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Strategies: How to Recognize Them, Model Them and Change Them

October 14th, 2016 · Comments

A strategy is a set of perceptions and behaviours that occur in a particular sequence to reliably achieve a specific result. Any reliable result is generated by a strategy - even if it is a bad habit or a response you don't find useful. The way to change a result is to alter at least one element in the strategy so that the strategy can no longer function to get that result.

To learn how your strategies work, pick one thing that you can do reliably, whether it is reliably good or reliably less than useful. Ask yourself what must be true in yourself and in your environment to trigger this strategy. Then walk through, step by step, asking "what else must be true" until you have a complete process.

If it's a process that gets a result you like, you can now use it more often. If it's a process that leads reliably to a result that you don't like, you can change just one element to create new choices.
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Tags: Uncategorized · strategy · change

Suggestions can be more powerful than commands

July 22nd, 2016 · Comments

Listen to this episode to discover how easily you are led to accept ideas that come from a trusted source in a relationship you value. Whether you are making or taking suggestions, it's appropriate to also take a deep breath and ask yourself: is this really what I want? how much of this motivation is a desire to stay connected? what else do I want now?

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Tags: Uncategorized · Trance · communication · framing

Mindful limits: How language helps you find the edges of your pain

March 14th, 2016 · Comments

This exercise takes less than 10 minutes to demonstrate that mindful attention in response to language allows you to find the edge to your experience of pain. As you do, you'll find your breathing settles, your mind clears, and you develop the ability to choose to focus on your pain or to focus on what is on the other side of the edges of your pain.  And if you do focus on your pain, you will find that human focus blurs, so that paying attention to only one thing creates a sense of calm and space, even when what you give your focus is painful at first. And you will notice that on the other side of the edges of your pain, you are calm and centred and you have what you need to move forward.

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Tags: Uncategorized · healing · language · calm · mindset

Mastering Language: It’s not what you think

January 25th, 2016 · Comments

What do you think it takes to master language? Have you been looking for new vocabulary so that you will have the very best words? Maybe you've been searching for a script or formula to memorize so that you will always pull out just the right words at just the right moment. Somewhere, you suspect that this isn't quite right.

Language is not a thing: it's a connection. It connects experience with ideas, and people with other people, and you with the bigger self that produces most of your words. A master of language focuses attention on the connection they want to make, and then greet the words that come to them with expectation and curiosity. When you control your focus and your intention, you'll find that you pick words that give you important information about the connections you most want to make.
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4 Chairs: Shift Perspectives to Shift a Problem

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments

Maybe you're stuck. You've been hurt or disappointed and you don't know what to do next. You're reaching for something you can't quite define. You're doing well, but you've hit the edge of your interest and there's no clear path ahead.  

Take 10 minutes and imagine that you have the chance to sit with 3 people, someone you trust, someone you admire, someone who loves you. If you could see through their eyes, what would you discover that you don't know now? What new attitude or information would come into your awareness to help you find that next step?
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Tags: Uncategorized · Fresh Thinking · Motivation · Focus · hope · nlp

Better problem solving begins with difference

June 19th, 2015 · Comments

It's a well-known saying in NLP: "difference is the difference that makes a difference." Learn how connecting with a diverse group of people can help you to see the new information that will make a difference in solving your problem. You need a safe space, a shared interest and a group of people committed to holding their own perspectives and integrity. 

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Tags: Uncategorized · Working Relationships · Fresh Thinking · diversity

Go with Desire: The Keynote from HOPE 2014

December 6th, 2014 · Comments

This is a shorter version of Linda Ferguson's 2014 Keynote at the HOPE Symposium: Go with Desire. It's an exploration of what it means to "want it" enough to endure and excel. Using the tools of NLP, Linda uncovers desire as an unconscious drive that creates different high-performance states and explores the consequences of dampening down desire to make other people more comfortable.

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Tags: Uncategorized · Motivation · Focus · nlp

How to build mental toughness

November 3rd, 2014 · Comments

Mental toughness is a combination of a fierce focus on what you want and perseverance through pain and obstacles. It begins with desire: the breakfast of champions, the air that high performers breathe. Spend a few minutes to focus on what you want enough to want it when you've been knocked in the mud and you hurt all over.

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A Walk to Clear Your Head

February 11th, 2013 · Comments

Did you think healing meant being curled under soft blankets with fluffy pillows?  Colds make us want what makes us fuzzy.  Instead of fighting a cold, walk into it, feeling the wind blow through you and the damp air fill your lungs with salty water.  It's what your body is calling for when you think a cold is catching you.

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Linda’s story at MoMondays

February 8th, 2013 · Comments

On January 28, Linda joined the lineup of speakers at the Toronto MoMonday event. Here's what she presented.

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