Like most people I cannot afford to work for free, but unlike a lot of people in this country I do have the confidence, the wherewithal and the self-belief to keep going when times get tough. If you run a business and have experienced cash-flow problems or work for someone else and feel your job is under threat then you know what it is like to feel insecure and to have to dig deep into your personal resources and to show resilience.
Imagine then being someone who has never had a job or who has never had the confidence to set up on their own. I like to say that we all have choices and I believe this is true but without a ‘referent’ experience it is very difficult to build the confidence and belief required to take that first courageous step towards self-sufficiency. Unfortunately the collapse of secure employment and well-paid jobs combined with the ever-increasing distortion of education by political ideologues has created a generation of lost young people who simply are not equipped to make their way in the world.
In a recent article in The Independent, Yasmin Alibhai Brown describes how British people are hardening their hearts against those who seem to be dependent up the state. To me this is a tragedy that should not be happening. I abhor human waste. I hate the idea that all that potential and all that hope is being squandered because successive governments of all political persuasions, combined with a creeping fragmentation of our communities have failed our children and produced so many young people who lack self-belief and basic life skills, whatever their GCSE results might say differently.
I do not believe in breeding dependency but neither do I think we should blame people who have not found their route to self-sufficiency yet. We should be helping them. We should be helping them critically, positively, with the appropriate level of challenge and provocation, but HELPING them, not condemning them.
Let us be clear. The recession is a consequence of systemic greed and serial dishonesty in the financial services and banking sector, not a consequence of non-existent, fantasised human ‘traits’ such as sloth and idleness.
If you agree and would like to help me to help challenge and support and cajole and encourage and empower people who cannot afford the services I provide, then send me referrals for people who can afford what I have to offer.
The process is simple.
For every 3 people you refer to me, I will provide 6 sessions of coaching to help put someone who is marginalised and out of work back on their feet. You can select them or leave it to me.
I specialise in treating people with anxiety disorders such as PTSD, phobias, panic attacks and general anxiety. I also help people who suffer from depression and those who simply want to build more drive, energy, focus compassion and success into their busy lives.
You can find a full list of services on my website at www.harveyhypnosis.com
So refer three friends, relatives, colleagues or acquaintances to me and I will take on a fourth who cannot to pay and who desperately needs real support and encouragement.