Name: Josie Louise Brocksom
Business: Worry Free – Hypnotherapy & Coaching
Location: Salisbury, United Kingdom
Industry: Personal Services
Reason for starting? For years I thought that I was the only person in the world who struggled with their emotions. I used to worry constantly and spent years stuck in my own head. I never talked openly about it because I didn’t want the label of having mental health problems. After gaining help myself through a therapist and coach, I have made it my mission to make it okay for women to ask for help, to take the “mental” out of mental health so that people can see that they are normal. I want to show them that they can transform how they think and feel no matter what they have been through.
How do you define success? Personally, I define success as being able to have a resilient mindset, to be able to cope with whatever life has to offer with a quiet strength. I believe that it all begins and ends in your mind. In order to allow ourselves to create happiness, we often need to let go of some unhelpful thinking habits and heal our fears. Success to me is being able to continuously pick yourself up and move forward and to be able to focus on what lights you up in life.
Biggest success: I have helped lots of women overcome mindset struggles over the last few years. However, I have found a passion for helping women who are isolated by their own thoughts, women who are stuck in a cycle of negative thinking, who continually worry about what other people think. By committing themselves to change by working with me, they are able to overcome that negative cycle, get out of their heads and into their lives. They can then start taking action to move forward. Working with women in this way has inspired me to start a Facebook community for women who specifically want to take action to improve their emotional wellbeing. This group allows more like-minded women to connect and support each other.
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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? I’m a mum with two children under 6 and two stepchildren. My biggest challenge is being able to reach more women with my work but still having time for my family. It is very important to me to be fully present for my children every day and to be able to have time with them in the school holidays. I am currently working on a business model that allows me to work on a bigger scale without losing any of my precious family time. I’m so passionate about what I do, but equally passionate about enjoying motherhood. I believe balance is not always possible but continually shifting my focus between work and life is. This allows me to enjoy both areas of my life.
Who is your most important role model? My most important role model in business is Denise Duffield-Thomas, both because of her approach to mindset work and because of the way she has been able to reach thousands of women. I am inspired by how she shows women that it is possible to change your life by changing how you think. Also as a mum, I am motivated by the way she has shown it is possible to have a successful business and a family and that you don’t have to choose one or the other.
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