What If…?

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Thoughtful Thought

“Let your unhelpful habits sink like Titanic in the ocean of wisdom.”- Dr Mehernosh J Randeria


NLP Quote Corner

“After interviewing hundreds of people, I found out how people got over phobias. They all reached the point where they got fed up with being afraid.”- Richard Bandler


One Minute NLP – Meta Programs

“Why do I do what I do?”

“Why did not it click me before?”

“Where had I gone wrong?”

“How did I come to this conclusion?”

While we all have these questions mushrooming inside our head every now and then, we often fail to miss the roots of it. Why do we do what we do? – including the good and the not-so-good – META PROGRAMS in Neuro-Linguistic Programming has answers to it.

Meta Programs are advanced patterns of thinking that control what you perceive and how to change them. They are mental processes that manage, guide, and direct other mental processes. In other words, they are processes about or at a higher level than (meta to) the mental processes they affect.

You could compare them to a switchboard that controls which two telephones will be connected to each other for the process of having a conversation, or a thermostat that controls whether your air conditioning system is turned on or off. These are both metaphors for one system that controls another system. NLP uses a contemporary metaphor taken from computer science to describe the action of one process upon another – Programs.

It is often the case in computer programming, that one program controls the execution of several other programs, selects which ones will run at which times, and sends them the information they’ll need to function properly.

To sum up, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that matching your meta-programs will be equally as powerful as matching horoscopes.


Meta-Magic – What if…?

“It was January of 1960 & according to the prognosis, I had a winter and sprint and summer to live through and would die with the fall of the leaf.” These were the words of author Anthony Burgess who rose to fame in his 40’s.

Anthony was anxious after knowing his death estimate announced by his oncologists. ‘Brain Tumor’ was a dreadful word back then. Although the reason for his anxiety was NOT the duration he had to live, but the challenge of how he could make the most of that duration so he could leave a substantial financial back-up for his wife Lynne.

Writing novels sounded like a perfect recipe for joy and everlasting royalty income for his wife. He locked himself up for one whole year and made typewriter his best friend. With his focused energetic involvement, Anthony could write five and a half novels in just one year.

When the fall came, life surprised Anthony and his tumor was dissolved. He lived and produced masterpieces like A Clockwork Orange and 70 more novels after it.

We all have that Anthony in us, who has extraordinary hidden talent within.

My question to you is: What if you had just one year to live like Anthony? How would you make sure that you live your life differently to differentiate your living?


Hook From The Book

“If you go through the world looking for excellence, you will find excellence. If you go through the world looking for problems you will find problems. Or as the Arabic saying puts it: What a piece of bread looks like depends on whether you are hungry or not”- Joseph O’Connor, Introducing NLP: Psychological Skills for Understanding and Influencing People


Movie Motivation

“Itna mat soch… soch gehri ho jaaye, toh faisle kamzor ho jaate hai” (translated to “Don’t think so much. If the thinking becomes deeper, then the decision-making may become weaker.”) This dialogue from the movie Khuda Gawah reminds us to be aware of our overthinking mode. 

Here is the link to a blogpost I had written few years ago about 7 Ways to Overcome Overthinking


This Week’s Winning Post

The best gift for an author is the gratitude received from the readers. Here is the link to the heart-winning post.


See you next week!


Thoughtfully Yours,

Mehernosh Randeria

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