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Avoid 'environmental hypnosis' to focus on success

The success you want - wants you

As a HER: Women in Business reader, you have more choices than ever before. Would you like to pursue a career within an organization, start your own business, be a student, stay-at-home mom or a blend of all of these? Your personal and professional relationships can be just as complex.

In generations before us, women were married for life, but today’s women are single, married, divorced, widowed, in a committed relationship or somewhere in-between. The good and bad news is there aren’t many rules.

With myriad options available, combined with life’s uncertainty, it is no wonder you feel frustrated, confused, overwhelmed. Does it seem like it’s just easier to go on “auto-pilot” and check out from the success you really want? Fortunately; solutions are available!

Overwhelm is the enemy of success

You are a powerful person, something you may have forgotten. The multitude of choices available can naturally trap you into being distracted. Along the way, you may have lost sight of your success goals and have settled for crumbs and not real success. If you’re not happy with the results you’ve got, you have the power to make changes.

Get focused

Put your attention and focus on the success you really, really, really want and why you really, really, really want it. I call this your “R3 Want” and your “R3 Why.”

When I begin working with my high-performing organizational and personal coaching clients, we immediately focus on their “R3 What” and their “R3 Why” of success. In order to implement these strategies and stay focused, I coach them how to get themselves out of “Environmental Hypnosis.” This is a very common state of mental, emotional and physical overload from too much stimulus and stress being processed through the senses. When a person is experiencing overload or exhaustion, they respond with a fight/flight/freeze reaction and may deal with it by using excessive amounts of food, sugar, alcohol, drugs, internet surfing, shopping, television watching and other addictions to reduce the stress. If you are feeling drained and preoccupied by these distractions, the success you want cannot find you, so get focused, breathe, get grounded and stay alert.

Get into action

Success is often disguised as hard work, so get busy. Once you are clear about what your “R3 What” and your “R3 Why,” it’s time to create your plans for success and put them into action. I often meet people who become overwhelmed and intimidated just “thinking about” success. They invest a lot of time pondering and mentally laboring over which “perfect” healthy eating/ exercise plan or career strategy to start when they could be taking action while walking on the treadmill, chopping up vegetables or working on their resume. Just get started and determine the best next steps along the way. Not the perfect plans — just the best next step.


Remember that you are a powerful person. Use that power to get focused, stay alert and get into action to attract and enjoy all success you desire. Your life will be better for it.

Kathleen Caldwell is CEO of Caldwell Consulting Group, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist and the founder of the WHEE Network ® (Wealthy, Healthy, Energetic Edge) of Woodstock, Ill. For more information, Caldwell can be reached at, or by phone at (815) 206-4014.

Copyright © 2018. Caldwell Consulting Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

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