While waiting to present my talk at Toastmasters I easily went to my PP then presented in a relaxed way and was happy with my presentation - I'm now using PP more often after that experience.
I am writing this letter to you to thank you for the joy and success your "Peaceful Place" (PP) CD series has brought me. Since I started using the CD series in Year 12 at high school, I have transformed myself somewhat and I still have a way to go.
My self confidence is much greater now than ever and I am striving for constant improvement in all areas of my life. I have completed a degree in Environmental Science and I intend to go on to complete a Doctorate in Environmental Science, something I would never have considered possible only a few years ago.
I know it is true and a scientific fact that we can program our subconsciousness and unleash the other 88% of our amazing mind. I have practised it by myself with great success in the past. Whatever I dreamed of I realised at that time. Then my life changed. I found a wonderful partner, moved to a beautiful country on the other side of the world and became a father. Suddenly I thought: 'What will happen to my family when I fail?' Well, shortly after getting this idea into my subconscious my life crashed badly and my worst nightmares became true. Three weeks later I attended your seminar and found it great! It already has had a positive impact in my business and I will continue to recommend it to everyone. Keep doing your great work!
I'm writing to let you know that I have come a long way since we last saw each other. I feel like I am a different person. Everyday I get a little stronger and my mind becomes clearer and more trusting – happier with who I am and where I am at.
I also picked up my act with my dancing and started studying hard for my full teachers diploma. Previous to this I was neglecting my study. I went to more dance classes and I started a gym program. With my casual hours at work I found time to really commit myself to the gym and it wasn't long before I was hooked on exercise. I started feeling well again — lots of fresh fruit and vegies, and I got my parents eating well with me. It was easier with them. So things slowly started to get better. I lost weight. I got fit again, started feeling better about myself and looking towards a positive future. I passed my full teachers diploma, so I'm now fully qualified! The greatest thing that has happened is this... I'm Working at Seaworld on the Gold Coast.
Story from G.P. NZ
Hello Sandy - my husband and I were at your seminar in Whangarei. He spoke with you about Vietnam at the conclusion of the seminar as he is also a returned Vietnam Vet. I need to tell you that we bought the 17 CDs and they have had the single most benefit on my husband ever. This is after years of seeking helping through many counsellors and medication. He is smiling and more relaxed and much more positive than previously. So you need to know this because stories like this must make all that travel for you and your wife, worthwhile. A longer course may well be in our future!
Story from W.L. NSW
I achieved a substantial amount from the CHI Seminar. Finally I have an anchor to hold onto in a world of emotions that were drowning me. Finally I have been down a path towards self-healing, where instant results have proved to me that I can and I will achieve things I never thought possible.
No-one ever told me about the power of self-talk, no expert ever suggested that I could overcome my anxiety through meditation, goal setting and spiritual alignment.
I still have a long way to go in regard to letting go of the past, but now that I have goals, and hope, the world is that much less scary, and the future that much brighter.
I now look forward to achieving my life's purpose now - nothing is going to stop me. Thank you Sandy
Story from T.M. Qld
How do I overcome recurring negative and limiting thought patterns
It's always best to talk to yourself as though supporting a 3-year-old and get rid of unwanted thoughts by using the methods of "letting them go", as described in the above two answers. If you find this negative self talk is really persistent, then besides working with a goal of saying that you are a wonderful, positive person, you could make your own meditation tape. You would need to write the words down that would specifically address the issues which are emerging, using personal, positive and present tense language. The meditative state takes you down into the Theta state, and this whole process will probably take about 15-20 minutes. It's a good way of changing habits in the subconscious mind.
An additional way is to write out in colour, positive statements about yourself and put them in prominent places around your home or working area (as long as it is private). This can be very reinforcing in a visual way.
I find certain meetings at work difficult. There's one person who is really aggressive and when they 'have a go' at me, I blush and stammer and my mind goes blank. And I'm really upset for the rest of the day.
There are lots of tips for changing the dynamics in a meeting – from where you sit at the table to how you hold your body. And you know the answer to your question already I think. You have told me clearly what you don't want to happen. Now ask yourself this question: "If not this, then what? How do I want to be in this situation?" Before the meeting, go to your Peaceful Place and imagine yourself successfully handling the meeting, maybe even influencing it so that there is no aggression. By thinking of a positive future scenario you stop playing the other person's game (which is in the past) and regain personal power by taking control of your own direction. It's amazing how it works.
I get so angry with myself when I recognise my negative self talk. Any suggestions
It's always best to be kind to yourself. Here's an analogy of how you would expand the comfort zone (subconscious mind) of a 3 year old who didn't want to learn to swim. How do you teach the 3 year old to swim? First of all, all your talk is encouraging and supportive. You probably hug the 3 year old, as you walk into a swimming pool. The first lesson might well be just experiencing the water, as you hold the child tight. The next time you take it into the water, you probably get it to let go an arm and splash the top of the water - have a little fun. The next time, the child is probably wearing a bubble and water wings, and you're still holding them while they see that the bubble and the wings keep them up. The next lesson may well be letting go the hands of the child, as they realise that water is good fun. It won't be long before the child is jumping into the pool. All that you've done here is gradually expand the comfort zone of the child, as you give supportive, encouraging talk, congratulating them all the way.
That's the way you need to talk to yourself, so as you become aware of your negative talk, you congratulate yourself, and then you change it, saying the positive self talk, and then encourage yourself with positive self talk saying that every day, and in every way, you are getting more and more positive.
My self-confidence is extremely low, and I have no motivation to work at it. How can I overcome this
What I believe is that when you recognise a life challenge, or issue which is holding you back, then you're 50% of the way through the challenge. The next 25% is saying - Yes, I want to do something about it. So, by simply recognising a challenge and wanting to overcome it, you are already 75% of
the way there. The remaining 25% is doing it - that's what my methods help with.
As to motivation - work with goals (refer to motivation questions and answers above).
Read and do the exercises in my book "Piece of Mind" - I recommend the book and the tape pack.
The next step is to come to my 2-day CALM Life Skills seminar (if you don't do the seminar then you need the CALM Kit plus the book "Switch on to Your Inner Strength", plus the Peaceful Place Tape (or CD) Collection).
What are your suggestions for handling repeated negative self talk
The first thing is to acknowledge the thought, and congratulate yourself for becoming aware of the issue. If you were not aware of the issue then you couldn't do anything about it. I actually twist that famous philosopher Aristotles' words a little to be - when you recognise a challenge (negative self talk), then you're half way through the challenge. The next step is to decide whether you're going to do something about it or not. If you choose yes, then you're 75% of the way through the challenge. The last bit is doing it. And the techniques that I espouse will teach you how to "do it".
What you need to do is to let the thought go. My wife Sandra, just lets out a big breath, blowing the thought away from her. In my seminars, I suggest letting the thought out through the top of your head and then watch it going up and away from you - or onto an escalator that is going away from you.
Or, replace the negative thought by saying your new habit (or goal) immediately.