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At the very core of your being there lives a creature of lim- itless power. She is your Inner Heroine and she can move mountains. You know who she is, even if you’ve never con- sciously thought about her until this moment - you may even have a secret name for her, a name you use to sum- mon her up when you need her help the most. But most of the time she stays hidden away from view and you muddle through life wondering why it’s so difficult to get what you want.

I’m going to tell you about what can happen when you unleash your Inner Heroine and let her take control of your life and your power – and how you can make it happen for yourself.

First of all, you need to get in touch with her. Think about a time when you’ve had to summon up reserves from deep inside of you to get something done or to cope with an especially challenging situation. For me, this happened most clearly the day a Police Family Liaison Officer appeared in my office to tell me that my lovely husband had been critically injured in an ac- cident and I had to get to the hospital immediately. I have a very vivid memory of seeing the police officer and saying “I’m not going to like this, am I?” and at the same time summoning up my inner heroine by think- ing “Come on KitKat, I need you NOW”. (No-one else knows she’s called KitKat, by the way – this is the first time I’ve ever referred to her by name and I must admit it feels very exposing but she’s telling me it’s OK so I’ll be guided by her).

KitKat stayed firmly by my side through the next few very surreal weeks as we had diagnoses starting from “he may not survive the night” to “he may stay in a coma forever” to “he’s probably going to be severely


physically and mentally disabled if/when he does wake up” to, finally, “well, it’s a miracle and we don’t know how or why but it looks like he’s going to be OK!”

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “A woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until you put her into hot water”. Well that situation certainly taught me about how strong I could be and in work- ing with my clients since then, I’ve learnt that every woman has her own version of KitKat, her own Inner Heroine that she calls on when things get tough. That’s what makes me so sure that you have one too.

Of course, things don’t have to get as tough as nearly losing your husband but often we save our phenom- enal powers for times when we’re in extremes. But just think for a moment about what you could achieve if you were to tap into those powers on a regular basis. Think about what your own Inner Heroine would ac- complish if she were to take over your life for just one week – and then ask yourself why you’re keeping her hidden.

I have a strategy that I try to use when I find myself slid- ing into self-sabotage. We all do it, not deliberately of course but we all have times when everything seems

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