually when we are scared to do something new, we feel we lack in confidence. This is simply just a fear factor of facing something for the first time that feels unfamiliar. It is unsafe territory, because we have never done it before. Do you think those who go on stage and perform in front of thousands simply thought one day, I’ll just do this and it will be fine, no nerves at all. Of course not. It took practice. Even the most natural looking of hosts will have done this so many times before.

 

How can I have more confidence?

 

Changing into a confidence mindset – some ideas

 

  • If you are unfamiliar of feel out of your depth in a situation, practice, practice, practice. It can take time, effort skill and dedication but it will pay off.
  • Change your vibration. We are all part of an electromagnetic field. We are in a lower vibration and frequency when we are stuck in old emotions of the past (e.g. fear, worry, anger, guilt). However, when we chose to let go of negative emotions and remain higher up the emotional scale, e.g in joy, creativity, peace and gratitude, we will be more successful and naturally attract what we want into our lives instead of what we don’t want. Neuroscientists have measured it!
  • Change your start of the day routine. Very often how we start our day can dictate how we feel for the rest of it. It’s all too easy to shuffle out of bed thinking, “oh not not Monday, I can’t be bothered today, I’m tired, I want to go back to bed”. If we keep repeating these things to ourselves it can become a deeply engrained habit! Have some affirmations near by you can refer to. How do you really want your day to look like? – even pop some post it’s on your bedside cabinet in direct view (away from whats app/ facebook/ twitter/ emails!)
What practically can I do?

 

Start your day with a new five minute confidence routine and repeat daily. Close your eyes. Imagine or think about a really confident you (if you really struggle with this, think of a confident celebrity/ person that you admire). Walk right into you or that person. Notice how you feel, notice how you stand, notice what others say or how they look at you. Check our your body language and what your thoughts would be. What are you wearing, how do you act? Really make this scene as vivid as you can. Make it bright and bold, feeling confident and successful in every way. You can repeat this as necessary and you can link it to any situation you want. It might be an interview, a stage performance, a social situation. Whatever works for you. And have fun with it! Keep practicing and please check in with me and let me know how you get on – I’m really keen to hear!

Want to learn more?

 

Janine can help you. She works on a 1-1 basis with private clients and also has bespoke set packages which will allow you to completely develop your confidence and see your self belief and success sky rocket as a result. Please complete the attached form for more information.
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