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Magic Tricks and Mindset Kicks

I’m reading a really great book at the moment. 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 practices multiple times a day and really learns to train his brain.

Into The Magic Shop Hayley Gillard

Magic Tricks

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 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.

  1.  I want you to read the book! It’s great! An easy read and one that gives a real life story of how you can totally change your life if you just want to.
  2.  I want you to know that if you want something enough you can do it. I mean it. I’m not spiritual or into the law of attraction (that’s just my personal opinion, I know many of you will be) but neuroplasticity, (the term used to describe the fact the brain is ever-changing, that we can strengthen parts and other parts will weaken), is something available to everyone. You can literally change your brain.

Do you want to change something about your life?

This week, in The Life Revolution, my 6 month life coaching experience, we are talking about where we are in life right now, and where we want to be in the future. Participants have been asked for homework to think about 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.

Mindset Kicks

Remember that old saying your teacher’s 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 both luckily, coaching and NLP is all about rewiring the brain and realising your strengths in order to achieve the things you want.

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 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.


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