Imperfect Action is Better Than Perfect Inaction!!!

Imperfect Action is Better Than Perfect Inaction!!!

“Keith –  I like imperfect. Every time someone exercises imperfect, it gives  ‘permission’ to others to do the same. Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.”

I had that really great message back from a lovely lady – Sarah – who is on our mailing list.   How right she is.

Yesterday I sent out an e-mail which I had entitled ‘I am Surprised I am Sending This…’

AND here is the e-mail sent to our list announcing a new membership website:-

Hello Sarah – There Was A Time I Would Not Have Sent This E-mail – Let Me Explain…

Have you ever had a day where things haven’t gone right.

I think you have!

Well I have had a WEEK like that – nothing specific but – what NEXT!

It even went on into the weekend.

Adam is teaching his diploma students this weekend and my intention was to get an e-mail out to you good people on our mailing list, all about our Inner Circle membership website.   This is very important to us and we want to spread the word.

On Friday morning Adam videoed an introduction to this new web page and we added some images to the video on Friday afternoon – Then we had to do something called rendering to make it compact to work on the web page.

I was checking things over Saturday only to find that the video rendering had not worked properly.

NO…   *&””***!!!
 SO  – We will have to sort the video out again during this coming week.

RATS!…  Every day is important to me at my age.

So I sent a message to Adam to update him.  I was not at all happy as I hate wasting time and I really wanted to get this promotional material out.

********* Overnight sleep  *********

When I got up this morning and heard all sorts of information about Mental Health on the radio, TV and in the papers I had a total change of mind.

My thoughts were something like this:

  • There is a desperate need for more talking therapists.  We teach Hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP etc – we need to train MORE therapists.
  • WHY am I dithering about putting out a page that is not perfect.   Being perfect can slow you down – better to get things moving.
  • Also it would be great to get some feedback. I want to know if I am I explaining the Inner Circle accurately and that the information is easily understood.
  • Why not ASK for feedback? – YES that would be helpful.
  • I finally thought I AM going to send a message today.

So that is what I am doing!

I wouldn’t have done this in the past – perfection was necessary – BUT –  to hell with that now!

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND HAVE OUR FIRST INNER CIRCLE MEMBERS – AND WE WOULD LIKE YOU ON BOARD AS WELL.

There are two pages for you to check out.

The temporary web page that we have been using describing the Inner Circle Membership is at:  http://www.adameasoninnercircle.com


And here is the NEW promotional page:

The Video is sort of working and you will hear all of the narration from Adam – but something went wrong as you will see http://training.aecollegeofhypnosis.uk/?page_id=12
If there is anything that is not clear on the web page do let me know.  I would really appreciate that.

I hope I have a better week ahead and also wish you the same.  I hope I will be hearing from you anyway – with feedback and hopefully as a new member.

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AND

The open rate of that message was good – click throughs to the website were good – and we got some new members.   Furthermore I can e-mail again when the video has been sorted.

Thank you Sarah – Imperfect Action is Better Than Perfect Inaction!!!

Bad Habit and Pills – Change Your Mindset

Bad Habit and Pills – Change Your Mindset

Bad habit and pills – that sounds as if I have an awful tale to tell.  Let’s see!

Tablets and a bad habit are on my mind this morning. Yesterday I went to get my repeat prescription for the barrow load of tablets I have to take. BUT – there was an issue ( I still don’t understand what – but there you are – it is a fact ) and the prescription needed to be set up again by my doctor and with luck and a strong wind they will be there by Thursday (today)

So by rooting around in the medicine cabinet, I found I had got enough for this morning.

And then Goodness me – NO!….

We were out of Activa or Yoghurt!!    Was this going to be one of those days?

Why was that a disaster – well years ago I had to get over something that for me was an issue. I just couldn’t swallow tablets – no matter how small.

How crazy are we all?

Bad habit – it surely was. I could eat normally – but a tablet in my mouth was a gagging starter.

The time came though where I had to get over this problem.   I had got to get over this as my health depended on me ‘taking the pills’.

Porridge and yoghurt became the answer.   Within no time I was swallowing tablets easily as long as it was with a yoghurt or similar.

Today –  this morning – I had no yoghurt or porridge. Question? – was the bad habit still there.

So I gave it a go – glass of water and what happened?   It was fine – there was no issue at all.    That is the first time I have tried to take tablets with water for many years.   Isn’t the mind weird but wonderful?

Now there is a really important thing here about making changes to your mindset.

Conventional wisdom is that it takes 28 days to free yourself from a bad habit. Unfortunately, that notion is just plain wrong. Bad habits are hard to break because they are Habits (notice the capital H). Remember: your brain has put your bad habit in the “automatic” category. Once there, it’s difficult to shake it free.

Yes, 28 days can give you a good jump start. It is probably longer and more like three months to substitute a new behavior for a bad habit.

But I know from working with Adam Eason that behaviours and bad habits can be changed – helped by hypnosis.

Let’s say that laziness is a bad habit or maybe poorly motivated is like a bad habit.   Just make that assumption.   If they are then this year’s  new  resolutions are probably having difficulty.

So this month (February) in our Hypnosis For Download online store I have made the theme one of motivation and keeping going. Self-Hypnosis can help you make dramatic and permanent changes to your mindset. But the behaviours will need a couple of months to make permanent change. Self-hypnosis will help you imagine the changes and keep you working towards the desired outcome.

Hey I am not the person to tell you all of this – but go and find articles by Adam Eason.  Visit his blog at http://adam-eason.com

Well if you are reading this Adam and you can’t get me on the phone mid morning it is because i am on my way to the doctors to get some tablets.

Great News For The Obese – A Little Weight Loss Goes A Long Way

Great News For The Obese – A Little Weight Loss Goes A Long Way

Weight loss is something that really concerned me for many years.  This diet and that diet – I tried so many. Yo yo effect though – I just had to wait a time before the process had to start again.

I did find the answer but more about that in a minute.

One of the things that most struck me was the setting of the target and time to achieve it.  Usually achievable as long as the diet was followed.  However there was not a real reason for choosing the specific target that was just a weight figure.  The real reason I was wanting the loss  was clinical as I had high blood pressure.  If I had kept a target of reaching a weight where I knew more about the physiological effects would the target have been different.

And what would that target be?

Now I don’t read a journal call Cell Metabolism over breakfast – in fact it is almost impossible to read for 99 per cent of people out there.  However there has been a report in there this week about research carried at the University of Washington in the US.

They did some studies on 40 obese people losing weight on diets.

Important weight loss findings:

The first few pounds may be the hardest to shed, but they are by far the best.  Obese people only have to lose 5 percent of their body weight to achieve a marked improvement in their health from rejuvenated liver to a low risk of diabetes. The scientists checked their research participants at 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent milestones. They recorded a range of health markers including cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin sensitivity, a key measure of the risk of diabetes.

Oliver Moody in ‘The Times’ reports that Samuel Klein who is director of the university’s centre for human nutrition said this:

“The biggest bang for your buck”

“The guidelines for treating obesity recommend a 5 to 10 percent weight loss, but losing 5 percent of your weight is much easier than losing 10 percent.  So it may make more sense for patients to aim at the easier target.”

“If you weigh 200 lbs, you will be doing yourself a favour if you can lose 10 lbs and keep it off.  You don’t have to lose 50 lbs to get important health benefits”

The last paragraph contains a very important phrase.

Keeping the Weight Loss – KEEP IT OFF!

The answer for me a few years ago was realising that everything – yes everything was in the mind – I needed a new mindset.

The answer was nothing to do with different foods and calories etc – it was just looking at what I was doing that was affecting the body shape I wanted and the health benefits I needed.

Using a self-hypnosis audio from my friend Adam Eason was the answer.  I was able to change a lot of habitual things that were getting in my way.

  • My portions on my plate were too large and I would often go up for second helpings.  Eating until I felt full (that is actually uncomfortable) and eating too fast.
  • Snacking in between meals – enough said aren’t all those snacks just full of sugar.
  • Using the wrong cook books.  Why are my two most thumbed books now by Dave Myers and Si King – The Hairy Dieters.
  • As for puddings I started by cutting them down in size but in time I began to feel that I didn’t want them and they became quite unpalatable.  Just bizarre – I don’t even want sticky puddings any more.
  • When I see James Martin on Saturday Kitchen adding more butter to his meal I just think UGGHH!

So that is that – I don’t really now have to think about it at all – I have just acquired new good habits.  I am habitually weight sorted.

I really do think that self-hypnosis and thinking about your particular habits that are controlling your weight for you can be your helper.

To get hold of Adam Eason please check out – ‘Mind Your Weight’

The first 5 per cent is all you need worry about – that is great news.

Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Many of my blogs are light hearted, bizarre or whatever; but NOT today. 

This is Important and I hope that you will stay with me for a couple of minutes while I am talking passionately about something I care about.  In fact we should all care about this as one in four of us will need mental health therapy sometime in our life.

AND…

I am hoping that somebody reading this will consider training to be a therapist in the field..

Mental Health.

All over the news this morning and in the newspapers there are reports about the Mental Health services here in the UK.  I am not at all surprised and have a lifetime of working in several areas of health. 

More about that in a moment.

Paul Farmer, the chief executive of ‘Mind’, the charity that has led a review of Mental Health services says that there are “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths” with many more lives ruined as people struggled to get the healthcare they need.

What is the size of the problem?  

 About two million people a year are seen by mental health services and Mr Farmer thinks this needs to increase by a third.

This will include an expansion of talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT) to treat 600,000 more people a year70,000 children offered help and 30,000 more mothers with post-natal depression.

The report is being accepted by the Government and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England pledged to commit extra £1billion to mental health.

About 400,000 of those offered extra therapy will be people with long-term physical conditions such as cancer or arthritis struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship problems as a result of their illness.

Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs said “That we would like to ensure every GP practice has easy access to trained mental health services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other talking therapies”.

So how many people do you know who have?:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression,
  • Phobias,
  • Addictions,
  • Panic Attacks,
  • Eating Issues
  • Pain
  • IBS
  • Low Self-Esteem

That list is tiny -the funny this is that I am always at a loss where to stop with issues that can be helped with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.    It doesn’t matter – the point is that so much of health is related to what is going in our mind.

So why my interest – why am a passionate about this?

I worked in nursing for 34 years  and was always interested in the connection between the physical and mental approach to recovery from disease of surgery.  It was easy to see that people with a positive mindset recovered quicker than those that  were negative.  Easy to see but in the everyday life of the ward impossible to research. 

That was just one notable observation – but there were many more but not enough time to research and verify them.

How things have  changed though – I am now involved through my work with a hypnotherapist – indirectly in  the mental side of health rather then the physical.

I left nursing in 1996 to set up a web design and marketing company (a long story).  The companies I most liked working with were health related for obvious background reasons. 

Then I met Adam Eason – a Hypnotherapist who was also training new hypnotherapists.  As we worked together I got to video his hypnotherapy training for use on our website. Adam’s teaching on the Hypnotherapy Training course taught me so much more about the physical / health approach to care.    It is research based and his hypnotherapy is based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the whole approach significantly follows my nursing psychiatric training.  

I have seen so many of Adam’s students develop into Hypnotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.  They are now in a great position to help with this new mental health initiative to provide additional therapeutic resources.

My reason for writing this blog post today is to ask you a question.
What are you doing in your life?
Could you train for a really worthwhile career as a Hypnotherapist or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist?

Many of the hypnotherapists I have met have trained because they have used hypnotherapy for their own issues.  Adam Eason originally started his career because he had a physical condition (psoriasis) which was treated with hypnosis. 

Physical condition – mental solution – How interesting is that?

If you want my guidance at all – I can tell you, just how wonderful it is having a career that really helps people. There is a massive MASSIVE need.  You will get so much out of your work if you can help individuals – nothing is more rewarding.  Just take my word for it.

What is great is that you can start to train TODAY

Please do take a look at http://aecollegeofhypnosis.uk and get your prospectus for Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course or if you are already a hypnotherapist then there is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist (CBH) course.

If you get a prospectus and have further questions – you will find my contact details in there – do please feel free to call me to talk about this as a career.  Just take a look – it might be a call for you to do something new and really worthwhile.

Tattoo Inspiration For Golf Win – Go Georgia

Tattoo Inspiration For Golf Win – Go Georgia

We have had mental notes on bits of paper hanging around our house for years. Part of life with kids as they are growing up.

I think my daughter was responsible for the one that was in our loo with reminders of what to do when you tinkled and other things – aimed at the men in the household I believe.

My wife went to some study day at work and a notice appeared in our kitchen — ‘NO BLAME ZONE’  –  I have to tell you that was a good one and did create a calming effect at moments of tension,  Frantic places kitchens where everybody seems to be endlessly in a rush!

Well – up a step…

Today I was reading about a local Bournemouth lass Georgia Hall who is a 19 year old professional golfer who has just won £22,000 prize in a tournament in Australia.  Better than that she will now qualified be in the Australian Open next week.  Good for her – Go Georgia!.

What she has discovered – and what every successful sports champion discovers – is the power of the mind.  Georgia has words ‘deep breath’ tattooed on her right wrist and found that the maxim helps her to remain calm.

She told Associated Press
“It’s reminded me to take my time as I sometimes rush the swing or rush a decision.  It’s meaning for me is to try and take my time.  If I take my time then I am going to get it more right than if I rush it.  It helps me out and I can have it in my mind.”

You don’t have to have a tattoo however.  There are many techniques such as NLP anchoring and a varied other mental processes to help you store new notes in your brain – ready to call when you need them.

My friend Adam Eason a hypnotherapist has a website about the mental side of running – which is actually about distance running.  The techniques and psychological skills taught there though can be for most individual sports.  Go and check it out.

Health Update – Still Feeling Fine

On Thursday of this week I will be going to the theatre and I know I will sleep throughout the whole performance.

OK – I jest!

It is of course the operating theatre to have my left kidney removed.  Yes I signed away my left kidney.  The specialist nurse who was going through my consent with me was at pains to emphasise that it was my left kidney.

She asked me more than once whether it was my left as she was writing it on the consent form.  I could only reply “so they tell me”  I am seriously not being facetious, it is just that I can’t tell.  I feel well with no symptoms left or right.

Since I last wrote about my health when I first found out about my growth I have had several visits to Bournemouth Hospital for investigations and consultations.

The most eventful of these was a days admission into the Day Unit for a Kidney Biopsy under Scanner Control.  This was to be my second body scan in as many months with the twist (pun intended) that this time instead of laying restfully on my back, I needed to go into the scanner tunnel face down with my arms above my head.  I was also asked to lay really still for 30 minutes while they sited the exact spot that they wanted to get the biopsy bite from.  Now there were a few things destined to challenge me with those straight forward requests.

I was waiting for the nurse to roll her eyes in exasperation when I told her I had got a frozen left shoulder which restricts my arm movement above my head (I do sound a wreck I must admit!).  I had found a saintly nurse though who patiently set about finding the solution.  Ten minutes later after a lot of experimentation with pillows and sponge wedges I thought we had found a suitable compromise with a position I could tolerate for half an hour which still left access to the technician with his biopsy instrument.

So far so good.  Into the machine and relative isolation from all that was going on behind me.  There was a gentle hum that obscured much of the chatter down there.  There were cold things, damp things and various proddy things and even a sharp stingy thing, all of which were administered with muffled announcements that I couldn’t make out in the depth of the machine.  Another weakness to reveal – my hearing is not 100% in noisy environments and the hum of the machine more or less put paid to any meaningful communication.  Anyway the team was busy and I was to lay as still as possible.  What could I do to spoil the show?

Well!!

It was clear to everyone there – (and there were quite a few but in my position I couldn’t tell how many) – that the time had come for me to be really still as X marked the spot for the serious business of the session.  So what better time to get cramp in my foot!!

Now anyone who has had cramp in the foot will immediately have some sympathy with me.   When it happens in bed the best thing I have found to do, is leap out of bed and stand on my toes.  Well that usually works for me.  So deep inside a scanner with drapes all over me, and a team who seemed prepared to jump on me rather than let me move – my options did seem limited.  However – dah dah!! – the saintly nurse came to the rescue again and started to massage my foot – very effectively I must say.  In fact it was so good that my approach to any future bouts of cramp in bed might elicit a different approach – Babs are your reading this?

Anyway the fine team got four wonderful specimens (their words – not mine) to send off to histology and I, none the worse for wear, was able to go home that evening.

There was a longish wait for results which is probably the most exasperating time.  It makes quite a difference what type of cancer cells are present and they needed to use several dyes apparently to pin the wretched thing down and give it a title.  It turns out that it is a renal cancer cell type and hopefully all within the offending kidney.  So it is due for removal this Thursday.

This time though I will be fully asleep – shame really – would have quite liked to report all about it but I guess I will miss it all in the land of nod.

Until my next update – I wish you good health yourselves – but do act if there is anything at all suspicious.  Early diagnosis leads to better outcomes.

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