Author: Allan Curtis

Fear – Overcoming the #1 Reason for Failure

Overcoming the #1 reason for failure in business or in life is Fear!

Fear can take many forms and may be the result of many different circumstances, but in all cases, fear comes from the PAST!

  • Past experiences
  • Past emotional responses
  • Past interactions with others
  • Past hurtful comments or criticism

What is FEAR

FEAR of FAILURE – negative lessons learned in life, when the results were less than expected, resulting in hurt, emotional pain and increased self-doubt.

FEAR of SUCCESS – anxious feelings when people offer congratulations or praise, for a job well done, or when faced with appearing in public and leading others.

FEAR of MONEY – worry that having money may result in people taking advantage and then leaving, once the money is gone.

FEAR of REJECTION – perhaps the content will be dismissed or ignored or people will argue and put it down and criticize our comments and beliefs.

The list of potential fears is long and complex, however, all fears are based on … The Past

Everything you are, and all of your beliefs, are based on your lifetime of experiences, circumstances, interactions which form your personality and establish your “truths”. We are the sum total of our experiences, everything that was said to us, happened to us or was experienced by us, since birth.

If, that past included being frequently criticized by

  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • Bullies

It is very most likely feelings of low self-esteem have developed. We may feel unworthy, fake,

Similarly, if we were hurt by those we love, or those we looked up to, we may have developed an internal “truth”, we are unworthy of respect and love.

LETTING IT GO!

In order to achieve our goals in life, and be truly successful, we must overcome these fears!

Acknowledging and accepting that these events occurred and are over and done with, will allow us to progress toward success, much more easily.

These thoughts can no longer hurt us, as they are simply memories.

They are no longer relevant to our life today, as they are based on events from long ago.

Acknowledge – the event took place and may not have been appropriate, but it is over and done and can not be changed.

Accept – the event occurred and any negative feelings belong to that time, not now.

Action – take back control, these feelings are not relevant to your life today

If there are people in your life related to these events … forgive them, not for their benefit, but for your own peace of mind and happiness.

Acceptance and forgiveness are the two most powerful actions you can take, to restore your self-esteem and self-confidence … allowing you to move forward, rather than be hampered by the negative memories!

Meditation, Hypnotherapy, and Mindfulness can all help you through this process of healing, restoration and redefining yourself.

“Awaken Your Potential”

Allan Curtis

Certified Professional Hypnotist

What is a Panic Attack?

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is an instantaneous surge of fear and anxiety that overwhelms the mind.

In prehistoric times, a panic attack was a life-saving response to the danger from wild animals or events. The life of a human was much more physically challenging and dangerous than it is today. The human species had to develop response mechanisms to survive, as it does not have sharp teeth or claws.

An instant and significant response to danger were essential to survival. There were really only two simple choices. We could either take flight (run away from danger) or hold our stance and fight. This highly efficient survival response to threats was simple and straight forward!

This biological response called the ‘Fight or Flight Response’ is the cause of what we now refer to as a Panic Attack. There are few instances in everyday life, where we legitimately need to react in this way. The sudden, overwhelming, uncontrolled, response to a non-file threatening stimulus, is termed a Panic Attack.

If panic attacks are experienced frequently, or severe anxiety is common, it may be an indication of a more serious condition called Panic Disorder.

How many people suffer from panic attacks?

  • In the USA 22.7% experience a panic attack, at least once in their lives
  • Women are two times more likely to experience a panic attack
  • In 81% of the cases, the symptoms reach a peak, within 10 minutes

What happens during a panic attack?

The body instantly changes its priorities, from our normal “long-term survival” to emergency “short-term” survival mode!

To accomplish this the body responds by releasing a flood of hormones such as adrenaline, blood pressure increases and breathing speeds up to prepare your muscles for flight or fight.

It is possible that the legs start to shake, as they prepare to run from danger; the hands may start to shake as the muscles in the arms prepare to fight; the palms and feet may become sweaty.

The body changes the flow of blood from the stomach to major muscles where it is needed during an emergency. Those who are frequently stressed, often have digestive issues as the blood is being pumped to other areas of the body.

What goes through the mind during a Panic Attack?

  • I might die from a heart attack – unless you have a heart condition, it is not usually a threat to the heart
  • I might die from suffocation – during a panic attack you naturally take in more air
  • I’m having a stroke – strokes have nothing to do with panic attacks
  • I’m scared of fainting – as fainting would be fatal when being chased by a wild animal, it is highly unlikely
  • I’m having a nervous breakdown, or going ‘crazy’ – as ‘fight or flight’ responses are natural, insanity is not a concern.
  • I’m losing control – control has been shifted from your conscious to your unconscious mind, you are on automatic
  • I’m weak and might fall down – you are actually stronger when panicking as your large
    muscles are supplied with plenty of oxygen.
  • I may be embarrassed or humiliated – the worst part of a panic attack only lasts a few minutes, it is a natural event, nothing to be embarrassed about.

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

  • Light headiness
  • Giddiness
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness
  • Chest pains
  • Dry mouth
  • Clammy hands
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

What can I do to minimize the impact and regain control?

Deep, controlled breathing is the easiest and most effective way to control anxiety and panic. How often have you heard someone say, “Take a Deep Breath”?

It is natures way of resetting everything in your body … supplying the needed oxygen to the lungs, blood and muscles to allow them to react appropriately.

Deep breathing, is not the normally shallow intake of air into your chest. Rather, it is a process of inhaling air, deep into your diaphragm, below your chest. Breathing in deeply and then exhaling longer than we inhale stimulates your nervous system to trigger relaxation and your body will have no choice but to respond positively.

Try it now …

  • Sit down, comfortably and close your eyes
  • Focus your awareness on your breathing
  • Breathe in, to the count of four (say “
  • Breathe out to the count of eleven
  • Wait for a couple of seconds
  • Then repeat

Practicing this breathing exercise regularly will result in a reduction in anxiety levels.

As you practice more and become more relaxed, your body will naturally reduce the production of stress hormones.

You will start to have much more control over panic attacks. Understand, the bodies anxiety responses are natural physiological reactions, you are not going insane.

Help is available through personal consultations with a qualified Psychologists or a Professional Hypnotist.

Private Hypnosis sessions are available online, in the comfort of your home, using Zoom or similar streaming services.

You can regain control of how you react to the thoughts which trigger these physical reactions.

You can book an appointment at this link