Thursday, 4 June 2009

Paul McKenna Changed My Life in Seven Days-ish.

Paul McKenna is not the reason I write. But I totally blame him for why I am obsessed! Quite frankly, the man has brainwashed me.

Okay, I know some of you have heard this before and you’re probably saying, ‘Gawd, what’s with all the repeats AB?’
Well it’s like this you see. Going down with a strange blogging disorder some time ago, resulted in the loss of a great many valuable and informative posts. Ha, only joking – most of them were naff. But the Paul McKenna one I had a soft spot for and now feel the urge to share it with you once more. So here it is again, in all its glory, albeit a little edited.

It all began back in 2006 when I was having a wee bit of a bad time of it. Life was s**t and I was that fan! I won’t list my whinges, but there were a fair few. You know the ones that life throws at us all from time to time, normally when we are looking the other way, and then shouts, ‘CATCH!’ I knew in my heart that I had blessings by the bucket load but my numeracy skills were completely ungradeable.

So I bought Paul McKenna’s book, ‘Change your life in seven days.’ It didn’t. Not in seven days anyway. But I’m convinced he hypnotised me.

Mr McKenna says on his CD, (and I won’t use his exact words, because when he pops over to read my blog, he may sue me for stealing his copyright) but to sort of paraphrase him, he says, ‘You can do whatever you want with your life, if you are determined enough.’ And he says too (and I’m paraphrasing again) that if you listen to his disc over and over you will find the tools that will help you fulfil your dream.

So I decided to listen to his CD over and over. And whilst doing so, I thought about (amongst other things) my writing. (No I wasn’t crazy! Honest! Well maybe a little.)

The outcome is this – I’m now obsessed with writing. And I really can’t stop, NOT NO HOW, NOT EVER. Now maybe this would have happened anyway. Gazillions of people get to this point and much, much further without the aid of Paul McKenna. But I do wonder whether, in my case, he played a part in my writing obsession! Oh, and just in case anyone’s wondering, my life is GREAT now and I’m drowning in my bucket load of blessings. YAY!

N.B. And since I blogged this post originally I’ve sold three stories. Go Paul!


JJ Beattie said...

Well I'm a sucker for anything like this. I bought that book years ago and never listened to the CD or read the book... My life hasn't changed apart from when Husband moved us to Bangkok!

Anonymous said...

I'd have thought about making money, then when I was a millionaire I'd pay someone else to ghost-write my ideas into novels.

Actually, I followed his "Paul McKenna Can Make You Thin" show and it certainly helped me, though "thin" might be stretching it. Not as much as I stretch my clothes, but you get the idea.

I thought it was interesting when I found out that "Russell Brand" is a bit of a Paul McKenna devotee, as well as a friend. Apparently he phones him up before big gigs for a bit of positive mental hypnotism.

Helen P said...

And I thought I was the only one with a guilty secret! My CD is cheesily American and specifc to writing but I put it on when I'm feeling particularly stressed, sit quietly in a comfy spot with noone around and listen. Well, actually I don't really listen I sort of fall asleep (hypnotised if you like) and when I 'wake up' 20 mins later I feel refreshed and ready to go back to my desk.
Incidently, a friend gave me the CD after I'd had just two small pieces published so I definitely believe it helps me.


I'm feeling VERY sleepy!!! ;-)


Debs said...

I loved his book and listened to his CD quite a bit for a while.

If it's been this good for you, I'm going to dig it out again. I quite like his voice anyway, so it won't be a hardship.

Shirley Wells said...

I hope you're getting a good commission. :o)

Suzanne said...

I adore Paul McKenna - when I win the lottery, top of the list is a private coaching session with the man.

gaelikaa said...

I'll have to get that CD.

Amanda said...

Me too, JJ. :-))

Hi Anton, Wow, Russell Brand – I’m in good company then! :-)

I think it does help, Helen – Even if it’s just to relax you ready to write. :-)

I’m writing, TF – you have such power! ;-)

Yes he has got such a lovely voice, hasn’t he Debs? I may dig mine out again it may help push my novel along!

I am Shirley me and Paul are like this (crosses fingers) ;-)

Ooh, yes, I’ll put that on my lottery win list too,Suzanne!

Hi Gaelikka, yes do! It’s very relaxing even if it doesn’t change your life. :-)

Lane said...

Whatever works for you, I say.
I had one of his CDs once and his voice is soo relaxing:-)

Amanda said...

It is isn't it, Lane. I like him and Derren Brown! x

SpiralSkies said...

I quite love Paul McKenna - at the end of my ECA, the two main characters had just met in a bookshop and were contemplating being email 'Change Your Life' buddies. Oh God.

Amanda said...

Sounds intriguing, Jen – I would love to read it! :-) Do you know when we get our results? Is it this month do you think?


True Bro,It helped me