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Unconscious Mind

You’ve probably heard of the analogy where your unconscious mind is compared to an iceberg, with 90% of it submerged under the surface. The unconscious mind records everything you’ve ever thought or felt. So if it’s filled with destructive thoughts and feelings, your life could be the Titanic, just waiting to be sunk.  In the age of the Titanic though there were no helicopters that could lift you out of the wreckage. Today there is.

The brain is very powerful – you’d be surprised by how much control it has over us. Anyone who has ever felt anxious or depressed can confirm this. Unconscious thoughts that we’re not even aware of play a big role in our daily lives, impacting the choices that we make. Yet your unconscious mind has some interesting traits and by getting it to work with you instead of against you, you will be able to achieve much more out of life.

The unconscious mind will keep you on the straight and narrow path as long as you give it the right directions. In one of my previous blogs we discussed how the unconscious mind can’t process negatives like “don’t” or “can’t”. Negative thoughts come straight from your conscious mind and since you created it, you are the only one that can change it, and we all have the power to do so.

The power of positive thinking! Once you recognize there is a negative thought coming your way, acknowledge it and stop it in its tracks before it can affect your mood. Then replace it with a positive thought. If you keep up with this one simple task soon it will become habitual, and your unconscious mind will be able to relax and reprogram. Imagine that helicopter being full of positive thoughts, poised to save you from the destructive feelings that have been trying to drag you under.

You can achieve your goals. You can live the life you want. You can get exactly what you want, and it can be done in a less stressful and much happier way when the unconscious mind is on your side rooting for you!

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Andrea Sig

 

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Change Your Words, Change Your World’ – Workshop on May 30th

A one-day introductory workshop on how to shift from a fear-based reality to a joy-based one. If you need an excuse to get away for some ‘me’ time, this is it!

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Places fill up quickly, email me andrea@purplefeather.co.uk or call me at 07779 481807 to save your spot!

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DON’T Read This if You Want to Change

Did you know that the unconscious mind doesn’t recognize the word ‘don’t’? Every time you use it, your mind will skip it and go straight to the rest of your sentence. So when you say to your kids ‘Don’t run, you’ll fall over’, you’re actually giving them a command to run and fall, which makes it much more likely to happen. It might be more constructive to say ‘Run on the grass’ or ‘Watch where you’re going when you run.’ Think of the UK’s Drink Drive campaign ‘Don’t Drink and Drive.’ Surely it would make more sense to say ‘Stay Sober, Arrive Safe’?

Since your unconscious mind doesn’t process a negative, it’s important to be clear with the words you use, whether speaking to yourself or someone else. Instead of telling yourself what not to do, focus more on what to do. Think of new ways to phrase things by removing the negatives. I can’t think how many times I’ve been nervous in the past and repeatedly said to myself ‘Don’t mess this up’ then watched, horrified, as I did exactly that! If I’d known what I know now and concentrated instead on what I did want to happen, the result is likely to have been very different.

Making the transition to positive language and rephrasing how you speak to yourself and others will not only help your unconscious mind, but also your conscious mind! You’ll start thinking – and acting – more effectively. Where the head goes, your body follows.

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Andrea Sig

 

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Upcoming Events

Change Your Words, Change Your World’ – Workshop on May 30th

A one-day introductory workshop on how to shift from a fear-based reality to a joy-based one. If you need an excuse to get away for some ‘me’ time, this is it!

Workshop info (scroll down for the ‘Special Events’)

Places fill up quickly, email me andrea@purplefeather.co.uk or call me at 07779 481807 to save your spot!

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There is no ‘Try’

How many of us are guilty of saying, “I’ll try?” I think we’ve all said this at one time or another. Now while the word ‘try’ is not completely negative like the words ‘no’ or ‘can’t’, saying you’ll try to do something is like setting yourself up for failure. You’re telling yourself that either you don’t believe in something or that you’re not committed to it. It’s a halfway attempt.

Trying gives you an easy way out. How far can you get if your mindset is to TRY to be successful? The great Yoda said it best, “Do or don’t. There is no try.” Don’t try to succeed, demand success! Don’t say you’re trying to be healthy, say I AM being healthy. Eliminating the word try from these statements has made them more like an affirmation – you’ve turned them into a positive and there’s no wiggle room for failure.

I demonstrate this with my coaching clients by asking them to try and pick up a book. They usually hesitate and then go ahead and pick up the book. When I shake my head they look confused. ‘I didn’t actually ask you to pick up the book, I asked you to try and pick up the book.’ Impossible isn’t it? Then the penny drops and they usually smile (or throw the book at me :)). I give them full permission to pull me up on ‘trying’ too, because it’s something I’m continually working on.

As small as this word may be, it is quite powerful. Removing it from your vocabulary will be like a breath of fresh air. You will be surprised how much more living you do in your life, when there is no other option then to just DO or NOT DO. This can work wonders in your professional and personal life, because we all have the innate power to attract anything we desire.

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How to Create Your Prosperity Shift’ – Webinar on May 13th at 12 pm PST, 3pm EST and 8pm GMT.

This is about life, work, living your dreams….the whole enchilada. Andrea’s guest Laura Leigh Clarke has some very efficient TOOLS and TECHNIQUES to help you create precisely what you want.

It all comes back to the same core. And she’s going to share precisely what that is. Click here to register for FREE!

Change Your Words, Change Your World’ – Workshop on May 30th

A one-day introductory workshop on how to shift from a fear-based reality to a joy-based one. If you need an excuse to get away for some ‘me’ time, this is it!

Workshop info (scroll down for the ‘Special Events’)

Places fill up quickly, email me at andrea@purplefeather.co.uk or call me at 07779 481807 to save your spot!

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How Authentic Are Your Words?

Have you ever wondered what your words were really saying?  I know I’ve had my fair share of times when I’ve wondered how authentic I’m being.  Your words are power and they can change your world if you know how to connect with them. I learned how to surrender and the impossible suddenly became possible!  Ready to know what your words are saying?

It’s been a whirlwind of excitement around here!  I’m thrilled to share the video interview I did with Becky Walsh from Heal Your Life.  We talked about my video, ‘The Power of Words’ and how grace can be a part of our lives to bring things forward that we never thought possible; to open doors we thought were closed forever; and to embrace the best parts of human nature that we sometimes feel the need to hide.

We talked about recognizing the inner child within us all that carries around the burdens of society and the life events that hold us back and stop us from following our bliss.

 

 

In my book, Change Your Words, Change Your World, I’ll take you through how YOU can rewrite the path you’re on and change the script of your life.  There’s a power in your words that has yet to be tapped into and I can help you connect with the creative force of your words to evoke a rich, original and authentic life.

What does success mean to you?  What does a serene life mean to you?  Are you ready to Change Your Words to Change your World?

The moment I realized I was living by somebody else’s definition of success was such a huge eye opener.  I had what most consider a ‘successful career’ with all the bells and whistles yet I didn’t like who I was.  Thus begins the journey to discover my true, authentic self by following my heart, going within and listening to my own internal conversation; the words I had ignored or dismissed until then; the words I needed to hear.

After surrendering to grace and letting it carry me, change began to come forth through inspiration and goals that previously seemed out of reach were now reachable.  Taking the leap, surrendering to grace and embracing the raw power that fuels our words brings about the beautiful change in our worlds and lives.

What are your words saying?  Are your goals in reach?  Do you like who you are? Are you listening?  If you’ve answered ‘no’ to these questions, then it’s time for you to surrender!  Let me help you Change your Words so you can Change Your World!

All my Best!

Andrea

 

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A Special Greeting of Thanksgiving!

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“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry Van Dyke

Here at PurpleFeather, we want to send you a special greeting of Thanksgiving to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day! Also, keep your eyes on your inbox for a special offer coming your way very soon.

Warmest wishes,

Andrea Gardner & Team at PurpleFeather

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3 Realistic Steps to a Happy Ending

Some of the best stories are those that have never been told.

Example?

‘One day I’m going to…’ or ‘When I retire there’ll be enough time to…’

We all tell ourselves stories most of the time. They give us a handle on our world. One of my current favourites is: ‘When I’m fit enough I’ll be able to beat my husband at tennis.’ I’m recovering from an abdominal operation which makes walking to the end of the driveway a challenge. So even this sounds like an impossible dream right now. But it’s how I keep myself motivated to walk for 5 minutes extra every day.

And that’s a good thing while it remains an achievable goal which I’m gently committed to.

But what happens when the dream becomes pure fantasy and gets stored just out of reach on an inner shelf, alongside all the other dusty ‘if onlys’? It will soon start to take up valuable energy and taunt me into a vague sense of dissatisfaction.

The common thread that runs through these types of stories is the word ‘enough’. And it’s a word we tend to play fast and loose with. ‘When I get enough time, space, money, love, exercise…’ Whatever the commodity it feels like there’s not enough of it in the here and now.

And that’s sad. Because ‘enough’ is not a word that can ever be defined by a dictionary or even another person. It’s a quantity or quality that we need to determine ourselves.

Unless we change our relationship with the concept of enough we’ll keep pushing it out there ahead of us into never-never land.

So how do you rewrite the story you’re telling yourself and give it a happy ending?

I’ll be covering this topic in much more depth in a workshop I’ll be hosting at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London’s Earl’s Court next Sunday, 25th May and I’d love to see you there. But if you can’t make it, here’s the summary:

1. Decide there is already enough of whatever it is you feel you’re lacking. You’re a child of the Universe! There will always be enough time, money, love and opportunity once you fully commit to something. But it will only ‘magically’ happen once you commit to it.

2. Take one step at a time. You’ve no doubt heard this before but breaking your happy ending into bite size chunks really helps avoid overwhelm. The steps can be as small as you like – remember you’re the storyteller.

When I was writing my first book, Change Your Words, Change Your World  I would imagine my first book signing in vivid detail. I’d tune into the excitement and energy around the event and picture queues of smiling people holding my book. Then I’d look backwards in time from that end point and ask my mind to describe all the necessary steps I’d taken to get there. Like finding an agent, a publisher, an editor. Writing a blurb. Creating an overall structure for the book and each chapter. And finally I would think about how many words I could realistically commit to writing every day. When you do this, start really small – even 100 words a day soon mounts up – because you can always scale up if you need to. The important thing is to make it easy on yourself.

3. Be your own best friend. Every time you hit a deadline/lifeline, throw a private party! Do a little victory dance in your living room. Give yourself a high five or a hug. Reward your genius with something that makes you happy. Appreciate and express thanks for all the ways in which you have – and are – enough. Within a very short time you’ll start to notice that the extra time, money, love and opportunities magically become available to you.

And that’s it. Three easy steps towards a happy ending. Thanks for staying with me and I hope it helps! As always I’d love to hear your stories…

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Once upon a crime…

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival 2014

Have you ever noticed how excited your mind gets when it’s making up stories?

So far my morning routine has yielded a handful of potentially good monologues:-

1. A ghost story. Why Daisy dog seems to like nothing barking at nothing at all. Obviously my kitchen is haunted.
2. A whodunit. How on earth did a plastic finger end up in my washing machine? (Still no clues)
3. A new invention. Solve the local litter problem by making Coke cans super-sticky. That way they can’t get thrown in hedges unless the culprit is prepared to draw attention to themselves by doing some weird hand-shaking dance along the pavement.

Our minds are so creative 🙂

I’ll be looking at the stories we tell ourselves and exploring ways to harness their potential and create a life you love in my upcoming workshop at the MindBodySpirit festival in London on May 25th. Join me there if you can make it:  http://bit.ly/1loC5qv

Otherwise I’d love to hear how creative your inner storyteller’s been today.

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