So theme week is here and I’m kicking off a series of posts related to Personal Power. Google ‘personal power’ and you’ll get over 50 million results! So my aim this week is to help you understand what Personal Power is from a number of different perspectives. How you can tap in to it, manage it, and maximize it, to achieve your success and ultimately your dreams. I guess that’s where my picture for this post came from – you just need to learn how to ‘plug in’ to resources you already possess!
So what is Personal Power in NLP terms? Well, it’s the ability to take action and to achieve your desired results…which of course you can do using the tools and techniques of NLP. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Presuppositions of NLP and there are a couple that are particularly important when it come to Personal Power: you are in charge of you mind and therefore your results (and I am also in charge of my mind and therefore my results); and people have all the resources they need to succeed and to achieve their desired outcomes. Or as eloquently put by William Arthur Ward “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
NLP’ers often talk about the ’cause and effect equation’, a really important concept when we start talking about Personal Power. As Richard Bandler says “Who is driving the bus?” On the effect side of the equation you think you’re at the mercy of the world, you can give millions of reasons (otherwise known as excuses!) why you don’t reach your goals and it’s always someone or something else’s fault. Looking at instead at the cause side of the equation, you have your driving license and you’re most certainly driving the bus. You are taking responsibility for change, having choices and seizing the power within you to achieve, achieve and achieve again all the results you desire. So if you want Personal Power then you need to be at cause.
But as Jim Rohn so neatly puts it “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.” It takes belief, focus, flexibility, perseverance and action on your part to have Personal Power. You need to know where you’re driving to, you need to clearly define your road map with compelling goals and you need to know how you’ll know when you reach your destination. There’s no question, that the ability to get yourself to do whatever it takes to succeed is a very real power, that lies within each and every one of us. You can use that Personal Power to be in complete control of your mind, your body and thus your life.
This week I’ll be taking my inspiration not only from NLP, but also from the philosophies of Huna, from the likes of Anthony Robbins and Jack Canfield, and even from Harvard Business Review! I’ll be talking about how to be your own superhero, making the most of infinite energy compared to finite time and about the beliefs you need to install in yourself to support your achievement of success. After all if you don’t believe you are and will continue to be successful, then you’ve created an uphill battle for yourself, of Everest proportions, before you even start.
So let’s grab Personal Power with both hands and remember to celebrate every success. “…succeeding encourages the very factors that bring about success while discouraging the factors against it. So by acknowledging all your wins or successes, no matter how small, you support your ability to succeed more often.” Serge Kahili King
- Cheat sheet Huna deep programming | combining Huna_NLP (hshere23.wordpress.com)
- What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)? [Michael Beale] (ecademy.com)