Turning Point in History; Be Part of the New Movement!

Recently I watched with fascination a story on the ABC program Hungry Beast. Joel Garreau is Lincoln Professor of Law, Society and Values at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and he spent a year hanging out with DARPA (The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) researchers trying to understand the culture and ethical questions raised by their research. His interview can be found at http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/perfect-soldier-joel-garreau-extended-interview

Joel tells us that we are at a turning point in history, for the 1st time in hundreds of thousands of years our technologies are not aimed outwards modifying our environment in the fashion of fire, cities agriculture, clothes, space travel etc. We are moving inwards with technologies aimed at modifying, the mind, memories, metabolism, our personalities and our kids.

I watched this with awe and was thinking wow I’m part of this movement and I hadn’t realised that it was such a significant change. I love working with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing) tools and they really can change your life by changing your mind. If you remember from the last post that Meta Programs are one of many types of filters in our unconscious that determine how we behave, and how we communicate with others. 

The Convincer Filter is one of my favourite Meta Programs and is the filter that controls how often you tend to go through your decision-making strategy or how much time you need before you are convinced to take action or make a judgement.

Thinking about it now, how many options do you need to consider before you can make a choice are you convinced automatically or must you weigh up a number of options? You will do one of the following consistently.

  1. Decide automatically
  2. Consider several options a number of times
  3. Need a period of time
  4. Need to be consistently convinced over time

Learning my convincer made my life so much easier, I’m a several options a number of times girl, so now I know that feeling that builds up in the pit of my stomach when I am shopping for something new is stress because I’m feeling pressured to buy now. I have yet to meet a sales person that does not back off a little if I say I’m feeling pressured here, makes my buying experience pleasanter these days.

Imaging you are a manager and your convincer is: need to be consistently convinced over time. You are probably never going to be truly happy with your staff, they will always have to “prove themselves” and you could be making someone’s life a misery. Do you think this would be a good thing to know so that you could adjust your behaviour consciously?

Meta Programs are one of the filters that control us at an unconscious level, good managers learn to communicate with others within their perspective; allowing you to address behaviour, or lead, manage and motivate staff in an inspiring manner. Until the next Meta Program I wish you a wonderfully communicative day and I would love to hear from you if this information has been helpful.


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