Geraldine Mair (Nicol) is a freelance writer and author of books and articles on self-help, perspective, awareness, and personal development.
She has authored 4 self-published books, including one reaching Amazon Kindle Best Seller in its category, and runs a successful business in the wellness industry. As a fully certified Complementary and Holistic therapist, she holds diplomas in Counselling and Psychology.
As a writer she has published articles in the Far East, taken part in interviews in Africa and the UK and been a guest on podcasts in the USA and UK and been featured in several magazines.
This is her interview about her latest book Rise Like a Phoenix
Rise Like a Phoenix, the first in the series, is a highly pragmatic book based on many personal experiences. It is the culmination of years of work and research into human habits that everyone is conditioned by. To reach any goal in life you need to learn the lesson, find the positive, and move on. You will learn how to shift those limiting patterns that hold you back and reignite your passion for life.
Everyone has memories from the past that caused them pain; it can either define you or give you the fuel to change and choose who you want to become. Obstacles are often dispersed like thorns across the path, hindering your progress; your fear is the immobilising anchor encouraging you to stay within the confines of what’s familiar.
You will learn how to change through choice, reprogramme restrictive thoughts and how your mind tricks you to encourage conformity. And so much more. It’s time to discover your power and use it to design the life you really want, and I can show you how inside the pages of this book. So, immerse yourself in this new knowledge and start the process of elevation beyond your own conditioning towards mental toughness.
Step into your greatness… Rise Strong, Accept and Soar.
What is your book about?
It’s about liberating the mind from programmed beliefs from the past. Understanding that we are all conditioned by our peers and environment and how as you grow and learn new perspectives you can release those emotional anchors to enable you to reach your full potential. The book explains how I did it myself using neuroscience and how you can too.
Why did you want to write this book?
As a therapist who treats people on a personal level, it is only every possible to reach one person at a time and as there is only so much time in a day, I quickly realised how many people needed help and access to material that could help them overcome challenges. Writing the books enables me to reach so many people that I will never get the chance to meet, I hope my writing speaks to them in a way that they feel I understand.
What do you hope other people will take away from reading your book?
They will learn how their own thoughts are responsible for holding them back and how it creates repetitive patterns that some people find difficult to break. Once you understand the working of the mind and how your environment encourages conformity, you will understand how you can make a lasting change in your life through the application of the teaching within the book.
If you could tell your younger writing self, anything, what would it be?
I would trust myself more and listen to my gut. I spent so much time trying to fit in without realising that the purpose of being here is to utilise your unique gifts, without being afraid to stand out. It is after all, those talents that offer the platform for an exceptional life that gives so much fulfilment as we are choosing to live our truth. Take a risk, try new things and to never listen to other people who do not want to see you rise. Listen only to your own voice follow your heart.
Who are your favourite authors (and why)?
My favourite authors are Louise Hay; Dr Wayne Dyer; Dr Joe Dispenza; Dr Bruce Lipton; Dr Joseph Murphy; and Anthony Robbins. All of these authors are in the same genre as myself although there have been so very many that have assisted in my own growth. The teachings of these men and women opened up a world of wonder for me in areas I was completely unaware even excited before. They have enriched my life and educated me in marvellous ways and were also a catalyst in helping me to discover my own writing style. I hope that I can help others in some small way and offer a gift through my own books that get them excited about their future and a step closer to a new reality.
What does literary success look like to you?
The ability to reach thousands of people and give them the opportunity to discover what others offered me at the start of my own journey. My biggest goal in life is to awaken people to a new consciousness one that shows them how to live their best life and I believe that information is available in many forms, including the books I write which can offer them a different perspective from what they currently know. I have spent more than a decade now immersing myself in these teachings and I feel it is my duty to share what I have learnt with others, being able to affect people in a positive way that alters their life would be the greatest success for me.
What’s the best writing advice you ever received?
It actually came from a literary agent who ran an online class to help writers. I thought it was going to be a breeze, but I was naive and had never navigated the maze of publishing before. Writing is the easy part, putting it all together with what’s required for sale is a little trickier, and then there is the marketing and that takes time, effort, determination and a never ending desire to influence those you are trying to reach. She told me I had titles that were not strong or informative enough for the genre I was targeting. I had to have a huge re-think and went back to the drawing board to find a stronger message that would speak to more people and engage an interested audience. It worked much better second time around when I adopted her teachings and implemented them into my writing. After four books it’s a lot easier now as I know what it entails and what to expect. Best advice I could offer to other writers now is don’t do it alone, find a writing group there are several on Facebook, you can ask questions and get the help and answers you need, it will really shorten your learning curve.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I spend my free time with my husband, family and friends. I love socialising, going to the Theatre or cinema, out for dinner, listening to music, meditation and I love spending time in the garden. I split my normal working days between writing and treating clients with various physical therapies and helping them overcome challenges. A career that took me several decades to find, yet has brought me so much joy and satisfaction being of service to others in ways that enhance their lives in positive ways. Being my own boss gives me freedom to organise my time around all the other things I enjoy and I feel immense gratitude having that balance now.
What’s next for you?
I want to expand my writing and offer more material to my readers. I am 54 now so I would like to reduce the physical side of the business and spend more time working on our online platform called Summit Club to give more people the opportunity to connect to an online community. I run it with my husband who is a professional business builder and we believe is the missing gap for lasting change.
How can our readers get a copy of your book?
Directly through Amazon with this link Rise Like A Phoenix:
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