A few years ago I was a disgruntled employee running a print company for someone else. I was on a salary so received no overtime pay. I worked all the hours god sent including ‘popping’ in most weekends much to my daughter’s annoyance, as that was my only time with her.
It seemed that there was no way to earn any extra cash as I had no time for another job. Every pay cheque was spent by the time the next one arrived so I had zero savings.
Then I met Mike.
Mike is a hypnotherapist and I met him one Saturday afternoon at an open day at a local alternative health centre. I heard him helping a woman who wanted to quit smoking and as I’m interested in all things psychology I thought I’d have a chat with him. Why not – it was free.
We started having a friendly chat and he asked me a question: “If you had to think of one thing about yourself you’d like to change what would it be?”
Well it came out of the blue so I said the first thing that came into my head: “Make better decisions quicker.” I replied. He then took me through a short question and answer technique ending with putting me in some kind of mind loop – at which time he ‘anchored’ my request. (A technique to embed that idea in the subconscious.)
In total we spoke for about 40 minutes and said our cheerful goodbyes. As I walked down the street however I felt an almost tangible sense of euphoria.
Within 3 months of that experience I had started selling my abstract paintings, something which for 20 years had only been a hobby. I quit my job and started my own business which turned out to be much more lucrative than working for someone – with a lot less hours! Within 18 months I managed to save a hefty sum which I later invested in buying a property to rent out (another business venture). Then I decided to end my 9 years of being alone and set about finding my life partner – which took another year or so (I’m now married).
One productive period of time!
All due to one change. Since then there have been many more changes. I realise now that it’s being prepared to make the changes in my life that actually create the difference I’m searching for, so I make changes often. Sometimes small ones, sometimes larger – either way I never know which will have the greatest impact. So, I get excited by all of them – one at a time. 🙂
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20 responses to “My Story”
Hey Stuart, Thanks for the follow. I’m pretty much OK with my life, but if you have any ideas how to change the windy, soon to be rainy weather for the fifth day in a row, send them to me! 🙂
Glad to hear it Shelley – as for the weather, sometimes we have to listen to what it’s telling us. 🙂
Stu, This is an incredible story, the main thing that strikes me is the speed at which it all came about, and how can I get to the pinnacle of the turning point that u had! 🙂
It’s entirely possible, and it all it takes is a switch in mindset. Good luck and thanks for commenting. 🙂
This is an inspirational story that shows it is absolutely possible to change your life and live your dreams! Thank you for sharing! I would love to meet Mike!
Hi Rebecca, if you’re ever down this way I’ll introduce you. In fact if you want I’ll email intro you both – he’d make a great guest for your show. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story, it’s amazing how conversation and reflection can better allow us to mold and shape ourselves in this life. I, too, love Psychology. It has many layers–like people.
Thanks Joelly, I look forward to seeing you here and also exploring your blog over there. 🙂
Feel free to explore away 🙂
I think what you’re doing is great! I love your blog and your posts. It inspires me to know that you changed your life and that you’re helping others to do the same thing. The articles you’ve posted are really informative and are helping me to look at things differently. Thank you so much!!
I’m so glad you find the posts useful Lawrence – that is definitely my intention. I would love for every struggling person to have the breakthrough that I had. If you need any further help, I’m always here. 🙂
wow..your story is a very interesting one. After one encounter, your life REALLY changed; and for the better. It’s all about making the choice to make changes in our lives, and not be afraid to face what comes.
Good for you!!
Oh I was afraid alright – but I did it anyway. We mustn’t let fear hold us back, we must feel it, acknowledge where it comes from, evaluate if the risk is worth the outcome, then act. 🙂
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Glad you enjoyed Jenny. Thx for the reblog. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story Stuart. Really inspiring! Best wishes for you and your family 🙂
Thanks Roberta, my story continues to unfold. New experiences and challenges around every corner. I meet them all with the same mindset – validation, acceptance, analysis then deciding on my next step. 🙂
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That’s an inspiring story. It sounds to me like you struggled with some indecision and, after you met Mike, you just started to act! I could be wrong but in any case, making better decisions quickly is a great recipe for success!
Incidentally, I linked to one of your articles from my blog (that’s how I found you). I could not find a way to contact you directly, so I’m leaving a comment instead. Here’s a link to the article in case you want to check it out, https://stumblingtowardenlightenment.com/blog/stopping-self-sabotage-part-two/, and sorry, not trying to spam you here with links (feel free to delete if you feel strongly against it)!
That’s pretty much spot on David – what Mike helped me with was getting rid of the barrier to acting. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂