NLP offers many things to its followers and practitioners. It’s all about expanding choices; wouldn’t you like to have more choices?
One way to expand thinking and to reveal other choices that might have been previously hidden from you is to think ‘differently’. The process of reframing can be as complicated as you like, but essentially it’s about looking at things in a different way, it’s about taking yourself out and looking back into a situation as an observer…to be honest, it’s about lots of things that I’ll hopefully get around to writing about one day (hopefully).
Here’s a little metaphorical tool that I came across a long time ago and have used to great effect in many situations. You will have read my past posts on the use of metaphors and you already know how powerful they can be. This one is a metaphor that helps to reframe thinking and provide motivation. Feel free to use it with your clients. It works especially well for those who are stuck in a rut or require a kick start to examine their options…ALL of their options.
It goes like this:
Imagine that you have won money in a competition:
Each morning your bank will deposit £86,400.00 into your private account just for your exclusive use (for those of my readers in the USA insert $).
However, this prize comes with conditions.
The first set of conditions :
- Everything that you didn’t spend during each day will be taken away from you.
- You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
- You may only spend it.
Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another £86,400.00 for that day.
The second set of conditions:
- The bank can end that game, without warning; at any time it can say, “It’s over, the game is over!”
- It can close the account and you will not be able to open a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know because you couldn’t possibly spend all that on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS ALREADY YOUR REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it.
THE MAGICAL BANK IS TIME ITSELF.
Each awakening morning we receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life and when we go to sleep at night any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven’t lived up that day is lost forever. Yesterday is gone forever. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time…AND WITHOUT WARNING.
Well…what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?
Aren’t these seconds worth so much more than the same amount in pounds?
Think about it…and while you’re doing that always rethink about this:
Enjoy every second of your life because time races by so much quicker than you think.
Take care of yourself and enjoy life…go on, try it, I promise it’ll be good.
Until next time.