Monday, 26 March 2012


"Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?"
George Eliot

In my writer's heart, I know I need inspiration as much as I need my next breath. If I'm copywriting, I'll often start off with searching for a quote to set the tone of the piece of writing. As an NLP Practitioner, it's not enough to say to a client "I know you can change, you can get yourself out of this rut." Part of it involves showing the client a new vision of themselves, with the changes they've made already installed, the other is making that vision so desirable that they are propelled into it.

I stopped watching the news on the television and I will occasionally scan media websites to keep myself partially informed, but no more than that. I find it completely uninspiring. I could tell you that if I launched the BBC News Page or the Guardian and scanned the stories I will find: somewhere, someone has committed more atrocities against their fellow human beings; the economy is up shit creek without a paddle; there's a sex scandal involving a politician; the government is saying we can't afford these necessary things...and paying for something really silly.

I don't watch the news because I find myself losing all faith in humanity. And it contradicts what I know in my heart to be true: The World is not going to Hell in a Handbasket. I believe in the innate goodness of people. I believe in their ability to be kind, to be caring and to be loving. I hold on to this belief as much as I hold on to the belief that the sun will rise for me tomorrow.

Perhaps that makes me a dippy-hippy, an idealist, a fool. I'm okay with that. I know these things to be true because I've experienced them. I have had first hand experience of kindness, caring and loving behaviour from the people around me and also complete strangers. It has been these experiences which have inspired me to change my behaviours. It has been these experiences that have inspired me to inspire other people that these things are also true for them.

The basis of NLP is modelling. That is, the founders of NLP tracked down and bugged the heck out of successful people from a wide variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. They studied their behaviours, they looked in minute detail at the way these people organised their thoughts and actions and then they set out to teach other people to do the same.

In that same way, I know how much the role of inspiration has to play in inciting personal change. I know this, because I've experienced it. I am not a personal development guru. I am a person who has had to work really hard for my peace of mind. The issues I faced up to are not unique to me (though some of it is). Here's the thing: if I can do it, then there's no reason why other people can't do it too. 

To this end, I am in the early stages of planning an Event for the end of October. I want to gather together a range of diverse speakers, who will share their thoughts and experiences to the audience to inspire and to motivate. On the back of that, I'll be gathering together all kinds of groovy practitioners to put on workshops so that people can experience these things for themselves. So they'll be inspired and motivated to do something different, so they'll realise there are resources available to help. They are not alone. And that the Life they are dreaming of, is theirs if they want it and work for it.

That's the Plan.

Watch this space!


  1. Sounds very exciting!!! I shall indeed watch this space. :-)

    A "dippy-hippy"? No, an optimist. xoxo

    1. Thanks so much honey.

      Hugs and hugs to you.

  2. Tsk..... I bet this is all going to happen in Norfolk? Can't you go on tour?

    1. This is all going to happen in Norwich!

      I do have hankerings to do this all over the country...but let me walk before I can run!

  3. You go girl! What a great concept and plan. You have the strength and insight to be able to pull this off beautifully. "From little things... Big things grow!

    I stopped with reading/ watching the news years ago. All too full of fearmongering, warmongering, greed and titillation!

    "Fodder for the proletariat" as "George" would say...

    I'm really excited for you Roses!

    1. Bless your heart darling for your kind words. I'm a bit nervous about it all; but determined.

      There was an image doing the rounds, supposedly from Bansky. There was a stencil of a CCTV camera and underneath it said "1984 was not an instruction manual."

    2. Read Orwell's book again. It becomes quite scary in its prophetic insights into the government control and intrusion into our lives! There really is nowhere to hide any more.... unless you go off the grid!

      Darling if you were not just a little nervous I would be concerned. Some anxiety is often a good stimulus. Channelled positively it helps to get things happening!

      Big hugs to you XOXOXO

    3. Thanks my darling. Today, I need Big Love! Mwah!

  4. Hello Roses,

    Seems like I've been riding a parallel path as yours for the past 25 years or so. I did stalled many times though on that road.

    Each one of us is an amazing and intricate network of behaviors, thought patterns and emotions that all sprouting out from our beliefs; beliefs that were instilled into us by our familiy/clan/tribe, school, religion, culture, etc...

    I went from being a media junkie in my twenties from gradually withdrawing from all of this in my thirties. And at the dawn of my 46th year, I now never read the newspapers or watch the news (I don't watch any teevee at all, mind you!) Like you, I scan some media websites only to realise that there is nothing new under the sun, never been for the past 2000 years or so! ;)

    I am in this process of exploring my beliefs which I know now are shaping my experiences and my relationships. You won't be surprised if I tell you that I'm still struggling with the concept of "goodness" in mankind. I sure will watch this place. I have no doubt it will be inspiring.

    Good luck with all your projects.

    1. May I suggest that you de-activate the possibility for those "Anonymuses" to comment. You'll be able to fix this in the "setting" and then "comments" tabs on your dashboard. That ought to get rid of those bizzare comments.

    2. Anonymous has been re-assigned to the bin. I left the Anonymous function simply because the comments are so screwed up occasionally that it's the only way of commenting for some people. That's alright, that's what the Spam Function is there for.

      Beliefs are possibly one of the easiest things to uninstall in the human mind. There's a fabulous NLP technique to shift outdated beliefs and to install more positive ones. That's the great thing about the human mind, it's ability to be flexible and learn.

      Here's the thing: beliefs shape our reality. Whether they're true or not. They become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Therefore, why not choose fun beliefs for yourself? If your reality is a bit grey at the moment, inject some more fun into it!

      From what you say, you're thinking on to big a scale. Look around you for the good people in your Life, they will be there. If you can't immediately find them, I argue it's time for a friendship overhaul. You'll be fine darling.

      It's all good. Honest.


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