It’s hard to believe how time flies by. Most of us have certain memories that seem from long ago while others seem like they were just yesterday. One of the most interesting things to me is that some things can seem like a long time ago as well as having happened just yesterday. That’s all the time we have for that, though I could go on forever.
Have you ever noticed that when someone says something that catchers your attention, you seem to think about it again, seemingly “out of the blue?” Isn’t it amazing how the mind works? Having had an interest in the mind and behavior for most of my life, I have studied many theories and philosophies and have come to the conclusion that there is so much more to learn. I also know that I have learned many valuable lessons and practices that serve my clients and me quite well, and that, even the most practiced need reminders from time to time.
The mind processes language in a variety of ways, which along with our emotions and other related factors, determine how we react or respond (behave) in given situations. Some words are simply ignored by the mind, which can cause us to misunderstand an intention spoken by another. When that happens, it creates a mutual misunderstanding, which can cause a chasm between those involved. Not good for rapport to say the least. They may “try” to do better the next time, but that could makes matters worse.
When at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, right? Wrong! Trying has never accomplished one desired outcome. Trying is simply making an attempt. Why do you think Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try,” to young Luke Skywalker? Because Yoda knew, as any good Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner knows, (and in Yoda’s case, a Master Practitioner), that the mind understands “try” to mean, “to make an attempt.” To “try” at anything will never get you what you really want. You must do! Even Nike® understands you have to “Just Do It®” because they know that to “Just Try” would never cut it for Michael Jordan or anyone else they were going to sponsor.
So the next time you hear yourself saying, “I’ll try….,” catch yourself, smile because you did, and then tell yourself to go do whatever it was you were intending to do. Imagine yourself succeeding, and then imagine yourself having succeeded. It may take some practice, but you will find that you can accomplish anything you want to when you do. How cool is that?