My Journey prior to enrolment on the course
Between 1987 and 1988 I had been married with two children. My youngest had a challenging start to life as he was born with a range of complications which categorised him as a disabled child. I was also going through a difficult marriage and wanted to be able to fend for myself and my children and as such I was determined to get the best out of education to increase my earning potentials which I eventually accomplished. Between 1989 and 1996 I began a learning journey to obtain a degree, a post graduate degree and finally an MBA. I worked full time and studied in the evenings. I worked in the economic development and business development field within the public and voluntary sector.
By accident, not by design, I became a Sure Start Programme Manager in 2002. In 2007 I was encouraged by my manager to do the NPQICL course. I was reluctant to do so because I had vowed never to do any major study after my MBA degree programme mainly because of the challenges I went through studying as an adult with a young family. I was happy doing short courses, ie 1 -3 days, a week maximum. For a few years I had been interested in finding out why some people were more successful in life than others and what tools and techniques they had applied. My quest for answers brought me to take on a 3 weeks course in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which started in March 2010. What is NLP: . There are many definitions about what NLP is, the best description I found states that : “NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes). By studying and learning from these relationships people can effectively transform the way they traditionally think and act, adopting new, far more successful models of human excellence. (This activity is called modelling and is a key feature that distinguishes NLP from psychology). In effect, NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. That’s why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development. NLP can help you to:
Be more successful by learning to influence your emotional and psychological states. Replace negative behaviors and habits with positive ones.
Transform the way you go about everyday tasks.
Be more aware of your impact on others and how to manage your behaviour for optimal results. Better understand your own motivations, needs and behaviors and use these positively to have the greatest impact. Better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors. Improve and enhance your interpersonal communication at the office and at home.” Inspiritive – What is NLP http://www.inspiritive.com.au/nlp.htm
Getting onto the NPQICL Course
As far back as 2006 my line manager had been trying to encourage me to do the NPQICL course. I was not particularly interested, however in 2007 I made an application to the course and it was rejected because I was a Sure Start Programme Manager with strategic responsibilities and not managing a Children’s Centre. I must admit I was quite relieved about not being accepted. However, a year ago I found myself taking on the combination of sure start programme management and children centre management at the same time. Again I was encouraged by my line manager to make an application. In putting my application together I found that I had to encourage myself to be interested in the course using NLP techniques to work on my mind to change by body physiology so that I could find meaning, relevance and excitement in gaining yet another qualification. I applied and I was successful.
My self discovery on the course
My first few days on the course was frustrating as it...