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In the Zone in Manchester!

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David Tingey & Gary Boyes – The Mind Factor Workshop 2015

We recently had the opportunity to spend three days, enhancing our knowledge of and taking a new angle, sometimes, on the power of the mind.  The fact that the course was delivered by The Mind Factor and Dr. Karl Morris with a huge emphasis on the ‘Golfing Mind’, then we knew we’d benefit and enjoy!

We first met Karl a few years ago at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club when he was delivering a short Mindfactor Session to the members.  Naturally, being a scholar of all things that go on in the mind, we wanted to learn even more and the weekend in Manchester seemed an ideal opportunity!  As with everything, if you are in control of your mind, you stay calm in pressure moments, or of course in decision making opportunities, where the outcomes may have serious consequences.  Now some would say there are no ‘serious consequences’ when you play golf, certainly at an amateur level, but take this a step further… how good could it be to control your mind in all aspects of your life, both in business and in your personal life?

Friday morning started early, with a train into London at just after 5.00am, a seamless tube ride to Euston, and then the 6.36am Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly saw myself and colleague, David Tingey, a PGA Professional, arrive in Manchester just before 9.00am.  Whilst we’ve flown Virgin Atlantic, it was the first time we’d used the services of Virgin for rail services, and what a joy!  2 hours 20 minutes of comfort, without having to concentrate on the roads (and potentially taking twice as long)!  Next time we’re Manchester bound, it’ll be Virgin Trains all the way!

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Gary Boyes, Chris Walton, Karl Morris, David Tingey

We checked into The Radisson Blu, in the centre of Manchester, where the course was to be held, and settled down for three great days of realising just how awesome the mind is, in EVERYTHING we do.

When you think back, it’s incredible to recount the number of times teams and individuals have progressed to be successful by having the belief in their ability and remaining calm under pressure.  As many of you will know, it can be so easy to have many thoughts coming into your head at the same time, especially in the field of golf… head down, swing through the ball, knees flexed… Is it any wonder we have the potential to hit a poor shot? Take that a step further; Is it a surprise to anyone that we sometimes turn up for work, mind overflowing with thoughts, ideas and ‘things that we need to remember’, and then have a poor outcome? How much of that information, at that moment in time, and the ATTENTION that we devote to it, is either ‘useful’ or ‘useless’?! And that set the tone for Day one, and in fact the whole workshop… Decide what is useful, or useless… and deal with it accordingly. Something useless at one moment, could become useful at a later stage, and vice versa… but forget the before and the after, we’re talking about the NOW! Stay in the present moment, give it your full ATTENTION.

 

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Philip Zimbardo – What ‘Time Zone’ is your mind travelling in?

Habitual time zones was an interesting concept, with our phenomenal mind being able to race, at the slightest thought to something previous in our lives or fast forward to something that we ‘imagined’ might happen.  Philip Zimbardo, the American Psychologist, carried out numerous studies to demonstrate this, over a period of many years.  Whenever we need to stay in the present moment, it’s about selecting the time-zone ‘Present Absorbed’!

An interesting session followed by Guest Speaker, Chris Walton, introducing the work he has carried out on the Gamma Mindset.  Our brainwaves go through various stages, dependent upon what we are doing, from a state of high alert to resting and to sleep.  Intriguing stuff from Chris and should you want to know more, check out www.GammaMindset.com

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Gary Nicol & Gary Boyes

Day two continued with the same momentum, and a look at belief systems and possibly, more importantly, how you could change those beliefs? We had another Guest Speaker, Gary Nicol, who spent 16 years as a coach on the European Tour and is now based at Archerfield Links in North Berwick.  Gary recalled many stories, working with touring Pro’s and brought his philosophy of ‘simplicity’ to everyone.  Demonstrating his belief that ‘impact’ was the crucial area of a golf swing, how you got there, i.e. Back swing & follow through, was largely irrelevant, as long as the impact was sound.  Of course, if someone’s back-swing affected the impact, then it will need adjusting, but to him, it was a case of ‘cause and effect’ and simply coaching that.  Keeping it simple, HAS to be the best way to stay in the moment.  For more information on this and the work that Gary now undertakes, go to www.tpegs.com

We particularly enjoyed the session that covered ‘perception’.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines perception as ‘a belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem’, which means how we interpret information on a personal level.  (I recall recently asking someone with a fear of flying what they saw when I showed them a picture of a Boeing 747.  Now, I enjoy flying, and I see planes as a means of travel to a nice place! There answer? They saw a ‘metal coffin’!  Based purely on how that information was received in their own head, that was their perception).  Again, the work that we did about changing perception was time well-spent.

Day three looked at the four quadrants of golf, BEFORE, DURING, IN BETWEEN and AFTER and how each quadrant had an impact on the next.  This again, can be directly correlated to business.  Active Visualisation and creating strong neural pathways formed the bulk of the morning, with our final Guest Speaker, Dave O’Sullivan giving us some fascinating and cutting-edge insights into his work around breathing.  As we know, if your breathing is controlled and calm, then so too is the mind. Dave has been involved as the head physiotherapist for Huddersfield Giants Rugby League team and has been instrumental in their recent success.  For more information, www.physiohuddersfield.co.uk

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Two key points for us, coming from the workshop, can be summed up in two words! ATTENTION and PROCESS.  Whatever you are doing, be it personal life, sporting activity or business, you must FOCUS on and give it your full ATTENTION.  With regard to PROCESS… Well if you focus on the PROCESS, and ensure your process is right… then the outcome will be as PLANNED.  We’ll be looking at these two important areas in a future blog, so make sure you don’t miss out and sign up NOW.

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Making new friends is always important! 

As with many enjoyable workshops, you wonder how the time seems to go so fast, but as all good things come to an end, in order for the next one to start.  We were back on the train to London, tired but with an abundance of knowledge and skill, not forgetting belief, that we will start to put into our golfing as well as our business lives.  As with many external courses, you find yourself making great friends with people of all ages and all walks of life, that I know will be a USEFUL resource in the future.  Thanks for making our three days so enjoyable and a huge thanks to Karl, Nadine and the guest speakers.

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How many business opportunities are turned down on a regular basis (and life opportunities), purely because we lack the confidence to carry it out or doubt ourselves that we have sufficient knowledge or skill to undertake the task? Take the opportunity and use it as a motivator, to learn a new skill or increase your knowledge. Can you imagine how impactful that could be?

Next time an opportunity presents itself, grab it with both hands… and then go about increasing your knowledge or skill. Consider what resources you may need?

If this is something that you’d like to investigate further, then be sure to watch out for our forthcoming workshop, where the focus will be on making you a far more confident person than, perhaps, you are at the present time.

Contact us on 01277 821651 or simply email us on info@imduk.com to register your interest.

Be sure to have a great Christmas, be safe and keep a look out for our new workshops for 2013.

Here’s a message from Woody and Buzz, stars of Toy Story.

The imagination of children is a wonderful thing, they have that ability to become flexible with their thoughts and adapt their belief systems, yet many of us lose this as we have to ‘conform’ or ‘fit in’ to some of the various guidelines and boxes that again, (strangely) we imagine are there! This Christmas, use some of that imagination and create your own future… it really is that easy. Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Everything you can imagine is real’ and we can most certainly relate to this, when we consider how effective the most simple toys were when we were much younger. Who honestly never imagined they were Prince Charming or a Disney Princess when they were at primary school when becoming a Premier League Footballer or a TV Presenter or Actress was quite simply a reality and something you would ‘just do’ when you grew up rather than how many people see it now, a ‘pipe dream’? How many knock-backs do we receive along the way, possibly, which has the conditioning effect that we are simply just not good enough or the best jobs are ‘for those other, lucky, people’?

Lose those limiting belief systems and go and change your world. For help with this, simply follow our blog http://www.imduk.org or facebook page http://www.facebook.com/IMDUKlimited and start yourself on the road to your destination, whatever you imagine that may be?

NLP, Hypnosis, Meditation and Quantum Thinking Workshop - Saturday 17th November - The Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford

Thinking of Attending a NLP Practitioner Course? – Attend this First!
For those of you who are thinking of attending a NLP Practitioner Course, then this is an excellent low-cost entry level introduction into NLP that allows you to gain a better understanding as to how it is used without committing yourself to the cost and time of a full course.
Nervous – So were we once!
I can also appreciate that for some of you even attending a one-day event can be daunting, because it was daunting for me too. I can still remember how nervous I was when I attended my first NLP course, many years ago, because I had no idea what to expect. However, for me it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was literally life changing and it has taken me on a journey that I would never have imagined, and this could also be the start of something new for you too. This could be the one event that takes your life into a new and more beneficial direction for you.
Change Your Life in one Day – Everything is Possible
We have used the skills that we are going to teach you help people get rid of anxiety disorders, depression, shaking, emotional trauma, fear of the dentist and stress. Our techniques are so effective and easy to learn that one major UK employer now runs a similar one day course to what you will experience to help their staff cope with the uncertainty of the current economic climate.
The skills and techniques that will be shown to you on this one day event have been put together specifically to help you make better choices and/or give you more of a direction in your life, and we have been doing this now for many years and have achieved great results for many people like yourself, so we are confident that you will enjoy and benefit from the event.
My Personal 100% Money-Back Guarantee to You
I am so sure that you will gain some benefit from the day, that I am even willing to give you my personal guarantee, which is that, if by lunch time you have not found any of the information that I will have given you to be of any benefit to you – I will give you a full refund – no questions asked.
Best Regards
Gary Boyes
Invest in You – Book Your Place Now
The cost of your investment in you is only £96.00 including Vat for the whole day – if you book now. To book you just have to email nlp@imduk.com to reserve your place and we’ll send you a booking form. You are now possibly only one email away from changing your life!
Early Bird Discount!
We are also offering a ‘£10-00 Early-Bird Discount’ for those of you who book on and pay for your place before the end of October 2012. This means that you save over 10% on the overall cost of this workshop, an inclusive price of £86-00.
PS: We are getting bookings for this event every day and we would love to see you there. I really want the opportunity to affect your life in a positive way, and I hope that you will allow me the privilege of doing so. If I can’t then simply ask me for your money back and I will gladly give it to you – no questions asked. So, what have you got to lose – especially when you consider what you could potentially gain!

What’s the most important entity to any business?

Some will say cash flow?  Maybe it’s having a good, robust product?  Longevity?

However, without doubt the most important entity is the customer.  You can be the most cash-rich business in the land; without a customer, you have no business.  You may have the most innovative, strongest, potentially market-leading product; without a customer, you have no business.  Your product or service could be useful to a whole generation of folk; without a customer, you have no business.

So why do some organisations, indeed, it could be said, a majority, pay so little attention to keeping those customers?  Making those customers feel important and valued? Perhaps even listening to those customers?

For the most up-to-date, innovative and effective way of ensuring your customers are given the priority they deserve, contact IMD (UK) Limited.  We look forward to helping you and your organisation succeed.

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