And what has this inflammatory headline got to do with NLP?
Simply, it made me think of 2 things
1) Worrying. How much time and energy we spend worrying about things that may never happen and may never affect us. The “what ifs…”. Now some consideration of “what ifs” is important; it is preparation for future events. But worrying “what if?” about things that a) may never happen and b) we can’t really do much about, is a waste of time and effort. So (and this is a very simple “technique”) the next time you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about this?”, if the answer is “no”, then stop! You are breaking the cycle. If the answer is “yes”, then ask yourself “right now?”, if the answer is “yes” GO DO IT! And stop worrying about it! If the answer is “no” then when can you do something? And plan to get the issue sorted.
2) How can NLP help us prepare for a flu pandemic? Well, it is well documented these days that the mind has a significant effect on the body. Hypnosis has been used very effectively to help cancer patients. And it reminds me of a story of an American politician (who’s name I can’t recall right now…) who was diagnosed with a particularly nasty disease that killed most the people who caught it. So the treatment was to dump him in a hospital wing with all the other sufferers and just leave him. He noticed whilst in there that the people who got depressed and down and thought they were going to die got iller much faster and often passed away very quickly. Yet the people who were optimistic about their condition and believed they could get better would often do so. At that moment he made the choice to become optimistic and trained himself to do so (being an optimist is a skill after all!) and you know what? He got better.