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 Start the week with an Empowering Belief. I love the story behind this one. When John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik started to explore how do people who are really good at something do it, they found that beliefs played a huge part in what was achievable. ​

Whilst practising Gestalt Therapy, they would sometimes reach stumbling blocks, or problems they couldn’t work out a solution to. They would then go to a group of students and tell them the problem. They would explain that they HAD worked out how to solve it and that they wanted to see if the students could work it out also. Then they observed the students as they worked through the problem, they wrote down what the students did.

Knowledge can be unconsciously transmitted from one mind to another. If one person discovers something it becomes easier for another person faced with the same issues, to arrive at similar solutions. Studies with animals have identified this phenomenon – called Morphic Resonance. On an island off Japan, monkeys were observed washing sweet potatos in a pool, after one isolated individual monkey in a different colony began the process.  When milk used to be delivered in bottles to the doorstep, blue tits learnt to peck the lids off to get at the cream. This behaviour didn’t spread out from one starting point. Rather it grew up spontaneously all over the country simultaneously.

We sometimes use this approach in my workshops. If teams are taking a long time to complete an exercise, we tell each one that another team has done it. Very quickly, they come to their own conclusions. When they believe that it CAN be done, it IS done.

It is amazing how the belief that something is possible can lead others onto finding the solution so easily. 

And what about you?

  • If you knew that someone else had already solved your problem, what would the answer be?
  • If you could learn to do anything, who would be your exemplar – your role model?

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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.nlpedinburgh.co.uk)