This month’s Pegasus NLP Newsletter is about how Grand New Starts, such as new year resolutions, begin with lots of enthusiasm and then quickly fizzle out.
Why does this happen? Frequently because big changes can are so disruptive of our own lives and the lives of those around us that the drive for normality soon undermines our new resolutions.
10% Stretch is enough – for now…
One solution is the softly, softly 10% New approach by which we introduce change so gradually that it smoothly and easily integrates into our routine.
Here at Pegasus NLP we’ve been using the 10% New approach since we started using outdoor activities, such as the High and Low Ropes challenge courses, into our NLP courses in the New Forest back in the late 90’s.
We use the concept initially as a way of introducing the idea of approaching challenging goals (such as some of the High Ropes challenge activities) by degrees rather than with an all-or-nothing and highly stressful approach.
Not just for the High Ropes course
We then look at how this almost simplistic concept can be use everywhere in our lives! We can use it when we wish to introduce change in our personal and professional developmentand, in selling, in managing, in leading teams and, of course, when suggesting or introducing change into our home lives.
Apart from being an un-stressful way of doing things the 10% New Approach has another great benefit – it avoids upsetting the ‘system’ in which we live or work – with the result that change is absorbed rather than resisted.
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