Building Blocks of a Better Attitude

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This is a big day for me. I’m proud to introduce the long-awaited e-book Building Blocks of a Better Attitude.

This book is for you if pessimism and cynicism aren’t working out so well; if you think too much and enjoy yourself too little; if you make things harder or more complicated than necessary; and if you’re ready to think differently about how you think. Each Building Block of a Better Attitude has helped me to grow ...

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The Inside Story: Listen to Your Inner Voice

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Hey there, whaddya Say? No, really, when you listen to your inner voice, what does it tell you?

Is it encouraging and supportive? Harsh and critical? It is important to hear the difference! I mean, when someone else talks to you their tone is obvious.

There is also a big distinction between getting yelled at and soft whispers. If you say the same words but deliver them differently, you know you’ll get a different response.

It’s the same with self-talk.

A couple of weeks ...

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The Big Picture: Visual Structure of Thought

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Do you see the big picture? How about the forest for the trees?

These are just common metaphors, and they point to something important about the structure of thought.

That’s different from content. Content is what you think about.

Structure is how you think about it.

We generally believe it is a good thing to see the big picture but sometimes the picture can be too big. Or too bright. Or too dim. The are many different aspects of how we visualize our thoughts. ...

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Controlling Optimism

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Are control and optimism connected? A recent article in YES! magazine makes the case in a way related to how I coach people to set goals effectively:

“If you were asked whether you would be more optimistic that you could lose ten pounds or that America could combat its obesity epidemic before Michelle Obama leaves the White House, chances are you would bet on yourself. And the reason is simple: We tend to be more optimistic about ...

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Being Your Own Therapist

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Clients usually see me 3-5 times. That’s way less than the months or years typical of traditional talk therapy. A recent insight revealed why.

For a long time I thought the difference was because hypnotherapy is often “content free.” We don’t focus on the story of “why.” Instead we look at “for what purpose” a symptom is occurring, even when on the surface it doesn’t seem useful.

It is presupposed that each part of you has a good intention behind what it ...

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Meet Aléna Guest: Mendocino’s Hospital Hypnotist

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Aléna Guest, CHt runs a private hypnotherapy practice in Mendocino. She sees about 20% of her clients as a result of also being on staff as a medical support hypnotherapist at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH). Guest is part of an innovative wellness initiative whose purpose is creating a “culture of health” throughout the entire community. MCDH is on the leading edge and served as a pilot institution for implementing this Healing Hospital program.

The program was created by Harmony ...

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