In the last NLP blog I was talking about thinking about the things that are most important to you in life. Most goal setting workshops talk about the importance of writing them down.
This is really important – you want to regularly review your outcomes, not just think about them once, but keep reviewing them. What will help your outcomes really take more substance is to transform them just from words, and use all of the different senses.
The more substance you can bring to these outcomes, the more drive you will have to achieve them. On our NLP Coach Training I recommend people to draw pictures, create sounds and use their physiology to really step into these outcomes to bring them to life. Some people create ‘dream boards’ where they cut out pictures they find from magazines, draw or paint their own pictures, find recordings of music or sounds and even find material and textures to represent aspects of their outcomes. I certainly recommend that if all you do is write down your outcomes, that you do it with a quality pen and quality paper, preferably some sort of journal that you can regularly review. On our NLP Trainings and Hypnotherapy courses, we always stress the importance of symbolism to your unconscious mind. Just think about setting outcomes – if you write down your outcomes on old scraps of paper with a rubbish pen, what does that unconsciously symbolize about your outcomes? If you write it on quality paper with a quality pen, what would that symbolize?
More about goals in the next blog…