Stop Smoking – Who Dunnit Story?

Stop Smoking – Who Dunnit Story?

Stop Smoking – A Who Dunnit Story?

Some Background First

Stop Smoking – Many hypnotherapists making impressive claims regarding hypnotherapy and stopping smoking.

Adam Eason (Hypnotherapist, Tutor and Author) wrote an article on his blog about the research:
https://www.adam-eason.com/what-is-the-actual-evidence-for-using-hypnosis-for-stopping-smoking/

Yes indeed, a fairly well-known UK hypnotherapist who markets her one-hour stop smoking programme actually also refers to the 1964 study by Von Dedenroth (conducted in 1964, published in American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 1968) who made these claims of a 94% success rate. She claims to have a ‘comparably high success rate’ and there are many others that use this study in their marketing literature if you google it.

Then Adam points out there have been several other bits of research since that have not been so convincing.

Then he points out:

However, however, however, all is not lost, oh no…

Racing to our rescue in the early 1990s, as featured in the New Scientist and referred to by many of us in the field, was published a study by Viswesvaran and Schmidt (1992) who had conducted a metaanalysis on 633 studies of smoking cessation which included a whopping 48 studies in the hypnosis category which they investigated.

This also had a total number of 6,020 participants. Which is impressive. Hypnosis did prove to be better and more effective than just about every other treatment it was compared to including nicotine replacement therapy and aversion techniques, yet still only really offering up a success rate far inferior to that of the Von Dedenroth 1968 study.

It is complex and there are other factors.

 

Stop Smoking Research

Our Stop Smoking Product Warning

In our Hypnosis For Download store we have a self-hypnosis product called ‘Stop Smoking Now’

But right at the top of the sales page we have the following copy:

Purchase Warning

Let me be honest with you.

Please please – do not buy this product if you REALLY DON’T want to give up smoking.

WHY?

The straight forward truth is because it won’t work. So you might as well save the purchase price of this product and buy another pack of cigarettes instead.

ALSO…

Please don’t buy this as a gift for someone else if they don’t REALLY WANT to give up smoking.

YOU SEE…

The absolutely essential first step is to WANT TO GIVE UP SMOKING

Hypnosis will work if you want your behaviour, addiction or whatever to change.

Without the desire – well forget it.

I like to think of hypnosis as the ‘willpower assistant’.

 

Now In My Last Blog

In my last blog   https://wats-on.net/hypnosis-and-hypnotherapy-control/

I pointed out this:

Many people who have used hypnosis will say the same thing. “I don’t know how it worked – but it did.”

Now The Stop Smoking Story

I remember Adam telling this story to a class of his hypnotherapy students.  Adam is a great story teller and this is not exactly word for word but the giso is there.

A man (who I will call John) came to see Adam at  his practice to stop smoking.   All the usual chats were done.  John made it clear that somebody had suggested hypnosis – but he himself, didn’t believe it could work because he was sure nobody could hypnotise him.

Adam tried to give him examples of how we are all in a trance like state at times, reading a book or watching a film.  Just think how absorbed you are and ignoring people around you.  What about calling a child downstairs for lunch – when does play and imagination not interfere.

John and Adam agreed to give it all a go.

The hypnosis induction was done and Adam could see that John’s eyes were flickering and that there were breathing changes.  In fact Adam knew that John was in hypnosis.  The stop smoking script was provided and after 20 minutes it was time for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and now you are back in your surroundings.

Well asked Adam “How was that”.

“No” says John, I can’t see that working.  I could hear you but I wasn’t hypnotised.

Adam then suggested that John wait till the next session in a weeks time to discuss it again.

During the week John rang Adam to tell him that even though he had paid for the next session that was no problem.  He wasn’t going to attend because he didn’t thing he could be hypnotised.

AND then came the funny bit.

John carried on by saying to Adam that he really didn’t need it now ANYWAY as he had manage to stop smoking all by himself.  He pointed out that he didn’t know how that had happened but he clearly didn’t need hypnosis.

Ha ha!

 

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Control?

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Control?

Google Alert Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Every morning I get a set of Google Alerts. You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name.

A couple of my alerts are hypnosis and hypnotherapy this morning.

An alert came in under hypnosis which is the video I have embedded in this post.

 

 

When I was looking for this  YouTube video there had already been 137,306 views.

Now the video is edited and stage managed and you can see from the comments underneath that many people think it is fake.

I am not the best person to judge that but there are hypnotherapists and hypnotists who could comment and I hope they will.

Whatever the situation this is the sort of clip that gives people their impressions and perceptions about hypnosis and that is a shame.

Now here is another Google alert I received under category hypnotherapy.

This blog post which is well researched is by a freelance writer.  You can find the complete blog post at: https://www.self.com/story/hypnosis-for-skin

I love the title of this blog post written by Sarah Ban

I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.
I don’t understand it, either, but I’m not complaining.

How often have I seen that.

So many people who have used hypnosis will say the same thing. “I don’t know how it worked – but it did.”

Adam Eason my hypnotherapist friend was amazed when he was treated for his psoriasis by a clinical hypnotherapist.

He was completely surprised by the effect on his skin as he had tried everything else prescribed.

That is in fact what led Adam to learn about hypnosis and start his hypnotherapy career.

Back to Sarah’s article…

The blog post by Sarah is well worth reading and she points out various studies and research in the field.

She finishes her blog post:

Whether or not I can explain how my skin got better, I’m pretty positive that my hypnosis sessions had something to do with it.

Whichever confounding variable was responsible for the clearer skin I saw after my hypnotherapy sessions (stress reduction, better sleep, placebo effect, or all of the above), I’m just thrilled to have seen results at all.

I was finally able to get my racing mind under control with the help of hypnosis. That meant I went from getting maybe two measly hours of sleep a night to a solid eight hours, which is a massive improvement for me. When I’m well-rested during the day, I’m more equipped to handle hectic situations, which means my stress levels are more under control, and I’m pretty sure that’s resulting in a newly clear complexion. My skin still breaks out when I’m frazzled, but it seems a lot happier overall. And so am I.

It is very easy to get wrong impressions about hypnosis.  The showmen want to make it all look mystical and unreal.

I have videoed many courses where hypnotherapists were being trained.  Many wonderful people with a real desire to help people with annoying behaviours, habits, addictions, pain, self-esteem and so on.

The problem for them especially in their early days is convincing many people out there who have very little knowledge about the therapy.

Ten years ago I was among those who knew very little about hypnosis.

Here are a few facts about hypnosis.

Stage Hypnosis:

This is a difficult one for clinical hypnotherapists to deal with. The on stage guys are clever and use hypnosis and distraction techniques well.

The people selected to go on stage and take part are actually expecting an outcome. They are more prepared than they believe to respond and play the part.

The thing to realise is that they are willingly being led and are NOT really under the control of the hypnotist.

I personally love Derren Brown who actually calls himself a mentalist and illusionist. That is much better title although other people talk about him being a hypnotist.  He often will show at the end of his performance how he has been misleading the audience.  He will show video and you can see the clever language that is feeding the imaginations of those being manipulated.

Myths and Mystery and Bad Journalism

Oh dear I don’t know what to say about this one.

There are TV shows and humour “look into my eyes, look into my eyes” and all of that nonsense.

There are journalists who write for a living who are writing err … garbage!!

There are exceptions like Sarah Bar above who is giving a sensible researched article.

Here is a blog by Adam Eason entitled “The Hypnotist Thief? Was It Actually Hypnosis Used? Or Was It Lazy Sensationalist Journalist”

Here is a short passage.

Firstly, the Telegraph, which you’d expect to have a more sober perspective on the story carries the headline: ‘Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance before robbing him’ The hypnosis article can be found here if you’d like to read it.
Before I do anything else, let me address the fact that the Telegraph uses the word ‘Trance’ in the title of their article and then assumes that trance and hypnosis are the same thing. They are not.

Hypnotism Is Not A Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist Taking Control

The problem, of course, lies in the way hypnosis is presented again and again by the media, having to explain to clients over and over that hypnosis is something THEY do sometimes feel like a losing battle.
Self-Hypnosis is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Yes it is a learned SKILL

To Take Control Issue Further – For My Christian Friends.

I wrote about this a long time ago in 2008 but I won’t send you to that post.

What I will do in fact is update that blog though as there are some new links to add.

Let Me Rant a Bit – Which Is Not My Usual Style …

(you will see that this post is rather sombre for me – but I so want you all to know more about the subject before criticising)

The usual thing is that people think they know about something without having ever studied the subject at all – they simply have an opinion based simply on intuition, gossip or whatever.

Several of my church friends have questioned my interest in what they describe as taking control of someones mind and over somebody’s thinking?

What? …  WHAT?

I have videoed and sat through hundreds of hours of clinical hypnotherapy and cognitive bahavioural therapy training – AND it is NOT taking control of the clients mind.

If you think there is exasperation showing – you are right!

STOP!!

Let me bow out.

Really I am wise to leave this to somebody qualified to talk about it.

I am no fool.

Here is a YouTube video – well audio really with a ridiculously strange splash screen – about Hypnosis and Christianity. This is a video interview with Rev Dr Scot Giles. This is about his work using hypnosis with cancer patients.

 

 

The talk therapies offer help harmlessly.  There is a lot of research about the effectiveness of many interventions – for example pain relief.  The weakness is that there much more research needed.

So What About Psychiatry?

The very same people that object to hypnosis therapy WILL accept and endorse psychiatrists offering treatments and medication.

From my young nursing days back in the 60’s I had the horror of working with a team giving Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).  Notice my strong word horror.  I could not believe what I was witnessing.  I will say no more about that as it was a long time ago and I may exaggerate.

I was shocked (there’s a pun) when I found out recently that this therapy was in growing use again.

Here is a piece from an article in The Guardian – Electro-Convulsive therapy on the rise again in England

“The figures, obtained through freedom of information requests, show that despite being a crude, controversial treatment, which fell sharply out of favour around the turn of the millennium, ECT is enjoying a revival.

The procedure involves anaesthetising the patient and passing electricity through the brain to induce seizure. Despite ghoulish depictions in popular culture and a marked lack of science explaining how and why it works, treatments can prove effective. Patient stories range from life-changing benefits to tales of lives being ruined.”

Hypnotherapists are not wanting to get inside your head and control you.  There intention is for their clients to learn the skills of focused imagination and suggesting to themselves the changes they want to make.  That is my simple interpretation.   Don’t let me tell you though.  Better to learn directly from a hypnotherapy practitioner.  I can put you in touch with the best.

What If Hypnotherapists Could Get To Control You?

I remember when I first met Adam, the guy who introduced me to hypnotherapy.

He was introducing his business in a breakfast BNI meeting.  At each BNI meeting you were allowed 60 seconds to tell a story about your business.  A bit like twitter really.

Adam was charismatic and I looked forward to his spot.

One of his minute stories was about hypnotherapists taking control of your mind.

Adam asked us “Why would I be standing up there at 7am to get some new business if I really could use magical hypnosis skills to control somebody?  No!  Surely I would simply make an appointment with my bank manager and get him to write me out a million pound cheque.

Of Course There Are So Many More Question – Another Day

There are so many other questions.

  • What does being hypnotised feel like?
  • Do I go to sleep?
  • Is it like being in the zone – like sportmen?

I really do want you to find out.   So more to follow.

 

Motivation For Running And Blogging

Motivation For Running And Blogging

Motivation – Needed Around Here

My Challenge is To Do 30 Blogs During April

Here I am running two days late with my April blogging challenge.

I won’t go into excuse mode, enough to say yesterday and the day before were those sort of days.  Should have stayed in bed.

Anyway – troubles sorted and back on track

I just have to CATCH UP.

It was MY decision to take the challenge.  It was by choice and I am doing as much as I can to learn from the process and get my list building through blogging well under way.  I want to do this and recognise the advantages.

Also My Son Tom Has A Challenge.

Also my son has been training for the London Marathon which is on 22nd April.

Tom is used to physical activity, surfing and climbing – but running is new and a challenge.

He signed up via a Stroke Charity which puts the pressure on.

He has had to train hard and has followed the regime suggested by the marathon organisers.  He ran 22 miles last Sunday.  The weather was not good and it would have been easy to let that one slip.

I have to be honest he has not really enjoyed the process – but the challenge and reward of raising the money has worked.  I don’t think that he will choose to do it again.l  But he will do this one and is aiming to do it in less than four hours.

Let’s Look At Motivation And What Is Going On.

There are three things going on when you undertake a project/challenge.

Activation – the decision to do something

Intensity – the amount of effort that goes into doing it.

Perseverance – How long you can keep up the effort

Achieving your goal requires all of the above.

Types of Motivation:

Intrinsic Motivation

Arises inside of you. Like solving a puzzle just because you want to.  YES – want to

Pros – Easy to maintain concentration. Will do it regardless of reward

Cons Can easily be subject to moods.

Extrinsic Motivation

Comes from outside – eg solving a problem for money, recognition or praise from peers.

Pros – Easy to manufacture using rewards.  Makes difficult tasks bearable.

Cons – Prone to procrastination.

 

How to Find Motivation

If ONLY it was possible for us to enjoy doing everything with intrinsic motivation.

Unfortunately tasks such as paperwork, chores and study often need willpower and rewards to get done.

If you’re feeling apathetic or keep procrastinating on a task, get MOTIVATED by eliminating the excuses.

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Dreams get you started, discipline keeps you going
.
Jim Rohn
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How to get motivated

This stops you from the first step of motivation – starting an activity

1. You’re afraid of Failure

It’s a matter of perspective.

HOW TO FIX IT

Look at all the possible outcomes, including worst-case scenario.

If you fail, will it be really that bad?

AND

If you don’t do the task, what will happen?

Think of the consequences.

This negative outcome should jumpstart you into getting motivated.

 

2. It’s Too Boring

If you lack the energy to do a task, you’re likely to use your motivation to indulge in something else – like watching TV

HOW TO FIX IT

Focus on the task instead of the time.

By looking at what you need to do, instead of how long it’ll take you, you’ll become more stimulated. With this approach, time should fly as you finish off the activity.

If this isn’t enough, track your progress towards a goal.

Focus on whatever is the smaller of the two: how much you’ve done against how much you have to do.

 

3. You Just Don’t Feel Like It.

Are you weighed down by an immense feeling of laziness? Then it is time to get organised.

HOW TO FIX IT

You can’t plan your moods, but you can plan your day.

Think about when you are most productive. If it’s early morning or late in the afternoon, then organize your day around this.

If you’re still feeling lazy, try the count down from 10, and start. Once you’re in the zone, you’re more likely to get things done.

 

4. You Are Too Tired

If you’re struggling to stay awake, then it will be impossible to be motivated.

HOW TO FIX IT

Take care of yourself physically as well as mentally.

Are you stressed out?

  • Take time to meditate and exercise.
  • How are your eating and sleeping patterns?
  • Don’t skip on meals or pull any all-nighters.
  • Listen to your body, and if you’re still fatigued, visit your doctor

Please feel free to contact me. Simply drop me an email and I will send you a Relaxation and Melt Stress self-hypnosis audio.

 

5. You Don’t Know Where To Start

Decision fatique affects everyone. The number of choices you make in a day is inversely related to your mental energy.

HOW TO FIX IT

Create A To Do List

Getting started can be the hardest part, but if you can see what needs doing from the get go, you’re onto a good start.

Include not only what you have to do, but what choices you have to make.
It’ll help you get your priorities in order and help you manage your brainpower usage.

 

6. You Have Too Much To Do

How can you put effort into something when you have so many other things to do?

HOW TO FIX IT

Get rid of any unnecessary commitments.

Every commitment you make uses up your finite willpower. Learn to say ‘no’ to things and simply focus on what’s truly important in life.

If it’s the sheer size of a task that’s overwhelming you, then divide and conquer.

Feel good about the small successes.

 

7. You Don’t See The Point

You’re faced with a mid-task crisis. Why I am doing this, exactly?

HOW TO FIX IT

Be clear on the end goal.

Know what you’re doing and why. If it is something boring or unpleasant, accept it is something you need to do to turn yourself into who you want to be.

Think of the future, successful version of yourself. What would that person do right now.

 

Willpower if like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the better you will be at using it. So stop reading and start doing.
17 Attitudes For Pro Bloggers

17 Attitudes For Pro Bloggers

Pro Bloggers Attitudes – How Do I Match Up?

I joined the blog challenge running through April so that i could learn as much as possible about blogging successfully and grow my mailing list.

So I have been listening to podcasts and visiting blogs to spy on the best blogging craftsmen (oh and of course women).

What are the best practices?  What can I learn?

Let me share with you my fellow bloggers – news about a great podcast. 

As I have been walking every morning I have got to know a lot about a guy called Brandon Gaille who is a blogging millionaire.

HIs STORY ( and I will write more about that another day ) is incredible and illustrates how we can overcome obstacles with the right attitude.

Two Blogs On Offer Today:

Here I am going to be offering you two blogs – and I am doing this for a reason that I will explain at the end of this posting.

I am going to take you through the headings of a blog by Brandon Gaille.  I will leave just a short point from Brandon about the heading and will insert my thoughts.

[my comments will be under KW:  and be BLUE
and those that I have left from Brandon will be BG and BLACK]

 

Let’s go ahead and get right into the first habit.

#1 Pro Bloggers Exercise Self-Control Throughout the Day

BG:
Three tips

  • Check email once every three hours
  • Keep all social media windows closed
  • Program your phone to only allow calls from spouse and kids

 

KW: 
Great tips. 

I am taking action right now TODAY.  I have had my quick check this morning and answered a couple of urgent e-mails.  Most of the e-mails I do not need – I am going further and will be unsubscribing from a few lists.  Task written down for later today.

I will leave social media totally alone until all other tasks are completed for today.  I will allocate a couple of hours a day to marketing through social media – but that will be planned.

The biggest irritation for me working from home is answering cold calls.  Tried several things to get rid of that unsuccessfully.  I know when the call is domestic and will put the rest on answer call.

#2 Pro Bloggers Have an Optimistic and Positive Attitude

BG:
In order to make it through your first year of blogging, you need to have a firm belief that you are going to be successful.

KW:
I can tick a box on this one.  Positive attitude when all around are not quite with me.   Things do take time but must not get demotivated.

If you can believe, you can achieve.

#3 Pro Bloggers Are Open-Minded

BG:
Steven Covey referred to this as sharpening the saw. As a blogger, you need to always be open to learning new techniques and processes that may be better than what you are currently doing now.

Here are a few ways I sharpen my saw…

  • I Listen to Podcasts
  • I Sign Up to Online Courses
  • I Read Blogs

These three practices have guided me down the path of constant and never ending improvement.

KW:
Podcasts:  Listening to podcasts is my sure fire way of keeping up to date and changing tactics when warranted.  I have been putting some of my clients up with podcasts – but never done it myself – something to ponder.

Online Courses: I have joined a membership website NAMS with a treasure trove of help with list building etc.  On the side of this post you will see some reports which you can download.  Go ahead.

Blogs: What I have enjoyed on the April challenge is to meet my peers who have the same intention.  To write a blog is giving away so much information about yourself.

#4 Pro Bloggers Have a Long-Term Plan

BG:
As I mentioned earlier… In regards to Google results, the work you do today will reward you six months down the road. Pro bloggers think long term.

They set quarterly, yearly, and five year goals. Here are a couple of questions to help plan for the future.

Where do you want your blog to be a year from now?

  • Monthly Visitors?
  • Email Subscribers?
  • Revenue? Profit?

What actions do you need to take to achieve each of these goals?

If you do not think you have time for coming up with detailed goals, then take a moment to listen to the results of this study. Harvard surveyed their MBA program graduates as they were graduating. They found that…

  • 84% had no specific goals.
  • 13% had goals but they were not written down.
  • 3% had clear written goals.

The 13% of the class that had goals were making twice as much as the 84% without any goals. The 3% of the class that had taken the time to write down goals were earning ten times as much as all of the other 97% of MBA graduates.

KW:
*** This is a lesson for me – the statistics speak – how about you! ***
I have left this section in there as written by Brandon.
BIG TICK for something I have to do.
The MBA story makes that so clear.

What are your goals

#5 Pro Bloggers Take Calculated Risks

KW:
Wow – I have  been so ready to take risks and have done that so often.

I have so many stories to tell about this one.

Not always brilliant results but oh how my life changed every time.

Some risky moves turned out to be unexpected and led to terrific changes in domestic life.  For example we went full time sailing, had an accident and sank the boat – then spent several years working out in the Middle East helping commission a new hospital in Muscat, Oman.  The stories of the expat life and the people we now know around the world are the legacy of that accident.

You know now I hope that visiting my blog will give you a heap of stories.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

This is a constant reminder to me that I need to continue trying new things in business and in life.

#6 Pro Bloggers Simplify Their Processes

BG:
Bruce Lee once said…

“It is not the daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

KW:
This joins my BIG TICK Box and will become one of my first goals. 

I am far too complicated when I think ahead. 

I see the overall strategy and work too fast in trying to get to the end point – instead of breaking it down and making the simple building blocks which are well crafted and work well.

#7 Pro Bloggers Embrace and Learn from Discomfort

BG:
We are all going to face obstacles in business and life. Embrace them, learn from them, and keep moving forward.

KW: 
I mentioned above what a hard time Brandon worked through.

I had to learn just how to deal with a major sickness obstacle.

Through all of my nursing career I didn’t have a singe day of sick.

So you can imagine what a surprise it was when I went through a sickness spell.

About five years ago at home emptying the dish washer I began to feel unwell.   It was a heart attack and I had a stent put in.

A year later – blood in my urine which was cancer of kidney – so I had a kidney removed.

A year after that on Boxing day with a house full of family I had a stroke – total loss of function one side and loss of speech – the works.  My wife is a nurse and got me to hospital quick.  Great fast treatment and I was talking and walking again next day.

The most important thing I noticed during my nursing days was that patients with a positive attitude recovered and got over the illness quickly.  That is totally my approach.

#8 Pro Bloggers Never Give Up in the Face of Struggle

KW:
You can see what Brandon has to say in his blog post.

In my case I just wanted to get back to normal life as soon as able.  I had computer on my bed – some of my e-mails were sent out with some grammatical errors – I know because i was told so.

The sickness did give me problems running a business – but my business partner was terrific with a very positive and helpful support.  In fact that business partner is Adam Eason who is the hypnotherapist that you will hear me talking about regularly.  Also my family were the best including my son Tom ( he learned how to set up WordPress websites etc to help me out with some of my client work )

What ever I want to do – I will never let anything get in my way.

#9 Pro Bloggers Spend Time with the Right People

BG:
Reach out to other bloggers and share ideas. This can be through a Facebook group, a MeetUp, or a conference.

KW:  
Oh how important is this advice. 

In my eyes this blog post is aimed at the group of people who are doing the April Challenge which is on Paul Taubman’s facebook page.  What a great group of people to get feedback from.  I have already got some great feedback from members of this challenge group.

The place I came across Paul where he was being interviewed by David Perdew in NAMS.  I am an insider there and what a great place to get the support and meet with the RIGHT PEOPLE.  

It means you are never working in isolation.

Do click on any of the products on the right hand side and in any of those you will find a link to NAMS. 

#10 Pro Bloggers Show Appreciation and Gratitude for What they Have

BG:
Here’s another great quote from Zig Ziglar that really sums up the importance of gratitude…

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Whether you are religious or just spiritual, it is important to show gratitude for everything that you have at the beginning and end of each day.

KW:
I have my faith which is the most wonderful thing that I have and I am probably not good enough at it BUT I know where my thanks are due.

You will not hear me talk about this at all – simply because I am not the one who knows the answers.  There are other people much better informed than me.

#11 Pro Bloggers Accept and Embrace Change

KW:
I heard this somewhere on a podcast. (can’t remember which one)
“The only thing that is consistent is change” – Quote Heraclitus

I have been trying to keep up with the changes on the Internet since I put up my first website in 1994.

#12 Pro Bloggers Have a Great Work Life Balance

BG:
I make a point to spend every evening and weekend having fun with my wife and two boys. Without them, it would all be for nothing.

KW:
For the last seven years I have had a motorhome and whenever my wife Babs was on leave we were able to go away.  I had the motorhome fitted out with everything so that I could do some work, some play in totally different locations.  We were touring Spain and I was able to run my business a couple of hours max a day.

I have retired now but am really excited about starting a problogger business.  In fact I am excited about that and will still have the travelling, social approach.  Hopefully make an extra bob or two.

#13 Pro Bloggers Want Other Bloggers to Succeed

BG: 
I have been fortunate to be part of several great mastermind groups over the past two decades. In each of these mastermind groups, we all sincerely wanted eachother to reach greater levels of success. If I know a blogger that just tripled his revenue, then I am going to be able to learn from him and apply it to my blog. Success breeds success.

KW:
This is a really important part for my new retirement business project.

I have not mentioned my products this week because we are not supposed to advertise within the challenge blogs.

So a subtle mention that I have an affiliate programme that I hope will be of interest to some of the bloggers that read this post.

Certainly get in touch with me if you are interested – so that we can get to know each other.

#14 Pro Bloggers Have a Definite Purpose Behind What They Do

BG:
When I set out to start my blog, I asked myself…

Why do I want to have a successful blog?

At the time, I was having success with my boutique marketing services firm, but I wanted to be able to reach more people beyond just my clients. Over the past three years, my posts have been read by millions. My about page, which is 5000 word bio of my comeback story, has been read by over 100,000 people in last year. I get several emails each day from readers who are inspired by my journey to find success again.

KW:
I have worked with health issues most of my adult life – both physical health where I was hospital nursing and mental health the last ten years with talk therapies. 

What fascinates most is the link between the mind and physical problems. 

I want to really promote the mind talk therapies and prevention techniques. 

I want to kill all the false myths and misunderstandings about hypnosis and raise awareness of the power of the brain to influence change.

#15 Pro Bloggers Share Graciously With Others

BG:
Every once in awhile I get asked…

Why do share your secrets with everyone?

I am big believer in the law of abundance. This is the simple fact that there is an unlimited source of everything that we need or could ever want. The more I share, the more I get back.

My podcast and blog posts allow me to form relationships with people that will eventually become customers of my course and clients for marketing services. If I was afraid to share my secrets, then I would have very little to share.

KW: 
I will leave you with Brandon’s words.  My thoughts exactly.

#16 Pro Bloggers Accept Responsibility for Their Actions

BW:
At some point, you are going to make a mistake on one of your blog posts. Every once in awhile, no matter how thorough I am, a blog post of mine will leave something important out. About twice a month, I get an email from a reader who lets me know I did not do a great job of representing a specific topic.

I could stand my ground and let them know why I am right, or I could ask them how I could make the post better. I choose the later. I even go as far as offering them the chance to write a few paragraphs for me, which many end up doing.

The end result is a better post and having a new raving fan for life.

KW:
My wife is a Health Visitor and she goes to loads of training.  She returned from one course with a No Blame poster that she put up on the wall in the kitchen.  It was our no blame area.

I am pretty good on this one – I think!

I have found whenever I admit my mistakes it has worked out well.  If I ever have an issue with product delivery online I will make a point of sending more than necessary to compensate.   I have a grateful customer and usually a long relationship.

 

#17 Pro Bloggers Never Make Excuses

BG:
When you run your own blog, the buck stops with you. Most pro bloggers start out blogging while they are working a full time job or raising a large handful of kids. With all of this going on, it is real easy to make the excuse of not having time to get around to posting on a consistent basis.

Always remember what Ben Franklin once said…

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

KW:
No Excuses – I am where I am and the way I got here was down to me alone.  i am with great people and again that is choice and decisions.  You are probably a person I should know – who knows.  Life is a wonderful journey but it is down to us what we make of it.

Finale by Brandon

The strategies and techniques may change from year to year, but these 17 success habits are timeless. Make them part of who you are and you will be destined to go further than you could possibly imagine.

This post was inspired by a slideshow on the 17 ways successful people approach life by the Eliv8Group. The original slideshow, without the spin on how bloggers use them, can be viewed below.

Finale by Me Keith Watson

Now here is the bit that I don’t understand yet.  If you go and look at Brandon’s complete blog – it is really great – with images and so on.

However the whole blog post was based upon a slideshow.   Brandon doesn’t hide that fact and you can see that in his finale.

So I am wondering whether what I have done is correct?  I thought Brandon’s blog was so good that I would comment on it in my blog.  No hiding the fact and here is the blog post  – https://brandongaille.com/17-success-habits-of-pro-bloggers/

That is the address to go and see Brandon’s blog.  There are so many things I need to put in place to have my blogs working for me and finding me new mail clients.

I would love your comments.

Obesity – The Answer Is With You

Obesity – The Answer Is With You

Obesity and Government Action

There has been a lot of reporting today here in the UK all about a new sugar tax.  It is on drinks that have a high level of sugar in them.  For example a litre of Coca Cola will cost 24p (approx 30 cents).

Caroline Cerny from the Obesity Health Alliance of charities says that says “This alone won’t be enough to tackle rising obesity levels and that we need the government to take further action.

The reason  for her comments is because of the alarming figures from our NHS.  (This is all there data so of course this is UK related but please add comments below about your countries.)

Twice as many patients are admitted to hospital with problems related to obesity as four years ago.

Stop – and look at that again.  What a rapid rate of change.

In 2016-17 about 617.000 hospital admissions were caused at least in part by obesity, up 18% in a year and NINE times higher than a decade ago.

STOP again.  I am just ramming those figures in.  They are shocking.

A total of 10.705 admissions were primarily the result of obesity, about two thirds of them for weight loss surgery. This is up from 3,800 a decade ago.  The rest of the admissions were for conditions that obesity makes worse such as joint problems and heart attacks.

Obesity has been an issue for me – well since I was forty

I was looking this morning for a picture of me just before I was forty playing table tennis.  I was on holiday and wearing only my shorts.  I couldn’t find the picture unfortunately – (you are probably disappointed).

Up until that age I had no weight issue at all.

Suddenly An Issue

Then bang!!  I put on weight.

I went through that period (well quite a few years) where I would use some latest faddy diet, lose weight and go through the yo-yo process over and over again.

I am currently about 12 stone but I got up to regularly 15 stone.

Here’s an old belt that shows the battle.

old belt

Here’s a picture that has been added to a wall in our home.  I did not choose this picture and the detailed image below will show you why.

family picture

Here is the reason I would like this picture removed.

Obesity on show

I was NOT happy with constant and continual up down of battling with this problem.

Diets were not the answer.

This photo is about eight years old.

I Was Fedup With My Weight – What Would Be Permanent?

At that time I was learning about hypnosis by working together with Adam Eason producing audios and videos about hypnotherapeutic techniques.    Adam had in fact done a lot of face to face work as well as his producing his self-hypnosis products.

Not hard for me then to get to work on my weight problem.

The programme I used at the time was called ‘Think Yourself Thin’ and I set about using this set of audio products.

There were hypnosis sessions within the package but alongside that there were narrative files, workbooks etc.

I analysed everything and the situation was this.

There is one irrefutable fact – The amount of food / drinks / cals put into your body is measurable and if you put in more than your body needs to function for the physical you will put on weight.

Maths Formula

Straight forward maths.  NO use arguing – that is a fact.

I wrote a blog about boxer Anthony Joshua and I read last week about his diet.  He consumes about 10,000 cals a day simply because he needs that much for the physical activity of boxing training.

Relate this to a car.  The fuel tank is filled with petrol.  Drive the car fast, crashing through the gears fast, and braking last minute and guess what the fuel runs out fast.  Drive steadily and braking softly and the fuel will go further.

When I began to work through my eating issues and really wanted to find a solution – everything became obvious.

My Bad Behaviours Were:

  • Eating quickly – often when working and not stopping for the meal
  • Always eating everything and never leaving anything on my plate
  • If there was a seconds available – having them
  • Eating too many snacks between meals that were high in calories.
  • Drinking wine regularly during the week.

Bad behaviours are learned behaviours.

My worked out solution – ongoing.

So my formula was ok on one side – I was exercising a reasonable amount – but not enough to use all of the calories coming in.

I had to learn new behaviours and get them set – into a new mindset.

The solution was not with the food I was eating.  That was actually ok apart from the amount of alcohol.

Here are the solutions that were right for me.

  • Eat slowly – you actually enjoy the tasting of the food longer AND you recognise faster that you are full
  • Learning to listen to my body – I realised when analysing things that I hated the feeling of being overfull.  Avoid that.
  • Reduced size portions – that fits with the eating slowly.  It takes longer to eat and you don’t feel as if it is a smaller amount
  • Leave food on the plate – and definitely not second portions.
  • In may case drinking only Friday evening till Sunday evening.
  • Avoid snacking between meals.  Not hard when your mindset is reset.

Hypnosis sessions were all around getting this new mindset to make all of those behaviour changes.   Hypnosis is focused imagination.  You see yourself with a new approach.  Quite simply it works.

Within a few days I was not even thinking about going to the fridge for a snack and so on.

I have really not changed anything in my diet.  I am simply eating less and don’t even realise it.

Some eight years now in a controlled way.

What about you?  You are the person that can change You – Your call.

New mindset.

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