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Created by Gary Lavery on April 4th, 2016.
DURING the International NLP Trainers Training of 2014 in Thailand, my whole mindset was focus around being proactive with any downtime I had, getting out of my comfort zone and learning from the local people. This was a perfect opportunity for me to create some metaphors for when delivering group NLP trainings and private NLP coaching sessions.
On my first day, whilst travelling to the Hyatt Recency from Bangkok Airport, I noticed a large colourful sign saying 'Sitjaopho Muay Thai Gym' which was situated about 2 miles up the road from where I was staying in Hua Hin.
One evening, I decided to visit the gym and after a few minutes of watching, I was really impressed at the amount of sheer determination, true gift and outstanding effort that each fighter was putting into his own personal performance. A WOW moment if ever there was one!
Maybe the fighters really believe what the gym believes "Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever". Alongside a passion for why they do what they do, perhaps this belief was the power behind what I was seeing in front of my eyes OR was it something else.
Created by Gary Lavery on March 31st, 2016.
PERHAPS you have seen this image somewhere before or maybe not. I'm sure you will agree from the start that specific words and phrases can have different meaning to different people.
Located inside the Sunderland AFC home dressing room is this picture, which was installed by Roy Keane during his tenure as club manager. Throughout his football career, Keane hated losing and mental toughness was a huge part of what he was about. He was once quoted saying, "A game of football can be won or lost in the mind, even before a ball is kicked."
And this inspirational image is not just about football or sport or even business, its about you, me and everyday general life. A human fact, is that we can change our state of mind momentarily, based upon how we are thinking specifically and where we align our focus.
Created by Gary Lavery on March 22nd, 2016.
DO you have any favourite songs where the words really mean something to you? – You already know that wherever you go in life, these songs will ALWAYS go with you.
Currently in the UK Music charts, there is a song called ‘7 Years’ by Lukas Graham. Within the song, it states powerful lyrics like “Make yourself some friends” and “Learning about life” and “I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure.” The song also mentions two particular years of age; 11 and 7, which are to date the ages of my two children, Liam (11) and Lewis (7).
And once upon a time, now all but a distant memory ago, I was 7 years old, growing up in a mining village situated in County Durham called Horden Colliery ...
Throughout my childhood, probably from the age of 7 years, I spent countless hours playing in local parks, learning a Martial Art like Karate, playing in Castle Eden Dene, representing different school / club teams mainly in Sport and of course playing on my Commodore 64 computer.