Monday, 15 June 2015

Meta Model

In Greek mythology Pandora opened a box that was a present from Zeus, it was very beautiful and she was told it was never to be opened. Her curiosity got the better of her she wondered if it contained gold and jewels and she opened it.

Zeus had packed the box full of all the terrible evils he could think of. Out of the box poured disease and poverty. Out came misery, out came death, out came sadness - all shaped like tiny buzzing moths.
All that remained in the box was Hope. It fluttered from the box like a beautiful dragonfly, touching the wounds created by the evil creatures, and healing them. Even though Pandora had released pain and suffering upon the world, she had also allowed Hope to follow them.

Now a days, it seems that we have forgotten about hope. For example when people face challenging illness, hope never seems to be part of the diagnosis. Whenever someone is planning to do anything challenging, there are always those who will tell them how they won't be able to do it. Some say things like "you've no hope".

Hope inspires people to continue through pain, illness, life challenges it moves us forwards towards something better.

People seem to be so focused on how bad things are, they even have difficulty in telling you want they want. Their focus on what they don't want, what they did that didn't work.

In the early days of NLP when Richard & John modelled Milton, Fritz and Virginia (to name just a few); he noticed they got results that others didn't and by paying attention to the language they used and how it was used the linguistic side of NLP was born.

The meta model outlines all the things they could do not what they did. It turned their focus attention away from where they were stuck and gave them possibilities .......... hope.

As a good friend of mine says Linguistics is our middle name, and yet so many people who learn NLP seem to avoid learning the Meta and Milton Model patterns. And yet these are the very patterns that will enable you to do those NLP techniques linguistically ........

For me when I started learning NLP, I used to choose a pattern of the day and then look for that pattern in newspapers, conversations, in television talk shows; and then at the end of the day I would write out 100 examples of that pattern.


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