The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story – Grandad

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Here’s today’s story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil about the power of words to change how you feel about yourself or your life.

Not many people know that I am a trained NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer and that I have trained with Dr.Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP ( the study of excellence) and worked alongside Paul McKenna as I am also a hypnotherapist.

Today’s story will show you how you use words will effect your mood and how you see things. You can either choose to feel bad or you can choose to feel great …..

Just for this week ponder what you are choosing to focus on – and then ask yourself ‘How’s that working for you?’

The Little Boy

A six year old boy asked his mother, “What is NLP?”

His mother answered, “I’ll tell you in a moment, but first go and ask your grandfather how his arthritis is today?”

The little boy went over to his grandfather and asked the question and his grandfather replied, “oh it’s terrible, my legs and hands are very painful today. It’s very hard.” And as he spoke, the little boy saw his grandfather’s face grimace and wrinkle in pain.

So the little boy went back to his mother and asked again, “What is NLP?”

His mother said, “OK, I’ll tell you in a moment, but first go and ask your grandfather what is the funniest thing that you ever did.”

The little boy asked the grandfather and immediately his grandfather’s smile broke out into a big smile. “Oh that’s easy”, he said. “I remember when you and your brother decided to play as Santa Claus and you decided you needed snow. So you put white talcum powder all over the bathroom and made it completely white! That was so funny.”

Grandfather looked so happy and then said, “Or maybe it was the time that you were singing in the street as we walked together and a stranger asked you to be quiet.” You turned to him and said “If you don’t like my singing, you can just stay at home. Oh yes, you were a funny little fellow. So grandfather continued smiling and laughing to himself and looked so happy and the little boy went back to his mother and asked again, “What is NLP?”

His mother replied, “That’s NLP – with just a few words, you completely changed how your grandfather felt.”

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