Thursday 24th March 2022
I read a really good book recently. It was recommended to me by one of my mentors and I love it. You know when you first pick up a book and know immediately that you’re going to love it!
It’s Into The Magic Shop by James R. Doty.
James, or Jim as he is known in the book is a neurosurgeon in the USA and the book is his story of how he first learnt about magic. As a 12 year old boy growing up in poverty, with constant worries about his father who was an alcoholic and his mother who was suicidal, he was essentially mentored by a family who owned a magic tricks shop in his local town. What you soon learn is that actually it’s not card tricks and sleight of hand that he’s learning, but he is being taught meditation and mindfulness and positive thinking. This allows Jim to see that he is capable of achieving whatever he sets his mind to, happiness, love and a future he wants. As a 12 year old, Jim believes his family’s unhappiness is his fault, he believes he will never go to college or never achieve anything in life. During the school summer holidays Jim practices mindfulness multiple times a day and really learns to train his brain.
What I love is the fact the book is written by a neurosurgeon. A medical professional who is advocating the use of mindfulness and meditation. He talks about how breathing techniques help him before every brain surgery. He talks about how knowing how to let his body totally relax after a 9 hour intense operation is essential for maintaining his health. He talks about how thinking positively means he is combating stress and really connecting with people.
I’m telling you this for 2 reasons.
Do you want to change something about your life?
In just 4 weeks, we start my next confidence-based leadership programme. I’m ironing out the dates for the group coaching calls, booking in the one to one sessions, and revamping the training you’ll take part in once a month.
The WISH Leadership Programme is a confidence-building immersive group mastermind focused on helping you step out of the fear of failure, worry about what others’ think and the imposter syndrome that holds you back from being a successful, compassionate and self-confident leader.
I’ll be working with a small group of women directly on their career, self-belief and mindset.
The very first group call will be looking at what’s holding us back, how we are influenced by our past and how we can acknowledge our bad mindset habits but draw a line in the sand and move forward. Participants will be asked during our coaching calls to consider the ‘future’ them. What will she look like? Who will she have around her? How will she feel? What will she be doing? The aim then is to spend the next 6 months getting people there.
I have a challenge for you…
Ask yourself the same thing. Where do you want to be in 6 months? What do you want to have achieved? Go on, take a pause, close your eyes and imagine it.
And now here’s the thing. You can do it. You can be it.
Come and join us on the WISH Leadership Programme if you want me to help you, to achieve it. You’ll also get the chance to work with other amazing women in the social housing sector and learn confidence strategies. In just 8 HOURS A MONTH! This is not about a massive time commitment. It’s about massive confidence.
Remember that old saying your teachers used to say: “there’s no such thing as can’t!” - well, they were right! “Can’t” means either “it’s hard” or “I don’t want to”. So if you consider your version of the future you, and think “I can’t”, I want to you think about whether that’s because it’s hard or you don’t want to for some reason.
I can help you with that luckily, coaching and NLP are all about rewiring the brain and realising your strengths in order to achieve the things you want. I bring my years of experience as a trainer and a business leader, along with my qualifications in business, leadership and coaching to help you finally release your mindset blocks and be successful.
And, my final point is that if you want to do something, I mean genuinely, absolutely want to do something, then you’ll do it. Your determination will make sure of it. People didn’t become successful CEO’s, Head’s of Departments and Executives by fluke. People don’t have happy relationships by luck. They work hard. They want something so badly that not having it isn’t an option. If you want to be the “future you” enough, you’ll take action to get there. It might be hard, it might be challenging, it might hurt, it might take time, it might cost a lot, but ultimately if you want it enough you’ll find a way.
Get in touch, if you want some help achieving your dreams! You can do it. I believe 1000% if you want it enough you’ll achieve it.
The next WISH Leadership Programme starts on 26th April 2022. Find out more and join here.
Hayley is an international Leadership Coach and Trainer working with brilliant people in the social sectors to help them to be confident, compassionate and innovative leaders. She provides one to one and group coaching sessions and supports organisations with employee wellbeing consultancy and training and to develop leadership programmes. She is proud to be the Chair of the Board of Directors for Changing Relations CIC - a gender equality arts education company and has a background in the mental health sector.
You can find out more at www.compassionateleaders.co.uk