Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Power of Metaphor: Onami the Great Wave!

Onami was a powerful sumo wrestler who lived in Japan about 100 years ago.

Onami was so strong and skilful that he was able to beat his own teachers during wrestling matches in private training. Indeed, Onami never ever lost a practice match.

However, Onami had a problem of stage fright. Crowds made Onami nervous.

He was unable to perform at his best during public matches in front of large audiences. During public matches, Onami was beaten even by his own students and also by untalented wrestlers only half his size. Onami’s stage fright became so serious that he lost twenty consecutive matches.

Troubled by his stage fright problems, Onami consulted a Zen master.

The Zen master told Onami, “Your name means Great Wave. Imagine you are a Great Wave. Visualize yourself sweeping your opponents aside like a powerful unstoppable wave.”

Onami did as the Zen Master said. He spent the days and nights visualising himself as the Great Wave, an earth shaking wave, big as the ocean itself, sweeping his opponent aside with great unstoppable power.

When the day of the competition came, Onami went into the ring of a public match with this mental movie of himself as the Great Wave. The moment the referee started the fight with the wave of the fan, Onami the Great Wave surged forward with tremendous power. He swept his opponent away with an unstoppable shove.

Visualisation is a powerful yet simple method to manage your feelings and your body for peak performance when facing acute challenges such as during a crucial contest, final examinations, or during public speaking.

For example, when making an inspirational speech, imagine in detail that you are Martin Luther King. When playing goalkeeper during a soccer match, imagine in detail that you are a cat. You can imagine anything you want as long as it gives you power.

Try it, you will be amazing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NLP Well Formed Outcome Model

Monday, February 21, 2011

NLP Presupposition: We Have All the Resources We Need To Succeed

The keys to success are uniquely human gifts like inspiration, imagination, confidence, faith, courage, optimism, creativity, hope, and foresight. These gifts are present in every human being.

To use these powerful gifts, we only need to be aware and accept that we have them.

Yet, we see many people who are unaware of these gifts or have lost touch with them. They are either ignorant of them, or there are some things that block them from accessing these gifts.

This is not surprising as these gifts are buried in our unconscious mind, and have to be brought up to our conscious mind. We can realise the power of these gifts only when they are brought into our conscious mind.

An ancient Sioux legend, illustrates very well that the human unconscious could be our last frontier.

One day, the Creator wanted to hide the uniquely human treasures like inspiration, imagination, and creativity from humans until they are ready see it.

The Creator gathered all the animals and sought their advice.

The eagle said: “Give it to me. I will take it to the highest mountain and keep it there.” The Creator replied: “One day, the humans will conquer the highest mountain, and find it.”

The salmon said: “Give it to me. I will take it to the deepest ocean and keep it there.” The Creator replied: “One day, the humans will explore the deepest depths of the ocean, and find it.”

The buffalo said: “Give it to me. I will bury it in the heart of the great plains and keep it there.” The Creator replied: “One day, humans will rip open the earth, and find it there.”

All were stumped until a mole spoke up: “Why don’t we hide it inside them? That is the last place they will look.”

The Creator replied in an instant: “It is done.”

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to uncover our human treasures by moving them from our unconscious mind to our conscious mind.

The key approach is in appreciating ourselves, our importance, and our self-worth.

We can practice self acknowledgement to uncover our treasures. To get inspiration, acknowledge that we are inspired. To access the power of our imagination, acknowledge that we are imaginative. To create, acknowledge that we are creative.