Success with any goal is strongly influenced by the way we think about it, phrase it, and what strategy we use to achieve it. Have a think about adopt some of these models when you really want to achieve your goals. Continue reading “New Year Resolutions – an opportunity for better goal setting”
As described in BBC’s Horizon program, ‘placebos’ can be very effective and can be mimicked through hypnosis. Are you wondering how much of NLP is Placebo, and how to maximise your effect?
BBC2 showed an hour long program in the popular science Horizon series on ‘The power of placebo‘. Placebos, or medicine without the medicine in them, often dummy sugar or flour pills, were shown through controlled medical studies to have as much impact as surgery on ruptured vertebrae and as dopamine on sufferers with Parkinson’s disease. And recent studies from Harvard Medical School have shown that, even when you are told that you are being given a placebo, they can still eliminate symptoms of illnesses like IBS. Studies using MRI imaging show that the impact is real, with measurable effects on brain chemistry.
Is it triggered by the ritual? Is this why otherwise intelligent people cling to ‘faith healing’, ‘psycho surgery’, acupuncture and homeopathy?
It is all about belief, expectation and suggestion. Hence hypnosis can be used to directly produce placebo effects, and resulting changes to brain chemistry, as demonstrated in removal of wisdom teeth without anaesthetic for those shy of the needle.
Like hypnosis and NLP, the impact of ‘medically induced’ placebo is dependent on the extent of rapport developed with the client. (Incidentally, Malcolm Gladwell highlighted that the best indicator of whether a medical professional would be sued for malpractice was not a function of their competence but on their (lack of) rapport with patients).
So, how will you improve your efficacy using NLP?
There is no such thing as bad meditation. Meditation is the practice of achieving a state of relaxed focus and we should not expect to achieve that state every time without effort, any more than we would expect to go into the gym and lift a hundred kilos without practice. Continue reading “There is no such thing as bad meditation”
I’ve failed over and over again in my life – that’s why I succeed, said Basketball legend Michael Jordan. Continue reading “True grit – learn to fail or fail to learn”
I give many talks around the world on application of NLP to project management for development of behavioural competences and still get asked occasionally, ‘does NLP really work?‘, and ‘Can you really model success?’ Continue reading “Modelling success”
In standard training on negotiation we are taught to separate our needs from wants and hence determine our minimum acceptable closing position or walk away decision. We can come away with more, quicker, and with more good will if we focus our attention on meeting the second party’s needs. Continue reading “The Art of Negotiation Part 1: Focussing on the needs of the second party”