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This Valentine's....


This is the month when love is in the air, thanks to Saint Valentine. But here is a thought for you. When did you last give yourself a Valentine?

That is not as strange as it may seem. As anyone who knows true love will tell you, the more love that you give, the more you receive. This starts an amazing circle of ever increasing love, which makes your eyes shine; your energy level rises and improves every aspect of your life.

According to Anna Westcott of Topaz Consulting, the place to start this whole cycle going is with self-love. This doesn’t mean selfishness and introspection. It means taking time out to truly appreciate all your great qualities, skills and talents.

Anna has been a Consultant and Coach for over 10 years and tells us that many of her clients benefit from this simple change to their approach to love. She explains that, because so many of us are brought up in a culture where it is considered bad form to put yourself first, we can severely limit the love that we have to give.

Anna Westcott again. “It can also limit your capacity to receive love. If you don’t love yourself, you may feel that you are unlovable by someone else. At best, this can make you doubt any expressions of love that you receive. At worst, it can even make you repel those who want to love you and that can result in the collapse of a relationship.”

She continues: “Self love is not the same as selfishness. It is the ability to acknowledge all your good points instead of a continual focus on your faults. It means looking into the mirror and seeing a person of great potential. When you can do this you can look the world in the eye, you can give freely and you can project love outwards to others.”

Anna also offers a reason why so many people never get to find the one true love that the

Valentine’s cards talk about. “It is because the whole idea of self love is alien to them. If they

think about it as self-esteem then it becomes more acceptable. Every truly happy and

successful person has high self-esteem. This is not the same as arrogance or conceit, it is

about giving as much credibility to your positive qualities as you do to all the others.”

Some of her coaching clients have discovered that, once they have addressed the issue of self esteem, then everything else just falls into place. Anna says that the process of increased awareness is simple, gradual and very effective.

The biggest pay off is that when you have done it once; you have it for all time. Then you become truly aware that you can be, do or have whatever you want in life - and that includes love.

Anna is always happy to discuss this or other aspects of her approach to coaching or consulting absolutely free of any cost or obligation. She can be contacted during usual office hours on Tel: 0203 909 4530

We give her the last word. “We are all born with a good awareness of ourselves. What

subsequently happens is that we remember all the negative things that others tell us about

ourselves and these can swamp our opinions about the good qualities that we have. Decide to base your impressions of self on what you truly know to be true instead of the opinions of

others and you are well on the way to building up that never-ending story of love that is your


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