Changing old thought patterns

At the moment I am reading this book about NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. I love this book as it is written as a novel and not a boring book about facts. It is now the second time I am reading it through, as the first time I was just purely enjoying it and now I am making notes. NLP can be used for all sorts of issues, the book is about weight loss but as I said the advice can be used for all sorts of other problems. The main point is that our conscious thoughts are less helpful in reaching our goals, but our supconsious thoughts are really important. When formulating a goal we have to put in in such words as if we have already reached the goal. Change happens when we become more aware of our behaviour. we have to uncover our subconscious thought patterns in order for change to start happening. The book has a lot of useful excercises which I am going to share with you over the coming weeks, as I am working my way through them for the second time.

Today I did the following excercise, which can be applied to anything you want to achieve.

The first question you need to ask yourself is:

1.What is your goal? What do you really want to achieve?

You have to formulate your answer in a positive way remember, as if you have already reached your goal. Your brain can’t cope with don’t and no!

2. What do you need to change in your behaviour in order to reach your goal?

Remember be positive in your answer.

3. Can you reach your goal by yourself?

4. What do you gain by reaching your goal?

5.What do you lose by reaching your goal?

After I answered all these questions I noticed that I gain far more than I lose. In fact I lose nothing when I am trying to achieve my goal, which is in this case losing weight. I also tried the excercise by making the goal to become a published writer,again I have nothing to lose 😉

Remember your subconsious can’t deal with negative statements. Always make your goals and answers positive. try it and you’ll be surprised.

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