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NLP Licensed Practitioner Training

Posted on 4th January, 2015
I'm really happy to announce that we are starting January 2015 with some 
very positive news, we now have new dates released for our NLP Licensed
Practitioner Course! At Achieve we are always positive but we are also
realists. We appreciate that many people are working hard over long
hours and still finding things tough. Often our own personal
development goes right to the bottom of our list of things to do.
So, we have had a think about how we can help you to achieve your
goals in 2015 and decided to help in three ways.
Firstly, we are condensing the course into four two day sessions,
this cuts down on the commitment on your time.
Secondly, we are reducing the cost of the course (only £997)
and thirdly, we are offering payment in stages for those who cannot
pay in a lump sum. We are determined for you to achieve your goals in 2015, all we need
is your commitment to do the same. Make 2015 the year of change,
8 days to improve your life, we know NLP works - give it a go. Dates for the NLP Practitioner Course are: 11th & 12th February 25th & 26th February 11th & 12th March 25th & 26th March Looking forward to seeing you in February. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2015! Ian

Be wise, and not waste energy.

Posted on 29th May, 2013

Why waste energy?

 

This is not about being green, in fact far from it.  

 

Being green has come to mean environmentally friendly.  Back in the good old bad old days it was a term to refer to someone who was deemed to be naïve.   

 

So what is naïve about wasting energy?

 

Here of course I refer to your energy; personal energy.  How much of this do we waste on pursuing ineffective activities? 

 

The answer is probably, sadly, far too much and more than we realise.

 

Just think about a quarrel, disagreement, row or argument that you had recently.  As you do, go back and listen to the words that were being said, the tone of voice, the volume with which you spoke.  Remember what you felt like?  Sweaty palms.  Knotted stomach. Was your temperature up?  Blood beginning to boil?  

 

Now imaging taking a look at yourself whilst in that argument.  What did you look like?  Red in the face or just slightly flushed? Eyes narrowed. Veins on the neck bulging.

 

It took a lot of energy to have that row.  It also took a lot more energy to keep thinking about for some time after.  Of course whilst you were focusing on that, something else was being neglected.

 

It doesn't stop there.  Because at some point later you may have had to spend yet more energy and time in making an apology or at least moving on.

 

So to save a lot of energy, why not invest a little and ask yourself right at the start 'what do I want to achieve here?'  I bet the desired outcome is something different.  

 

So rather than being naïve, be wise.  It's easy to be wise after the event.  So step forward in time and think about what would have happened different if you had thought about the desired outcome and acted in way that achieved that outcome.  

 

That's a wise way to use energy.  Enjoy!

What happens in Vegas...stays on Facebook!

Posted on 19th March, 2013

Last Friday I attended a very interesting seminar organised by the Higher Education Academy and hosted at Liverpool John Moores University (thanks to both for an excellent day).  The theme was employability for graduates and the use of social media.

 

So what came from this day?  Well a couple of key points.

 

Firstly, from a key employer who only accepts applications from graduates with a 1st class honours degree or a 2:1  at a push.   Out of these applicants up to 40% are rejected because there are spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes on the application form.  The rationale being if they are sloppy on their application for work, their work is likely to be sloppy.  The question was asked about learning issues such as dyslexia; and the reply was along the lines of "a customer would not know if a letter that came out of their firm was from someone with dyslexia. The customer would only see poor spelling.  That reflects badly on the firm, and would possibly cost them business."  Anyone with a learning issue therfore has to work harder to make sure they use whatever resources are available to alleviate the signs of their issue.

 

The second and more common downfall of job applicants is that when a prospective employer does a search on social media sites such a Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In, what do they find?  A highly polished CV and academic record can be ruined by pictures taken on a Saturday night doing something that you would not show your grandmother.

 

The golden rule is, start now to clean up and manage what goes on your social media sites.  It may be a laugh for you, but you wouldn't want that dream job laughing at you as you are passed over.

 

So as some have discovered recently, what goes on in Vegas, stays on Facebook.  Once on Facebook you have lost control of it!

 

Beware!

 

 

Have a good idea?

Posted on 4th March, 2013

Have a good idea and then ask the experts...or not.

 

This is perhaps the biggest dilemma for any creative, entrepreneur or inventor.  We know we've got a great idea. We believe in the potential.  It's a dead cert winner.  So now we want some advice as to the best way to make it materialise.

 

So we ask for advice.  There are a few options open.  Firstly there are the friends, family and fools option.  This is safe if you want positive reinforcement for your idea.  None of your friends or family are going to rubbish your idea for they do not want to upset you.  The fools simply don't understand it!

 

Then there are the experts.  The people we know who's opinion we can trust.  These may be the people who know better than us...or at least they ought to.

 

This is where the problem lies.  Time and again the experts have proved themselves wrong.  Take a look at these:

"So we went to Atari and said, 'we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' They said 'No'. Then we went to Hewlett-Packard; they said, 'We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet'." (Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.)  

 

From the other computer camp:

"640K of memory ought to be enough for anybody." (Bill Gates of Microsoft, 1981.)

 

And of course the classic from the music industry:

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." (Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962.) 

 

So what are we supposed to do?  Ask people who are going to be nice and tell us what we want to hear? Get an expert opinion in the knowledge they may or may not be right?  Or listen to advice and then trust our instinct to guide us in the right direction?  Trusting instinct may never be advocated in Business School but quite often it is the more accurate feedback we could ever hope to have.

 

Have fun!

Ian

Welcome to the Achieve Blog

Posted on 31st January, 2013

Many a person, many of whom are much wiser than I, have advocated the benefits of blogging and until this very moment I have resisted the urge to dip the metaphorical nib in the virtual ink.  'Why?' I hear you ask, well if the truth be known maybe it was for fear of becoming addicted to writing, reflecting and projecting my thoughts onto unsuspecting readers.  Of course it is harmless fun but at the same time may just provoke some thoughts that bring about a change in one person that has a positive impact on their or someone else's life.  After all that is what we do here, help to develop individuals and organisations into High Performance People

 

So if you are still with me, I promise there will no sales pitches, gimmicks, promotions or offers in here, just some thoughts, experiences and offerings that I hope you will find amusing and helpful every week.  And of course if you wish to exercise your right of reply please do so.  I will read your reply with as much vigour and enthusiasm as you have shown in reading this.  Thank you.