Autumn and NLP:
I love this time of year. I get excited when I see the vivid colours of the leaves as they turn from, green to red to brown and eventually fall to the ground. The feel of the change in the weather, getting colder, the wetness of the rain, getting darker earlier and the sound of the wind as it picks up its speed to help those leaves descend.
And as I observe this wonder of nature, sometimes from my study, sometimes when walking the dog it reminds me of the strength of the human condition. It also reminds me of the power of NLP.
I watch the sturdy trees still standing firm when they have shed all of their leaves. Prepared for the winter not knowing what it will bring but firm in the knowledge there will be a spring. There will be new growth; there will be more changes in the weather!
You see: that makes me think about some of my clients and the human race in general. We are all sturdy trees who have the ability to stand firm and face the changes that will inevitably come in our winters.
If we choose to do so we can shed our leaves. We can let go of negative emotions, release those behaviours and values that are not supporting us. It is possible to let go of all those limiting beliefs, to watch them fall to the ground, to be blown away.
…And then what?
Well the beauty of being human is that you don’t have to stand firm by yourself. You can choose to work with an NLP coach and change during your winter. You will be supported to grow and you will feel that support as new leaves sprout from within.
Those leaves could be in the guise of confidence, a resourceful state, a positive outlook, specific goals to be achieved, a set of new supportive values and behaviours that will allow you to live the life you want to live.
As humans we can choose how long our autumn and winter will be before we have the new growth of spring. Unlike the tree who stands firm and waits for the change you can make that change happen.
And change will happen, it’s just up to you when!
“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.”
― Ernest Hemmingway, A Moveable Feast
Andy McGregor-Taylor, M.Ed. B.A.Hons Dip.Ed. ABNLP ABH TLTA™
Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy™, Hypnotherapy