A Yardstick of Quality
This is it! At last, the time has come! Finally, I am on the Inspire 360 NLP Trainers’ Training in Barcelona, and I am standing in front of my group about to do my first presentation! I am getting lots of encouraging nods, smiles and thumbs up from them. Phil is looking very focused; Daniella flashes me a smile; Julie is sitting forward in her chair looking interested; Andy gives me a confident wink, and I can still feel Clive’s good luck hug from earlier.
My hands are shaking, I am sweating, and I am so excited I feel like I might start to fly any second. I don’t know if my first presentation will hit the mark, I don’t know what sort of feedback I am going to get from Colin and Craig, our two inspiring coaching assistants…
To be honest I don’t know much about anything at this point, apart from what I am going to say next and the fact that I am exactly where I want to be, with a fantastic bunch of people, doing something that I am passionate about. Basically, learning how to be excellent in my chosen field.
I once had a frightening discussion with someone in my old job, who said to me that when it came to excellence, 80% was okay. Just about there, he said. Good enough, he told me. Well, one of the things I like about NLP is that we do not stop at 80%, we go all the way. And every single delegate on my recent Trainers’ Training achieved total excellence, because they turned themselves inside out and gave it something many people never allow themselves to give: not just everything, but what it takes.
Back in 2012 I started my NLP journey; I was a client with a problem. Then I did an Associate Practitioner course, and in 2013 I found Inspire 360 and Ewan Mochrie, and I did Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainers’ Training with them. I also did Coach training and some Business training and I attended their conferences. Believe me, I am hard to please! But I stuck with those guys because they deliver excellence as standard, and that is the secret to being successful in life. It’s about holding yourself up to a higher standard in everything you do.
In his book The Success Principles Jack Canfield says that “99% is a bitch; 100% is a breeze. When you make a 100% commitment to something, you eliminate exceptions.” But you can’t make a 100% commitment to something unless you get rid of what is in the way, and that is where NLP comes in. So my outcome for NLP Trainers’ Training was simple: “To Get Out Of My Own Way!”
Because we can all be excellent; the trick is to allow ourselves to be just that. I used to do things and challenge myself and worry about it: “What if I don’t succeed?” I would say, believing that I was not totally in control, knowing I was at the mercy of some mysterious force that could just blow in at the last second and “make me fail”… Well, with NLP I learned personal power: how to be totally in charge of my own mind, and of my results. I learned to eliminate the unconscious stuff that would stand in my way, like the little voice in my head that whispered I was not good enough, and the part of me that consistently sabotaged my efforts in order to prove the little voice right. So when I walked into the training room on Day 1 of Final Evaluation, I knew that it was up to me, and it was absolutely the right thing!
My friend and fellow trainer Andy quoted Epictetus recently: “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” I got to do just that during the Barcelona training, with a dedicated training team who were all models of excellence, and a group of delegates who inspired me with their energy and desire to succeed. Thanks, guys!
NLP has been a magical adventure for me up to this point, and now I am excited about sharing my knowledge with my future students and watching them, on their own journey of excellence toward the achievement of their life’s purpose.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected – Steve Jobs
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