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Crafting the Future You Desire

Transform your Relationship to Life

All humans live in relationship to people places and things, and this has a direct influence on our beliefs, our values and chosen behaviours. The relationship we have to the environment and the others who inhabit it affects every decision we make throughout our life, and therefore directs our outcomes.
The crucial factor is whether we as individuals take responsibility for the decisions that we have made in response to life’s challenges, and take responsibility for their results and consequences. In NLP we call this the Cause and Effect Equation, and the primary role of every NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainer is to first consider which side of the Cause and Effect Equation they are on.
When we are at ‘cause’ we take responsibility for where we are now; if we are at ‘effect’ we blame others and push any responsibility outside of ourselves. In my model of the world resolving personal ‘cause and effect ‘conflicts comes well before considering working towards change in other people.
It was extremely empowering for me to accept that throughout my life I had made decisions that had affected every outcome of every experience in my life. Equally important was how NLP taught me that until I understood this, I was doing the best I could with the resources I had available. This explained why I seemingly made the same mistakes over and over again.
I began to understand that I was using strategies that weren’t working, and this was extremely useful because it helped me move on immediately from past mistakes and take responsibility for crafting the future that I desired through the decisions I make today. Life is full of surprises and I take responsibility for living fully in it; this is my choice. NLP taught me that mistakes are opportunities for learning and making new decisions.
This realisation spurred me on to taking a closer look at NLP and how it could unlock resources and a future I hadn’t considered possible. From a simple concepts of the Cause and Effect Equation and changing Strategies at Practitioner level to changing values and beliefs at Master Practitioner level; and passing these concepts on to others as a NLP Trainer and coach.
I look forward to connecting with you through future Blogs; and through the Services, Coaching and Live Trainings I offer. I’d like to leave you to consider the possibilities that can be realised when NLP truly transforms your relationship to life and you craft the future you desire when you embark on your NLP journey.

Yours truly
Anne Thompson

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Don’t Settle

During this months Athena network meeting in Witney, I was looking for materal for my Monthly Minute. This quote from the late Steve Jobs grabbed my attention. I think it’s breath-taking and I’d like to share it with you:

“You’ve got to find what you love.

And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

Don’t settle.

As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

So keep looking until you find it.

Don’t settle.”

I’m fortunate enough to love the work I do and I hope this applies to you too. If you know someone who wants to do great work, something that they truly love but are unsure about what it is yet; please encourage them and let them know that they can make it happen.

Best wishes – Anne

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Welcome to Extraordinary Outcomes

At the moment I’m enjoying an unusually bright and mild November morning in Oxfordshire; and considering a question I’m often asked when I first meet someone who’s interested in the work that I do.

They are aware that I offer Counselling and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); and colleagues and prospective clients alike, often feel curious because they’ve  heard different things about both approaches and wonder if they are compatible. They often ask me to give my view of what the differences are and which approach is most effective?’

A very reasonable question

I think this is a very reasonable question and in my experience, many people who request this information have an issue or behaviour that they are finding challenging and would like to change (either in themselves or someone else). So I find it useful  to find out what this person’s expectations are, how much time they prepared to invest in the process of transformation and if it’s something they want to do for themselves alone.

The Journey

I believe that finding a therapeutic solution is like planning a journey and that some people find the journey as much or even more exciting than reaching their destination. Others will want to get the journey over as fast as possible so that they can get to the destination; and for them the vital part of the experience starts once they get there.

Many people plan their journey with military precision and others have no obvious plan. Some people are no sooner at their destination and they start to plan a new one; and for others once they reach their destination their journey is complete.

There is no right or wrong way to travel providing each traveller’s journey meets their personal and unique expectations and they get to the place they want to be or are at least satisfied with their transition.

Counselling is an exploration

When people choose counselling they embark on a journey that explores what is happening in their lives, in their thoughts and imagination. This passage towards personal insight can be brief and solution focussed, or can take much longer and become open ended. Counselling involves engaging with another person and developing a unique professional relationship over an agreed period of time.

NLP is content free

NLP concentrates on methods that change the way we feel or approach an issue or behaviour, rather than exploring the content of what or why something has happened.

This is also a professional relationship where trust and client confidentiality are key. However clients are not required to engage on an emotional level when practicing NLP. Provided you can follow instructions, approach the work with an open mind, and an attitude of curiosity you can transform your life in a very short space of time without revisiting issues at a deep level.

Finally I believe it’s important to respect that each traveller has a different pace and their journeys and destinations are unique. So if it’s not the right time to embark on a journey, that’s fine provided the traveller takes responsibility for that decision… and that leads me to think about another topic.

Best wishes – Anne

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