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My colleague, Success Coach Kate Beeders is a genius at helping people break through blocks—something that can plague aspiring authors. If you’ve read my posts from last year, you may have seen my interview with her on making money as an author. Here, I interview Kate about the main fears that stop aspiring authors in their tracks—even those who have already published.
Lisa: Many people are stopped by fear of failure. How might you work with someone like that?
Kate: I’d like to break that down into 3 steps:
Lisa: Many bestselling authors use tapping. I’ve heard Jack Canfield recommend it. Can you explain tapping for those who are unfamiliar with it?
Kate: Tapping is a powerful technique where people “tap” on parts of their face and upper body with their finger tips while saying certain phrases that I give them. It sounds goofy, and having come from Corporate America, I definitely thought it looked silly, but I’ve never seen anything or heard of anything that gets the results that this technique does. Every time someone tries it and sees their changes, there’s another convert into the world of tapping. It’s been used with hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to help them release all sorts of fears. This technique is able to work very quickly, powerfully and gently and get lasting results. Once the fears are released, I help people replace those negative thoughts with positive ones, and my clients are quickly able to get into action and achieve the success they want.
Lisa: Thanks for breaking that down into such a detailed answer. Kate, often, the same people who fear failure also fear success. How do you help people overcome that?
Kate: It would be the same process as the fear of failure except that the fears would be different, such as:
I encourage readers of this blog to ask themselves, “What are all of the good things that will happen once I write my book?” Some wonderful results, would be:
Lisa: I can attest to that. Just one example, a recent Bring Your Book to Life Program graduate just published her book this fall and within weeks was invited to be keynote speaker at a dance therapy conference in Hawaii. But go on. Before benefits we were talking about fears…
Kate: Our subconscious mind is very powerful and it holds all sorts of fears, some real and some perceived. These fears will cause a person to procrastinate, which is why many people start to author books and can’t get past “Chapter 3.”
Lisa: How about someone who’s specifically experienced an authority figure–parent, teacher or other–who told them they can’t write or “children should be seen not heard” or who somehow taught them not to express themselves. How do you help people break through that kind of block?
Kate: Lisa, I’m so glad you mentioned that. I’ve helped so many clients that heard things like that as a child and now find it very difficult to “shine their light” and put themselves out there. As a child, to be good, meant to be quiet, well-behaved, basically blend-in to the scenery, so it’s a huge conflict now as an adult, to write a book and then promote it. By doing that, the author would make themselves very visible, the opposite of being “seen and not heard.” Through tapping and other mindset techniques, I help my clients reprogram their subconscious beliefs, since what they were told as a 4-year old child does not apply to them now as a 30-40-50 year old adult. If they stay quiet and keep that book inside of them, they won’t be able to get their message out to all of the people that need to hear it.
Lisa: Kate, thanks for sharing these tips. And for our readers, Kate has a workshop coming up: Quick Cash Infusion Workshop: 3 KEYS to ACCELERATE Your CASH, CONFIDENCE and RESULTS on Friday, Feb 22 3-5pm in Newton, MA Click here for more info!