Christmas Tip 7: Give Yourself Plenty of Time.

Write your Christmas tips articles well in advance of Christmas so that the festive season doesn’t overtake your plans.

Unfortunately I’ve not kept up with my schedule so although the 12 days of Christmas last up to January 6th I don’t know if I’ll get them all in before then. You may have to tune in next Christmas for the final few tips.

Christmas and EFT (Emergency Festive Tapping)

Christmas SnoopyI just want to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas (if it’s very merry – don’t drive!) and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Since magazines offer you a multitude of festive tips (starting in August), I thought I’d offer you some of my own.

  • If the turkey explodes in the oven …. get tapping!
  • If granny’s false teeth fall into the trifle … get tapping!
  • If the lights on the tree have shorted circuited … get tapping!
  • If the other person always gets the fat end of the Christmas cracker … get tapping!
  • If you don’t like Christmas … get tapping (although you should have started in August)!
  • If you’ve just remembered what you’d rather not had done at the office party … get tapping!
  • If you have to spend an afternoon with Uncle Eric and his bad jokes … get tapping!
  • If the Queen’s Christmas speech is a bit too boring …. take a nap!

Have a Very Cool Yule!


P.S. Remember EFT also works with tinsel allergies, turkey poisoning, mince pie fatigue and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stuffing Disorder).

Christmas Tip 6: Giving Presents with Presence

Christmas is supposedly time to give and receive presents. For many people giving presents is a bit (or a lot) of a chore. There’s all that choosing, shopping, queuing and wrapping to take care of. The old expression “it’s the thought that counts” gets left behind.

Here’s a simple way to put the thought that counts back into the present.

When you have finally gone through the process of getting the present and at last you are ready to wrap it. Pause for a moment. Bring to mind the reasons that you got this present and who it is for. What would you like them to get out of it and what would that do for you? Maybe an example might help.

Perhaps you’ve brought a new football strip for your eight year old son. He loves playing football and he’s mad about his team.

What would he get out of this present?

He’ll be so excited and thrilled, he’ll probably want to wear it for weeks and never take it off.

What will that mean to you?

I love to see him happy, and playing football with him makes me feel really connected to him.

Do you get the picture? The trick is to find out the feeling or state that the present will give them and you.

When are in touch with those feelings, wrap the present. Whenever your mind wanders bring it back to those feelings and wrap the present up in them. When you’ve finished hold the present and remember why it is important to you both.

Years ago I heard a story of a family Christmas that really impressed me. Rather than buy a load of presents this family chose to make a present for each of it’s members. As I recall it was quite a large family with adults down to a four year old boy. Everyone made what they could according to their abilities and what they thought the recipient of the present would like.

On Christmas day rather than hand out presents willy nilly they went round one by one. The youngest child was the first to receive his presents. Each person gave him his present and told him why they had made it and why they thought he would like it. Then the next eldest child received their presents and so on over the course of the day until the oldest adult finally got their presents.

Now that’s giving presents with presence!

Christmas Tip 5: Commit a few random acts of kindness

Christmas is supposed to be the season of goodwill, which can be a little hard to find after a day’s hard shopping. That’s a pity because research shows goodwill and kindness has is very good for you.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot. Holding a door, smiling (I know this is a bit weird for some Brits) and paying a sincere compliment won’t hurt your credit card but will do a power of good to your emotional bank balances.

If you are not sure how to get started you can get some ideas from Join Me or Acts Of Kindness or from The Bloggers of Kindness on Zen Habits.

Just in case you were wondering, here’s one of my favourites:

Give blood. If you do this already great! If you don’t, sign up. It doesn’t hurt and it’ll do you a power of good. In my opinion there is something quite special about giving blood. It could mean the difference between life and death for someone. What’s more you have no idea who it will help, it could be your worst enemy or your best friend. It’s a wonderful random act of kindness.

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Learning how to resourcefully respond to criticism

Do you take criticism personally?

Do you take in negative comments and brood over them?

Would you like to be able to respond to criticism more resourcefully learn from the experience and let it go?

Fortunately NLP has modelled the thought processes of people who are able to respond resourcefully to criticism. This process is easily learned and once learned it’s automatic.

In January’s NLP Café you can learn how to respond resourcefully to criticism. The meeting is on Wednesday 16th January between 7pm-9pm. The cost is £10.

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