My name is John Cliff. I’m a certified NLP Trainer and Master Practitioner. I’ve also extensively studied Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and other behaviour change disciplines such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.

But I confess that my passion for the last decade has been gathering techniques to help people connect their conscious minds with the incredible power and resources of their inner, unconscious minds.

My underlying belief is that you can’t make serious and lasting changes with the conscious mind alone. It’s faster and much more fun to involve your whole mind in the process. That way, you get to call upon all your memories and experiences, and your best ideas and resolutions from the past.

A lot of the techniques have to do with improving communications and influencing skills. For example, you’d be surprised how much more effectively people can communicate when they learn how to increase the range and flexibility of their mental pictures. After all, the more you can ‘see’, the more choice you have in your topics and conversational directions. And you can set up different picture ‘arrangements’ in your mind to really improve your face-to-face communications in situations ranging from establishing instant rapport to bulletproof persuasion.

Some of the techniques offer an instant motivation boost. A good example, which I advise all my clients to do, is as simple as changing the name of your To-Do list to your To-Finish list. This might sound like a matter of semantics, but notice how it switches the focus of your attention away from the drudgery of the doing and onto the fun of the finish. Try it. It can make a huge difference to your attitude.

Many of the techniques involve the way we sequence our mental imagery. Very often changes here can make our thinking much more efficient, and sweep away bugbears like procrastination, anxiety, and over-zealous perfectionism.

One such technique is called Chunking and Stacking. This is great for anyone in the grip of task overwhelm, where so many tasks seem to be bullying your mind for attention, and which is often a primary cause of freezing up.

The chunking part helps you make sure you get your priorities right, while the stacking part allows you to mentally represent your tasks somewhat like cards stacked one behind the other. This means you’re only dealing with one task at a time without being nagged by upcoming stuff. It also encourages your unconscious mind to be getting on with preparatory work for the upcoming stuff before you get to it. (Your unconscious mind is actually brilliant at multi-tasking.)

There are also longer-term behaviour change techniques, such as Altered State Writing, which allows you to reprogram your behaviours to run the way you want. The process is rather like structured daydreaming where you visualize how you want to perform for five or six minutes a day while writing down your thoughts. Within a few days, the new visualizations begin to infiltrate right through your memory databases and behaviour patterns so that the new behaviours soon become the norm.

Woven throughout all the techniques is my firm belief that work should be fun. To some people, this might sound a bit flippant, but there’s a mountain of evidence to show that the very best performers are those who are passionately excited about their jobs – where work is an adventure rather than a chore.

If you’re at all interested in any of the techniques, I’d love to tell you more. Please email me and I’ll get in touch with you.

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