I was putting up some Power of Personal Change flyers around town the other day and met one of our podcast listeners. Always keen to deliver what people want, I asked her for ideas about what she’d like to know more about.
“Resilience”, she replied without a shred of hesitation.
She commented that we’re in times where resilience — both individual and community — is needed more than ever.
Your wish is my command!
Introducing the Resilience Podcast
Now ready for your listening. Scroll to the bottom of this page to listen in. As you can see, I’ve also created a blog post, so you can come back and review your resilience options and access the resources I’ve linked to more easily.
We need resilience more than ever
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, much of it wild and scary. It’s a time when resilience — flexibility with an ability to bounce back from adversity — is crucial.
NLP offers many skills and tools for building resilience. I’ve included links to places on the website where you can explore some of these in more detail. However, to get the whole toolkit, come and train with me. 😊 In the meantime, here are 12 options for building resilience using NLP tools and techniques.
1. Spot the Quirks in Your Thought Patterns:
I know I have some pretty quirky ways of my own — like eating cheese scones spread with jam. (Hey don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) But what about the quirks hidden within your mind? NLP helps you uncover those annoying thought patterns, emotions, and resultant behaviours. Once you discover your own internal rebel, you can subdue him or her and take back your life. Resilience is a piece of cake (or cheese scone!) once you realise what you’re cooking up in your head.
2. Conversational Wizardry: Talking The Talk
NLP takes communication up a notch. Learn the art of impeccable communication and rapport-building. Communication skills are important for resilience because they help you collaborate with others and ask for help when needed. Learn how to talk so folks listen, and build rapport like you’re chatting with your best mate at the local cafe.
More info: REAL People Skills
3. Emotional Regulation: Keeping Cool Under Pressure
Life will throw you curveballs, and it’s important to keep your cool, especially if you want to deal with said curveballs. NLP provides tools to manage and regulate your emotions. This is crucial in resilience-building, allowing you to stay calm and composed under pressure, and making it easier to adapt to adversity.
4. Goal Setting and Motivation: Goals That Make Sense
NLP provides techniques for setting clear and achievable goals and enhancing motivation.
Setting and working towards goals gives you a sense of purpose and direction, which contributes to your resilience. If you want to feel motivated towards your goals, you must do more than just visualise them. You need to ‘sensualise’ them. I cover this aspect of goal setting and how to do it in my Goal Setting book.
More info: Free Goal Setting Workbook
5. Change Management: How to roll with the changes
Some people don’t want change at all; they want everything to stay the same. A majority will accept changes that develop over time. And a handful of people love dramatic and constant change. Regardless of your change preference, change is inevitable. NLP has methods to reframe your perspective and view change as a positive experience.
6. Stress-Busting: Without the Posh Spa:
Chronic stress can devastate your ability to cope with challenges, as well as affect your immune system. It’s important to use techniques such as visualisation and anchoring to reduce your anxiety and stress and build resilience. Try out my Calm Spot for a 71/2 minute taster. People say it’s better than a spa treatment — and you don’t even need to leave your seat. (You’re welcome! 😊)
More info: The stress and anxiety podcast
7. Confidence Building
Confidence is a key aspect of resilience, as it enables you to face challenges with a positive mindset. Confidence comes from increased self-awareness, emotional regulation and many other NLP skills covered in this post. Replacing negative thoughts with positive beliefs and self-talk can also enhance self-confidence and self-esteem.
8. Adaptive Thinking: Think Like a Detective
NLP helps you to develop flexible and adaptive thinking patterns. You’ll learn to look at problems from different angles and find clever solutions. This means you are better equipped to reframe negative circumstances and rebound from setbacks.
9. Conflict Resolution: Sort Out the Spats.
Hate Conflict? Don’t fret! NLP has conflict resolution techniques that can change your perspective and help you navigate and resolve conflicts. Resolving conflicts will reduce stress and improve relationships, contributing to overall resilience.
10. Learning from Adversity
Learn to view adversity as an opportunity for growth and learning. This mindset shift is central to resilience, as it encourages you to see setbacks as valuable experiences rather than failures. And you can turn those setbacks into stepping stones towards a happier future.
11. Mindfulness: Keep Calm and Stay Present
Learn to stay present and focused on the moment, without the need to meditate for hours on end. Being mindful can help you handle challenges and anxiety.
12. Coping Strategies: Getting past the rough patches.
A toolkit of coping strategies is available for you to use in trying times. These strategies can include visualisation, reframing, and anchoring techniques. They’re invaluable for maintaining emotional stability in adversity.
The overall effect
By learning and applying NLP techniques, you’ll develop a firm foundation for resilience. You’ll gain the skills and mindset needed to navigate life’s challenges, adapt to change, and maintain a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity.
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