In less than a week’s time I’m going to do something which is particularly close to my heart – I’ll be working with a small group of interested people on “How do you change beliefs?”

The implications of being able to do this are  huge for us, both as private individuals and in any kind of world of work where we need to be effective in working with others. Sometimes we have to address limiting beliefs, sometimes build more empowering beliefs, be it for ourselves or others.

There’s a lot of talk in business about winning hearts and minds.  But the question is how do you actually do this? That for me is where the tools and techniques that feature in our Master Practitioner Programme really come into their own. Being able to do this are nothing less than life changing and in some cases life saving.

One example from my own experience is in the field of health and safety.  A lot of the time you see people being told to do things which will safeguard them. Often these behavioural  instructions come with lots of rules and procedures. The weird thing is that too much of this can cause people to become less mindful, less aware and arguably less adult. To get continually improving results you actually have to have people believe that health and safety really matters: it needs to engage with their own values. Being able to create such a mindset truly involves winning hearts and minds. It’s something that differentiates leaders, teams and organisations and makes them outstanding. It’s also learnable.

This is all true in the world of work but it is also true in our own lives. How did we get to have that quality of life and the personal health and happiness which makes being successful worthwhile? (What does “success” mean if you’re not feeling great a lot of the time?) Being able to do this for yourself, for your kids and those you work with creates a very particular feeling that life is worth living, and you are moving in the right direction. You also feel more yourself.

There are particular ways of working with beliefs and values be they your own or others’. Learning these is part of what makes the Master Practitioner so special. That and learning the art of modelling.

Would you like to know how to achieve real knowledge transfer? Then you need to know first how to find a model of excellence and second how to draw out what makes them outstanding.   That’s where we start on Day 1. The implications of being able to do this are astounding. Right now for instance I am working with the European Union looking at some of their ve ry best translators to understand what makes them so good. The research has been fascinating. It’s producing practical next steps which can be learnt by any translator who wants to raise their game and move ahead.

This is why I love the Master Practitioner.  And it’s very soon now.  Later this week I’ll be working with a small group where we bring trainers over who have the specialist knowledge and who have pioneered the tools and techniques which makes all this possible.

I’m looking forward to seeing Suzie Smith who will be focusing on Health and Happiness and how you can create it. I’ll be enjoying having Tim Hallbom here again who will be exploring building Wealth and the potential of using hypnosis in our everyday lives. And of course Robert Dilts will be here to reveal some of the latest work that he’s been doing which directly impacts our beliefs and values.

All of this I think within a very intimate setting where the people coming are the people who care. A very rewarding time for me – and maybe for you too?