Pat Elliot is a leader with vision and values. I had the good fortune to meet Pat to discuss the book and the on-line personal development programme that she has developed, Qvolution, and to attend a book signing event organised by the Women in Banking and Finance Group.
Pat is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities with over 25 years experience in law, stress management and psychology. Her vision is to provide techniques and strategies to empower and improve the lives of every individual.
The book is based upon Pat‘s own experiences and those of the people she had worked with over the years. Pat discovered that the people who had not only coped with the stresses and strains of life but who had been able to use their experiences to improve their lives used 7 core attributes in doing this, and the idea for the book was born.
Despite the book being titled, “7 Attributes For Success” it is firmly based upon what Pat calls her A, B, C core techniques for wellbeing. But the defining strategy in Pat‘s method is that you have to do it! It is not good enough to read the book and then file it away on the book-shelf. The techniques have to be understood, learned and, most importantly, practiced! To steal a phrase from yogi Sri K Pattabhi Jois “Practice, practice and all is coming”. So while here we are reviewing a book, the book itself is not meant to be just read…it is meant to be an instruction manual that can be followed to allow you to make improvements to your everyday life and to come with stress and other situationsa that may arise.
For the purpose of review the core techniques are:
A for affirmations:
B for breathing and
C for creativity (creative imagery or visualisations)
Pat guides you through affirmations, and how to use them particularly to conquer the negative aspects of stress; breathing techniques as we often don’t breath as effeciently as we could and creative imagery (visualisation) which is a particularly valuable tool in building confidence, increasing concentration and reducing the impact of negative thoughts.
By explaining these techniques and the importance of repetition to build good habits around the techniques, Pat ensures that a firm foundation is built on which to place the 7 Attributes for Success.
Put simply, Pat sees these as;
1. Self-Awareness. Finding out who you are (I’m a squiggle circle but you’ll need to buy the book to find out what that is) and your strengths and weakness
2. Resilience. Helping you to find ways to bounce back in periods of adversity
3. Audacity. The courage to be brave
4. De-Attachment. The ability to let go of ones jealousies and pre-conceptions.
5. Encouragement. Both for yourself and for others.
6. Value. To respect yourself and other people.
7. Know How. The constant quest for knowledge of yourself, others and the world around you,
Put simply, as in the list above the attributes should be easy to adopt but we all know that things are easier said than done. This is the real value of Pat’s book. It tells you the seven things you need to do and gives you the three techniques which allows you to achieve them.
It is written in clear and friendly language and, if followed, will lead to practical improvements in the quality of life. Pat is a hugely engaging speaker and an entertaining and practical author. I am not a fan of self-help books, but I’m happy to make an exception for this practical book.
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