When we started work together, Laura was not in a good place. In her own words: “Phrases/vocabulary such as “fear of failure”, “not good enough” & “trapped” reared their ugly heads on a frequent basis”
She felt that she had lost her way, lost touch with who she was and it was negatively impacting her enjoyment of life and her relationships with the people she loves. She hated her job, she was worried about her relationship and she didn’t like herself.
For most of her life, Laura told me she had given credence to her negative beliefs by engaging with them regularly and allowing herself to believe them. When we started working together, despite desperately wanting to break the negative cycle and habits that she’d formed over the years, she still really doubted whether she could truly believe in herself again.
However, she has well and truly conquered that well-worn voice of self-doubt.
I decided to film a video to share Laura’s transformation with you. She has given her full permission to share all of this information, but I don’t go into full personal details, and incidentally, Laura is not her real name!
In this video, you’ll get a “coaching” version of a before and after snapshot. You’ll be amazed at the changes!
Maybe we should call it mental Botox?! ☺
In our review session, I asked Laura to reflect on the lessons she’d learnt over 4 months.
She thought about my question and replied:
“It’s about a confident approach. It’s about a positive outlook. It’s about personal growth.”
Laura told me that she’s more engaged with every area of her life, more fulfilled and that the flatness that she felt – almost depression – had just disappeared.
Her new philosophy is:
“Life is out there for grabbing and for living”.
One of the most important things we did was getting her to identify her values and her needs. We started gently, working on shifting her perspective in one area of her life, implementing easy and fun habits, and this resulted in a rapid knock on effect in EVERY area of her life.
She’s gone from a vicious circle of feeling like everything was grey and broken, to a virtuous circle where everything is brighter and whole, even when it’s not perfect.
Here are Laura’s top two tips:
1. “You have to take a leap of faith and get your head round the fact that you just needed to put in some hard graft to create new positive habits to replace the old negative ones.”
2. “Don’t try to fix your whole life. Take baby steps every day: I loved the daily use of positive mantras such as “today is going to be the best day yet” and “I am awesome” – I’ve even given each day of the week a positive name (Marvellous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, etc.). This didn’t come easily at first as I simply didn’t believe it, but it’s amazing how powerful practice and repetition are.
I use this positive vocabulary with my son and the impact has been astounding – he believes it and I believe it. The rewards from taking those baby steps, both on an emotional and a career level, when I’m full of confidence AND when I have some self-doubt, adopting the “what have I got to lose” approach, have been nothing short of life-changing…..”
If you haven’t already read my recent post on daily habits and downloaded the free workbook, here’s a large hint!! Go do it! It’s life changing!
“Now I can say with confidence that I love myself unconditionally, I value what I have to offer, I am enjoying life more, so much kinder to myself, living in line with my values, have more motivation, I am brave, have stopped waiting for people/situations around me to change and accept them for who/what they are and separate myself from them if necessary.”
Watch my video blog, get inspired and get started with your own transformation! Whether you want to take one area of your life ‘up a notch’ or you feel that your whole flippin’ life needs an overhaul, all you need is to take a deep breath, garner your courage to do the work and then take the first tiny step forwards.
Stepping Up 2017
Of course, Laura’s journey continues. In fact, she’s joined my Stepping Up 2017 programme, because she’s ready to take her NEXT step up towards fulfilment and success.
And you KNOW I’m going to plug Stepping Up here don’t you?! How could I NOT remind you, eh?!!!
Because it would be remiss of me not to give you the opportunity to join me, Laura and the other fabulous women on Stepping Up to help you achieve the career and the life you love – FAST.
No more thinking about it, no more ‘I’ll get round to that once I’ve sorted this issue’. The time is NOW or never!
I’m running Stepping Up once and once only this year. There’s a good reason for this – I give a lot of my own time to my Stepper Uppers. It’s not a programme I run frequently (the last time was over 2 years ago) for the very reason that I can’t keep up the level of support with all my other coaching and training commitments.
Enrolment to Stepping Up will close at midnight GMT on Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb. Join us now, before it’s too late.