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Ask Janine - How Do I Know If I Have Subconscious Blocks?

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By Janine Wirth

Dear Janine,

I was listening to one of your podcast interviews recently and you mentioned that people often don't reach their goals or attain the success they desire due to subconscious blocks. I found that very interesting, especially because I'm struggling to grow my business and meet my financial goals.

Before you think that I'm just complaining, I want you to know that I hired a business coach, a funnel expert and a graphic designer. 6 months later, my earnings only increased by about $2000, which is very depressing when I look at the massive investments I've made in experts to help me.

Do you think I might have a subconscious block and, if so, what can I do about it? I'm really tired of spending so much money and not getting real results.

I hope you can help me, Madison.


Dear Madison,

Thanks for listening to my podcast interview, I deeply appreciate your support. I'm sorry to hear that you're frustrated right now, especially after having the courage to invest in your business and getting help to grow your revenue. I want to take a second and acknowledge you for taking that step, as many entrepreneurs find it scary - especially when you hire highly skilled experts who charge accordingly.

So, the thing with subconscious blocks is that very often most people don't even realise they have them until it gets to the point where the pain and disappointment of failure becomes acute.

Most of the female entrepreneurs I work with either reach out because, like you, they know that they are doing what they're 'supposed' to be doing without reaping the rewards, or because they know what actions are required and yet can't bring themselves to pull the trigger and do them. For instance, this can look like knowing that live videos on social media can grow your audience, increase engagement and provide massive value to your ideal clients - so you sit down and plan out what you want to talk about. You choose a time to do it and then all of a sudden you have thoughts like:

 'Nobody wants to hear that.'

'They probably already know all of this. It'll be boring to them.'

'Who am I to give other people advice?'

'My face looks too puffy/I'm having a bad hair day/I have a pimple/I look tired, etc. I'd rather do it tomorrow.'

'It's pointless, nobody even watches.'

'The algorithm is against me.'

'I don't have enough followers. I'll wait till I have ‘x’ amount.'

'I only had two comments on my last post. Nobody likes my content.'

Perhaps the fear of judgement or rejection ensures that their content and messaging is really vanilla, because they subconsciously want everyone to like them. A nasty comment on social media is their worst nightmare. Fear of success, or not believing they are worthy of success, has killed many businesses and kept women stuck in jobs they hate just so they can pay the bills. As you can imagine, this list can easily become a mile long but the common denominator in all of them is that your mind convinces you to not take that next step.

I can assure you that the self-sabotage slope is a very slippery one because when you try to argue with your mind, the odds are well and truly stacked against you. The simple reason is that your mind is programmed to push you towards pleasure instead of pain (even perceived/imagined pain) and its main responsibility is to protect you and keep you safe. Granted that's great if a friend tries to convince you to do something crazy or dangerous, unfortunately not so ideal when you're trying to create success and pursue your dreams.

You can imagine that your subconscious mind is like a giant vault. Our memories, experiences and the accompanying emotions are stored in there. As children, our minds are like sponges collecting all the information it can from our environment. We take on the beliefs of the people we spent the most time with and gather evidence to verify these beliefs from our experiences.

The reason we come up with all these thoughts and excuses that hold us back is because our subconscious mind has, at some point in our life, taken on a belief as to why it isn't safe or beneficial for us to have or do something.

The annoying part and the reason why most people don't even realise that they have a block, is that very often they consider the event responsible to be insignificant - especially when it occurred in their childhood.

I like to use regression hypnosis with my clients to find out exactly when, where and how their subconscious mind took on the negative belief or block. Not only does this ensure that we get to the core issue very quickly, but it also provides an understanding that the logical part of our brains can process and make sense of, therefore allowing us to acknowledge that we cannot change what we aren't willing to acknowledge. Very often there can be a combination of blocks at play. For instance, visibility issues can be combined with imposter syndrome. Another powerful duo is fear of rejection combined with not feeling good enough, which is why journaling and other mindset exercises aren't always effective with particularly deep-rooted blocks.

You're probably thinking, ‘this is great to know, but now what?’ Well, rest assured that I have you covered!

I have created a free quiz specifically designed to help you identify subconscious blocks. You can access it here

If this resonated with you and you get that intuitive hit that you might have a subconscious block that is getting in the way of your desires, I warmly invite you to schedule a free 30 minute call with me to discuss it in detail. 

I hope this has given you some clarity.


Janine Wirth, is the proud founder of Path to Healing Therapy and Coaching. Her mission is to help female entrepreneurs heal their emotional baggage, heal unresolved emotional trauma and PTSD without spending years in therapy and create spectacular business success for themselves. You may have read her story in The Spotlight and if so you’ll know why she’s so passionate about her work so when she got the opportunity to work alongside The Female CEO and provide a monthly question and answer she was thrilled! 

Do you have a question you would like an answer to? If so then drop Janine a line at [email protected] All questions can be anonymous if preferred, just let her know! You can read all about Janine and her work here or catch up socially on Facebook or LinkedIn

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