October 2007

Developing your potential

One of my favorite maxims from the field of Neurosemantics and NLP is that "we are a work in progress" and one of the things that I am continually readdressing, as I develop and learn more, is the necessity to revisit my higher frames of mind in order to integrate many of the new ideas that I am exposed to.
One particular area of my development that stands out in this regard is that actual integration of new thinking and behaviors into my being.

There is many a time that I have found myself reading and studying a new idea or concept that I have found very interesting and realized that it would be of tremendous use to me. However, when I come to integrate it into my thinking and feeling (inner powers of contemplation) and consequently my behavior and communication (outer powers of expression) I find that what, at the time, seemed to be a trait or way of thinking that would greatly benefit my development fails to take hold in my psyche and is consequently forgotten and the potential outcomes never realized. I am sure that there are many of us that have found this to some degree in our journey through life.

With this in mind I have been revisiting the Axis of Change Model, that we use in Neurosemantics, to question and challenge the values, and the beliefs that support them, at the higher frame levels of the particular way of thinking and consequent behavior I wish to modify.
Experience has demonstrated that we will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to implement change at a lower level of mind unless we change our overarching beliefs and values.
With the Axis of Change we set about developing a Well Formed Outcome (refer to previous Goal Setting Blog posts for an explanation) with the Axis of Change as a major part of the resource element. The Axis of Change is the process by which the new thoughts, feelings, behaviors and communications are integrated into the self and become accepted and appreciated by the self far more easily, thus making the realization of the outcome or goal far more likely.
This has led me to the realization that, in order to facilitate the changes that I am attempting to make, I may have to action the Axis of Change process on several elements of the Well Formed Outcome procedure. These include: The necessity of having a compelling goal, a factor that is intimately tied to it aligning with your values, beliefs and identity, and the acceptance of the cost of achieving the goal.
In addition, I have found in my own experience that the requirement to take action requires particular attention requiring a serious analysis of the procrastination strategies that we put in place to avoid achieving our goals.

Following these experiences and observations I have come to the conclusion that we need to apply change at several points and levels of mind if we are to give ourselves the best opportunity for developing our full potential.

Until next time Geoff