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Tools to Stay Mentally Fit
By Jennie McKeon

Sometimes the answers to life’s problems are right in front of you. Helping you tap into your inner potential is Trish Taylor of Taylored NLP.

But, first, what is NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Taylor said. “It’s the use of a set of tools and techniques to achieve your goals.”

Maybe you want to lose those stubborn, last 10 pounds or you want to relieve stress and anxiety. Maybe you want to move forward in your career or quit smoking. Whatever your “issue” is, there are techniques to help. No goal is too big or small, according to Taylor.

She said that using NLP helps you put yourself in charge of whatever is making you feel out of control.

“It’s thinking about what you want instead of what you don’t want,” Taylor said. “We talk about cause and effect. You always want to be at the cause. You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself.”

A Change in Thinking
Taylor has worked for over 20 years helping people achieve goals as a career guidance counselor and employment resource specialist. It was when she discovered NLP for her own personal development that she decided to train as a practitioner and, eventually, a master practitioner.

“It changed the way I was thinking,” Taylor said.

Traditional therapy can sometimes take weeks of sessions to get to what is called a “breakthrough.” In many cases, clients who use the NLP techniques benefit greatly in one session.

“You get to the root of the problem very quickly,” Taylor said. “It’s in your hands. I just guide you through it.”

Taylor offers a free 30-minute session to help individuals assess what their goals are and if they would be a candidate for NLP. You have to be in the right mind-set to make any positive changes.

“You have to believe in change,” Taylor said. “And you have to take action. If you go away and don’t do anything at all, nothing is going to change.”

Once the process begins, it generally starts with a good, hard look at your goals and what you hope to achieve using the S.M.A.R.T. criteria – specific, measurable, realistic and timely. And since everyone’s goals and dreams are different, the course of action changes, too.

Taylor also helps you look at your goals more deeply. She ensures that they are: ecological –“Good for you. Good for your family and friends, for the community;” in line with your values– “We have to look at whether your goals will compromise your values;” and makes sure the goals are for you and no one else.

Through NLP, you also learn to release negative emotions such as sadness, fear and guilt. This is done during a breakthrough session, which lasts between five and ten hours and can be spilt into two days.

An Empowering Therapy
Jennifer Reeves is one of Taylor’s success stories. Using the timeline therapy, she learned to trace her emotions back to their origins and find the root of her problems.

“It’s been about six to eight months since I went to Trish,” Reeves said. “I am a lot calmer. I still struggle with the issue, but I am better equipped to handle it.”

Reeves has never done traditional therapy before, but believes NLP is “more empowering.”

“You get out of your own way and learn to handle your emotions so you can deal with issues rationally,” she said.

You don’t have to be a master practitioner to put some NLP techniques to work in your everyday life. Simple changes, like forcing yourself to wake-up on the right side of the bed and surrounding yourself with positive people, can make a big difference.

“One of the first steps is choosing your attitude,” Taylor said. “Get up and say ‘I’m going to make this a good day.’”

Once you start to act on your goals, it’s important that you don’t tap into those negative emotions when you hit a roadblock.

“There is no such thing as failure,” Taylor said. “There is only feedback. If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something else. You learn from it. People who fail are those that don’t do anything.”

From running her first marathon –“I didn’t do it very fast, but I finished,” – to starting her own business, Taylor is still setting and achieving goals.

“I’m a work in progress,” she said. “I’ve used NLP toward my goals and I’m still working on them.”

Taylor still gets excited when a client makes major progress, like dropping pounds, using the NLP techniques.

“That feels pretty awesome,” she said. “Ultimately, there’s nothing stopping any of us from doing anything.”

TAYLORED NLP
WHERE: 3 W. Garden St., Suite 321
DETAILS: 287-3575 or taylorednlp.com