Sep 22

Focus your Mind – Transform your Life

Thoughts are Things:

Every single problem that you have in your life, is a problem that exists and stays alive in your mind.

All your problems are just problems of thought.

The way you process your thoughts creates your experience of everything.

You can change your experience of everything by changing the way you think about everything.

Hypnosis creates rapid change in the way you think.








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Aug 25

I Fix People: Watch this video to find out just how easy it is to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of your Health, Happiness and Success.

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Aug 17

Transformational Life Coaching and Mentoring

  • Are there moments when you need some support?
  • When you need to know how best to proceed?
  • Do you need assistance seeing your blind spots and beyond?
  • Do you need new insights from someone with the experience and reason to know?
  • Do you need new perspectives and input from someone who is qualified and professional?
  • Do you want to be changed and manage yourself with more grace and ease?
  • Do you need the wisdom of a compasionate, centered and grounded person with integrity?
  • Do you want guidance and mentoring from someone who sees and hears you?
  • From someone who you feel safe with?

We really do need to talk -  Call me anytime.

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Aug 06

Become the creator of your own world

Become the creator of your own world:

The world should come from you – and not at you.

We are the creator of our own experiences.

We always need to be mindfull of our thoughts, and the way in which we interpret our experiences.

Our interpretation of our experiences creates our reality.

We create our own reality based on the perception/mindset that we have.

Our minds are extremely powerfull, as so are our thoughts.

Thoughts create our reality, they literally effect your view and experience of your life and your world.

Be very clear and focused about what you believe and then think the thoughts that you want to think consistent with those beliefs and values.

When you focus your mind, you will literally see the world you want to see, and experience your life and world in the way you choose it to be.

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Aug 06

Stop Living on Repeat

Stop Living on Repeat:

Although we have over 60,000 thoughts a day – 99% of them are the same thoughts that we had yesterday !

Similarly when faced with any situation or event – We tend to always do what we’ve always done.
We always do what we’ve always done, because we have the same thoughts about the event so we  come up with the same Responce.

1) We choose the same foods and items when shopping.

2) We watch the same TV programmes and listen to the same music.

3) We Laugh, cry and get angry or frustrated about the same things.

4) We say the same things: Often things that our parents and teachers in life said.

Repeat – Repeat – Repeat etc etc etc ………………………


To get out of this rut of repeating your past over and over again -  YOU have to think something different.

That means controlling your mind and changing your thoughts.

21 Days of establishing a new habit pattern of thought, and you have created for yourself a new and permanent habit pattern of behavior.




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Jul 24

Today is the blueprint of my tomorrow

Today is the blueprint of my tomorrow:

Every day, I live aware of the fact that I am designing a better future for myself and for the generations to come. I work hard so my children and their children can have a brighter tomorrow.

How I spend today is a reflection of how I will spend tomorrow, therefore, any changes I want to see in my life must begin today. Positive change begins when I take my dreams seriously and launch into action.

No matter how far I’ve come, I continue to better myself knowing that the sky is not the limit, but rather the beginning of a new level. I make changes today because I want to see myself living in a future free from regret.

I devote time each day to things of eternal value and I choose to be an active participant in life. In turn, I seize every opportunity to learn new skills and improve myself.

My values and priorities are evident by the way I carry myself each day. Recognising that my future is not an isolated event, but the collection of individual days, I resolve to make each day count.

I am careful to form new habits that only bring me closer to the dream I have for my future. In order to be productive, I am eradicating negative behaviors from my daily routine.

Instead of waiting around for something great, I actively pursue greatness in all my tasks tasks of the day to day.

Today, I begin new, positive behaviors to reshape my future.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Where will today’s actions lead me one year from now?
2. Where do I want to be in twelve months?
3. What do I need to change in my daily life to achieve one year plan?

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Jul 21

Create your Business Vision

Create your Business Vision:

Smart business owners and managers know that the key to business success is to strive for growth oriented results that challenge you and (if you have them) your employees to achieve more.

We’re going to increase profits by 20 percent in 90 days.  We’re going to reduce our overhead costs by year’s end. We’re going to hire high-calibre, positive people for our new department. The list is endless.

Yet in the quest for higher profits and increased customer satisfaction, many owners and managers put their big vision on the back burner in exchange for a short-term goal. As a result, their business stays the same year after year, with little indication of any growth at all. What went wrong?

Some company leaders blame the organisation’s lack of growth on outside events. They claim that the competition, the economy, their clients and even their employees did or did not do something that made the goal fall short. Others blame their own goal-setting strategies, believing their objectives were too lofty for any company to achieve. The fact is that when it comes to positively changing your business, traditional goal setting is not enough. The key is to look inside yourself and your company and determine not what you want to achieve in the next few months, but rather, what kind of organisation you want to become for lasting results.

What does your company stand for?

1. Create your vision

2. Create your company identity in relation to your vision

3. Commit to your vision


Ask yourself:

1. What is different in my business now compared to a year ago?

2. What steps am I currently taking to help my company become the market presence I want it to be?

3. What can I do to bring my vision closer? 

If possible, have coach who asks these questions for you, who helps point out ways that you may be sabotaging your goals and who reveals ways that are serving you to bring your future to you today.

Seize your opportunities today:
Simply stating goals is not enough to dramatically change your business. You must also decide what your company’s ideal future looks like, what qualities you or your employees need to attain it, and what daily steps will bring you to your desired outcome. Without such a plan, you’ll have nothing concrete to run toward and you’ll be content to stay where you are.

By following this simple three-step process you can ditch the business school goal setting process and create the organisation of your dreams today. Then, instead of looking back at the end of the year and wondering, “What happened to my goals?” you can further challenge yourself and ask, “Where can I take my business next?”

Mike Garner is a personal/corporate trainer, motivational therapist and coach. He speaks to businesses, associations, and coaches entrepreneurs on how to step into their big vision and access their internal power that leads them to success and fulfilment.  Why not drop him a line and see what can be done to create your success.

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Jul 20

The purpose of relaxation exercises

The purpose of relaxation exercises;

Relaxation exercises have been shown to be effective stress management techniques and a component for treatment of anxiety disorders. The techniques are skills that require practice but once they are mastered, they can provide relief in stress and anxiety-provoking situations.
When a person is faced with a threat or worry, this triggers many physiological responses in the body including a release in adrenaline and an increase in heart rate. Our system works this way to provide energy for us to do something about the threat or worry. But if this occurs too often or too intensely, it can be uncomfortable,

distressing, and even exacerbate health problems. Relaxation techniques assist the body to be in a relaxed rather than a stressed state, so our stress response occurs less intensely and less often.
Relaxation is incompatible with tension. You can’t be both relaxed and tense at the same time. These techniques reduce the physical and cognitive symptoms associated with stress and anxiety like muscle tension and racing thoughts. It can also be used to reduce immediate and intense stress and anxiety as well as reduce your general overall stress and anxiety levels. Also, it increases your awareness of the feeling of relaxation and with practice it will take you less time to become relaxed.

Guidelines for relaxation;

1. Practice: Try to have regular practice times every day. Research shows that practicing relaxation twice a day for one week, and then once a day for four weeks thereafter is what is necessary to gain the benefits from this technique.
2. Quiet place: Find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted.
3. Be comfortable: Lie down or sit down in a comfortable position and loosen your clothing.
4. Don’t stress about relaxation: Just listen to the instructions and observe the results. There is no need to worry if you are “doing it right” or to judge yourself or your ability to perform the relaxation exercise. It’s normal to be distracted by external (traffic, people talking) or internal (your thoughts, bodily noises) activity. In fact, one of the benefits of relaxation is that it makes you more aware of your own thoughts. Part of the practice of relaxation is to notice that you are distracted and direct yourself back to attending to the exercise.
5. Don’t fall asleep: The purpose of practicing relaxation is to learn to actively relax.
Sleeping is a passive form of relaxation. You may use relaxation for sleep if you like (especially if you are having trouble sleeping); however, this is not considered practicing relaxation for the purpose of reducing overall stress levels and anxiety.
6. Try several forms of relaxation: People have individual preferences, and relaxation exercises are no exception. There are a wide variety of relaxation exercises and you may want to try several versions to find the best fit for you. You may also find that you like to do a variety of relaxation exercises for different purposes or to prevent monotony.

Types of relaxation exercises;

There are a range of relaxation techniques that suit each individual’s specific needs and preferences. The following describes six types of exercises that help manage and reduce stress and anxiety as well as enhance well-being.

Abdominal breathing: When people are stressed or anxious, they usually take shallow, quick breaths that can lead to uncomfortable and sometimes scary physical responses. Abdominal breathing is the opposite of this; it involves slow, deep breaths all the way down into your abdomen and then exhaling completely. This triggers a relaxation response. Abdominal breathing is a handy skill to learn because you can use it anywhere without others noticing. It’s useful to learn this skill before the other relaxation exercises because most of them include abdominal breathing. When you have mastered this technique, you can use it when you feel tense or worried or when you are about to face a difficult or challenging situation.
Progressive muscle relaxation: This exercise was developed by Dr Edmund Jacobson in 1938. It involves tensing different muscles for up to fifteen seconds and then relaxing them to create a deep state of relaxation. It is important to put effort into tensing each muscle without overexerting yourself; however, if tensing the muscle is causing you any pain or if you have an injury, do not tense this muscle group. Instead, focus on relaxing the muscle and then move on to the next one. If you have trouble holding the tension in the time allotted, simply hold it for as long as seems right for you. In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, progressive muscle relaxation has been shown to be effective in reducing insomnia and chronic pain.
Visualisation: To reduce anxiety, fear, or tension it can be helpful to retreat to a safe or calming place. Because it is not always possible or practical to actually go to a real setting where you feel safe and at peace it can be useful to visualise a scene in your mind. Where would you go if you could when you feel stressed or anxious? What is the first place that pops in your mind? It may be a specific location that actually exists like a room in your house, a warm bath, or a bench in a nearby park. It may be a particular landscape that you find soothing or relaxing like a beach, forest, or mountaintop. Or it may be an invention of your imagination such as a place in outer space or in a bubble. It’s your choice. When you visualise your safe place, make it an experience that all your senses can enjoy.
Note the unique features of your setting: the colour, the smells, the temperature, and the textures—the more details, the better. It may be difficult to think of a place that will be helpful for you. You may find that several scenes are soothing or that you may use different settings for different situations. Visualisation exercises can be a guide to creating your own safe place or it can help construct a specific scene for you. Keep in mind that this technique is not meant to be used as an avoidance strategy. Sometimes avoiding certain situations and places is warranted; however, relaxation exercises are designed to equip you to face anxiety- provoking or feared situations, not to help you avoid them. If you are not sure that you can distinguish between situations that should be avoided or need to be confronted, seek the opinions of trusted members of your family, friends, or a health professional.
• Relaxation exercise for coping: When experiencing anxiety, it is common to have thoughts that something terrible will happen. These thoughts are often unrealistic and lead to an increase in our distress. If we notice these thoughts and replace them with more realistic thoughts, we can relieve anxiety. Often people think that the experience of anxiety is a sign that they are going crazy, having a physical collapse, or losing control of themselves. It is important to know that anxiety by itself does not cause sudden physical damage, it does not cause people to become crazy, or to lose control of their mind or actions. Relaxation exercises can help you challenge your unhelpful thoughts to enable you to effectively cope with anxiety, worry, and fear.
• Activity-based relaxation exercises: It can be helpful to practice relaxation exercises while doing an activity like walking. More active relaxation exercises are designed to assist you to focus your attention on one task while in conjunction with deep abdominal breathing. When trying to focus our attention, it is common for our mind to wander frequently onto many other topics. We can become more skilled at focusing our attention by noticing when our mind wanders and reminding ourselves to focus our attention to the task at hand. We might have to
do this several times in a few minutes.
• Rapid relaxation: As you become more proficient at using the relaxation techniques, you will find it easier to relax using rapid exercises. It is useful to develop your own rapid relaxation technique that you can use anytime and anywhere when a stressful situation may arise. Start by noticing your breath and commencing abdominal breathing in a comfortable rhythm. Then you can add your own personal touch that may involve relaxing particular muscle groups, visualizing soothing images, or reminding yourself of helpful self-statements. You could imagine yourself dealing with this situation well, or tell yourself that you have survived difficult situations before, or just observe your anxiety and stress coming and going like a wave. Use the cues and strategies for relaxation that I can teach you or that work best for you.

If you are experiencing anxiety symptoms for the first time, it is recommended that you see your doctor for a medical check-up to rule out any physical causes for your symptoms.

Breathing during a panic attack:

Panic attacks involve the sudden onset of intense and uncomfortable physical symptoms like hyperventilation, heart palpitations, dizziness, blurred vision, tingling sensations in the hands and feet, chest pain, a choking sensation, nausea, stomach pain, shaking, and sweating. These symptoms can be so strong that it is not uncommon for people to think that they are having a heart attack or going crazy.

Although the way our bodies respond during a panic attack can be very frightening and distressing, they are not harmful.* In fact, this response serves a protective function when we are under threat.

One of the most common sensations in the early stages of anxiety and panic is feeling short of breath. When people feel short of breath, their natural response is to try to take in more oxygen; however, this actually exacerbates the symptoms.
Over breathing or hyperventilation leads to a decrease in carbon dioxide in your body and generates a chain of physiological events that lead to the panic symptoms described above.

You can reverse this pattern by learning to breathe differently in this situation:

1. Inhale carbon dioxide by cupping your hands over your mouth and breathing in and out. You can also use a paper bag.
2. Even though you feel like you need to inhale deeply, being short of breath is an indication that you are not exhaling properly. You need to exhale all the way.

If you use these two breathing tips, you will be able to prevent full-blown panic attacks and/or reduce the duration and intensity of the symptoms. Remember, it is also very helpful to think differently about your symptoms; accept them rather than fight them, understand them rather than be frightened of them.

Self Hypnosis is an extremely effective way of retraining your mind to overcome all the problems that stand in the way of your health, happiness and success in life.

I can help you to learn, practice and master all these technique.

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Jul 18

Your Personal Growth and Development – Work with a Professional

Your Personal Growth and Development 

Work with a Professional:

You know this already … sometimes it helps to talk about it … especially when it happens to be your personal growth and development. But who can you talk to? Who will give you the straight scoop, without subjectivity, without vested interests, and without jeopardising your privacy and confidentiality?

Can friends help you with your personal growth and development?

Well, sometimes, yes, but often times, no. Don’t get me wrong, friends are great people. It’s just that they’ve got their own ideas of what you should and shouldn’t do. And therein lies the rub because it’s not their life … it’s YOURS. And you deserve your own answers to the tough questions … not someone else’s … no matter how well-intentioned they may be.

In contrast, there’s Mike Garner, a highly qualified professional Corporate Hypnotherapist and founder of Mind Focus Groups Therapeutic Training. Mike won’t tell you what you should do; he’ll ask you what you want to do. Then he’ll work with you to make that happen sooner than it might happen otherwise.

Can your significant other help you with your personal growth and development?

Well, sometimes yes, but often times, no. It’s not that he or she doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Most-probably he or she really does. But the problem is that anything you ultimately decide to do to change your situation will most-likely have a significant impact on him or her and vested interests have a way of subtly … even unconsciously … altering one’s objectivity.

In contrast, there’s Mike Garner, a highly qualified professional Life Coach and developer of Mind Focus Groups Therapeutic Training’s unique behavioural change techniques. Mike isn’t interested in your Same Self; he’s interested in your Best Self. He’ll increase your personal reliability, creativity and effectiveness by empowering your ‘Best Self’ person to show up on a more regular and consistent basis.

Can colleagues help you with your personal growth and development?

Well, sometimes yes, but often times, no. You know this already, but it’s worth repeating for emphasis … colleagues don’t make good confidants. Who hasn’t been burned by some co-worker who took what you said privately and passed it around like it was nothing more than a bag of crisps !

The people you work with may be very nice, but if they’re looking to make some sort of impression on someone else, your privacy is NOT something you want them to have at their disposal.

In contrast, there’s Mike Garner, a highly qualified professional Holistic Mentor and practitioner of extremely effective mental and emotional programming techniques. Mike doesn’t blab about what he hears; he keeps confidential conversations confidential. And he’ll help you talk through those private thoughts you’re not ready to make public.

29 Reasons to Hire a Professional:

1. to help you resolve interpersonal conflicts between people
2. to improve your peer-to-peer interactions
3. to help you learn how to run more efficient meetings
4. to address your developmental needs as seen by your boss
5. to act as a sounding board before you take an idea public
6. to help improve your time management skills
7. to help improve your delegation skills
8. to help you get past being stuck about something
9. to help improve your communications skills
10. to help better organise and articulate your thinking
11. to help you relax
12. to help prepare for major presentations
13. to help you become more comfortable with ambiguity
14. to help you learn how to create S.M.A.R.T. action plans
15. to grow your esteem in the eyes of others
16. to help identify opportunities that you may be missing
17. to role play, or ‘pre-brief’ important upcoming interactions
18. to help you ask more powerful questions
19. to help you learn important distinctions
20. to help you update your current Winning Strategy
21. to help you look at situations from other perspectives
22. to help you let go of unhealthy perfectionism
23. to help you work less without jeopardizing quality
24. to help establish your next-level goals and objectives
25. to help you move from boss-as-expert to boss-as-coach
26. to help you deal effectively with crises
27. to help you get past the grousing
28. to help you learn how to effectively manage the grapevine
29. to EMPOWER YOU!!!

Still not convinced it makes sense to hire a Professional?

Then we really DO need to talk!

Call today to talk about your situation and schedule a confidential planning session.
You deserve the Absolute Best when it comes to
working on your Personal Growth and Development.

That’s why you need to call Mike Now!

Tel. 01492 512232 or email him direct on

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Jul 18

ON being yourself

ON being yourselfYou can be the finest apple in the world; ripe, juicy, succulent, and offer yourself to all.

You must learn that you cannot be loved by all people,

You must remember that there are people who do not like apples.

You must understand that if you are the world’s finest apple and someone you love does not like apples, you have a choice of becoming a banana.

But you must remember that if you choose to become a banana, you will be a second rate banana: but you will always be the finest apple.

You must also realise that if you choose to be a second rate banana, there will be people who do not like bananas.

Furthermore, you can spend your life trying to become the best banana, which is impossible if you are an apple.

Or you can seek again to become the finest apple!

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