My name is Barbara Smiles and my passion in life is personal development I’m dedicated to lifelong learning and love reading, listening and watching inspirational books, cd’s, audios, articles and movies.
The late 90′s – at the time I was married with two teenage sons, beautiful home, reasonably good job as a financial management accountant, we had a family business and a good standard of living – in essence we had a good life.
But something inside of me kept saying “Is this it?” “There has to be more than this?”
I was married to a good, decent man and have two great kids, money in the bank, good health, good family and friends – then what the hell was wrong with me?
It felt like there was something missing – but what????
It felt as though there was so much more to me than I was allowing myself to be – greater potential, possibilities, goals and dreams yet to be fulfilled – but what and how?
I desperately wanted to understand what was going on with me because I felt so ungrateful – having all that I had and yet still feeling a sense of sadness and discontent.
And so my quest for answers began….
Since then I have immersed myself in Personal development and Self help information – some of my favourite authors are; Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Wayne Dyer and Napoleon Hill to name but a few.
I’ve also studied a variety of personal development techniques;
Neuro linguistic programming.
Emotional freedom technique.
Thought field therapy.
All of this has empowered me to see myself and my life in a whole new light and created within me a renewed sense of drive and determination to live my life with purpose and passion.
I now understand that to be the Master of my own destiny – then I must become the Master of my own Mind.
Wishing you happiness and success
What inspires you to write?
Many of us carry around our emotional issues from our; childhood, past events and experiences, for years, without truly appreciating the effect they have on our lives!
When I studied the EFT technique – I was amazed at just how simple, and yet effective, it was at eliminating these emotional issues; anxiety, stress, fears and phobias, depression etc…
Seriously everyone should know about this technique!
So I decided to write the “Master of your Mind – Simple Self Help Guides” series, which aims to focus on the emotional issues and provides guided sessions using EFT – so readers can follow along using the technique to eliminate their own emotional issues.
The guides explain the technique – which is very simple to use. This then gives the reader an amazing tool to use on all the other emotional issues which come up for them.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started out with an outline of what I wanted the book to achieve i.e. I wanted it to fully explain the EFT technique – so that readers would then feel confident in using the technique themselves.
I then wanted to provide examples of actual scripts and sessions for the emotional issues which were covered in the books – with images (as, like many people, I like pictures).
So this was my framework – I then got to work with the research and the writing process.
What advice would you give other writers?
For me this would be to follow your heart – write about things that inspire you!
Follow your inspirations!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My personal preference was the Kindle publishing option.
I preferred this option because it meant people had easy access to the guided sessions – so that if
someone was having, for example, an anxiety attack – they could open up the chapter and work along
with the session – which would help them to experience almost immediate relief.
I obviously had to purchase a training package for this as I ‘d never done it before – but it was well worth it!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Now that I have self published 5 Kindle books – this is going to be my main method of publishing.
I also think that Kindle is just getting more and more popular – so this is a growth area!
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