MONDAY MANTRA::I Deserve Success

I love mantra’s. They can be such a great catalyst for change.

Because I love them so much, I thought I’d introduce a regular Monday Mantra each week.

The image below can be saved to your home screen on your mobile so that every time you unlock your phone, you see it. The idea is that the more you see the mantra, the more you say the mantra, the more you believe the mantra. It’s like tricking your body into believing it’s true and eventually great things begin to happen.

The same process works for goals. Some of the most successful people in the world look at their goals hundred’s of times per day. It’s about making it visible and therefore at the front of mind as well as in the back of the mind (conscious AND subconscious).

TIP: to fast track a mantra or goal’s effectiveness, seek out a reputable Kinesiologist who can help you work through any blocks you may have around achieving the goal or mantra (I do).

So, here’s today’s mantra pic, enjoy.

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I Deserve Success

I Deserve Success

My Kinesiology Journey: Chapter Two Begins

“It was as if this opportunity was meant for her. The timing and the availability all seemed to fit perfectly into her plans for the future.”

That’s how this chapter opens. I have been working with the college where I studied for the last few months in an administrative capacity on a casual basis and so when a room became available to practice from late last month, I was asked if I would like to come aboard as a practitioner. It was an obvious choice. The college is known as THE place to go to study kinesiology here in Melbourne and is known as THE place to go for a Kinesiology session and houses some of the most qualified practitioners in the world. Absolutely! I’d love to practice here!

So today marks the beginning of my practice in Hawthorn. It is an expansion on my already flourishing clinic spaces in the CBD and Mitcham but I have a feeling that this is going to be the space that really super charges my Kinesiology and clinic.

Here’s to an amazing 2014 and a fun, successful chapter two!

My Kinesiology Journey – Chapter One

This is not a typical post from me. I like to give insights and tips on how to get the best of certain situations. But I think it’s also important that I tell you about me, the person behind the brand and the articles. Because we’re all human and I didn’t magically become a Kinesiologist. I’ve invested money, time and emotions into my expertise. Hours and hours (and HOURS) of practical, online exams and theory and the learning hasn’t stopped there.

When I started studying kinesiology four years ago, I never dreamt that I would:

1. Continue my studies for so long (I was only going to do the Certificate IV) or
2. Do so much self-development in the process

It’s a big thing to take on study in Kinesiology. The techniques we learn are all practiced in class so we invariably get to work through some of our own issues as we learn, with every single technique.

This last weekend was my last class in my Post-Graduate Diploma in Kinesiopractic. Over the last four years, I’ve learnt a lot about human behaviour, about myself and about the power that our emotions can have over us emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. I have also learnt that there’s a bottomless pit of issues to work through. Just when you think you’ve got something sorted, we look at it from another angle or something happens (life) that triggers these concerns again.

What I have also learnt over the last four years is that you never stop learning and that it’s incredibly important to have all the right people around you for support.

So I have my beautiful man to thank who has helped, pushed and paved the way for me and my dream. He didn’t have to, but he has chosen to support me in manifesting my dream on so many levels and I am so very grateful for the sacrifices he’s made in order to see me succeed.

I have many friends and family who have supported me through being my case study subjects, coming in for balances and referring many clients (my mum happens to be one of my best referrers). Thankyou.

I have the faculty and staff at the college (Kinesiology Connection) where I studied to thank for their generosity of knowledge and time, who chose to impart their expertise in a way that suits all of our learning styles. I believe that each of the faculty has something unique to bring to the table (pun intended) that we as students could pick up and blend with our own style. I know I certainly have.

And most of all, I have all of my beautiful friends and fellow students who have supported me through my shyness, my tears and who just “get me”. I love that each month, there was a pool of knowledge, of support, of like minded people and love that was waiting, unconditionally at the next instalment of our course and knowing that there was always a good laugh to be had.

While my Kinesiology journey is by no means complete (I have a few further study ideas up my sleeve), It’s nice to have this chapter closing for it means that on some levels, I am no longer wearing my “student” hat, but am purely wearing my Practitioner hat which is so exciting after four years of study.

Studying kinesiology is a highly personal journey. What you work through from your past, present and future with your fellow students can be (and is) life changing. But then, that’s why I started this journey, to help people change their lives. I just had to change mine first.

KC Kinesiopractic Class of 2013This is my Kinesi crew and two of the faculty at the end of our very last day, what a journey!

Being Your Own Hero

Being Your Own Hero Dana Atkin Kinesiology Combo

When I grow up, I want to be my own hero, with amazing superpowers. And a cape.

Actually, most of the time I am my own hero with superpowers (no cape yet). Sometimes though, I forget that I can be my own hero. Sometimes it’s because life happens and pulls my focus away from my own hero abilities. Sometimes, I get so caught up in helping my clients and the people around me that I forget to look after myself in the ways I know I can. Sometimes I choose other people to be my hero and sometimes, I just forget. That’s okay because underneath the cape, we’re all human.

What if I told you that each person can choose to be their own hero?  What if I told you that every one of us has a super power to go with our personal hero status too? What if I told you that this superpower was available to you right now and you could use it to make your life happier, healthier and more fulfilling?

We all have this superpower. It comes standard with being your own hero. But like being your own hero, this superpower gets forgotten, it gets buried under the “must do’s”, under the “have to’s” and all of the “should’s”.  It gets cast aside almost too easily and Sometimes, we don’t use it as well as we could Yet, it’s the single most powerful superpower any human can ever have. This power needs to be harnessed and utilised in the right way for us as individuals in order for it to have a positive influence over our lives.

I am talking about CHOICE.

Everyone has the power to choose. What to wear today, which way to go to work, what to have for lunch and the list goes on. We also have the power to choose what kind of life we want, what career we would like and how we respond to what life sends our way.

Not choosing is also a choice. If you let “life” or “destiny” or other people to make the choice for you then how empowered to do you feel? My guess is, not very empowered at all.  You’ll start to feel like life is just happening to you and that you’re not actually living it.

So how do you become your own hero? We start by harnessing our own superpower. Start by practicing with the “small” stuff.

What do you want to do this weekend?
Choose something (note: “I don’t know, whatever” = choosing to do nothing) I too am guilty of this one.

Where do you want to go for dinner Friday night?
Choose a restaurant.

What do you want to do while you’re on holiday? 
Choose an activity.

And when you’re ready, start looking at some bigger items such as:

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Choose a path that you want to follow.

How do you want to get on that path? 
How you get there is completely up to you (note I was in my very late twenties when I chose what I wanted to be when I grew up – it is never too late to change paths).

We make choices every day yet somehow we don’t always value them as highly as we could or we don’t give them conscious thought.

You can make choices that lead you to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life – you can be your own hero and save your own world. You can even wear a cape if you choose to.

3 Steps to Get Closer to Achieving Your Goals

Okay, so we’re heading into the “festive” season (some would argue that most of the stores have been there for a good few weeks now). Most people sigh when they’re reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. This is typically because somewhere deep inside us, we’re thinking “where did that year go?”, “what happened to all those things I was going to do this year?”, “Argh, I didn’t achieve any of my goals. Again.”.

As a Kinesiologist, I work with goals all day, every day. It’s often very surprising what holds us back from achieving our goals and is often not what we think it is.

Given that we’re heading towards the end of the year when most people like to set goals for the new year, I’ve put together a basic 3 step program to help get you on your way to achieving your goals in 2014.

I’m making this one available only to my newsletter subscribers so make sure you sign up now to get access to the series. The first of the series will be launching on Monday 25th November – make sure you’re on the list for success.

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Belief in Business

It sounds, to the untrained ear, odd to say that your personal beliefs can have a big effect on your business or job. But to the trained ear and eye, this is actually pure logic.

What do you believe about success? Do believe that in order to be successful, you need to have an office with a view and that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up – and that takes years? or do you believe that success is setting up your own business and being able to work the hours you want to work while your business runs it’s self? Do you believe that running your own business is hard work or do you believe that it can be done easily and effortlessly?

We have many more complex layers that we care to admitWe have many more complex layers that we care to admit

While some of these elements are present consciously, we sometimes forget that just because we’ve decided that a certain belief is no longer going to be ours, that it just magically erases all the fears and other beliefs that are tied to it. This is not necessarily always the case.

These beliefs can be like a Babushka doll. What appears on the surface is symptomatic of what the core issue is and sometimes, it can take a few layers to be shed in order to get to the real issue. Patience and persistence is key. And if you get to a point when you feel like you’ve done everything you can to make your dream or new belief pattern happen and it’s just not happening as you would like it, that’s when it’s time to ask for some help.

Productivity: Tending to Your Flock – The Right Way


Babe Principle Tend to Your Flock

So way back when I had first begun this site, I wrote a short entry called People Are Sheep.


This piece was a musing of mine of how the simplest suggestion could have profound effects on the people around you. It can cause a human movement in fact. So, if this is what we all naturally tend to do, then why not leverage it for everyone’s benefit?

Consider for a moment the process of herding sheep. Typically, the sheep dog gets out into the paddock and rounds them up and guides them to where the farmer wants them to go. As one sheep is compelled to move in a particular direction, the others follow suit. This is a survival mechanism. Sheep feel safer in flocks than they do on their own.

Now, if we apply the herding sheep process to the office, we get something along the lines of this: The Manager wants to take the team in a new, productive direction. He enlists the assistance of the Team Leader to gather the team into one place and encourage them to all head in the same direction.

Enter the ‘Babe’ principle

Babe was an Australian film released in 1995. The movie follows a young pig who grows up believing that he is a sheep dog and learns that the best way to get the movement he needs from the farmer’s flock is to relate to them, to speak with consideration and respect, to ask them what the best way is (because no-one knows sheep like sheep) and the result is a successful sheep trial and a happy experience for the Farmer, The “Sheep Dog” and the flock.

What I’m saying is that The Team Leader and Manager both need to be part of the flock. They can’t be running around, barking orders and doing their own thing while they expect their flock to follow another path. They need to lead them in the direction they desire. This is called team work.

The importance here is that unless your flock feel like you’re one of them, on their side, then the movement is not as successful as you would like and you may end up with an unhappy flock and sheep dog, resulting is less productivity than before.

So next time you’re looking to implement a movement in your business, consider getting in on the “ground level” and talking to your flock, sheep to sheep. It will arm you with the insights you need to build a strategy around improving performance and ultimately, lead your flock into a more productive, happier direction for everyone.

Your Most Important Employee: How to Improve Their Performance

I believe that every role within an organisation is important because quite frankly, if there’s a person allocated to do the work, it has to be important otherwise the job wouldn’t exist.

But which role do you think is the most important? In any business?

When someone asked a colleague of mine many years ago what she does for living, she replied with “I’m just a receptionist”. Just’ a receptionist!???

I stepped in immediately because I know full well that there is no such thing as ‘just‘ a receptionist. What struck me most was that this person felt like she was a “nobody” in the organisation, that her job wasn’t important and that ultimately her role was just to answer phones. And to be honest, this started showing in her attitude toward not only the title but to her work and her interactions with her colleagues and eventually to clients too.

Most people don’t realise it however, your receptionist is perhaps the single most important role in your business. How they represent your company, your staff and yourself is critical to business success. But how do they know that their role is this important? The fact is that most of them don’t know it and that’s because it’s never really been communicated that way.

I’d like to pose these questions:

Is your receptionist just a receptionist?
What do you expect of them?
What is the priority of their role?
Are they achieving those expectations?
Are they exceeding them?
If not, do they understand how important their role is? and
If they don’t understand, how can you convey it to them so that they are able to take more pride in their work and their interactions with their colleagues?

Lastly, I’d like you to consider changing the title “Receptionist” for those uniquely fantastic front of house people who live and breathe what it means to be in the most important role of any organisation – promote them to the title of “Director of First Impressions” and see how their attitude, their work and their ability to make the right impressions for your clients (both internal and external) improve beyond their already outstanding performance.

Energy and the Workplace

example of energy patterns might present in a business

example of energy patterns might present in a business

Have you ever worked for a business where when you started, things were smooth, happy and the people you worked with were a cohesive team and then seemingly out of nowhere you realised that there was a dramatically high turn over of staff, high level of sick days and no matter the team that was put together, they were never quite “gelling” correctly? It could be an energetic imbalance.

Working with energy is an everyday thing for almost every person. Every single day, we interact with other people and are often analysing these people from an energetic perspective, whether we know it consciously or not. For example, we’ve all been in the presence of someone who just feels “untrustworthy” or on the flip side, just instantly makes you feel calm and relaxed. This is energy at work (It’s also much more than that, but I’m trying to keep this simple for now).

Every single day, we’re on the phone, travelling on trams and trains, photocopying, printing, typing on a computer. Each of these items affects our personal energy fields due to the electrical signals they emit.

From a physiology perspective, everything we do is controlled and enabled by electrical signals running through our body via our nervous system, which of course is electricity or energy.

Our body conducts electricity. When you shuffle across carpet in your slippers (most slippers), you build up static electricity. So your body holds that built up electromagnetic energy and when you touch a conduit (another person, piece of metal etc), it releases that energy into what we call a “zap” or a “static shock”.

So if we find ourselves taking on energy that has no outlet, grounding or form of balancing out, the result is the same. The energy builds up until we produce a static shock / powerful output of energy. Sometimes, this output doesn’t happen and tends to circulate in our body causing fatigue, headaches and eventually other health issues (the same can be said for stress).

Have you noticed that when you’re tired and run down at work, you think “hey, let’s go on a holiday!” and off you go to a tropical island or a remote rainforest or bush land and you almost instantly feel recharged? That’s because out in these spaces, you’ll find that the atmosphere has more negative ions. Negative ions have a positive effect on our energy field and electrical system. The Positive ions emitted from sources like air-conditioning, computers, printers etc can effect our body’s electrical system and disturb it’s natural balance when we’re exposed to them for long periods of time, resulting in fatigue, lower immune system function, headaches and more (otherwise known as ‘Sick Building Syndrome’).

This is why getting out and about for a walk at break times can be so refreshing and why indoor plants are currently the “in thing” for improving indoor air quality.

But there’s more to energies in the office than purely electrical.

Think about Geopathic Stress, which literally means suffering or disease of the earth. It includes things like waterways and Ley lines plus power lines, train lines etc. Think about the ancient art of Feng Shui. People’s personal belief systems and personal issues also have the ability to alter the over all health and wellbeing of themselves and their team, even their desk. If someone leaves the company under less than happy circumstances, do you ‘cleanse’ or clean the desk in any way shape or form of it’s energetic patterns?

There are many products out there that can assist by producing negative ions, such as ionizers and plants. There are many Feng Shui cures available these days and lots of alternative ways of looking at these energies and how they interact in your business. However, unless you know for a fact that you’re being affected, in what way you’re being affected, the best way to get results for you and your team or where the best place is to put this “correction”, you might be missing out on the best possible return on your investment (both human and financial).

Consider for a moment the layout of your workspace:

Who sits where?
Are they close to the printer room?
Are they on a main thoroughfare or walk way?
Are they near a window?
Are they under an air vent?

Now have a look at the sick leave register for each workstation occupant.

Which desk has had the highest number of sick days over the last 12 months?
Which desk has the “lowest” energy or more negative views?
Which desk has had the highest turnover of team members?
Which desk has the most health and get up and go?
Who is your best performer?

Once you know where the key issues are, you’ll need to address each desk appropriately. What might be Geopathic stress for one desk, might be a personal issue for another or an energetic reaction to a workstation that hasn’t been appropriately cleansed for a new employee.

The key here is to become aware of these elements and be open-minded when looking at the patterns of your workplace. You might be pleasantly surprised that your team and business can be transformed into a cohesive unit with a simple correction of energy.


honouring where you’re at

I received an email from a client today, cancelling her appointment with me and asking me to give her a call to discuss.  It was an unusual occurrence so I called asap to see what they might need to talk to me about.

When they spoke, they mentioned that they were not ready. This is not the first time I’ve received this comment from a client. But the fact that they wanted to reassure me (the practitioner who tends to do all the reassuring) that they got a lot out of the session and that the feedback was positive, they are just not ready to look at some of the issues that were coming up for her during her Kinesiology balance was fabulous.

Now, ordinarily, when someone just doesn’t book back in, or does and cancels, I don’t always get feedback (good or otherwise) so it can be less than easy to not get caught up in trying to work out “why?” or trying to work out how to improve my sessions. When people give me the courtesy of telling my why, it makes me really appreciate them, regardless of whether or not they become a permanent client.

In this particular instance, the fact that they spoke to me first hand and that their reasons (beyond not being ready) were in line with what we were working on in the first place, says to me that they are already making progress. I couldn’t be prouder! Honouring where you’re at is so important and realising that sometimes, you already have the answers (conscious or subconscious) is what Kinesiology is all about.

How are you honouring where you’re at today?