Category: Personal Development

All posts in that category are associated to personal development.

Weekender Issue….

Hello All, Not many people read this blog at the moment. Think I need to write more about myself. If I moved this blog to Facebook probably the whole nation is interested…. Back to the main purpose of this blog: it is purely to cover some ground on NLP topics, coaching and philosophical ideas. Things we can change and how we can change it. What – What is it you want to change?How – How is it really affecting you?Why – Why do you really want to change how it is affecting you? This goes beyond the usual “textbook” – we look into deeper understanding of the mind. Often I think that looking beyond certain reasoning and beyond people’s motivation I find a psychological problem. Or are all those problems just human and not problems at all. Meeting so many different people lately being away in Germany it seems as if a whole nation has inherited behaviour. Is that possible? If so – will it ever change? Without wanting to sound prejudice but obvioulsy the older generation in Germany grew up with the stigma them being evil and having to apologies for the 2nd world war. The younger generation partly

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Motivation

I almost forgot. My friend Mitch from the US sent me a couple of links I am sure he does not mind me publishing them here. They are all about motivation. http://www.ttmitchellconsulting.com/Mitchblog/2007/04/01/some-positive-motivational-video-links/ I have not watched the Secret one but wait for the DVD to arrived. This one is a favourite of mine: FACING THE GIANTS Find out more about Mitch on his homepage and blog! http://www.ttmitchellconsulting.comhttp://www.ttmitchellconsulting.com/Mitchblog cb consulting – enhancing performance from within

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Weekend Note

Dear Reader, It seems to be on Sundays when I have some time. Maybe not loads but I was away again all week and only now finished the book “Memories, Dreams, Reflection” by Jung. On page 369 he writes “Hence I prefer the term “the unconscious”, knowing that I might equally well speak of “God” or “daimon” if I wished to express myself in mythic language. When I do use such mythic language, I am aware that “mana”, “daimon”, and “God” are synonyms for the unconscious – that is to say, we know just as much or just as little about them as about the latter. People only believe they know much more about them ….” – he describes the advantages of calling the unconscious God/daimon by getting a better objectification or personification. If the common unconscious, the overall knowledge of the world, is resembled in terms like God or mana, would that mean that we represent our knowledge just in different ways but as long as we believe in the theory of someone watching over it or someone keeping it we are safe. Then we believe in one way or another that the knowledge is kept and accessible for

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Train your brain 1/9

Now I found the ultimate book by Dr. Harry Alder in my shelf for this blog: Train your brain: The ultimate 21 day mental skills programme for peak performance The synopsis reads as: Scientific breakthroughs in neurobiological research have identified how extraordinary feats of creativity can be achieved, and how we can all reach this inspired state. This is a discussion of what it means to operate in a state of “flow”, or peak performance, when anything and everything seems possible. Alder shows readers how to identify, achieve and “capture” this heightened state, so that they can experience peak performance at will and take the hit-and-miss element out of personal achievement. The chapters cover: the mind-body experience; right and left brain thinking; achieving a creative state of mind; developing and trusting intuition and insights; creating creativity; turning pressure into peak performance; and creative problem solving. There are also simple practical exercises and examples of what may be achieved when a person is in a state of “flow”. I am flabbergasted. This book needs to be a guideline for the next 21 days – or as often as I can. Let me aim to get this book’s ideas across by the

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VisualDNA

On Lesley’s blog I found this visual DNA. I added it to the bottom of this entry. Although not directly related to the work of CB Consulting it shows associations in visual forms. Another thing used in NLP – pictures; re-framing. One distinguishes between analog and digital for the 5 senses: to see, to hear, to touch, to smell and to taste! Surely we come back to that. But getting a DNA of your visualization is something new. Like it! Read my VisualDNA™ Get your own VisualDNA™ cb consulting – enhancing performance from within

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Coaching (1)

“A successful coaching engagement will have a cascading effect, crating positive change beyond the person receiving the coaching.” – Diana and Merril Anderson, from J. Whitmore, Coaching for Performance. I have not read Whitmore’s book but came across this quote in Clutterbuck’s Coaching the team at work. Most of you reading about coaching must have come along Clutterbuck. I was overly interested in his book about team coaching to see how one can improve team performance without being a team-leader. In his book he suggests to look up www.coachinginsider.com where one finds loads of definitions of coaching – all I found was loads of links to different coaching offers, one linking back to the UK, The Coaching Academy, where I have done a course in the past. And, they just send me more information through the door about running workshops – you cannot avoid their promotional offers and marketing. However, Clutterbuck summarizes nicely that the most common threads for coaching are: developing personal or group insight performance against specific goals support and encouragement experimentation the effective use of questioning skills Also, a coach can be seen as a vehicle for taking the individual in the direction they want to travel.

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NLP revisited (2)

NLP and DBM are closely connected. NLP is like the tool, e.g. a hammer. With a hammer you can smash glass or a brick. But if you like to master the hammer in order to use it in a useful manner, one needs the technique, goal and direction to put a nail in the wall. DBM goes beyond the tool and provides you with the techniques on how to use it. Applications of NLP/DBM are universal. In coaching, careers advice, personal development, change management, motivation, sustainable change. Some services of CB Consulting are based on those techniques and tools to achieve sustainable change. O’Connor and Seymour in their book “Introducing NLP” nicely describe “the map is not the territory”.An artist, a lumberjack and a botanist taking a stroll through a wood will have a very different experiences and notice very different things. If you go through the world looking for excellence, you will find excellence. If you go through the world looking for problems, you will find problems. Perception and beliefs are basic understandings of how we see the world. I just finished reading a book called “Die vergessene Generation (the forgotten generation)” by Sabine Bode – it gives an

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The Prince and the Magician

A story related to NLP – I recommend everyone to read the book by John Fowles, the Magus. Amazing! Once upon a time there was a young prince who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not believe in islands, and he did not believe in God. His father, the king, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father’s domains, and no sign of God, the prince believed his father. But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace and came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore. “Are those real islands?” asked the young prince.“Of course they are real islands,” said the man in evening dress.“And those strange and troubling creatures?”“They are all genuine and authentic princesses.”“Then God must also exist!” cried the young prince.“I am God,” replied the man in evening dress, with a bow. The young prince returned home as

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NLP revisited (1)

What happened in the last week? Business and more business – I had interesting chats, met people and ideas. There are so many of you out there that are interested in people, motivation, coaching and sustainable business. And often someone gets curious and asks “what is NLP” and “I am afraid of NLP”. That happened to me last week too when someone approached me and came up with one of the oldes prejudice I came across in NLP. If someone is looking to the left or right it means something specific…..yes I said, it can be. But it does not have to be – the biggest mistake most people do is to generalize, to assume that if you do A then B must be true. Whilst that, in some cases, can be 99% right, for many other cases it could be 99% wrong. So never assume without knowing the territory ,-) So let me summarize what I think of NLP. What is DBM and where is the difference. NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, was developed in the 70-ties. Names associated to this are John Grinder and Richard Bandler (I will not go into much detail as you can read about most

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