Hi it’s Jane Bregazzi,
Jon and I have been together now since 2000, and the internet was responsible for our meeting.
I lived in Falmouth in Cornwall, and Jon was in his home town of Cannock in Staffordshire.
We were both members of one of the early internet introduction sites and to cut a long story of weeks of emails and phone calls short, our first face to face meeting was in a pub in Devon over a fish pie.
Jon had been talking with me about the Chinosis energy psychology technique he’d been working on and for which I had some input, and for which I was the first real guinea pig.
And in that noisey, busy pub he asked if I wanted to try to work on my thyroid and – BOOM! 35 years of Social Anxiety and the resulting hyperactive thyroid – all gone just like that.
There’s a video of me here explaining exactly how this happened on the original CHiNOSIS workshop we did together.
A few months later on a trip from Stone Henge, I persuaded Jon to stop bemoaning what he saw as the rubbish being written about his ‘Beautiful Art’ to this ‘Audience of One’, and to write a book.
Having been involved with publishing, I edited and published Jon’s first best selling book ‘Deeper and Deeper – the secrets of stage hypnosis’.
It was a couple of years before we published in the flesh, but it was literally days from it hitting a magic dealer online e-book store before the phone started to ring with people asking if we did training.
So we did, mostly training people in Stage and Direct Suggestion Hypnosis, for Entertainment and Personal Performance.
We didn’t do therapy we did dream and ambition achievement. And over the years we’ve published another five books on everything from hypnosis to influencing people using Subconscious Skills, exhibited and spoken in most of the UK’s major event venues, and trained people from every inhabited continent on the planet.
Over nearly two a couple of decades we grew ever more successful and were well into a 6 figure income frame and World Renown, we were also getting better at internet marketing.
With such a large number of students, (not huge, but big enough) came the stresses and strains of keeping up the quality, ethics and value for money the training profession demands, at least we think it does.
Eventually it became overwhelming because we weren’t prepared for the way Professional Stress can sneak up on you.
We were experiencing what our marketing mentor, Alex Mandossian, called “Dangerous Success”…
Our totally unprepared subconscious was like a nine year old with a pile of cash!
2013 Jonathan was invited to the first ever Hypno-thoughts Convention in the USA where he suggested there should be a stage show, and he performed the inaugural performance at the Orleans Hotel & Casino Showroom…
Subconscious Skills have their uses as a show in Vegas was on his bucket list 🙂
It was an amazing event with loads of people following him and telling him they were there to see and listen to him speak and watch him performing Street Hypnosis… with success and fame however comes responsibility to perform.
That brings the professional stress he calls, ‘Top of the Tree Tension’, and although Jon is one of the most knowledgeable mind experts and hypnotic teachers you’ll ever meet outside of a Psychology PhD Professorship, even a brain surgeon can get a headache.
We came back from Vegas and apart from a few segue projects like writing the only Hypnotic Play ever to be funded by the Arts Council, and taking that to the Edinburgh Fringe, and Working with Professional Footballers from West Bromwich Albion the season they reached their highest position in the Premiership – very stressful for Jonathan a lifelong Wolves supporter!
And moving onto the internet more; leading and teaching online Mentalism and Subconscious Skills Influence courses, everything had become a battle.
We were functioning but not getting any real reward.
So we applied the strategy a lot of Burnout sufferers do …
Professional Stress pretty much stops when you do, but it took us ages to realise it was Professional Burnout.
Rather than Jonathan having MD and a heart condition, it was the big bad Burnout stopping our Momentum, stifling our Intention, shunning our Nature and shuttering our Directive influence.
Jon blamed all sorts of things, and people, for feeling as if he’d ran over a cliff. Everything from market saturation to flat tyres making his wheelchair have a limp.
My publishing sideline was still doing okay, and it was through that we met and worked with David Ralph, who’s business motivational podcast Join Up Dots, is one of the most downloaded on the planet.
And it was as David was authentically sharing his story of stress fueled gout, that we realised what was the real reason for our own ‘doing-stuff-but-not-enjoying-life’ predicament.
However as Jon says, stress isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom, and sometime a useful one.
Fortunately we both have a reluctance to retire and so we applied everything we’d been developing to teach others to ourselves!
It isn’t the easiest thing to re-start but, because we’ve got enough drive and desire to help as many people as possible avoid what happened to us, especially in the high pressure world of the Professional, regardless of the industry, we’ve got there!
Now we’re applying our much applauded MindSTYLE psychometric testing and rapid relief and recuperation approaches to help you Harness the stress you can affect, and to Control rather than manage, the stress you can’t.
Thanks for being with us.
Then join us on the next free Stress Strategy Session webinar and we’ll see you soon.