What a weekend! All those people stuck in other countries trying to get home!Lucky so and so & so’s!
(Are you thinking what do I mean?)
Well people keep saying to me that they are really glad they hadn’t gone away over Easter because they’d have been
stuck in the other countries.
Well I keep saying ‘I wish I had been away still – I’d have had a week’s free holiday on the insurance!’
There are always two sides to any story – you can always find different meaning in the same situation.
You see, I was over in the USA until just over a week ago and flew home a few days before the Iceland situation. I
really wanted to stay in the USA a little while longer and for me it would have been an opportunity, not an inconvenience.
On an NLP Practitioner training, people start to learn about reframing, where you look at different meanings. I
talked about reframing in a previous blog, but I thought that this airline situation was a perfect example.
Talking about reframing and meaning, people often give different terms and words for things and even jobs to make
them appear to have a different meaning. I’m sure you can think of lots of examples of this already – like, you
don’t get shop assistants anymore, you get retail advisors.
I saw a classic example in Subway advertising for staff (Subway being the chain of sandwich shops) – guess what
they advertise for?
And there again, there are some things that could probably do with having their names changed. An example of an airline term that could possibly do with being changed is ‘Terminal’. There are enough people with flying phobias
already without the prospect of going to a ‘Terminal’!
I’m sure people have been been put off travelling with the prospect of there being a ‘terminal’!
So what could you reframe in your own life that could transform the meaning of something positively?
I once met an accountant who never introduced himseld as an accountant because he thought it wouldn’t inspire
interest, so he introduced himself as a ‘treasure hunter’! He helps you seek out treasure in your finances!
Clearly a very different way to introduce yourself and get a very different reaction.
Another great example of this is with physical symptoms like pain. Rather than thinking of pain the back as being a
‘bad back’, you could think of the pain as a ‘healing back’. In most healing there is some pain, so this may be
more true than you think!
So at the end of this blog, take a little time to think about what you could reframe and give different meaning in
your own life.
Attending our NLP Practitioner training would be a great way to help with the process – so why not check out
details about our courses by following this link…
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