I figured I’d tell you a story today.
It’s a short story about getting stopped by a cop.
It’s an example of how you practice in the real world.
It’s also a fantastic example of using NLP mind tricks with absolute integrity and without manipulating others.
Let’s get to it. Once upon a time…
About 12 years ago, I was going through my NLP Practitioner certification with Rex Sikes.
I was still struggling to master NLP and understand how to structure my conversation and interrupt patterns.
One night, after leaving the NLP Practitioner training at some 11pm hours of the night, I was breezing through Wisconsin in-roads at top speed.
The organic farm I stayed at was about 30-40 minutes away from the training center. Needless to say, I was eager to get to sleep and I was coasting away at over 75 mph.
Eventually, blue and red lights started flashing in my rear-view mirror.
Suddenly, an idea flashed through my mind.
The cop got out of his car and came to my window. As soon as he said: “Good evening…” I looked back in his eyes and said with the biggest smile in the world: “Good evening officer!!!! It’s so great to see you!!!!”
Immediately, you could see his eyes start spinning as his brain went into massive confusion.
Pattern interrupt at its best.
He said: “Do you know you’re doing 75mph in a 55mph zone?”
I replied: “Officer, I’m totally wrong about what I’m doing and I know everybody gives you such a hard time about what you do. You’re so right. Thank you for making sure Wisconsin roads are safe. I absolutely deserve this ticket.”
I held out my hand so as to receive a ticket.
Now, he was really confused.
He asked: “Is everything OK? Why are you so happy?”
I said: “Sir, I’m going through a personal excellence course right now. It’s helping me discover incredible qualities in myself that I didn’t know about before. And I guess that’s why I’m a little overexcited and speeding. But that’s no excuse. I am compromising the safety here and you can write me up.”
He looked at me and said: “You know what… I’ll just let you go with a warning. But be a little more careful.”
I said: “You bet, officer. Thank you so much and have a great night!”
And there you go.
That’s what a beginner can do with good intentions and nothing to hide. Massive pattern interrupt. Massive confusion.
And here’s the best part: no deception whatsoever.
You see, when you learn NLP with integrity, there’s no need for slimy, deceptive tactics. You just stand right in the open, make others feel good and get what you want.