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I got some emails last week from subscribers who really want to master modeling.
OK. So you want to master a skill. How are you going to do it?
You better be able to answer that.
Two syllables: practice.
Practice the modeling skills. Like crazy.
Here’s a primer so you have them on the tip of your tongue.
Figure out a skill you want to master. It can be anything. Public speaking, juggling, negotiating, hiring, hypnotizing, surfing, playing basketball, investing, firing, writing, and so on, ad infinitum.
Now, identify someone to model.
If you want to master juggling, identify a master juggler. If you want to master investing, find a master investor.
Cut a deal with your model. Explain you want to master their skill. Explain to them what they stand to gain from helping you (you did think about that, didn’t you?).
Then, put yourself in their presence while they’re performing.
Critical key: Don’t let them explain to you what they’re doing. If they do, don’t believe a word they say!
You want to absorb what they do, not what they say they do, and even less of the theory or story behind it all. Forget it!
In the case of an investor, sit quietly and watchful behind her as she goes through her stock analysis routine. When in doubt as to what she’s thinking or deciding, gently ask what she’s considering (gently is very important. You don’t want to totally break her pattern or else you might screw up her strategy.). You want to practically become at one with her.
Then, on next passes, you might want to have a laptop with you and go through the motions yourself.
Repeat until you feel you’re analyzing stocks just like her.
How would you know you got it? When you conduct an analysis by yourself, show it to her and she says: “That’s exactly what I would have picked.”
Then, you can go on to code your model and make it explicit using NLP.
That’s the straight line to modeling a pattern.
Now that you know, go do it.
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Do you know the difference between complex and complicated?
I’ll give you my definition.
Complex means there are a great many elements involved.
Complicated means there are a ton of rules and criteria to take into account.
The first explains how skyscrapers are built.
The second explains why it is impossible to stay in a relationship more than a few days.
Complex is amazing. It’s mindblowing.
It’s ants traveling back and forth in neat little lines. It’s bees building their symmetrical combs. It’s a Mozart symphony.
Complicated is a pain in the ass.
It’s government bureaucracy. It’s that boy(girl)friend that needs to do sixty things before leaving the house. It’s getting a publishing deal.
Let’s talk about simple.
Do you think simple is the antonym of complex or complicated?
Complicated, of course.
When we say something is simple, we mean that it’s devoid of a billion different rules and options. It’s straightforward.
Complex structures are built, mostly, out of simple material following simple processes.
Following a simple algorithm, these structures complexify over time.
Watch it in action:
And did you pay attention to the music in the background?
It was composed using only 12 notes.
Think about this: to this day, humans are still composing new music following brand new patterns using just these 12 building blocks.
It also works for you and your career.
You can build an entire career out of a single skill.
Think of sushi chef Jiro Ono.
Think of soccer defenders.
Simple. Done over and over and over.
Amazing structures. Amazing results.
Forget complicated. Forget too many moving parts.
If you want to see “simple” in action in the world of hypnosis, get yourself the First Trance System.
You’ll get a script, a recording of the script, another recording of how to leverage the script in more complex situations and basic instructions.
You will use them for the rest of your life.
You wouldn’t believe the intricacies of your body language and the effect it has on your life.
Watch Amy Cuddy cheerfully describe it to you.
NLP revolves around one activity: modeling.
You knew that, didn’t you?
What most NLP students don’t know is that modeling NLP-style differs in one specific way.
More about that in a second…
John Grinder has a unique focus in NLP. He’s really interested on top performance in a variety of fields. He thrives on that.
In fact, that’s pretty much all he cares about.
What annoys him about the field, right now, is that very few people care about that.
The big focus is therapeutic protocols that he modeled with Bandler back in the 1970’s.
People find that a big deal.
The big deal, he says, is modeling. That’s where we find the juice.
So Grinder is one of the few people who teach the original brand of NLP modeling. Just every once in a while.
He emphasizes that Pracs must learn to enter a know-nothing state.
It’s a state in which you experience no internal dialogue. In which you’re focused on your senses, in the present. In which you are COM-PLETE-LY available.
If you’re familiar with Carlos Castañeda, you’ll recognize this as “stopping the world.”
Bruce Lee used to start off with new students with a specific routine.
He’d take out two cups and fill them with water. Then, he’d put a cup on the lap of the student and say:
“That cup is you. It contains all of your knowledge. This cup is me. It contains all of my knowledge.”
At that point, he would take his cup and start pouring his water into the student’s cup.
The student would then yell for him to stop!
Bruce looked at him straight in the eye, picked up the student’s cup, tossed out the water and put back the cup on his lap.
He then poured the water into it.
There was space available. Nothing left.
All prejudices, out the door.
That’s the state we get you into with the Mental Spa.
That’s where the learning begins.
Stopping the world means shutting out internal dialogue and, with it, all your baggage, background and personal history.
Castañeda taught it with wisdom.
Grinder picked up on it.
That’s the difference that makes the difference in NLP modeling.
When you enter the know-nothing state, you’re able to absorb the patterns of excellence that you want to assimilate and code.
It’s not just observing and recording what you “think” is happening.
There is no thinking. It’s all doing.
NLP modeling is a full-contact sport.
Learn how to play and play full-out.
Have you started modeling yet?
If not, you’re missing out.
Modeling is the single, most important, biggest contribution NLP brings to the table.
Sad part is, very few people take advantage of it. They focus instead on a few change techniques.
That’s not where the juice is.
But don’t take my word for it. Take Tony Robbins‘.
(I assume you have heard of him. Very likely.)
In the early 1980’s, when he was just getting started in his career, Tony encountered John Grinder and started training with him in NLP.
When he concluded the program, he walked up to Grinder and said:
“I fully understand that modeling is the core activity of NLP and want to demonstrate my commitment to that practice. Where do you suggest I begin?”
John Grinder casually said: “How about firewalking?”
The rest, of course, is history.
Tony has then gone on to model outstanding performers in every area of human activity.
This just goes to show you the power of modeling.
And yet, so few people diligently work on their modeling skills and approach.
Start spotting people who stand out by the results they produce. Then, learn the proper method to figure out how they do what they do.
At the beginning, it will be a little rough – as with learning anything.
Quickly, though, it will sink into your bones and you will understand intuitively how to do it.
So start now.
If you want to see how powerful modeling is in the real world, check out Mental Spa.
I modeled the induction from a Shaman with whom I became friends here in Brazil.
It’s deceptively simple to learn and apply. Read Ingrid Jeuring’s comments about her experience in the Mental Spa right here: