Book review #3: Your Invisible Power by Genevieve Behrend

Your Invisible Power is a highly insightful, highly dense book that covers the process of visualising and manifesting in a lot of detail. I would describe the book as an honest and concise guide to cultivating the right mindset for manifesting exactly what you want in your life.

Although it is merely 22 pages long, the depth of the explanations and concepts demanded more time that I had imagined to get through it all. In fact, I found myself rereading certain paragraphs many times over to completely understand specific ideas. I’m writing this review having read the book twice.

Your Invisible Power - Genevieve Behrend

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My first motivational speech at Parliament Hill School

A few days ago I visited my former secondary school, Parliament Hill School, to give a talk entitled “Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams” to about 150+ students in Year 11. The talk was about self-belief and why it’s so necessary to invest in your skills, dreams and talent.

This event was my first official speaking engagement and I loved every minute of it. I managed to address the young students with authority and conviction in a warm, friendly style.

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Outside the doors of Parliament Hill School

I wanted to give the talk because I remembered how tough it can be as a young person looking ahead and having to make a million decisions about what to do and where to go in the future. Throughout my teenage years I was lucky enough to have been pushed in the right direction, and so today, being in a position to reap the rewards, it’s a message I’m determined to share with others.

Following my talk, it was suggested by members of staff that I become a governor of the school. Now I don’t know what that will really entail, but it does sound pretty fancy, right? I’m going to pretend the role comes with a fabulous title and that I get to wear lots of faux fur and sit on the iron throne sipping on champagne…

My return to Parliament Hill School meant I could catch up briefly with a few of my ex-teachers. A highlight of the day was conversing in French with my former French teacher as confidently and as accurately as a native speaker. Let me tell you I was feeling myself because I proved that I could go all the way. I did it, I never gave up, and nothing could taste sweeter!!!

Next up, I’ve got a Q&A with young, aspiring actors in Derby this weekend with Open Door, an organisation supporting young people to gain access to drama school. It’s an informal event with about 6 or 7 budding actors, but I believe my experience both during and before drama school can help clarify the role and journey of an actor, and hopefully motivate the kids to reach for the stars.

Solo travelling is for everyone

I’ve been on plenty of trips alone over the last few years. My first solo trip was to Amsterdam in the summer of 2014. I was very nervous to go on my own for a number of reasons. I didn’t know the city, I was a young woman – 19 years old at the time – and I had to be completely dependant on myself. Still, I was excited to test out solo travelling and see if it was as good as what I’d heard and read online.

I was in Amsterdam for about 4 days and the entire experience surpassed my greatest expectations. Since then I’ve been on a number of solo trips and even moved abroad for 7 months last year.

Solo travelling has honestly been one of the biggest blessings in my life, so here’s why I think you should give it a try.

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Book review #2: The Icarus Deception

The Icarus Deception: How High WIll You Fly? was a tough one to read because it lacked flow and precision, which is naturally off-putting. However, as I got further into the book things became slightly clearer and the tone was more direct.

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Seth Godin is the author of 18 books and is a successful executive and entrepreneur. His extensive knowledge in business provide a great platform for sharing ideas and insightful experiences on marketing, personal development and entrepreneurship.

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My first speaking engagements

I’m booked up to give to talks at my former high school and secondary school in London, talking to 15-17 year olds, up to 400 kids, about life post-school and how to stay motivated.

This will be an interesting experience for me because I really don’t know what to expect. I’m really passionate about motivating and encouraging others, so it’s a great opportunity to put my skills to good use.

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Book review #1: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Success Principles, written by Jack Canfield, is a comprehensive, detailed guide to achieving success. Jack teaches how to live an abundantly rich and fulfilling life using the wisdom and teachings of successful, accomplished people in various fields. To collate The Success Principles Jack interviewed over 70 professionals – from engineers to business people to spiritual advisors – and so these principles can be put into practice by virtually anyone.

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In this review I’ll breakdown the structure and content of The Success Principles and share my key learning points.

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Book reviews

I’m going to write book reviews on various personal development books once a fortnight. I love, love, love learning about personal development because it fills me with so much inspiration and motivation. I receive tons of wisdom and knowledge through these books because many of the authors are seriously accomplished people, and therefore I get to learn from them without having to make the same mistakes. Moreover, I think it’s a brilliant way to develop focus, clarity and discipline.

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Burning old habits

So as part of my study of Thinking into Results, I have to look at the results and outcomes in my life that I don’t want and correct them accordingly. Two specific things I wanted to change were:

1. I love biscuits. If I were heading to a deserted island, Oreos would probably be first on my essential’s list. Naturally, I have a big sweet-tooth. Thus far that hasn’t served me well.

2. Apart from cycling and dancing, I often can’t be bothered to exercise daily. It’s just not that fun and so I don’t do it.

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Thinking Into Results

A couple of weeks ago I started Thinking Into Results, a personal development programme with the Proctor Gallager Institute. The institute is run by Bob Proctor, a renown personal development guru, and Sally Gallager, a business entrepreneur.

The main point of the programme is to begin thinking about life in new ways. It’s about breaking old habits and putting in place new ones so that you can improve yourself and expand your potential. Essentially, you’re thinking big and developing the self-discipline to change habitual behaviours.

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