Staying in the ‘stretch’ – just!

by Matt Swain

Pegasus NLP has a model called ‘10% New’; it has a nice ring to it and means constantly stretching ourselves.  The more we stay in stretch the more our unconscious recognises this and re-normalises our comfort zone.

When I began with Pegasus many years ago, middle aged and set in my ways, I learnt this model and tried a few things; they didn’t work and I gave up.

Going on to complete the NLP Practitioner Programme I realised that it was my approach that was wrong, not the model.

Let’s have another go

What I was trying to do was too much, taking the 10% a bit literally.

Maybe 1% or even 0.1% would have been better.  Over time, for that’s what’s important, the new state ‘of always being in slight stretch’ has completely changed the way I see myself and what is possible.

A walking example – If you can get up early and walk a 100 meters, congratulate yourself… Seriously, you got out of bed early, very few people do. Don’t worry about the distance; the very act of getting out of bed is a stretch. Then just add very small increments so the extra effort is not noticed; it’s all just ‘stretch’.  Over time the unconscious recognises ‘stretch’ is the norm. Adding an extra 50 meters a day would, in a couple of years, equate to a marathon in a day.

The walking example became a reality for me. Over a period of 5 years, one marathon a day became three in a day; just stretch and time.  Last year I did the same with cycling, this year I’m working on swimming.  Next year who knows.

So here are the top tips for staying in stretch and a life of growth

  1. Set tiny incremental steps; over the long term they add up.
  2. Congratulate yourself on the effort, the tiny gains will come (I actually pat myself on the back – I have a strong anchor now)
  3. Don’t compare your sense of stretch to others, stay with it and trust yourself.

Matt Swain

Matt intended this as a comment on the previous 10% New article – but it’s such a good article I’ve published it here with his permission

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