The Great North Run – Done and done in!

I’ve just finished the Great North Run this afternoon. It is a fantastic event, the largest half-marathon in the world with 50,000 runners. Which is good because it means I’m unlikely to come last.

This year, as last I ran on behalf of St Oswald’s Hospice. I’d like to thank all the people who have sponsored me. If you didn’t sponsor me and would like to make amends you can sponsor me here

Just in case you were wondering, I ran it in 2 hours 30 minutes. I’m the kind of runner that makes lots of other people look really good! (Believe it or not that is better than last year’s performance.)

Introducing NLP – One Day Workshops

Do you want to know more about Neuro Linguistic Programming?

Have you read a few books, watched Paul McKenna on TV and wondered what NLP is all about? If you are used to finding out about things by reading it can be a little difficult to ‘get’ NLP.

Unfortunately learning NLP from a book is like learning to ride a bicycle from a book, reading and riding are two very different things.

Fortunately my friend and colleague Nigel Hetherington and I are running a couple of one day introductions to NLP where you can try out NLP for size without breaking the bank.

There are two workshops: Wednesday 24th October and Saturday 10th November from 9:30 to 5:30. They take place at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. They are a snip at just £45 for the day.

To find out more visit the Integrity NLP website.

How to use a crisis as an opportunity for positive change

Some suggestions from Bill O’Hanlon if the “brown smelly stuff” is hitting the fan.

When you are going through Hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

In the spirit of the saying: It’s easier to ride the horse in the direction it’s going, here are some guidelines for mining the value of a life crisis if you are going through one.

Principle #1: Out with the old, in with the new
Get rid of stuff, habits, beliefs, relationships, friends, etc. that no longer serve.

Of course, you don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Consider what you would like to retain or recreate from your recently disrupted life to bring to your post-crisis life.

Principle #2: Revisit old dreams, passions and plans
Were there plans, dreams, hopes, wishes, goals etc. that you had put away due to lack of time, deciding you needed to be “realistic,” others’ disapproval, fears, and so on? If so, are there any of those old dreams that you could take out, dust off, renew, come to in a new way, now that your life has changed or now that you have some time on your hands?

Principle #3: Commit to healthy habits
Since this is a major change time, why not commit to renewing or developing healthy habits, like exercise, meditation, healthy eating, regular spiritual or religious practices, and so on? First, these healthy habits will probably help you get through this challenging time. Second, since things are in flux, you might as well steer them in a positive direction.

Bill O’Hanlon, M.S., Possibilities, 223 N. Guadalupe #278, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA 505.983.2843; Fax# 505.983.2761;;

EFT Level 1 in Newcastle

There are still some places available on the EFT Level 1 course on Saturday 29th September.

“The Level 1 course was fantastic. Lots of ’stuff’ to work on both on the day and afterwards. I particularly appreciate the ‘craving’ technique as I’m now totally Pringle free. No craving, no desire, nothing. How good is that? … There was nothing about the day I did not enjoy or feel could be done better. The group size was small and that possibly made my enjoyment more memorable. Your style was informal and informative.”

Carole Briggs

To book your place email me andy [at] practicalwellbeing [dot] co [dot] uk

Failure Tip 3: Make sure your success is up to someone else

To increase your chances of failure make the whole of your outcome, or at least critical parts of it, someone else’s responsibility.

For example: Put your investment hopes in a lottery ticket and let the machine decide whether you succeed or not. Or rely on someone you don’t know, and have never met, to be there just at the right time to help you out. Make sure that if they don’t show up your outcome will collapse in ruins.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a little. Do you have (any) control over the outcome? Can you start it and keep it going, or is that in the hands of others?

Does this mean that you have to be completely self reliant and do everything yourself? Not necessarily. Unless you are Robinson Crusoe most outcomes are going to involve other people in some way. You need to be able to influence and motivate people to take their part in your outcomes. As they will be trying to get you to participate in theirs. You can’t guarantee they’ll go along with you, but you can work on how influential and motivating you can be. Your approach is in your hands, their response is theirs.

Try this

Think of anything you want to achieve. Who else is involved? How can you influence and motivate them to assist you? Getting people to help you might be an outcome in its own right.

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