I keep talking about tools and helpers to aid in managing personal change. So, I went looking for — You know, a LIST! Well, I did not find ONE!. I found everything else, though! I found a helpful assortment of information and tools for specific purposes, but not quite what I was hoping to find.
Well, in light of this lack, I decided, it’s good to have an idea of the types of aids at our disposal to help manage change and development.
So, what is listed here are but nine tools and helpers for managing change. For this post, I am going to describe each one briefly. The descriptions will cover neuro-linguistic-programming, EFT, affirmations, hypnotherapy, meditation, and more.
Then over the next few weeks or so, I will talk about each one in greater detail. I know you want to know more about em’, Right?! It is your mission should you chose to accept, to let me know if something hits ya! hahaha ALLLLRighty Then, Let’s Go!
Neuro-linguistic-programming is a method involving communication, personal development, and psychotherapy originating in the 1970s. An interesting concept, NLP is said to be the language of the mind.
Although there is no concrete scientific evidence that supports the claims made, the process still warrants a look-see. This is especially beneficial, if you want to know how the brain works and its effects on what you do. I became introduced to NLP through hypnotherapy, which is also on this tool list.
It is said among NLP circles — “the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal getter.” Here is a site giving a little skinny on NLP …
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – TAPPING
EFT is a form of acupressure for the psyche. It is based on a blend of traditional-ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology and uses the same energy meridians to treat physical and emotional ailments.
The practice involves tapping with your fingertips on specific body points while talking through distressing memories and a wide range of emotions. Tapping works to physically alter your brain, energy system, and body at the same time. The activity is easy, simple, painless, and anyone can learn. Check it out…
I simply love affirmations. Affirmations are positive, clear statements that help you to overcome self-sabotage and negative thoughts. I use them daily for a variety of reasons (sometimes my brain is chattier than a child on the first day of school!). Some of my favorite affirmations, I got from the Queen of Wellness affirmations — Louise Hay.
Anywho, these statements work because they help you visualize and accept as true your intentions. Affirmations are a way to provide emotional support and encouragement to help you to make positive changes. Get your positive talk on…. louisehay
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy to produce a state of sleep or unconsciousness, this state is known as hypnosis. This therapy uses guided relaxation techniques to attain a sensitive state of awareness or trance-like state. Hypnotherapy can invoke feelings of intense rest, concentration, and/or focus.
The therapy is commonly used as an aid that allows people to explore often painful and suppressed feelings, emotions or memories, often hidden from their consciousness. The altering change in consciousness can often lead to experience things differently beyond the hypnosis. You are now falling into a deep sleep…..
I joined these three “yoga/meditation/exercise” activities under one heading because you can find the terms and activities used together as a form of harmonious association. The emphasis is on using the activities in concert to bring mental calmness and presence into your daily space.
Yoga has two chief meditative postures, and these postures act as tools for effective reflection. It is through yoga, that a calming of the nervous system happens, and physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual stability is attainable. OM….
These “3 plus one” (e.g., 6, 7, 8, & 9) remaining tools are actually offered by any of the thought leaders in personal wellness and development. You just have to find the e/books, courses, workshops, coach or mentor that feels right for you.
I cannot stress this more. The tools mentioned above is just a quick look at what they are. There is an abundance of helpers to aid you in managing change and enjoying the journey.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
A personal development plan is a roadmap you create for action based on personal awareness, values, reflection, and intentions. Oftentimes, this plan is constructed within the framework of your career, education, relationship or self-improvement.
This is the most individual and personal tool to assist in your development. The key purpose is to help you improve your personal performance in managing change, and succeed by reaching and exceeding your short and long-term intentions. An ounce of prevention plan…..
PEANUT M & M’s
The tool list and links above my lovelies are like a bag of M&M’s. Some people like ’em with peanuts and some do not! It is like I stated before, you have to sometimes give a change or development helper a test drive. The first helper you choose, may very well not work for you and something else just might. You have got to keep testing till you hit PAY DIRT, a helper that adds value to your change management and personal development.
The tools and helpers above give you a starting point in looking and acquiring helpers for your “BEST YOU” toolbox! Some are a little metaphysical (I like that Schtuff!) and some are much more tangible.
As always, my lil chickadees! I encourage you to question and be curious, manage change like a BOSS.