Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Revisiting Jeremy Tracey

Last evening, I drove to the Grand River branch of the Kitchener Public Library to hear Jeremy Tracey speak on Creating Change.

He based his very entertaining and interactive presentation on the five logic levels associated with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming):

Level 1--Environment

Does your environment support the changes you want to make in your life? There was some discussion about friends, co-workers and family members who may not be too supportive. Jeremy shared one of his own experiences while working in Alberta. At that time, he was taking personal growth and development courses in the evening. During the day, he attempted to share his new knowledge about improving his lifestyle. While his co-workers were not receptive, his boss took him aside and commented: "It is very difficult to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys."

Level 2--Action

Do your actions support your goal? Your actions express your priorities. If these actions are not congruent with your values, there needs to be a shift. Any negative comments about high achievers will block you from moving forward.

Level 3--Skills and Abilities

Do you have the necessary skills and abilities needed to move forward with your goals? If not, obtain these skills by hiring a coach, taking a course or reading an appropriate book.

Level 4--Beliefs

Do you believe in your goals? Jeremy referred to Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title, who said, "Your beliefs are nothing more than thoughts you've repeated over and over again until they become self-fulfilling truths." Jeremy urged us to squash ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) by writing down the polar opposite and repeating it to ourselves. For example, "I don't have the time" could become "I have plenty of time to complete all my tasks." Great quote--"Let positive affirmations bathe your brain."

Level 5--Identity

What is your identity? Does it help or hinder the changes you want to make? This level is the most powerful one and can impact all preceding levels. According to Jeremy, it may be necessary to shift your identity before you can move forward.

Bonus Logic Level--Higher Purpose

What is the emotional payoff you will gain by reaching a particular goal? When you can find your "Why" you will find your "Way." Your higher purpose will drive you to make the necessary changes to get all the other levels in place.

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