Stuart opens by explaining that the best learning occurs experientially rather than just through explanation. So to make this online session an interactive experience, remember to ‘play along’ and follow all the little instructions rather than just view as a passive observer. The first thing to do, is to think about what thoughts you think when you congratulate yourself, and then congratulate yourself for taking the initiative to be here, as well as every additional step that you take.

In this lesson, Stuart also shares with you what the most common mistake people make when they’re seeking change, and reveals what you can do to make sure you don’t make the same mistake, and introduces the idea of ‘self communication’ and how resistance can get in the way.

In this lesson Stuart explains how we are neurologically wired to be drawn to familiarity. He talks about the 7 Up documentary series as a classic example to demonstrate how most people don’t change. Not because they can’t, but because they don’t know how. He explains that every now and then, we experience a fork in the road called “pivotal moments’ where we could break our patterns, or stay stuck on them.

He explains the reasons why most people miss these moments, what it feels like when you’re in the middle of one, and what to do differently in your mind when you realise you’re in the middle of one to take advantage and create a new pattern.

A common mistake people make when trying to change is to focus too much on other people or the situation. But to change ourselves, we need to change our own way of thinking. In this lesson, Stuart explains that the best way to change your way of thinking is through the power of self-communication. We are always communicating with ourself all the time anyway, so we might as well learn how to better communicate with ourselves in a way that will create the change we want.

The aim should be to communicate with yourself in a way that builds self-trust by taking the pressure off. Stuart also explains the best way to think about suggestions you receive during a therapy session, that will help you to build the self-trust you need in order to enable the changes to grow faster.

The quality of our life very much depends on our awareness, but our mind can only be aware of so much at once. A mistake many people make is to focus their awareness on things that are unhelpful to them, whilst overlooking the things that are in their best interests to become aware of.

Sometimes the solutions to the problems we want are not something we need to go and search for. Sometimes the solutions are right in front of us - we just need to look at them from a different perspective. In this lesson, Stuart explains the hurdle most people face in doing this, and how to get past this hurdle.

If we think of a problem as being external to us, then we have no ability to control it. In this lesson, Stuart explains how to think about problems in a way that will give us a better ability to take control over them. He also explains that the problems we do, we do because we have learned to do them - we just didn’t realise we were learning them at the time.

In this lesson, Stuart also explains how we can learn to think in a way that will help us to become more self-aware, and take control over the things that we previously felt powerless to control.

In this lesson, Stuart explains the protective mechanisms that the unconscious mind uses, and how they overreact - similar to the way the immune system overreacts with anaphylaxis. He explains how our unconscious mind learns to use these protection mechanisms from past pain, but continues to cause us problems long after we no longer need them.

As you watch thorough some of these examples, have a think about what protection mechanisms your unconscious mind has been ‘doing’ and how they have been sabotaging you. It’s important to be aware that the problems you have been ‘doing’ are done with protective intentions when exercising self-compassionate thinking.

It’s important to view this explanation in full before attempting the mindfulness exercise, and take notes if it helps. Remember to view the exercise as an active process rather than a passive one.

In this lesson, Stuart explains how to position yourself to do the exercise, how it’s going to work and describes three ideas that are important to take away as ‘seeds of thought’ as those seeds will prime your mind to get the most from the following exercise.

This video contains flashing lights which may not be appropriate for people with epilepsy. Make sure you are in a cool, quiet environment that is free from distractions for the entire duration of the exercise. Remember that if you eyes or your minds attention wanders (which is normal) then just bring it back each time, resisting the urge to ‘beat yourself up’ over it. It’s important to do the exercise in one continuous go, so make sure you have enough internet download available, and switch off from any disruptions such as phone calls etc. Whilst it is not a necessary requirement, it is ideal to do this exercise just before bedtime.

In this lesson you'll find out the reoccurring pattern of self-communication at the heart of all problems and what to communicate to yourself to dissolve your drive towards self destructive habits. You'll also learn the key differences between life coaching and psychotherapy as well as the difference between performance hypnosis and clinical hypnosis. Finally, Stuart reveals the biggest hurdle that gets in the way of hypnosis working for some people, and teaches you a simple strategy you can apply to make sure that hypnosis will work for you - irrespective of your personality

Stuart wraps up by revealing to you what the most important ability to develop is. He explains what emotional intelligence is, gives some more insight into his own background as a dietitian, employer and experience coaching parents and children as the owner of one of Australia's largest personal tuition companies. He shows you how to go about making a booking and explains what's contained in the second free online session if you decide to go ahead and give it a go.

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