Finding Your Balloon

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Often a push to move forward comes from a few words of wisdom. Presenting here is the link to your 2nd edition of Thoughtfully Yours – 99 Thought-Provoking Quotes with Actionable Questions


Thoughtful Thought

“Self-doubt is the wind which blows off the lamp of success.”- Dr Mehernosh J Randeria


NLP Quote Corner

“There are all kinds of things we can do in this world to make it a better place, but we must start with ourselves.”- Richard Bandler


One Minute NLP – Leave your BUT’s behind

How often have you experienced a self-talk in these words?

I want to read, but I am not able to find time.”

“I have time, but I am not focused.”

“I am working on myself, but nothing seems to work.”

How do the above sentences make you feel? For most people, these would sound limiting and disempowering.


Now, have a look at these sentences:

I cannot find time, but I want to read.”

“I might not be focused, but I have the time.”

“I may not feel immediate results, but I am working on myself.”

How do these second set of sentences make you feel? For most people, these sentences do ignite some optimism.

What changed? Just a few words re-arranged? Well, it may look that simple. The answer lies in the impact of the word “BUT”. The word “BUT” has a deeper psychological impact of cancelling out or negating what was said before the word “BUT”. The word “BUT” played its role very effectively in both the set of sentences.

In the first set of sentences, “BUT” cancelled out the effect of the desired outcomes and projected the obstacles. In the second set of sentences, “BUT” cancelled out the effect of the obstacles and projected the focus on the outcomes.

This is just a sample of how language influences your mind. What you say to yourself and others affects your outcome. That’s where NLP becomes your magic wand to work on how to say what you say so that it works well for your and others’ growth.


Meta- Magic – Finding Your Balloon

In a training workshop on conflict resolution for 50 employees of an organisation, the trainer asked each participant to blow a balloon and write their name on it. Once all were done, the trainer took all the balloons and scattered them in another room. He then asked the participants to walk into that room and challenged them to find the balloon with their name in five minutes.

After five minutes, only eight participants had found their balloons while the rest were still in the midst of utter chaos bumping into each other.

The trainer now announced the next round. This time, he made 10 teams of 5 participants, and asked the group to search for the balloons having the names of the group members. All the 10 teams found all the balloons in less than 4 minutes this time.

My Question To You is: Whose help can you seek in finding your balloon?


Hook From The Book

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


Movie Motivation

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” This dialogue from the movie The Lord of The Rings reminds us not to limit ourselves, and to instead realise our capability of making the change in our life by being in the Victor mode or the Cause mode at all times.


This Week’s Winning Post

The Pyramid of Healing


See you next week!


Thoughtfully Yours,

Mehernosh Randeria

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