The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 30th October, 2017 – The Human Spirit is Indomitable

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog - 30th October 2017 - The Human Spirit is Indomitable

Happy Bank Holiday Monday wherever you may be – I hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing and happy day.

On Friday the weather was simply stunning in Dublin.  You know, one of those bright sunny days that seem to have an energy all of their own.  Everything was super clear and the air buoyant with joy.  I had been working hard all week and decided the day was just too beautiful to be stuck inside so I got Rosie, the dog and Luca, the boy outside to the beach.  Rosie on a lead, Luca on a scooter.  We raced along the front and I had one of those moments when I actually felt so happy I was almost sad?!

It was almost as if I was nostalgic for the present moment.

Do you ever get that feeling? It sounds strange but for me, it is the joy of being fully present with the addition of a tiny voice at the back of my mind that reminds me that this is not forever; in short that I will die and everyone I love will die.  A heavy thought I know, especially when you are feeling so happy.

After a lot of running and messing around we sat down on a bench and in this state of happy sadness with the beautiful view of the beach and the sun on our faces, I turned to him and said something I am sure many parents feel, perhaps, especially, parents of only children: “I can’t believe you will be ten soon.”  When he asked me what it was like when he was born my happy/sad emotions surged even more. I told him that the first time he looked at me was the most uplifting moment of my life and that he exuded this incredible light. Ironically, I called him Luca – which in Italian means ‘Bringer of Light – Man from Luciana’ not consciously  realising at that time the meaning – it just seemed to fit.  The birth had been hard and we were so fortunate that he made it; born at 4.2lbs he was tiny but thankfully had a strong spirit.

The Human Spirit is Indomitable.

On Saturday evening, the three of us went to see the well-known play, ‘Tom Crean – Antartic Explorer’ which is a one-man show performed by the incredibly talented actor, Aidan Dooley and based on the true story of the intrepid explorer from Kerry who played such a significant role in the famous Antartic voyages of Scott and Shakleton.  We were transfixed as we watched the actor breathe Tom Crean back to life – his performance was so authentic that it felt like Aidan Dooley WAS Tom Crean.

Crean was known for his positive outlook, even when it looked as if all were lost he would laugh and joke helping to keep morale and spirits high in the most gruelling, life threatening and harsh environments.  Man’s spirit of survival is truly awe-inspiring. Our ability to be indomitable and unshakeable is at the heart of having a resilient mindset. We can see this even in a tiny baby who wants to be loved, to connect and to be part of the adventure of life. Just like Luca all those 10 years ago!

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The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 23rd October, 2017 – Your Thoughts Create Your World

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog - 23rd October 2017 - Your Thoughts Create Your World

What are you thinking about right now? What did you think of when you opened your eyes this morning?  What kind of thoughts did you have in response to hurricane Ophelia?  Were your thoughts calm? Worried? Did you create an inner hurricane? Do you know that your inner thoughts create your external reality? Ok, I promise, no more questions!  Most people believe that their external reality creates their inner thoughts; they are in a reactive rather than responsive state. When we are in a reactive state we can feel powerless, anxious and our behavior can feel out of control.

Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between your imagination and reality and this can work for you in many positive ways in the form of placebo; people who take a sugar pill as an anti-depressant and genuinely feel better or in a negative way known as the nocebo. The nocebo is an unintentional way of harming ourselves where we believe that something bad is going to happen, like getting sick and we actually then condition our bodies to deliver this response. The problem is that most of the time we are not even aware of the effect that our negative thoughts have on us physically or the toxic energy they create around us.

In 1962 a group of researchers carried out a nocebo study in Japan on 13 children, not very ethical you might think, but it was 1962!  These children were all highly allergic to poison ivy. A harmless leaf was rubbed on one of each of the children’s forearms and they were told that this arm had been rubbed with poison ivy. The other arm was rubbed with poison ivy but they were told it was a harmless leaf.  Of the 13 children, all developed a rash on the arm that was rubbed with the harmless leaf and 11 of them developed no rash at all on the arm that had been exposed to the poison ivy!  This astounding study illustrated that the children sent unintentional subconscious orders to the autonomic nervous system and as a result created the rash by mere thought alone.  They expected the rash to develop and so it did.

In my work, clients who are making good progress can sometimes feel that if they have a negative thought they have somehow failed or that all of the progress they have made is now redundant.  It is so important and crucial to have a positive relationship with any negative thoughts that may arise – the relationship to that thought is key.  Standing back, observing the thought and showing kindness towards your thought, not believing it and letting it go are all part of the process of shifting from a negative state of mind to a positive one.

This week, if and when a negative thought pops into your mind, hold that thought in gentle and kind awareness, be patient with yourself, be kind to the thought and notice how it will slowly start to fade.  After all, one thought is not a book.

Think of your life as a book and you are the writer; what kind of story do you want to tell and what kind of character do you want to create?

And in honor of Ophelia, I thought I would end with a Shakespeare quote from Hamlet  that sums up the theme for this week’s post:

“There is nothing either good or bad,  but thinking makes it so”

Thanks for reading as always and also for all the positive feedback and support. I will share my recent TEDx video with you when it goes live.

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The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 16th October, 2017 – Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog - 16th October, 2017 - Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Welcome if you are one of the many new subscribers. I am so pleased to have you here and of course, I am so grateful to all of my loyal, long-term readers.  The purpose of this blog is to help you to get into a positive frame of mind at the beginning of the week in order that you can become the fullest expression of yourself. I provide you with some personal insights from my life that I hope by sharing will help you to flourish in your own life.  By taking the time to read this you are giving yourself an opportunity to program your brain to go beyond survival mode and into a state where you are thriving.

On Thursday in the green room of the Civic Theatre where I was giving my TEDx talk, the atmosphere was thick with excitement and nerves. The two are close cousins and when they get confused it can create unwanted fears of stage fright and produce physical symptoms in the body such as a shaky voice, dry throat, and excessive sweating – not exactly the ingredients one wants to experience before or during a presentation!

The group of selected speakers came from all walks of life, from tech geniuses to entrepreneurs, and it was an honor for me to meet them all and to be a part of it.  One speaker openly said he was feeling pretty nervous, but the quote that had got him through the evening was: “Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable.”  I really liked this because rang true.  Think back to a time in your life when you challenged yourself on a personal or professional level; it may have been a tricky conversation you had with a loved one or you had applied for a promotion or, like us, you were giving a presentation. No doubt you had butterflies in your stomach? Whatever it may have been, the very act of stepping outside your comfort zone involves entering into the realms of discomfort. When you take it a step further and accept the discomfort/nerves/anxiety then you are already moving back to being comfortable but you have also learned and grown along the way. Mark Zuckerburg (CEO and creator of Facebook) once said:

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking any risks.”

The essence of the concept of neuroplasticity is that the brain learns from novelty and new experiences. So the next time you are asked to do something that brings up even the slightest feelings of discomfort or challenge, stop, take a few deep breaths and assess if the discomfort is based on fear. If so, perhaps it is time to embrace this feeling and rather than turning away from it turn towards it with courage and realise your full potential.

This week and every week, seize every opportunity the universe presents you with. When you become comfortable being uncomfortable anything is possible. 

I was very moved by the way all of the speakers handled their nerves, rose to the occasion and went on to deliver inspirational talks. The title of my talk is: ‘Your subconscious Power, Learn to Parent Yourself ‘ and I will post the video once it goes live.

World Mental Health Day was last Tuesday, October 10th.

If you missed my interview about neuroplasticity with Pat Kenny on Tuesday you can see it here (click on image below)

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I am delighted to be speaking at the Connect 17 Showcase in the RDS this Wednesday 18th October.  Full details can be found here:

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The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 9th October, 2017 – the Heart of the Matter

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog - 9th October, 2017 - the Heart of the Matter

When I was 10 years old my Dad drew me a picture of his heart. I can still remember it like it was yesterday – he sat me down on his knee in his study and drew his heart on a scrap of paper. He explained that there are three major arteries that carry blood from the heart to the body and then he took his pen and scribbled in between the lines to show that his arteries were blocked and that he needed a triple bypass. He was only 39 years old, on the cusp of turning 40. That image stays with me today.Last week my dad rushed himself to hospital with major angina pain that had been building over the last while and was no longer possible to ignore.  I was in the flow of my normal day and between clients when I got a message from him to say that he was in hospital. If you have experienced such a call you will know that your own heart seems to stop for a moment and you sense that life has suddenly taken an unexpected and unwanted twist.

Along with my Dad’s very positive attitude and an incredibly talented surgeon who put the thirteenth stent into my Dad’s heart, I can happily say that we can all breathe easily once more. My Dad’s life has been extended yet again, he is now 72, very strong and full of life.

My dad said something after his procedure that also stuck with me and that is that the heart is a miraculous organ. One day his life had literally been hanging by a thread and the next he was back in the game.

The heart pumps blood and life through our veins but it does much more than that, the heart is also the centre of the emotions. When we operate from our hearts we connect to the full joy of life.

Seeing my Dad and the other patients in hospital really brought home to me the importance of the work the medical and nursing staff do to save lives. I was reminded that my job is to preventative as it is based on helping people to look after themselves in clearing away toxic negative emotions, helping them also to manage stress and anxiety and to embrace a healthy lifestyle that fully honours them.

The second of the current ‘Love Yourself Slim’ workshops was a great success and the feedback was five stars all the way! Elsa and I were overjoyed with the positive feedback – there was a lot of tears, laughter hugs and a feeling that something significant had happened in the mindset of the women in their relationship to themselves and to food. This is just the beginning…

Have a wonderful week, look after your heart and I look forward to sharing some more insights next week. Keep sharing!

World Mental Health Day – Tuesday, October 10th

I will be on the Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk) on Tuesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day discussing the importance of caring for your mental health.  It will air at about so tune in if you can. I will post a link to the podcast here next week.

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is this Thursday, 12th October and is now sold out!
I will post and share the video once it becomes available.

The title of my talk is:

‘Your Subconscious Power – Learn to Parent Yourself’ 

To see the full speaker line-up please visit:
It promises to be an educational and entertaining evening.

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The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 2nd October, 2017 – Transformation

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog - 2nd October, 2017 - Transformation

Thanks for being with me this Monday! A new month and a chance for transformation.I shared my bed with two men last week, my husband and a man called Dr. Joe Dispenza.  Not literally, of course, my husband was really there but we were accompanied by the voice of Dr.Joe Dispenza, My husband attended his progressive workshops here in Dublin and needed to watch eight hours of video before attending the event hence the need to bring Dr. Joe to bed with us!

Some of you may be familiar with Dr. Joe’s work as he is well known internationally. His ideas and philosophy are similar to mine and as we lay there I would annoyingly say, “See, I told you that before’!” Dr. Joe’s tagline is ‘Change from the inside out’ which echoes my own approach. He backs up his work at his advanced workshops with epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. Sounds amazing, I wonder could I get some of this stuff for my clinic?!

We now know more about the human brain in the last twenty years than we have done since the beginning of evolution – we are indeed living in exciting times!

At last we have the scientific evidence to back up what sages have been saying for thousands of years; we are all capable of bringing out the best in ourselves and transforming the negative parts that hold us back.

Autumn is an incredibly beautiful time of year when I love to take a walk in the forest and gaze at the array of colour in the leaves.  Nature’s capacity for transformation is truly astounding.  This week, apply that same principle to yourself and decide each day which positive traits and emotions to bring into your day and which negative ones (that no longer serve serve you) to transform or shed.

Dr. Joe recommends ‘being present’ as the starting point for cultivating this transformation, I find that nature always provides me with a profound connection to being here, being fully present and being grateful for the moment. As I have often recommended, if you get the chance to get out into nature, please take it!

Thanks to all those who attended the first of the ‘Love Yourself Slim’ workshops last weekend. It was an honor for me to help the participants become aware of the unconscious behaviors that have been holding them back on so many levels and to help them move forward with confidence.

Have a wonderful week and I look forward to sharing some more flexible thinking next week.  Keep sharing!


There are only a handful of tickets left for this event so if you haven’t yet booked then do so today!  You can buy tickets at and also see a full list of the speakers at
It promises to be an educational and entertaining evening.


Sustaining Positivity – The Positive Habit Maintenance Program

Sustaining Positivity – The Positive Habit Maintenance Program is now in month four ! You can sign up at any time. We are delighted to see so many people register for this invaluable tool.  It is incredibly affordable, has a minimum time investment and maximum benefit for your mental well-being. This program is suitable for you if you have already completed The Positive Habit and/or if you have already started a journey of self-discovery and would like a powerful tool to help you to live a full and happy life.

Included in your monthly subscription you will receive access to (on the 1st of each month):

  • A video explaining what the theme of the month is and how best to put it into practice
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  • New articles
  • Quizzes to monitor your progress

Month Four is entitled, ‘Your Inner Confidence’ in which I will guide you to be truly grateful for who you are and all that you have.

We have had to remove The Positive Habit Plus program for the moment due to Fiona’s busy schedule.

You can, of course still register for The Positive Habit, Self-Help Program