It's the principle of it....
This past weekend I saved a sheep I named Popeye (he loves Olives - that's for another story!) from going to the 'factory'. Instead he will live out his life with lots of friends in a happy home.
This reminds me of a terrible joke - brace yourself!
Question; Where do sheep go on vacation?
Answer; To the Baaaaaaahamas of course! ;-)
I know very baaaaaad .. lol...
I saved him as I felt it was a matter of principle. I could save him if I really wanted to.
So I acted on my principles. Once I had decided I would, I knew it would happen and it did.
And why the joke ...you may be wondering?
One of the principles I learnt from my NLP Training was about the power of humour.
I once heard Richard Bandler (the Co-creator of NLP) say..
'The moment we begin to laugh at our problems, we change chemically.'
Ever since then I have chosen to add a lot of humour to my day and it helped.
Another thing that helped me was understanding that once we had absorbed these key fundamental messages and 'rules' of the universe - so to speak - we could apply them in many different ways.
One of these such principles for example is 'There is no failure only feedback.'
This means we keep taking the lessons and we keep going. Either way we are winning.
One of my students from the last NLP Training really 'got' this.
He recently told me that everything changed for him so drastically once he really grasped this fact. He now knows he can find his own 'techniques' to help people change, once he has applied the principles. An incredibly powerful and effective Martial Artist and Mind Coach, Fabio Chuairi is now drastically changing lives with his combination of talents, skills and true integrity and passion.
Here are some other KEY NLP Lessons for life that my students have learned.
Helena Gilhooly, who makes beautiful inspiring jewellery and angels over at Busybeaders came to The BootCamp. She says she 'learnt to listen to her inner self more... and is more aware of her use of language ..and is able to.trust her gut instinct more.'
Language, both internal and external is a very major part of what we talk about in NLP.
Your language will dictate your direction of your thoughts and hence how you feel.
Change that and you will change the next results.
Another student, fully absorbed another of the key NLP Principles, which is that, 'We have all the resources we need within us'. She has now since taken the world by storm with her new found confidence! She says ...'I've learnt to prepare for my success in advance. Whether you think you can or cant your right!' Karina Murray from Aunua agrees with Henry Ford's quote which is in The BlackBelt MasterMind Book and now knows how to fully apply it. We have to PLAN for success the same way as we often unfortunately plan for failure. As Bandler says...'Disappointment takes adequate planning.' Karina has learnt from her NLP Training which way is much more beneficial for her! Visualisation here is key.
More wonderful learnings and lessons for life came from a very talented woman, who creates bespoke gifts and who trained as an NLP Practitioner with me. She says.."I have learned that all I need is within myself. I have stopped looking for validation in others, stopped playing old movies and started really seeing things for how they are and not how I think they are. People give so much away about what they really feel and think without really realising it. As you say the map is not the territory." Geri Fortune from Pebbles & Wax. and Sew Enchanted.
(Check out her gifts for Christmas!)
This is one of the BIGGEST NLP lessons - The Map is not the Territory - meaning what we believe is the reality may not always be so. To each one of us it is different. Learning how to read people gives us so much more insight into how they tick.
Deirdre O'Rourke O'Sullivan from the beautiful Kays Flower School and the most supportive and loving family I have ever seen, came to The Bootcamp and then did a Walk the Talk.
Little did she know how much these lessons would help her later in life.
She says she learnt that "It's okay to move on .. move away .. and move forward,"
..and she did just that after beating Cancer and getting on with her life. What a lesson for life xx
"Life is a choice between fear and love, and when I asked myself better questions in a contextual way everything became clear. What I mean is that away from everything we think we know there is an inner us that speaks loudly and clearly. The trick is to find a way to listen to it by asking better questions. That is my favourite lesson of the many, many, many!"
Patrick Mercie was already an incredible man and coach before The NLP Training.
Now with this level of understanding of the principles of NLP and the impact of powerful questions, he is simply unstoppable, and is now planning to run 11 Marathons in 11Days!
What a guy!
Alan Hennessy, a Social Media Consultant & Broadcaster is the most likeable and charismatic man you could meet and when he joined the NLP Practitioner I knew that he would really GET the learnings and I was right.
He says.."Remember Life is for the living! If You have self-belief you have everything you need. The NLP course taught me to understand how the mind really works. When you can pick up and understand how people are really thinking and the actions they make, you understand that every situation can be manipulated for a positive outcome. The course also provided me with the ability to turn negatives into positives in everything we do and say. When it comes to business and presentations, body language and actions play a key role in moving people from pain to pleasure, through anchor points, words and tones. Every day since doing the NLP Course has made me more powerful and has given me the sense to know I am in control of my mind. I now have a strong inner peace with myself and self-belief and I know how to channel it."
His business Kompass Media is now going from strength to strength!
Lisa Redmond blogs with great insight about Life and Relationships over at Life Decoded.
After The NLP Training she said .."The biggest thing I learned was the importance of creating doubt in your assumptions and how it can open you up to new perspectives. Also how asking the right question can help you get to the core issue much faster."
Again, asking the right questions comes up and what will help change your mind to one that is open to new and more exciting opportunities. Thank you Lisa.
Lastly, Colette Coughlan a smart, very savy lady and a Disability Advocate and an ambassador for
D15LEaders says after attending The Bootcamp that ..
"One of the major things I realised by doing the boot camp was analysing my relationship with people and concluding that I have no unfinished business (or beef) with anybody in life. I am happy in me and with me. There are so many small things which amount to a positive outlook on life. Also you know now how you automatically appear in my brain when I feel threatened or are in fear. That for me is SO powerful." - Wow, what a result from 1 day and may I add that me appearing in her brain as she puts it has been good thing lol ;-)
I could go on and on. Of course you can see more here also.
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12/17/2017 01:27:46 am
11/30/2019 08:59:46 am
It seems like taking the NLP course will train a person be a good thinker. At first, I was hesitant to laugh at the jokes you have presented. But when you explained why you came up with such thought, now I understand why you tend to think that way. In NLP course, you are trained to understand how a certain person thinks. I guess. It’s a bit challenging because we all know the fact that people are all different and you might misjudge others because of the commonality.
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