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How hypnotherapy can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent news has held a number of articles showing an increase of people, mainly servicemen, suffering from, and seeking help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what is PTSD? How would you know if you’re suffering from it? How can you help yourself? And how can you get help?

Before becoming a therapist I served in both the military and the police, so I’ve seen my fair share of traumatic events. I’ve suffered from a form of PTSD following a life-changing accident, and seen a number of others suffer from the symptoms of PTSD. I’ve helped a number of people suffering from this, often hidden, disease.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how can you help?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any traumatic event that makes a person feel helpless or threatens their safety. In the main  PTSD is associated with battle-scarred soldiers (combat is the most common cause in men) but any life experience that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially when a person feels out of control. Some examples would include: War, Natural disasters, Car or plane crashes, Terrorist attacks, Sudden death of a loved one, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, Sexual or physical abuse, Childhood neglect or any other event that leaves a person feeling trapped or helpless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and police officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

Main types of PTSD symptoms:

  •  Re-experiencing the traumatic event
    • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
    • Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
    • Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
    • Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
    • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
    • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
    • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
    • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
    • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
    • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
    • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • Irritability or outbursts of anger
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Hyper vigilance (constant “red alert”)
    • Feeling jumpy and easily startled
  • Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Anger and irritability
    • Guilt, shame, or self-blame
    • Substance abuse
    • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
    • Depression and hopelessness
    • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
    • Feeling alienated and alone
    • Physical aches and pains

PTSD shows differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

How PTSD differs from a normal trauma response

Following any traumatic event almost everyone would show some symptoms of PTSD. It’s quite normal to feel stress, or numb, in, and following, a stressful situation. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. In the majority of people these feelings are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but over time they ease. With PTSD the symptoms don’t improve, things don’t get better and they may even get worse. When a person gets stuck in a past event stress becomes PTSD and the sufferer remains in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and feelings about it are disconnected.

How can I help myself if I’m suffering from PTSD?

Reach out to others for support

You may be tempted to withdraw from your loved ones or from society in general. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help.

Consider a support group, where you can share and help each other through this time. Support groups for PTSD can help you feel less isolated and alone. No local support group? Look for an online group.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

You may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs. But while they may temporarily make you feel better, they actually make things worse in the long run. Drug use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, such as emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.

Challenge your sense of helplessness

Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming PTSD. Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. You could try volunteering your time, giving blood, reaching out to a friend in need, or donating to your favourite charity. Direct positive action empowers you and challenges any sense of helplessness.

Practice relaxation or meditation techniques

Find someone who can help with learning to meditate or can help you achieve a deeply relaxed state. There are many meditation teachers, and groups to help with this. Ananda Healing offers such services with Amanda Lund-Batchelor.

Spend time in nature

Fresh air and nature helps to bring about a sense of peace in many people. Studies have shown that an aimless walk in a quiet place can help to change the chemical balance of the brain and body, easing symptoms of PTSD and providing positive health benefits too. Focusing on strenuous outdoor activities can also help challenge your sense of helplessness and move on from the traumatic event. Evidence suggests that servicemen pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing etc may help with PTSD symptoms and ease transition back into civilian life.

What help and treatment can I get with PTSD?

There are many different treatments that you can seek to help with PTSD. Being a master hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner I will focus on those. Especially when you take into account the following facts and figures. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), different types of techniques were reviewed, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate)*:

  1. Hypnosis : 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
  2. Behaviour Therapy : 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
  3. Psychotherapy : 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

Early treatment is always going to be preferable, so if you, or a loved one, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, contact Duncan from Ananda Healing to find out how he can help. As an additional benefit of the therapy at Ananda Healing, Duncan will donate 25% of all treatment fees to the Help for Heroes charity.
* Figures taken from

Victim of circumstance or architect of life? Which describes you?

As a Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner I like to think that I’m an architect of my life, in fact I know that am, but what are you? Are you a victim of circumstances in your life or do you create a life that’s worth living?

The thing I love about the therapies I use at Ananda Healing to help people, is that pretty much everyone walks in as a victim and leaves as an architect, at least in respect of their old problem. The important difference between the victim and the architect is that the victim sees no choice, whereas the architect sees nothing but choice.

I read a simple equation by a wonderful man called Jack Canfield – E + R = O, Event + Reaction = Outcome. The majority of victims will focus entirely on the events of their lives, blaming their problem(s) on things they cannot change, for example,  I’m not clever because I’m dyslexic, or I’m late because of the weather. We can all find excuses for the way we are, and we can all believe them too! How about accepting that the weather may be terrible and then plan so you can deal with it. It is the same with any problem. “Easy for Him to say” I can hear you utter, I mean what has he had to cope with? What challenges has he had to face? For one a broken back and a load of titanium screws stuck in my spine! So what do I focus on?  Well not the problem, that I cannot change, instead I focus on what I can do in spite of it and create my life! The common theme you will see for ALL people that have overcome great adversity is that they accept they cannot change what has happened, and focus on what they can do!

Having said all that, we all have our moments when we cross from architect to victim and back again. For example, this very morning I had a phone call I didn’t want to get. I started to say to myself “why does this have to happen to me?”. Then I stopped, reminded myself that I can’t change the event, and brought myself to a peaceful acceptance. I don’t get angry with myself for having done that, because again I can’t change what has happened, just learn from it.

So here’s a challenge for you. Just for today, when things happen and you find yourself stepping over to the become a victim, take a breath, STOP, just for a few moments, and breathe. Accept that you cannot change the event and let it go. NOW, NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL. Do you feel better? I’d be willing to bet that you do. Now isn’t that better than raging against things you can’t change? Imagine having that feeling throughout the day, week, month or year.

I love to help people to learn these simple lessons of life, take responsibility for their lives, and create a better life for themselves. That was why we started Ananda Healing, why we are so passionate about it, and a source of great pleasure for us.

How to choose the right therapist for you-My Top Tips

Amanda Lund-Batchelor from Ananda Healing

OK, so you have decided you need or want a treatment and need a local therapist – what do you do now? Google one? Look one up in the Yellow Pages?  Then you find there are 20 in your area alone so which one?  Well here are my top tips for finding the right one for you.

1. Ask your friends if they know anyone. Personal recommendation is always a good place to start, especially if you know someone who has actually tried the therapist themselves.

2. Once you have a name, hopefully by recommendation, but if not, the same applies, give them a call.  Ask them some questions.  Do they sound friendly?  Knowledgeable? Do you think they are someone you could trust and be happy in their company for the hour you are paying for!

3. Ask them to clarify their qualifications and experience.  No therapist who is qualified is going to mind you asking.

4. Are they listed with any governing body, ie. The Beauty Guild

5. Are they insured? This is vital! You are putting your well-being in their hands.  You need to know you are covered.

6. Confirm the price and length of time the treatment will last before committing.  You don’t want any embarrassing surprises on the day.

7. Check if take your means of payment. Again, many small business do not take credit or debit cards.  (We do btw!)

8. Do they insist on a proper consultation before treating you? Yes, this may seem like a waste of time and invasive, especially if you are busy, but it is vital to all concerned that an accurate picture of your health is gained BEFORE  any treatment takes place.  Personally, I would  be very concerned if no discussion was had and no medical history taken.

9. Discuss your expectations with the therapist.  You don’t want to waste your time and money and you don’t want to waste theirs.

10. Trust your gut! It will tell you when you have found the right therapist for you.

I hope you have found this informative and helpful.  Let me know if you have or if there is something else I should have added.  Its all about sharing!

Contact either Amanda or Duncan on 01342 842098 to discuss your needs. It costs you nothing for a telephone call and we always promise to make sure you get the right treatment for your needs.

STRESS – Is It Killing You?

Ananda Healing - Is Stress killing you?STRESS – Is It Killing You?

We have always know that long-term stress is bad for you – the constant and prolonged release of the stress hormone cortisol is associated with a number of serious effects including high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, decreased bone density, impaired cognitive performance and many others. However, have you noticed the amount of recent research on exactly how bad it is for you there has been lately?

A recent study for the Lancet by Prof Andrew Steptoe indicates work related stress causes a 23% increase in the risk of heart attacks

Researchers in the US have now analysed the brain tissue from depressed & stressed individuals and discovered a brain shrinkage.  It is believed the stress blocks the formation of new nerve connections disrupting the circuits associated with mental and emotional function, how stress and depression shrink the brain

More recently, Professor Sarah Berga of Emory University of Atlanta has released her research on the link between stress and infertility


You have got to work.  You can’t give your teenagers away (nice thought maybe) and the house/garden etc is not going to do itself.  (Roll on the invention of the self-cleaning house we say!)

It is all about finding something you can do , for yourself, to reduce your personal stress levels and increase your levels of relaxation. What you do is going to be down to personal choice, but you have to find it, schedule it in and commit to it.  After all, how hard would it really be to schedule in a weekly massage take a 20min walk in the park/ practice meditation? ANSWER – Not very hard, unless your stress levels are already becoming chronic and impacting on your mental well-being – then what?  We would always recommend you visit your GP to get a correct diagnosis and then, any good GP will recommend a talking/counselling therapy.  Again, who you choose should be a personal choice but we would recommend an ‘off the record’ chat with any potental therapist before committing.  We always provide a free consultation either in person or by telephone before we would even allow a client to make an appointment for our hypnotherapy or NLP.  You really need to feel you could trust and feel comfortable with your therapist to ge the best results.

We believe prolonged and/or chronic stress is a silent killer of our age.  Do not ignore it.  Have a look at some of the symptoms listed below:

  • Difficulty with sleeping
  • Palpitations
  • Constant tiredness
  • Aching/tense muscles
  • Deminished Libido
  • Weight gain or loss (not due to dieting)
  • Increased alcohol or drug intake

Do more than one of these apply to you?



Massage, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Athletes & You

Ananda Healing olympic flagMassage, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Athletes & You

With everyone glued to the splendour of the Olympics and those amazing athletes, we can only wonder at what it has taken in training, sacrifice and determination to get them there. We strongly suspect that whatever admiration and awe we are watching with now will only increase with the start of the Para Olympics.

We have been lucky enough to look after a number of marathon runners this year at Ananda Healing.  We have seen first hand what it takes to drive yourself forward through rain, pain and mental torment – when every fibre of your being is telling you to stop.  Athletes seem to be built from stronger stuff than us mere mortals, but are they?  Could it just be they have a stronger why?  It seems to us that the only thing that separates us is their reason why.  Could it be that if you dug deep and found a reason to do something that became so strong it would elevate you to a different league in your chosen area?

Some of you may also be wondering where Ananda Healing fitted into the sports training programme.  Well, mainly with massage but also with meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.  Research is now proving the benefits of massage to athletes, with improved cell repair rate, in particular.  Meditation – we you know that is our pet subject and everyone should do it!  Duncan is also finding a number of sports people in particular are benefiting from the mind training techniques of Hypnotherapy & NLP which is invaluable to them to improve their game – the mind needing as much training as the body!

So you are not a top athlete or even aspiring to be one – how can you benefit from therapies?

Everyone can benefit from massage in particular as it lowers blood pressure, reduces pain (even in chronic conditions such as arthritis), releases “happy” hormones to improve your feelings of mental health and well-being. .  As for meditation – again, don’t even get us started – we have a recent client who has just finished her meditation course who says she cannot believe the impact it has had on her life; she feels centred and peaceful for the first time in years!  And finally, the hypnotherapy & NLP – maybe your first step to improved health is to give up smoking?  Perhaps you don’t want to run a marathon but would just like to get through the day without that fear, phobia or habit controlling you?

If you’re having difficulty in getting your why clear and bright enough to drive you, speak to us about our Vision Boarding & Goal Setting workshop!

We made a promise to ourselves when we started this practice – we would be here to serve and to do what we could to improve life for you. That drive started us out four years ago and it drives us today – THAT IS OUR WHY!

What is hypnotherapy?

What is hypnotherapy?Ananda Healing hypnotherapy

A great number of people have misconceptions about what hypnotherapy is, what it isn’t, what it can achieve, and what it can’t. Today I’d like to clear that up with you by telling you what hypnotherapy is all about, and tell you how it can help you!

For a start hypnotherapy isn’t about the stage shows, which is stage hypnosis, and shortly I’ll explain why a hypnotherapist simply cannot make you squawk like a chicken or generally act like an idiot without your agreement.

So what is stage hypnosis all about, and why can they make people do weird things?

Well, if you imagine that in the audience for a stage hypnosis show and there’s 1000 people there, and say 90% of them actually want to be there and are up for a show, so that’s 900 left in the pot of potential candidates. Before the show the hypnotherapist will ask who is willing to come up on stage and make a fool out of themselves. Say for instance that 50% of them agree, so we’re left with 450. The hypnotist will then go through a series of susceptibility tests to see who will make the best volunteers and will select, say 50. Then those people will go through another series of hypnotic tests to see who really is “up for it” to determine the most susceptible, outgoing characters in the group. The rest will be sent back to the audience, and those on stage will be “primed” ready for the show. So a stage hypnotist will load the tables before the group even start acting like chickens or whatever they are asked to do. About 60 years ago governments experimented with hypnosis as a means of interrogation for captured enemy soldiers. After many studies they discovered that enemy soldiers could not be hypnotised to give up secrets! What this proved was that the person being hypnotised is still always in control at some level and cannot be made to do something that goes against their core beliefs.   So now you know that we can’t make you squawk like a chicken, without your agreement, what can we do with hypnotherapy?

What can we do with hypnotherapy?

Now this is the exciting part, and get ready for a long winded answer……. anything you can imagine! Now I do have to say there are physical limitations. For instance if you’re wheelchair bound and you come to me saying “Can hypnosis help me win the 100 metres mens final at the Olympic Games?”, you’re going to have to expect a “No”! But, if you come to me and say “I’ve had this phobia of heights for 20 years, but I really, really want to climb a mountain, can you help?”. In that case the answer is a resounding “YES”. If you have a problem and you want a solution then hypnotherapy can help you massively!

How does hypnotherapy work?

So how does it work then Duncan? I’m glad you asked that. We use an hypnotic induction to get you into a state of deep relaxation, very similar to a state of deep meditation. Once there the concious mind is pretty much switched into a standby mode (just like your TV) and the unconcious mind is ready to listen deeply and openly to my suggestions. We then use a series of hypnotherapy techniques (like embedded commands, illusionary choice, and metaphors) to speak directly to your unconcious mind and change the belief programming that has been causing you problems. Now the great thing is here that you are always in control, and your unconcious mind will accept the new programming deeply and allow it to take effect immediately. I’m going to go into more depth about the unconcious mind, habits and how the brain learns in another blog, which will be coming your way very soon! The simple fact is that when I have experienced hypnotherapy as a client and when my clients have experienced hypnotherapy with me they sometimes don’t even know why they’ve changed. The question I’d like to ask you now is “Do you need to know why exactly you’ve changed?”, I mean “Do you need to know exactly how the electricity gets to your house to be able to switch on the lights?”, or “do you need to know how the TV signal gets beamed through the air in order to be able to watch your favourite soap opera?”.

We deal with phobias, fears, unwanted negative emotions, performance coaching, weight loss, stopping smoking, the list goes on and on!

So whatever your problem come and see us, or give us a call on 01342 842 098 or 07917 879 052, to discuss or send us an email to ask how we can help. We don’t charge for email advice, or telephone consultations because at the end of the day our focus is getting YOU to YOUR solution! What have you got to lose, apart from those old unwanted habits and fears?

A hypnotherapy session that helps you to resolve your problem. The problem could be a phobia, fear, weight, lack of sleep, improve performance, anything your mind can imagine.

Struggling to stop smoking?

That was a question, not a statement by the way.

I saw a report in the news “JUST 12 per cent of Wigan’s smokers using the NHS Stop Smoking Service actually kicked the habit latest figures show“.

So why is it that these figures are so low? Well, here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

I found these words on the NHS Stop Smoking Service website

What to expect

When you join we’ll get you working with a trained adviser; either in a group or one-to-one. The sessions usually start a couple of weeks before you quit.

Why it helps

Your adviser will be able to tell you about nicotine replacement products and other stop smoking medicines, and recommend which product or combination of products could work for you.

We use a carbon monoxide monitor to measure your levels of carbon monoxide. This is a great motivational tool because it helps you to see the benefits of giving up smoking.

Many people find that sharing the experience with others is really helpful in itself.

Struggling to Stop Smoking?The above addresses the problem of stopping smoking and offers to tell you about nicotine replacement products and medicines, but doesn’t ever address the problem of the habit itself. I wrote a blog on habits, the habit virus, some time ago which tells you what habits are, how they’re formed and, more importantly, how they can be changed into better habits for you!

The biggest part of quitting smoking is dealing with the habit itself, the part of you that tells you it’s time for a cigarette, the part of you that already has a cigarette in your mouth and lit up before you even think conciously about it! If you don’t deal with that then your struggle to quit smoking is just that much harder. Now don’t get me wrong people have quit simply by willpower alone, and deciding truly to quit. What I do is to make it easier for the people who do find they struggle with it. And before you ask yes I did used to smoke, so I know how difficult it can be to quit.

Two people pulling in different directionsThe great thing about hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming (NLP), and time based techniques is that we talk directly to the unconcious mind, the part of your brain that deals with your habits and literally help you to reprogam it so that you create a new, better habit of not smoking. This also helps with the anger a lot of people find they suffer from when they’re quitting. Imagine if you will two people pulling in different directions, nothing is achieved. If you decide conciously to quit, but your unconcious habit pulls you back to smoking, where will you end up?

If you truly want to quit smoking and want a guaranteed solution, then simply contact Ananda Healing on 01342 842098 or 07917 730944 to book a free consultation or an appointment.

The Happiness Revolution – What is it?

I’ve been asked by a number of people just what is The Happiness Revolution? And when is it coming around? So I thought I’d give you all a sneak preview.

I’m starting a 21 day, free programme, that will take up about 2-5 minutes per day for those that chose to follow me. It will be launching on Friday 9th March 2012 for 3 weeks initially, and continuing from there. The techniques that will be included are proven to increase happiness now rather than keeping happiness as that illusive desire just over the horizon.

I was inspired to take a 21 day journey changing some old, bad, habits and creating some new ones, and thought why not see if anyone else would like to join me?

I’ll be offering daily support throughout the programme, and will be taking you step by step to finding happiness right now in your own life!

So, on Friday 9th March 2012, look on here to see exactly what it’s about, and how you can easily join me on this wonderful journey!

Journey to good sleep – the next episode

Following on from Amanda’s search for a good night’s sleep I’d like to talk to you today about how hypnotherapy and other mind therapies can help. As Amanda said in the last blog her use of meditation has helped a great deal in dealing with her lack of sleep. There is another side to the meditation, in that it can also give you a wonderful peaceful place to settle off to sleep.

Now let me ask you a question, do you have difficulty in staying asleep? Waking a number of times during the night? Or having difficulty in settling again when you wake up? Do you have difficulty in getting off to sleep in the first place? Switching your mind off? If that is the case then learning meditation, or self-hypnosis techniques, can certainly help. Both these techniques help you to relax deeply and find that tranquil place in which to drift off to sleep.

If these sort of techniques aren’t working for you and you just can’t switch off then that’s where hypnotherapy can help. The great thing about hypnotherapy is that it bypasses all the logical concious mind and gets straight to your unconcious. This may be a good time to briefly talk about the difference between the concious and unconcious mind. If you can imagine an elephant with a rider on its back. The rider is like the concious mind and the unconcious mind is like the elephant. Now imagine if the rider wants the elephant to go off to the east, but the elephant smells bananas off to the west I’m sure you know where they’re going to end up!

Now if you think your concious mind is telling you to go off to sleep but your unconcious mind has things it needs you to think about or problems in your life you “just can’t switch off”, imagine where you’re going to end up! Now imagine if you could deal directly with the unconcious mind, give it a choice to be able to switch off. Now there’s the keyword, choice. That’s what hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming, is all about, giving you choices! The reason these types of mind therapies work is that they bypass the logical part of the mind and deal direct with your elephant. That’s also why meditation and self-hypnosis work, they quiet the concious mind and allow the unconcious mind to really relax.

I apologise if I’ve gabbled a bit here, I get so passionate about helping people to find their choice, once I start typing it just all kind of rushes out before I can conciously stop it. I believe that is a good thing though as it comes from the heart without being editted. Spellchecked yes, but editted no (If you hadn’t guessed)!

Why not let us at Ananda Healing help you to find choice? Email me or call on 01342 842098 to have a chat about your choices. We don’t charge for chats here, so you needn’t worry.

New Year, New You? How to stick to your resolutions

I’m sure pretty much all of us have made a New Year’s resolution in the past. I’m also pretty sure that the vast majority have failed at them too. But just why do we fail to keep to our wonderful plans? What stops us from achieving our wildest dreams? Why are we so successful at failing to reach our goals?

Firstly how do we set our goals? Have you made your goal Specific? Measurable? Achievable? Realistic? Timely? By setting a S.M.A.R.T goal you are far more likely to succeed at it. I’d like to expand a little.

Specific – When you set a goal make sure that you are specific about it. How much weight are you going to lose? By when? What size waist are you going to have? What dress size will you be? When will you have quit smoking by?

Measurable – How are you going to evidence to yourself and others that you’ve achieved your goal? How will you now when you have truly quit smoking? Lost the weight and kept it off?

Achievable – Is your goal too hard to achieve? Is it too easy?

Realistic – Do you really think you can lose a stone of weight in a day? Make sure that your goal is realistic.

Timely – Do you have a timeline for your goal? When will you reach your goal? Do you have any milestones on the way to achieving your goal? If you’re going to lose weight how much will you lose each week?

So that’s dealt with the SMARTness of your goal, now let’s deal with your motivation. It’s easy to think about how it would be great to lose those pounds, give up smoking etc and be dispassionate about it. But why not dare to be different? Be passionate about what you want to achieve. Imagine how great you’ll look when you’ve lost those pounds, now REALLY imagine it. Build a picture in your mind, add some sounds and make the colours more vivid, imagine how you’ll feel looking in the mirror knowing that you’ve truly reached your goal. How will you feel when you congratulate yourself? Make the sounds bigger, bolder and clearer. Imagine the feeling growing until you’re totally bursting with pride for having achieved your goal. Ask yourself right now, how do you feel about your goal? Write down your goal, write down how it makes you feel so that every time you read it you’ll remember! Write down why you want to achieve your goal.

So now you’ve got a SMART goal that you’re passionate about. Are you passionate about it yet? If not then go back to the previous step and GET PASSIONATE. Once you are totally passionate, I’d be willing to bet that you mind with start coming up with a whole load of ideas to help you get there. So start writing! This is how I’m going to achieve my goal: ………….

Fantastic job, you’ve achieved a massive amount already. So now you’re motivated, you’ve got your goal written down and it’s a SMART goal. Publish it as a statement. Take some action that is really going to put it out there. Do you have a vision board? Pin your goal on there. Tell your friends, tell your family and especially tell your partner. By putting it on a vision board and telling other people about what you’re going to do, you are far more likely to achieve it.

But let’s face, let’s be realistic here. We’re British and we don’t do that sort of thing. That’s just too bold and brash for us Brits. I mean, what if we fail? We’re going to look a bit silly in front of our mates aren’t we. All the more reason to GO FOR IT! If you want to achieve something you’ve not achieved up until now, you’re damn well going to have to do something different to normal! Don’t want to tell your friends? Tell me. Send me an email and tell me what you’re going to achieve, when you’re going to achieve it, and why you just HAVE TO! What have you got to lose?

My goal for 2012? I am going to write a seminar on goal setting and start motivating people to reach their goals. Oh and get a golf handicap of less than 20 (and if I do that by the end of March, then I’m going to get a handicap of 10)! If I fail? Well, I’m not going to fail because I don’t do failure! Do you?

If you still feel that you need help in achieving your goal then contact Duncan at Ananda Healing and ask him about Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy and Goal Setting.

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