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Making a Change in the Change!

Guest Blogger, Pat Duckworth shares her career change from Civil Servant to Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Award Winning Author.

"It is Monday morning and I am sitting in my home office writing this blog before I have a Skype session with a client followed by a face-to-face cognitive hypnotherapy session later this afternoon. The sun is shining through the window and I am looking forward to my day.

Rewind 6 years and I would have been at my desk in Central London working as a Senior Civil Servant for a big Government Department. I was working for a boss who was a bully and did not appreciate the work I was doing. I had been working in the Civil Service for over 30 years, most of which had been happy and productive, but now I was 54 and I wanted to do something for me, something that would use all of my talents.

I had been interested in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for many years, so I enrolled to do a 10 month weekend course to learn NLP and Cognitive Hypnotherapy. My idea was to qualify and set up as a therapist while still working. However, an opportunity suddenly arose to take early retirement and I jumped at it. Then the fears started. What did I know about starting a business? I knew nothing about bookkeeping or setting up a website or writing advertising copy. What I did know was that I loved learning and I had acquired many skills over the years so what was stopping me from learning these new skills? Nothing!

My first step was to join a local networking group who met every Thursday. That helped me to build contacts with local business people and to learn from their experience. I was also able to practice my ‘elevator pitch’ and present my business in a supportive environment. I also shared knowledge and experience with the other members of the cognitive hypnotherapy course through an online forum.

I enrolled for whatever free or cheap business seminars were relevant to my business. These included the HMRC workshops on tax issues which were very helpful. Webinars can be a great way of picking up tips and advice.

More recently I have become part of a Mastermind group. Mastermind groups generally comprise 4-6 people who are seeking to grow their business and have a variety or skills and experience. My group meets over Skype on alternate months and in person the other months. It provides me with new perspectives on my business and I benefit from the other members’ skills.

In 5 years I have set up my business locally, started a weekly clinic in Harley Street, written three books, delivered numerous courses and workshops and worked with clients in Toronto, Los Angeles and Cyprus.

Hot Women Cool SolutionsThe benefits for me in making the change 5 years ago are numerous. I have a mixture of activities every day and I love everything that I do! Running my own business satisfies my values and uses all of my strengths. I love learning and sharing. Helping clients to overcome their problems and lead a fuller life is very important to me. Working as a sole practitioner could be lonely but I deal with that through networking and having great, supportive contacts. 

I have also used coaches at different stages of my new career and this has been invaluable. I was coached through the process of writing my book as a way of branding and promoting my business and that has been very successful.

If you are thinking of making a career change, choose something you love and follow your passion."

Bio - Pat Duckworth MBA, NLP Master Prac., Dip CHyp., HPD., is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, award winning author, coach and founder of Hot Women, Cool Solutions.

Pat sees clients on a one-to-one basis at her therapy rooms in Harley Street, London, Cambridgeshire and Toronto. For clients who are unable to attend her clinics, she works with them over Skype. She specialises in women’s health, particularly working with women who are experiencing menopause symptoms including hot flushes, weight gain, poor sleep, loss of confidence and mood swings.

Pat has formed a collaboration with leading nutritionist, Jenny Tschiesche, to write Cool Recipes for Hot Women. Together they are offering a weekend retreat in France in May to help women who are overcome menopause symptoms. Book now at http://hotwomencoolsolutions.com/retreats/

You can contact pat by email pat@patduckworth.com

Acknowledge and Appreciate Yourself

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Pop Quiz: When was the last time you acknowledged and appreciated yourself?

That’s right: YOU. Not your spouse, not your children, not your boss, co-workers or friends. Just YOU!

Seriously, think about it!

And if it’s been too long since your last pat on the back, then I want you to take the time right now to acknowledge and appreciate yourself for everything you've accomplished today, throughout the year, and in life.

Ask yourself: How many times have you succeeded in the past month? The past year? The past 10 years? Are you able to recall your successes as easily as your failures and missteps?

This is not a selfish or egotistical act in the least. By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved—and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses—you actually can enhance everything about you!

Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.

In working with top leaders and thought philosophers of our time, I will tell you that among their secrets of success is a regular practice of acknowledging and appreciating what they have. It can offer an oracle into the future because it not only tells you where you are but it also helps clarify where you want to go in life. Whatever that might be. The road then becomes easier to navigate—easier to see from the distance and walk confidently step by step.

Don’t forget to think about both big and little accomplishments. Many people under-appreciate the minor things they do successfully every day . And yet they can recall in detail all the times they have failed or made mistakes. That's because the brain remembers events more easily when they are accompanied by strong emotions.

For example, you might vividly recall a graduation, losing 10 pounds, having a child, winning an award, or landing a highly sought after position. But see if you can identify just as many minor, more subtle successes, such as your intimate conversation with your spouse last night, the re-connection you established with an estranged friend last month, the quality time you were able to spend with your children today, how you checked off all your list of To-Dos for the weekend, how you learned a new task at work, or got your kid to school on time.

These may seem like minor acts in the grand scheme of life, but they are what make us feel whole, happy, and accomplished along the journey toward those larger, and much more deeply satisfying moments.

Acknowledging your mistakes also has it pluses, but we often don’t have trouble recalling or mulling over those. The point is, if you don't acknowledge your successes the same way you acknowledge your mistakes, you're sure to have a memory full of blunders. And a mind stuffed with negative chatter about the gaffes of life won’t fuel your energy, nor your confidence, creativity, and motivation to keep going.

Consider this, too: if you only remember the mistakes and failures, you won't be as ready to take risks that will lead to your successes. Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again.

Give yourself permission to toot your own horn and don’t wait for anyone to praise you. Here are two suggestions:

1.) Record Your Personal History. Take time to write your achievements down. Start when you were very young and think of all your achievements since then. Don't just pick the major milestones; write down all the things you take for granted. For example, if you list your college degree, write your appreciation for having the opportunity to go to college and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

You can also create a log of success every day and review it when you are faced with a new challenge. By writing it all down daily, you're securing it in your long-term memory and it will become a part of what makes you tick. It can even become a source of positive reminders and affirmations for when you’re feeling down, as well as a personal record of you that becomes your legacy.

2.) Celebrate Yourself with Mementos. Surround yourself with reminders of your successes. Put up pictures, articles, trophies, awards and other pieces that bring your attention to your success. Make your environment speak to you about your achievements. Be proud of them!

By the way, showing appreciation for yourself and accomplishments has many rewards that go far beyond boosting your own self-confidence.

Appreciating yourself creates a cascading affect—your heightened confidence will spill over into other aspects of your life. Watch what happens when you gain that special trust in yourself. You’ll attract opportunities, experience more fulfilling relationships, and have no trouble reaching loftier goals.

Remember, people like to be around those who have a healthy self-esteem and who are achieving their goals. Commit to acknowledging your achievements and your brain will begin to tell you the truth: that you can do anything!

Written by: Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success.

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  • A Bright and Exciting Future

    “Before I met Siobhán I didn’t have a clue what career I would pursue after my current one. I had no direction, no plan and even no idea on how I was to know where I wanted to go. Thanks to Siobhán that has all changed. I now know where I want to go. I now have a plan on how I can get there. The future which once looked a daunting place to visit has now become bright and exciting. It is amazing how much knowing where I want to go in line with who I truly am has given me purpose in what I am doing, and the desire to make it happen. If you are reading this and wondering if you should or should not, let me tell you, get stuck in! It is without a doubt worth it, and you will certainly be glad you did.”


  • Coming Out Of The Dark

    “Firstly, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my coach.   My father always stressed on the importance of a coach and I never thought I would find one who truly understood me, challenges me and patiently waited until 'I got it'!   So thank you. Thank you for helping me find hope again in a world that had become so incredibly dark. I wake up in the morning feeling so determined that I often wonder if I am the same person. I am incredibly grateful that your path took you into coaching because you truly are a gift to people and I don't think you realise the impact you are making. My happiness isn't just mine. It is also my family's. So the impact spreads wide.”


  • From Victims to Victors

    “The best question that Siobhán asked at the beginning of our relationship was ‘are you running your business or is your business running you?’  My heart sunk when I realized the latter was our reality. We were victims of our own success and three years of being in a constant state of overwhelm had taken its toll.

    In the process of working through our vision, mission and values we got reenergized by our sense of purpose.  Working with Siobhán, we were also able to map out short, medium and long-term goals that would get the dog wagging the tail again. 

    In the time we’ve worked together, we’ve leapfrogged in performance and more importantly, went from feeling like victims to victors.”

    KK – Managing Partner, Brands At Work

  • Expanding Our Horizons

    "Siobhán has enabled my business and our team to expand its horizons. In a dynamic small company formal training and development can be overlooked.

    Siobhán’s Executive Coaching to my team bridged that gap, and developed the team as talented individuals in an objective yet holistic way from which we all feel a clear benefit. Don’t expect anything fluffy - she is business like, focused, and will get results.

    I wouldn’t pay for anything else."

    DAMIAN CLARKSON, Managing Director and Owner, The London Kitchen

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