Thursday, 15 January 2015

Beliefs can help or hinder

What do you believe? I believe in emotional and physical life balance. I believe that our minds are very powerful as we can make ourselves feel sad or happy when thinking. I have a positive mindset for working hard. I love working, but that belief is only part of my journey because I also love learning and I believe in change. This is my story…

About fifteen years ago I was working as a nurse in Bournemouth. At that time I was working as an ophthalmic nurse. I loved ophthalmic nursing. I met amazing people; staff, patients and carers. I learnt so much and I enjoyed sharing my knowledge. As I progressed I realised that people would often come to me for advice or support. I knew that the people around me were important. But I was searching for something more than nursing, giving advice and education. I didn’t know what at that time. Over the years I followed the usual two routes of education and management in the healthcare arena. My experiences played with all my emotions. I studied for a diploma, a degree and then a masters degree. I completed counselling courses and then a diploma in hypnotherapy, coaching courses and I have done many other courses since. I married and had two wonderful children who have always supported me in what I have decided to do. I have made many great friends. Consequently, I learnt a lot about people and myself.

I believe in progress.

People used to say to me ‘Linda, Why do you do so much. How do you fit it all in?’ For years I couldn’t answer those questions. I just did what I thought I needed to do. For 10 years I worked with four other nurses to develop an international ophthalmic nursing journal and I continued to work as a nurse full time.

I started my own hypnotherapy, coaching and counselling business in 2006 and I worked at home on my time off from my full time job. Yet it didn’t feel like I was working all those hours because I enjoyed what I was doing. I knew that I could help people to help themselves. But I also believed that I didn’t know enough. This hindered me in some ways because I didn’t believe in my abilities. It was a self-limiting belief. I allowed this thought to change when I had gathered some evidence that most people were feeling better after using my services. So I continued to learn.

I believe in life-long learning.

Today I believe that the only person that can make your life is yourself. It requires an awareness of self and personal development, and sometimes a lot of hard work. But it’s worth it for what you can achieve. I have reframed my thoughts about not knowing enough because I now have plenty of evidence of my learning through courses and my successful work with different people. Now I seek to understand others beliefs as much as my own.

I believe that you need to stop and reflect on your life and understand that every chapter is valuable.

Over the years I changed jobs a few times and continued to meet all types of people. I even went to work in Australia for a few years. Wow! That was my biggest challenge but worth every moment for the experiences and people I met. I believed that I could live and work in Australia and I succeeded.
I believe you can fulfil dreams and desires if you stay focused.

I now work full time in my business. I still live in Bournemouth and I have my office in Ferndown, Dorset. I help individuals and businesses to invest in the future and make change. I specialise in reducing stress related problems.

Are you like me? Do you believe that you have the power to change things or your attitude towards them? Do you want to learn more? Do you believe that you need to do a bit of work sometimes to get to where you want to be? What evidence have you obtained through your experiences and reflections on life that have developed your beliefs? Enabling beliefs are drive us and limiting beliefs hinder us. Have you got any limiting beliefs that you need to change? I wonder do you just see the problems or are you looking for solutions?

My business, Awaken the Change, helps you find the solutions to business problems such as poor performance, rising levels of sickness and difficulties reducing workplace stress. I also help individuals with work and personal issues such as lack of confidence, insomnia, IBS and stopping smoking and much more.