January 2010 Archive
Just as a picture frame puts borders or boundaries on what you can see in a picture, the frames of reference that you choose as a result of your beliefs about yourself and others, your perceived role in life, your perceived limitations in skills/abilities, etc. can limit what you see as possible or can open up all sorts of possibilities. You are continually setting timeframes, boundaries, limits, etc. on what you can and can’t do, often without any real thought about the consequences.
Changing the frame of an experience can have a major influence on how you perceive, understand and react to that experience. Imaging being sat at your desk and your boss tells you, you have one hour to complete a task. This request is more than likely going to result in a different emotional state, haphazard approach and quality of work than if you are told that you have one week to accomplish the same task. This example can illustrate how a change in frame (in this case a timeframe) can have a significant bearing on the choices you make. Changing the frame of reference is called reframing in NLP. Continue Reading »