“Pain seems an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain like time is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?” – Lois McMaster Bujold
A Conversation with Polly Humphreys, Personal Growth & Development Coach & Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist.
Last week, Dusty Staub, best selling author of The 7 Acts of Courage, spoke with Polly about what it means to follow your heart while putting your hands to work to change your life.
This is their conversation…
Who are you and what has been your life’s work to date?
Polly: It starts with the idea of Whose I am; as a worthy child of God. As a young child, if I had known that, it would have prevented immense fears that followed and haunted me into adulthood. Fears were needlessly all in my mind. My professional career includes an unseen Act of Courage: being a voice for others, for those who are not able to speak for themselves for some reason.
I have seen that there are many who are much like I was at one time. Their fears overcome them. These are people who are bullied, beaten, victimized or marginalized. My work can take the form of a prison ministry as well as that of a life coach for an executive. I work as a trusted, Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist and Personal Growth / Development Coach at Alternative Wellness and Beyond.
What I do is in the act of service to something greater, to creating something better, helping people realize their dreams. I help dedicated individuals to effectively change their lives and achieve their life goals. This is a fun, guided and highly interactive process.
The prison ministry came to be through my Church. I was looking to use my innate strengths and the pastor was talking about the prison ministry. My work there includes writing letters and showing up as a servant to the “lost” and those imprisoned. I visit the female inmates and I help to remind them both who they are as well as Whose they are. They need help finding the Courage to Dream, to understand something better in their future. I listen to their fears and make use of the Bible to outline key strategies to help them. This helps to remind them who they are, what is possible and what they can do.
What role has courage played in your life?
Polly: This goes back to when I was a young adult. I realized my fears would not go away until I faced them and addressed them. God led me to a good hypnotherapist and great life coach. It took the courage to realize I was stuck in a negative, repetitive pattern that was not helpful. It was a mental trap of negative self-talk and fear.
I came to realize that I would be OK with professional help if I would be accountable for my own thoughts and actions; and if I trusted the process of growth and positive change. It was so incredibly life changing that, inspired, I went on to advanced training so I could be a change agent and help to make a difference in the lives of others.