How To Make 2017 The Year Where You Reveal Your 'BRILLIANCE WITHIN'

How To Make 2017 The Year Where You Reveal Your 'BRILLIANCE WITHIN'

How is ‘Conditioning’ influencing your behaviour and life today?

As we approach the end of the year, we often start to consider the Goals we want to set for the year ahead. Often we make the same goals that we’ve had in previous years and failed to achieve, so we set the same goal over and over again.

Why do we fail to achieve those goals? Could it be because we’re ‘conditioned to behave in a certain way and until we change that ‘behaviour’, we will continue to ‘fail’ in our Goals?

If you find yourself repeating similar situations in your life or failing to achieve goals you set, it may be because you have developed subconscious beliefs about yourself that you aren’t even aware of.

From the moment we are born, we are conditioned by those close to us to behave in a certain way. As you are aware, babies and young children are like sponges, soaking up the words and behaviours of those around them as they learn and develop. They are influenced by the behaviour and words of those around them as they learn what may be dangerous or what they are ‘expected’ to do etc. This conditioning comes from our parents/carers/grandparents/siblings/teachers/peers etc. and influences our beliefs and behaviour as we move into adulthood.

We often continue for many years and sometimes all of our lives with some behaviours that are having a negative impact on our life, without ever questioning why we hold onto that thought process… Let me share a couple of personal examples with you:

My sister was a talented artist and as a child, 5 years younger than my sister, whenever I drew anything, it always looked ‘inferior’ to the drawings of my sister and looking back, I realise that I avoided ‘drawing’ at all cost.. I opted to do ‘woodwork’ not ‘art’ at school and constantly stated for years that I was ‘rubbish at drawing’…

Then.. a few years ago, I studied NLP and as part of the course, i was hypnotised by Dr Richard Bandler (co founder of NLP) and on stage in front of 400 people, in 30 minutes, I painted a large canvas… I shocked myself with the painting that I created… I’d believed for 45 years that I couldn’t draw and certainly couldn’t paint and yet somewhere from deep within, I produced a painting that was credible….

I’d held onto a ‘belief’ from the unintentional conditioning of my childhood that had influenced my behaviour way into my adulthood.. In fact if I hadn’t been on that training, I would have taken the ‘belief’ that I was rubbish at art to my deathbed.. It wasn’t that I ‘couldn’t draw’ it was that I had believed I couldn’t draw… Being 5 years younger than my sister, my art would never compare to hers and so I’d been conditioned to believe I was ‘rubbish’ …

Some religions recognised many years ago that they could ‘indoctrinate’ children into following the ‘rules’ of their religion, if they could access them from a very young age up to the age of around 7 years.. and the child was likely to remain ‘of that religion’ for the rest of their lives…

So as we develop through childhood, we develop some ‘core beliefs’ about ourselves and the world around us, which were established by our ‘conditioning’ i.e. what we heard or experienced when we didn’t have the capacity to think through the logic or the rights and wrongs of what we were hearing or experiencing.

Some of the ‘conditioning’ spreads from one generation to the next without us ever realising that we are doing it.. We are simply ‘passing on’ the beliefs that we have held and maybe not questioned in our language..

I heard a lady admonishing her young child in a supermarket recently.. “You are SO STUPID” she shouted at him on several occasions. I wanted to go up to her and explain that he would likely continue to ‘BE STUPID’ because she was conditioning him through her angry words that he was! Just a simple shift in what we say can make a big difference… Even in anger, changing the YOU ARE STUPID to THAT WAS A SILLY THING TO DO, distinguishes a difference in what has happened away from the ‘person’ to the ‘act’.. If you were called ‘STUPID’ as a child then you may continue this negative language to your own children and hence the ‘conditioning’ spreads from one generation to the next..


To begin with, it’s important to take some time to review what may have heard or observed around you. This may be as a child, but can also be things that have had a big impact on you later in your life as well that makes you believe something is true.

Our minds ‘generalise’ situations and we often ‘expand the truth’. Maybe after one failed relationship, you felt ‘unloved’ and from that single situation, you were conditioned to believe that you can never be loved, and you therefore subconsciously fail to commit or push people away etc. and as a result of behaviour you’re not even aware of, your ‘prophecy’ turns out to be true i.e. A Self Fulfilling Prophecy!

Firstly you need to look at something that isn’t working in your life and that you would like to change e.g. you never have any money or you think you can’t do something or your relationships always seem to end the same way etc.

  • Take some time to consider that ‘situation’ and track back when it first began and listen to yourself… notice what you tell yourself about the ‘subject’ e.g. “I’m rubbish with money” “I’m not creative” “I can’t commit to someone long term in a relationship” etc. etc. etc.
  • Recognise any ‘similarities’ in your behaviour and notice some of the language you use in relation to it i.e. Your thought process at those time etc. – Write down some of the words that come into your mind in relation to the ‘situation’
  • Think about your early years and the language that your parents, siblings, friends etc. used which may have influenced your thoughts around this subject… What did you witness others saying around the subject or what did you observe as a child that may be continuing to influence your own behaviour now?

Writing down what you remember hearing about certain things as a child can be quite illuminating. What do you remember hearing or experiencing about those things has a child?

For example, you may have been conditioned in your beliefs around money – I was…

My parents were reasonably ‘comfortable’, my dad had a good job, they owned their home and we always had plenty of food in the cupboard… However, they had grown up through the Second World War when money was tight, food was rationed etc. and they had been ‘conditioned’ themselves in their beliefs around money, in a way that had a continuing influence on their behaviour when they later started to earn their own money.

They were ‘comfortable’.. not ‘rich’ and yet when they talked about money, I often heard them say things like: “Money doesn’t bring you happiness” or “Money is the root of all evil”, “Don’t make money your goal in life” “money doesn’t grow on trees”

Although as an adult, I can now rationalise what they were saying and agree with some of their principles and the reasoning behind their words, as a child, I didn’t have that capacity to think beyond the surface of what they were saying. I believe I was therefore conditioned at an early age in relation to ‘money’ .

I learned to be fearful of having money and it’s easy to understand why… Hearing my parents saying.. “Money doesn’t bring happiness” was subconsciously interpreted by me as a child, as if money doesn’t bring happiness, then it must bring unhappiness.

That simple and unintentional ‘conditioning’ embedded within me, through listening to my parents, continued to influence my own behaviour around money for many years.

I look back now and can recall all the times I gave money away, bought things for myself and other people that they didn’t really need etc. instead of using the money more wisely.

In other words, to avoid ‘unhappiness’ which was what I thought ‘having money’ would bring, I got rid of any spare cash, one way or another, to avoid the ‘pain and unhappiness’ that my early conditioning made me believe having spare cash may bring… Even though that clearly wasn’t true!

So now, with a clearer understanding of our thoughts around a situation that we want to be different in future, it’s possible to consider how we can change those ‘deep routed’ thoughts and create a new ‘reality’ instead.


Write down what you would ‘like’ to think about the situation in an ‘ideal world’ e.g. “I attract money to me easily” ” I am able to save money and use it wisely to do good things” “I enjoy loving relationships” “I love being creative” etc.


  1. Create a ‘Focus Vision Board’ detailing how you would like things to be around a particular situation… Look at your ‘Focus Board’ daily and enjoy looking at the pictures and words that you’ve added. 5 Steps to Create Your ‘Focus’ Vision Board
  2. Use the power of ‘Visualisation’ to start embedding a new ‘belief’ into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious doesn’t understand the difference between imagination and reality and therefore ‘imagining’ a situation as how you’d like it to be, and repeating this way of thinking over and over again for a period of time will change your inner thought process and thus how you behave. (top sports people use ‘visualisation’ to improve their performance because IT WORKS!)
  3. Notice your ‘inner voice’ – be conscious of what you are saying to yourself and when you notice yourself being ‘negative’, FLIP IT, to something positive instead… Do You Know What You Want? Write down your ‘negative words’ and then write down the opposite e.g. “I’m rubbish with money” would FLIP to “I’m brilliant with money”
  4. Do something different. Start to make small conscious changes. e.g. If you think you can’t save money, start to put a small amount of change in a ‘saving pot’ each day. Even just saving a few pence a day will start to evidence to your subconscious mind, that YOU CAN save money. Write down some of the small changes you could make and then TAKE THOSE SMALL CHANGES!
  5. Build momentum… write down your successes e.g. At the end of 1 week putting coppers into a jar, count it and give yourself a pat on the back for saving some money. Write down other things you could do to ‘save money’ etc.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can start to create a new reality!

I love the quote “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and in this case, changing your ‘conditioning’ begins with noticing your inner thoughts and then taking action steps, to change those thoughts which are holding you back. into new thoughts that will drive you forward to succeed!

  • Look inside yourself and become conscious of your thoughts
  • Consciously change the language you use within yourself
  • Use the power of visualisation to create a new way of thinking















    • December 30, 2016 / 8:01 am

      Thank you – I appreciate that lovely feedback! xx

  1. December 21, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Wendy! You are absolutely brilliant, I love this post!! Thanks for such great tips and as always a great read.

    • December 21, 2016 / 11:51 pm

      Wow – what a lovely comment Adriana! I REALLY appreciate that and am delighted you’ve been able to take some tips from it too! Thanks again and have a fabulous Xmas! x

  2. December 21, 2016 / 5:13 am

    Inspirational! I learned so much from this post Wendy. I sincerely just sat down before reading this and wrote the SAME resolutions for the new year I had last year. I will be doing them over! The Wendy Way! Excellent suggestions for a different outcome! -Kim

    • December 21, 2016 / 8:49 am

      FANTASTIC Kim.. If this post has inspired just one person (which it now has..) then I’m delighted! I hope doing it the Wendy Way .. Works! haha x

    • December 21, 2016 / 12:04 am

      Thanks so much – I’m delighted you enjoyed the post! Much appreciated and I hope you have a lovely Xmas.. xx

    • December 20, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      Thanks Bella.. I’m really glad you found it useful! Much appreciated x

  3. December 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    WOW!! Wendy, you hit it on the nail. What a lovely post and it is very good advice, as well. I am glad you realized your drawing talent when you did. 🙂 I want to also take the time to thank you, for all your wonderful comments on my blog. I have enjoyed our encounters here on WordPress and I hope to continue them in the New Year! You are such a genuine person with a lovely soul. Please within your changes of the New Year, don’t change that about yourself EVER! This post really hit home with me, because I have been doing my year end reflection (I am always reflecting…that’s what I do) LOL! So, this really read to me. I wish you the very best in 2017 much abundance, love, peace and Joy! Have a magical and splendid Christmas!

    • December 20, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Wow Wow Wow Cheryl!!!! THANK YOU!!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that beautiful and very magical comment.. I’ve loved our encounters too and I have no doubt we will continue to enjoy each other’s ‘company’ via our blogs in 2017… I think one thing I’ve learned with age is it’s much easier to just be yourself ( or myself).. I sometimes hesitate and then think.. oh ‘sod it’.. I look at some blogs which look so professional and think I should try and look like that and then somehow it never quite happens.. so to have you appreciate that side of my blog means an awful lot! I’m the same.. I sometimes know what I should be doing but don’t quite manage it and then other times I do.. so life continues as a learning and improvement journey and I’m delighted some of what I’ve written resonates with you too.. I also wish you much joy and hope your dreams for 2017 all come true! Thank you so much my friend – have a wonderful and very magical Xmas xx

      • December 21, 2016 / 12:28 am

        You and your blog are just PERFECT! Cheers my friend! 🙂

        • December 21, 2016 / 1:32 am

          Well thanks for the lovely compliment but I’ve got a whole family (as you’ve probably seen) who can definitely tell a tale or two that show I’m anything BUT perfect! hhhahah xx Thanks though – very much appreciated.. xx

          • December 23, 2016 / 5:49 am

            🙂 Let’s say, you’re perfectly you! Merry Christmas!

          • December 23, 2016 / 8:15 am

            Haha – Now that I can be … ‘perfectly me with all my ‘imperfections’..! I’ll pass that one on to my family when they’re laughing at one of my little foibles next time…hehe! Merry Xmas to you too Cheryl and may your dreams for 2017 come true! xxoxx

          • December 26, 2016 / 4:54 am

            Thanks, Wendy! I wish the same for you! 🙂 xxoxx

          • December 26, 2016 / 10:02 am

            Thanks Cheryl.. I hope you had a brilliant day and enjoy your day today! xx

          • December 27, 2016 / 5:00 am

            Hi Wendy! I had a nice Christmas. I hope you had the same. Have a great week ahead!

          • December 27, 2016 / 10:25 am

            I had a really lovely couple of days Cheryl and am looking forward to a ‘chillax’ today after some late night partying! Have a fab day! x

    • December 20, 2016 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much – I really appreciate your lovely feedback!! Have a wonderful and magical Xmas xx

    • December 20, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Fabulous Brigid.. I’m going to refresh mine over Xmas too xx

  4. December 20, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I love this post Wendy and I resonated with so much here. I must admit I hate it when I hear mothers demeaning their kids. As a parent I’ve always tried to separate the person from the action.
    So much food for thought in your post. I was only talking to a girlfriend today about creating a vision board next year. I’m looking forward to putting one together. Thanks for the inspiration Wendy. Big hugs xo

    • December 20, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      I’m so glad you liked the post Miriam.. Yep.. just creating your vision board is quite magical and illuminating.. I find it’s surprising what I add to it when I’m not ‘under pressure of life’… Dream On and Dream Big Miriam… xx

      • December 20, 2016 / 9:06 pm

        What a wonderful comment and message to wake up to on this Wednesday morning … “Dream on and dream big”. Love it. xo

        • December 20, 2016 / 11:29 pm

          Ahh – fabulous Miriam.. I’m glad that resonates with you today! I hope your dreams for 2017 come true.. and I hope you’re having a great day. I’ve just got home from my granddaughters school carol service held in a lovely old church – the true spirit of Xmas came to life… Lovely xx

          • December 21, 2016 / 12:14 am

            How wonderful Wendy. That sounds like just the thing to get into the joyous Christmas spirit. Hope it stays with you in the days to come … big hugs xo

          • December 21, 2016 / 1:35 am

            Big Hugs returned with love x Thanks Miriam – I have no doubt the magic of Xmas will continue.. indeed on Wednesday night my sister and I are holding an ‘Elf Party for all the ‘little ones’ in our family.. Although I think I’ll probably be the ‘naughty gnome’ instead! haha x

          • December 21, 2016 / 3:46 am

            Sounds fun. And yes, you will be the perfect naughty gnome, I have no doubt. xo 😏😜🎄

          • December 21, 2016 / 8:54 am

            Haha. It’s 8 a.m. here now Debs so only a few hours til I put my ‘naught gnome hat’ on! hehe .. Hope you’ve managed to get all your ‘housewifely chores’ sorted! x

          • December 21, 2016 / 9:51 am

            Oh yes and more. It’s been a crazy busy day but getting lots of things done. Have fun at your end Miss Naughty Gnome. 😊 xo

          • December 21, 2016 / 11:31 am

            Fab! Well done Miriam as I’m still ‘languishing’ in bed writing blog posts when really I should be finishing my shopping and cleaning too…. So now I’m off on a MISSION at Warp Speed or I won’t have time to put on my ‘naughty gnome hat’! x

          • December 21, 2016 / 12:32 pm

            Good luck and have fun Wendy. Now go for it … 😊

          • December 22, 2016 / 12:05 am

            Shopping nearly sorted – house a bombsite! Ahh well .. we had a lovely ‘Elf Night’ so who cares about the mess! Hope you’re ‘getting there’ with your chores Miriam and ‘winding down’ so you can enjoy the next few days… xx

          • December 22, 2016 / 12:09 am

            Oh, I’m so glad you had a lovely Elf night. I bet you played your naughty gnome role to perfection! 😊 And yes, I’m finally staring to wind down Wendy, thank goodness! Now you relax and don’t worry about the bombsite for a bit. xo

          • December 22, 2016 / 8:23 am

            I did Miriam 😁 To be honest I don’t have to worry as we’re all going to my son’s for Xmas day so I’m definitely in hey ho ho ho mood! Enjoy your evening xxx

          • December 22, 2016 / 9:15 am

            Sounds great Wendy. And now I’m off for Christmas drinks with friends down the road so I’m also in a ho ho ho mood. Cheers my friend. xo

          • December 22, 2016 / 2:02 pm

            You’re probably home and tucked up now (or not!!).. Hope you had a very ‘merry’ time! Chin chin! x

          • December 22, 2016 / 2:19 pm

            Oh yes, in bed now but finding it hard to sleep after a very merry and festive night! xo

          • December 22, 2016 / 3:50 pm

            haha – well hopefully you’ve finally dropped off! Glad you enjoyed a great night! x

  5. December 20, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Some valuable info here W! 😉

    • December 20, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks Mr P.. Hope all’s sorted your end for visitors? Xx

      • December 20, 2016 / 6:15 pm

        Yeah all is sorted cheers. You must be busy prepping too I gather?

        • December 20, 2016 / 11:36 pm

          Fabulous – I’m glad you’re all sorted and yes.. busy doing the Xmas shopping and enjoying being able to go to my granddaughters Nativity and tonight the School Carol Service.. the true Xmas Spirit at large! Have a wonderful holiday Mr P!! xx

          • December 21, 2016 / 8:56 am

            Same back to you. Enjoy! 🙂

          • December 21, 2016 / 9:02 am

            Cheers Mr P.. I’ll be popping over later to check out that ‘black carpet’ poem! x

          • December 21, 2016 / 9:10 am

            Oh dear lol. Right o W 😉

          • December 21, 2016 / 11:32 am

            Hope you vacuumed all the bits off.. Enjoy.. you’ve got a great few days ahead! x

          • December 21, 2016 / 11:58 am

            Yes, but as soon as you turn around magically some other shite will settle on it haha. Nightmare lol. Thanks! 🙂

          • December 21, 2016 / 12:24 pm

            Oh well.. you’ve tried! Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all!! Have a great time – I’m sure everyone will be too busy having a good time to notice some specks on the floor! x

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