Continuing our theme on the Pillars of NLP - this week we're exploring **Sensory Acuity** - what is that? It simply means to sharpen your senses.
I used to love the Bananarama song “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it”. When you sharpen your senses you can notice much more about “the way that you do it”.
The first of the NLP Pillars is "Know Your Outcome" - no matter what you're doing, you will always get a better result if you know what you are aiming for.
NLP is often described as an outcome-focused approach. People who learn NLP soon adopt the discipline of setting outcomes for everything that they do, and then begin to reap the benefits when they achieve better results than before.
I'm often asked how I got into NLP. Well, it started when I hired a terrific project manager called Mark, for the technology company where I was a Director.
Mark stood out from the crowd - he always delivered on time and on budget, and yet his team never worked overtime. He brought innovative ideas to his technology projects, always focusing on the human element to ensure success. Client issues rarely arose, and when they did, he resolved them with quiet efficiency and courtesy.
We asked our students:
What were you looking for before you first learnt NLP? Did you have a problem or a question? Was it an inner journey of self-discovery, or did you want to understand others? We're intrigued by the routes that start different people off on the same journey.
Imagine that you are walking somewhere unknown one day and you arrive at a T-junction. The road in front of you has a signpost on it:
- The sign pointing back the way you’ve just come says “Your old life”.
- The sign pointing to the left says “Away From…”
- and the sign pointing to the right says “Towards…”.
Now as you look at the signposts, more writing begins to emerge on the signs pointing “Away From…” and “Towards…”.
Pretty much every outcome that you can possibly want to achieve will involve or affect other people – unless you’re a hermit. You’re not a hermit, right?
So if what you do involves other people, then one of the best ways to change your life for the better is to build rapport with the people around you. Rapport is simply a connection, or being on the same wavelength.
The only constant in life is change.
It's so true, but sometimes change is difficult, or you don't get the change that you want.
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About Madeleine Allen: The author is a specialist in Leadership, Communication and Personal Development for business professionals. An NLP Trainer and Master Practitioner she conducts in-house corporate training (learn more at www.allentraining.co.uk) and public courses in NLP (learn more at www.brightlightnlp.com)
"A long, happy and fruitful life"
These are the words that my Dad wrote a few years ago in his funeral wishes. It seemed fitting, therefore, that we had these words carved into the dramatic green slate headstone that now marks where he lies.
It's two years since he died, but the grief I feel is still achingly, crushingly fresh.
What do you answer if someone (with a big bum) asks you "Does my bum look big in this?"
This question is a great one for exploring truth, honesty, and critical feedback. In this week's blog I explore some different perspectives on truth, especially when delivering difficult feedback.
Last Christmas, my partner Phil gave me the best present. A tiny screw-topped, glass jar labelled "Thoughts Jar: This jar contains a thought for a week and should be used sparingly. Each thought is to be given due consideration throughout the week."
Inside the jar there are 52 tiny sheets of coloured paper, and on each one Phil has handwritten a different thought. Some are inspirational quotations, others are thoughts to ponder. Each one has been chosen carefully, and with love.
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Hello, we are Madeleine and Phil, and we want to help illuminate your future, so you can be the best you can be.