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Happy New Year to you and your families. I was listening to one of my Christmas presents this morning – a CD by Andrea Bocelli called ‘Believe’. It’s an inspiring set of tracks just right for this moment in time. One line struck me in particular and made me feel quite emotional. It was taken from the track by Rogers and Hammerstein called ‘You will never walk alone’:
‘Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone’’
It’s a well-known track used so much in sporting events to bring crowds together. For me today it was a reminder that whatever is going on it is a time for hope and to keep going. It inspired me and I hope it helps you too in some small way. My mantra for 2021 is to find hope and joy in everyday life around me while life settles back into a new normal around us all. I am very thankful for my connection to NLP as it has helped me to keep going over the last year. It helps me to become my own observer and to notice and check myself if my mindset shifts out of the positive energy that I do my best to cultivate. NLP has taught me how to choose how I feel and to know that I have full control over how I respond to a situation even though I do not have full control over what is happening.
Ingrid Fetell Lee talks about how we can access joy through tangible everyday life. It starts with the senses – with colour, shapes, feelings, tastes, and smells. These moments of joy are often hidden in plain sight. She suggests that we pursue the instinct to discover joy in everyday life. Here is her TED talk:
In fact, Ingrid says that:
‘’I began to see the world as a reservoir of positivity that I could turn to at any time’’
It is worth 14 minutes of your time!
And I am personally running our last live ‘Introduction to NLP’ webinar this Wednesday, 6th January at 7pm as we will be offering a recorded learning session in future. Join me here !
I am fortunate enough to live on the coast. Most days during the Christmas holidays, Jonny and I have been starting the day by driving the 5 miles to Deal which is a traditional seaside resort. We have walked to the end of the pier to buy our hot chocolate, and, as we turn back to look at the Deal coastline, the colourful houses, all different heights, and shapes with the big sky fill us with joy no matter what the weather. I have found that certain places like Deal, have a kind of buoyancy – a bright corner café, a local gallery, a walk by the river – and I started changing my routine to visit them more often. On bad days, rather than feeling overwhelmed, I discovered small things that could always lift my spirits. I also began to incorporate what I learned into my home buying small and precious pieces that led me to feel a sense of excitement as I put my key into the lock each day. Over the last few months, it has become clear to me that the conventional wisdom about joy was wrong. It is all around us.
So, at Team NLP as we start our journey into 2021, we will continue to feel hope and joy in our work. We are continuing to move all our programmes online to make them accessible to anyone who wants to use 2021 to begin their personal development pathways. Our next NLP Practitioner starts on the 21st March. More information is available here.
And I am personally running our last live introduction to NLP webinar this Wednesday, 6th January at 7pm as we will be offering a recorded learning session in future. Join me here !
Take care and very best wishes for 2021 from Lindsey and Team NLP