Are you ready to get rid of your gnawing feeling?

What’s the one common denominator within your clients?


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It’s not a trick question. But it is one we all need to understand, if we are to find the true greatness within what we do.

I used to be a forensic business analyst in the corporate world. I was constantly digging around in things that were causing great angst for my clients. I worked in many different industries and rarely worked on the same problem twice. Money was hemorrhaging everywhere for the client. In most cases many better qualified people than me, had tried and failed to get a result. It was a seriously negative environment because these people generally only wanted the problem to appear “fixed”. My job was to find the source of the problem, report it and move on and repeat in the next contract.

These days my work is vastly different and I have solved my own problem because back then I hated the negativity surrounding my work and longed to work positively with people.

Now I love what I do. But, ironically I am still constantly digging around in things that are causing my clients angst. In fact the similarities to what I used to do and do now are amazing.

I work in many different modalities and rarely work on the same problem twice. Money issues are generally high on the agenda for the client and in most cases my clients, who are invariably always better qualified than me, have tried and failed to figure out their own problem.

What’s different now is I work in a seriously positive environment and my clients are unwittingly seeking to create something that will create a legacy and live on well after they have gone. My job is to find the source of their current problem and identify it so they can move from feeling stuck, into their potential.

But wait you say – aren’t the two jobs specs exactly the same? Yep, dead right! I just shifted the polarity or energy of the work from negative to positive. Same as in corporate, I was frequently journalling stuff from one side of the balance sheet to another.

So my inquisitive problem solving nature started to reason that there had to be a commonality between my corporate clients and my current clients. As people they are chalk and cheese, dark suits vs bright groovy outfits. But when you look at why they hired me, whammo, there in lies the answer.

The strange commonality between these two polar opposites is they hire me to fix a gnawing problem.

The gnawing problem in corporate was based in negativity and fear. The people who caused the problem generally lacked duty of care, control and integrity in they way they worked.

My current work is highly positive and based in love. My people are highly gifted and responsible in their work. When their problem gets solved, new and innovative healing systems are manifesting, their message becomes concise and clear and results in many more people experiencing their message and healing gifts.

As I work more with people I have come to understand humans come to the planet to figure themselves out. The more they figure out about themselves, the more they grow and the more potential opens up to them.

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For some, their potential is too confronting and its easier to stay “in the gnaw”.

Some however get so uncomfortable with the gnawing feeling within, that they put their hand up for help. Not as they initially show up to do, to grow their business, but at source, to get rid of the gnawing feeling.

My gnawers are incredibly humble but carry distinct commonalities:

  • Gnawers carry a strong sense there is so much more for them
  • Clairvoyants have inevitably told them they have a gift that will help many
  • They “know” huge crowds are waiting to hear their message
  • They carry extraordinarily high standards within self and their work
  • If left to their own devices they can be self destructive in their desire for perfection
  • In the past, they have found themselves in battles with authority figures to defend their honour, opinions or ways of doing things
  • The way others do things is not for them
  • They instinctively know the gnawing is their need to create their own way or path

The gnaw is their deep connection to spirit, to the yearning in their soul to be who they really are.

The gnaw is the uncomfortable message that churns everyday, so as to encourage them to stop playing small and meet their full potential.

Because the gnaw is so connected to their soul, they know what to do innately once we start to identify and then unravel their problems. Just like when I was in corporate I am only there in a support role. It’s never my problem but innately I know how to help others pull the puzzle pieces from within, to bring something highly complex to a simple solution.

What’s weird is, the source of the gnawing feeling inevitably gets exposed at my speaking intensive called Sore to SOAR. It is because that workshop gets people to go into their own rock bottom story. So many therapists discount or hide their story because it’s just too painful or negative. But our humanness puts us in that story so we could learn from it. When the positive gets identified, it balances or heals the negative, releasing the anchors and allowing the person to soar.

What most fascinates me and will be of great help to you is the fact that when you know what gnaws you, you automatically find the common denominator in your clients. From there you will be able to figure out what naturally draws people to want to work with you.

Just as the patterns or bread trails that helped me solve the gnawing problems within a corporate balance sheet, the connection between the rock bottom stories and everything else people have been through so far in their life, allows me to identify and solve the gnawing sense that there is more for my clients.

Rock bottom stories are life changing. So is Sore to SOAR …… it will help turn your gnaw into soar!

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Getting Published in Recognised Media

There are many opportunities to get your work published.  In fact getting published in recognised media is way easier than you probably think.

The reason why most get knocked back is because they don’t adhere to some simple rules that will help you get published and also help you get media.

You won’t get any argument from me over “free publicity”.  To get media what you submit has to match what they want.  It’s known as the brief.  You might think that is a really easy concept, but you would be surprised how many people get that wrong.  They write what they want to write, then wonder why it gets knocked back.  Especially in the early days, you need to prove your ability to deliver and once that is established, then you can start writing outside the guidelines.

So find out what the editor wants, NOTICE I DIDN’T SAY WRITE WHAT YOU LIKE.  Then write something that meets the criteria.  Certainly not rocket science huh!



Here are a couple of hints that will help you get published

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  1. Keep it about THEM (the mag and their readers) not YOU

  2. Find out the word count – never send more than they ask for
  3. Google how to write articles and inform yourself on what is likely to be accepted before you start to write – include Googling as much as you can about the mag you want to submit to.
  4. Research what is popular in other media at the present time, look for trends
  5. Find a twist on the current trends or a twist on the concept – for instance I got a lot of sea change press when I first moved to the country, but they loved me because I would talk about the dark side of sea change – it was a twist on the story line.
  6. Ask yourself “how can I add value to this story?” once it is finished
  7. Add a top 10 or top 5 side bar at the bottom of your story (those little stories that run down the side of a magazine) – they might not use it with this story but they might use it another time
  8. Ensure the content matches exactly what they editor has asked for
  9. Write your article – leave it for a few days and then go back to it – then rewrite and leave it again before sending it – you’d be surprised how many “mistake worms” get at it during the rest period!
  10. Be prepared for them to edit your story

  11. Be prepared for them to edit your story so much that it bears no resemblance to what you wrote but does match their brief
  12. Don’t try to sell directly – sell by proving you are the expert on your topic by adding a lot of value to the article and by making it a strong informative and useful article
  13. Include some interesting case studies
  14. Make it easy for them to publish you – go out of your way to be helpful
  15. Remember to add all the ways they can contact you – including your website
  16. Add some interesting photos if you have the rights to them – mention if you are willing to release the rights to them if they want to use the photo


Journos are busy people – don’t expect them to do any of the work for you – the easier you make it for them to publish you – the more likely they will be to publish you and not the dill brain who is making their life difficult.

Get several copies of the magazine or publication you want to appear in.  Then figure out what they have found acceptable in the past.  Most magazines have a format that appeals to their reader – despite what you think of that format – if you want to get published …….. follow the format.

Get Help!

If you are a rank newbie – pay a professional editor to critique your article and give you feedback.  Patricia Mackenzie has been invaluable to me over the years, knocking my words into shape.  She is not always available so I recommend Kristin Lee to help make sure your grammar and spelling are spot on and that you have answered the brief.

Be professional – sounds a Duh point – but the more professional and together looking you are – the more likely you are to “get a pub”

The biggest piece of advice that I would offer is to START WELL BEFORE DEADLINE.

Give your prose plenty of time for the worms to get at it and submit early not on the very last day of submission.



Remember the golden rule – make it easy for them to put you in print! 

Imagine if a well researched, well written professional looking article that meets the criteria and needs very little work done on it, appears on an editors desk a couple of weeks before deadline.  It has much better chance of being read and published than the hundreds that arrive on the deadline date.


If you have a desire to be included in a particular publication, you may wish to phone the editor before you start and ask them exactly what they want, including the word count and make sure you download the author guidelines and STICK TO THEM!

What’s even easier?

Get the professionals to write the article for you – here are some examples of articles written about me: