Being organised is something you do inside your head so you can easily take care of the outside

NLP Coaching - being organised

What needs to change

Have you ever wondered what makes some people so much more effective than others? Have you met somebody who gets things done with little or no fuss, in a calm and organised manner, while those around them run about like headless chickens.


It seems to me the state of people's heads determines their ability to be organised and to get things done smoothly and easily. This probably comes as no surprise to you as you recall a time you have been efficient, on top of things and at your most effective.


Or you might remember a time when somebody you admire has impressed you with their organisational skills and you have noticed how calm and steady they seem to be. They are organised from their thoughts through to their decisions, choices and actions.


Your great big filtering machine

Okay let's agree for the moment that qualities such as calmness, focus, relaxation all contribute to doing things efficiently, in an organised way. Let's pre-suppose it is only possible to do things in an organised way if you are thinking in an organised way.


Our mind is actually one big filtering machine. Our senses are bombarded by information every waking moment of every day, so the mind must select some stuff and ignore other stuff. Right? That requires a certain amount of organisation. And you started making those decisions a very long time ago, right back to childhood. You taught yourself how to filter. You have a system to determine which bits of sensory input to notice and which bits to ignore.


So the next time you wonder how you've ended up in some kind of chaos, confusion, disorganisation and more than a little stress .... you might like to consider reprogramming some of your mind's filtering systems. Just an idea.


What's the big idea

Even though your filtering system operates outside conscious awareness, it can be changed and adapted to give you better options.


The really neat thing about our internal filtering is its thoroughness. It has a big job to do, so it has a lot of shortcuts to get the job done. One of the most significant shortcuts is your system of beliefs, the big ideas and the little notions.


As long as we believe one thing and not another it is easy to eliminate certain "data".


You can think of your system of beliefs as a mental map of your environment. Having the map is useful so long as you remember "the map is not the territory".


Believe it or not

Did you know, when explorers first crossed oceans in their great ships and appeared on the horizon of remote islands something very curious happened, or didn't happen actually. The indigenous people on the beaches didn't see the ships on the horizon. How could they?


The indigenous people had no preconceived idea of anything like a ship, so it was impossible for their filtering mind to give them that information. Ships failed to fit their system of beliefs. They weren't on the mental maps.


Shamans were different. As they studied the horizon they saw the ship. It was possible for them because they believed in more remarkable things, like the idea of gods or alien beings crossing oceans in mysterious vessels. They could see the ship on the horizon very clearly, unsurpisingly. They had a very different set of filters, they were called "seers".


"To filter or not to filter"

Of course we all need these filters, we all need beliefs. Otherwise we would constantly re-invent every experience in every moment. We would never have a concept of anything. Every time we saw a rectangular piece of wood in a rectangular hole we would have to rediscover the door. Subjective experience depends upon mental filtering, internal maps, beliefs.


I'm inviting you to adjust your filters from time to time, to adapt your beliefs sufficiently to generate new perceptions, to re-organise your mind.


You always have a choice. You can continue to feel like a passive observer of an imagined world produced by old established beliefs or you can experiment from time to time, try believing something new and see what it feels like. I mean you can always change it back again if it doesn't work.


Using your brain for a change

"Using your brain for a change" is the title of one of the early books written by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, the creators of NLP. The title of the book seems to be a neat play on words. Using your brain to create a change in your thinking is a big opportunity for you, the opportunity to be more organised inside out, starting from the inside and effecting the outside.


Getting results

Learning to challenge those filters and beliefs can feel a little strange when you start doing this work, maybe even a little confusing. The confusion is a sign of changes being made to the filters allowing a re-organisation of thinking.


This time round will be very different to when you learnt as a child, because this time you are making a conscious decision to organise your mind to work for you. This time you are chosing how exactly you want to organise your mind. I hope I have given you a flavour of what you can achieve when you decide to use your brain for a change.


What now

Send me some questions by e-mail, give me a ring or meet me for a free initial consultation. If you contact me immediately it will be one less thought to do later. How's that for an idea.

Society of NLP

You have the reassurance of knowing I am a certified Advanced Therapeutic NLP Specialist and NLP Trainer, trained by Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) and licenced by the Society of NLP




The path to being organised

Good organisation comes from the inside:


What beliefs are working well for you

What beliefs are contributing to disorganisation

Adapt your beliefs and the filters of your mind

Get yourself into good states and maintain them

Set yourself well formed outcomes and goals

Manage your thinking patterns

Organise your thoughts

Discover your choices and options

Try ideas out with your mental simulator

Motivate yourself

Energise yourself



What next

If you are interested in what you have read here, would like to explore how coaching and NLP might help you, or if you feel you would like more information you might like to do the following:


1) E-mail me -, ask me some questions, explain your requirements or request a free initial consultation.


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