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Barbara Cox 

Thursday, September 27,  2012, 8:00 am Pacific, 8:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am EST, 12:00 pm Atlantic, 5:00 pm Zurich, 6:00 pm Istanbul, Dubai 8:00 pm

Creating an Oasis of Peace and Tranquility


A psychologist-life coach, Dr. Barbara Cox teaches clients integrated tools that help them create the life and relationships they envision. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MSN, as well as other international media sources. Dr. Cox's holistic, integrated approaches incorporate both traditional goal-setting techniques, as well as alternative techniques such as meditation to help clients raise their self-esteem, feel balanced, and reach  theirgoals more quickly.



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(C) Workshift: 5 Essential Steps to Fulfilling Work

(exerpt from Barabara Cox's book, including two exercises)

Introduction - Defining Your Work Vision and Goals

What is possible?

I have seen countless clients go from unhappy work situations to happy, fulfilling prosperous work, whether they work for themselves or someone else. The purpose of this book is to motivate you to be a change agent in your world. To assist you in going from confusion and stagnation to clarity and freedom at work, so you can enjoy earning money and applying your talents in the world. We spend so much time at work; why not create permission to be happy and prosperous while we are there?
I’ll start off with a story from a client to show you what is possible for you.
Real-Life Example:
(Details in all cases have been changed to protect client confidentiality.)
Joe called me because he was feeling frustrated with his work situation. He had originally worked in a large metropolitan city prior to being transferred by the company to a smaller, more sedate city. His new position was high-pressured and entailed long hours. He was unhappy with the transition. In the first three sessions, we primarily explored what things about his work duties he enjoyed and what in his past work and life felt happy and fulfilling. When he went into his trance state during the fourth session, we explored what a happy, fulfilling work environment looked like, as if he was already in it. We accomplished this by having him play a game with his mind, imagining going to his near future and seeing himself in his optimal work environment and life.
Our goal was to help him create or access a mental, subconscious filter for “happy, prosperous work and life,”  so that he would have a gut feeling of what that felt like. Then he was more likely to naturally gravitate to the action steps he needed to take or people he needed to contact to make that imagined scene a concrete reality. When he came out of trance, we discussed in more detail what he had seen and felt. He clearly described the types of people he was with, what work he was doing, how much he was making, and he saw himself in a different city, one that was more metropolitan and high-powered. He realized what key factors were important to him in his work life. We also explored any action steps he felt called to take.
He committed to do the simple action steps of contacting certain people that had popped into his mind during the session, along with practicing the tools you will learn in this book. About seven months later, he came in for another session. He was ecstatic, saying “It happened just like I envisioned in our last session: I got the job I wanted in the city I wanted, and I’m moving next month!” And, his new position had higher salary.
The power of the mind is incredible. If you learn to trust it and use it to your benefit, you can achieve amazing things. Instead of working “bottom-up,” i.e., going from the details to the big picture, learn to work “top-down” by creating your big-picture mental filter. This process weeds out busy work and leads you to the most effective details and action steps to focus on to make your ideal work or business a reality.
Overview of the Process

Below is a summary of the process of using self-hypnotic tools to achieve your work goals that you’ll be learning in this book:

  • Craft a short phrase to describe your goal. Here are a few examples:
    • Happy, prosperous work.
    • Collaborative co-workers.
    • Feeling supported and accepted.
    • Attracting prosperous business contracts.
  • Clear out stress so that you are most open to positive change and positive patterns.
  • Learn to get into a hypnotic trance state. There are many ways to do this and I’ll show you some options, so you can pick one that resonates with you and practice it.
  • Follow any action steps or insights you get while in the trance state.
  • Develop the skill of neutrality to avoid getting pulled off your path.
  • Review goals to ensure you’re staying on your path of optimal flow.

I’ll teach you these tools and illustrate them with real-life cases to help you realize that whatever challenges you face in your work life – be they old belief patterns, stress, money concerns, job transitions, or other issues–you can, through the power of your mind, be the master of your own destiny. It may not happen tomorrow, but if you stay on the path, you can and will achieve great things.

If you are reading this book, you are meant to learn these tools and create fulfilling work. You are here to express your talents to the world. I’ll teach you tools to awaken dormant skills and grow them so you can reach your goal, whatever your chosen profession or avocation may be. And always know I am with you, cheering you on and supporting you in this process. I want you to succeed and to be prosperous and happy.
Exercise #1:
Imagine that when you go to sleep tonight, a magical mist swept over you and you woke up to your ideal work situation. You have exactly what you want in regards to work. What is it? Really play the game and imagine having exactly what you want. Allow yourself to have it. Describe that scenario in your own words:
To activate that even more, now describe:

  1. How are you feeling?
  2. What do you look like in that place?
  3. What are you wearing?
  4. What is one thing you are saying?
  5. What are you eating for lunch?
  6. How do others respond to you?

In the above exercise, you described in detail your ideal work situation, in essence, your work goal. Now boil your goal down even more. Do this by describing your goal in six words or less and write it in the present tense as if it has already happened. You will refer back to this goal often throughout the book. Example: I have happy, prosperous work:
Exercise #2:
Take a minute to fill in the blanks below with the first words that pop into your mind that complete the phrase “Work brings...” Do it quickly, without thinking about it. The words do not have to make sense to you.
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
Work brings _____________  Work brings_____________  Work brings _____________
This exercise helps clear out the subconscious mind and makes you more aware of possible subconscious patterns you have about your work or business.

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      Dr. Barbara Cox’s first career was in environmental science for the DOD (Department of Defense). Then she went back to grad school for a PHD in Psychology. Barbara now primarily works with high tech professionals and others helping them find or create happier work and workplaces.  She especially loves helping people get over 'stage-fright' and gain confidence to receive promotions and  make presentations. Barbara will talk today about being happy with your work -  enjoying your work at least a majority of the time. 


      Interview Questions


      1. Before we go into the specifics of the 5 Essential Steps of WorkShift, (Q) I’m curious Barbara, to hear what was the worst job you had, the best job you had and how these experiences led you to help people enjoy their work?
      2. What are the 5 Essential Steps of WorkShift?
      3. (Q) What is an alpha-state exactly?
      4. (Q) Do listeners have any other questions related to this exercise? If so, press 5 star on your phone.

      To reach Barbara for more information on how she can help you or your organization, see her website www.drbarbaracox.com or call her office at (858) 531-5310. Her book is entitled WorkShift: The 5 Essential Steps to Fulfilling Work.


      Upcoming Interviews

      1. 10/11/12 Thomas Ayala, Outgroup Employees: An Organizational Dilemma
      2. 10/18/12 Lewis Richmond, The Benefits of a Spiritual Practice both Professionally and Personally as We Grow Older
      3. Regina Gelfo, Including Sound Healing in Career Counseling

Thank you Barbara, thank you listeners.  This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.



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