• Diana Rickman

Knowing that life is just what you make it - Debra Hill

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Debra Hill developed emotional strength as a child. Frustrated by the life threatening condition of chronic asthma she made a decision to take hold of life, make the best of each day and never be a 'victim' of the disease.

Thankfully by the age of 14 modern drugs and treatment improved her condition and she was finally free from the shortness of breath and wheezing that had overshadowed her childhood.

Her emotional strength was put to the test again some years later when following the death of her brother Debra became 'mum' to her niece and


She knew her demanding corporate job and the lifestyle she and her husband enjoyed must change so that they could provide a stable and loving home for her brother's children so she quit her corporate career and created her coaching and speaking business 'Lifestrings'.

Now Debra is a business strategist and coach who has made it her mission to enable entrepreneurs to step out confidently and grow a profitable business they love.

What emotional strength means to Debra - "I think one of the reasons I have emotional strength is partly because of where I've come from and what I've experienced in my life. When I was a child I was very sick. I was a severe chronic asthmatic. I wheezed all the time. I couldn't walk very far. My family had to put me in a separate room to sleep because I also have dysrhythmia. That means I don't breathe regularly. So not only did I wheeze but I stopped breathing so people couldn't sleep in the same room with me it wasn't possible.

When I went to school by 2 o'clock in the afternoon I was exhausted. I'd go to sleep at the desk at school and because I had dysrhythmia the teachers would actually take the kids out to the hall or whatever so they would accommodate me which was amazing. So I had to build emotional strength.

When I was about eight or nine I got really frustrated and my wonderful grandfather sat me down one day and he said "Deborah you have this problem but you know what, you've got a choice to make. You can either be a victim and live your life that way or you can decide that despite this thing you have you will keep going and you will build the best life you can." and I suppose I just thought 'well I've just got to move on'.

I've been very lucky because medical science has stayed ahead of me. I wheezed till I was 14 and at 14 they had this wonderful drug called steroids, prednisone and I started taking it and about ten days after I started taking it I didn't wheeze anymore.

So I suppose my background set me up for emotional strength and that means that when I come to a challenge, something that takes me out of my comfort zone or something I might fail at. I actually ask myself the question what's the worst can happen here. If I'm going to go up on a stage and talk to lots of people. Is it scary? Yes. Is it gonna kill me? No. What's the worst that can happen? Oh I can make a real big muck up of it and if I do that what what happens there? Well I will have to try and make things right. But it's not going to kill me and I will learn something from it.

So I suppose emotional strength to me is not about having emotions because you do have them. It's about standing back and asking myself what does that mean? and how can I move forward with or without it. Sometimes some of the things you have are irrational fears, they're false beliefs and sometimes when I step back and look at it I'd say 'well that's ridiculous' so I suppose it's about analysing for me and it's about standing in my strength. It's about owning it and it's about acknowledging that I'm human as well."

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Debra Hill is a business coach and strategist and she works with people in the online and offline world if they want to grow monetise and just really rock their business. She's also a keynote motivational speaker at corporate events, seminars and conferences she's an experienced conference and summit chairperson and she also provides training, workshops and masterclasses for domestic and international events.

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/debrahill_lifestrings

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbieahill

Email - debra.hill@lifestringsnz.com

Website - www.lifestringsnz.com

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