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Would you like to struggle less at work, and be less stressed?
Would you like to be more happier, have more time, and have more fun?
Do you even want to feel more empowered, using simple, ‘crazy and cool', 1 minute techniques?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then NLP may be the right thing for you!
Alright, alright, hype over (you'll be glad to hear;-), but just like you, I've had my fair share of depresison, insomnia and OCD. It can ruin your life. You feel helpless and not in control.
Then I discovered Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the power of your subconscious. NLP is a method which allows you to re-organise your thoughts, and helps re-programme your powerful subconscious mind to create a change in your thinking and your habits.
The techniques are not long (for example, you can even create an emotional state where you can touch a small mole on your hand, and you feel very confident), and you will gain a better understanding on how the subconscious mind works.
I decided to try out the, ‘members-only passport' and do a review on it.
The, ‘members-only passport' is actually an on-line subscription service from Michael Stevenson, TransformDestiny.com, and is for people who want to learn more about NLP, and would like to have a more convenient, easier way of learning it.
It is what you would expect if you did an on-line subscription service. It's all on-line and is basically and on-line version of a catalogue, where you access most of the websites content all on one page.
I say most, because despite that there is a lot of content in the members only section, there are a few courses that are, ‘premium' for very advanced students, although there is a heck of a lot of content for the, ‘members-only passport', in and of itself, that it is easily justifiable for the price (But we will get onto price later in this review;-).
There are no physical products. Without going through all of them, it is mostly stuff that you do on-line. You listen to audios on-line, you watch videos on-line, you read pdfs on-line and also some of the pdfs can be downloaded like a book.
I would say that you need a pdf reader which most computers are able to download. I must also stress that I've only seen the desktop version. I've not seen the mobile version of it so I couldn't tell you if it is really user-friendly if it is mobile, I can only report on the desktop version, although I would suspect that the mobile version would be equally user-friendly.
The desktop version I get along with it quite well. Very simple to use, very user-friendly. Various courses, various videos and various audios, you can just see yourself which program you want to go for, whether it is advanced help in relationships, or increasing motivation. You get to choose what on-line education you would want to listen to and take action.
Some videos are downloadable and it will be made very clear which ones are downloadable and which ones are not. Bearing in mind, that as this is a, ‘members-only passport', most of the content will be only viewable online, however you will be able to download some stuff, such as some audios and some videos as well as some pdfs.
For the most part it is all on-line, and that is the beauty of this, this is why you are paying your monthly subscription to view it all on-line.
What do you need to have to use the product?
OK, very simply, (as obvious as it may sound) all you need to use is a computer with broadband connection, which most computers are able to do these days. It also goes without saying that you require speakers, of course, to listen to the content and a decent video card to watch the video.
The pdf files would require a pdf reader, and you should be able to easily download that if you haven't already got one online. You also need to use your initiative as there is so much content here, (and I mean, so much content here) for it can be quite overwhelming, so take your time.
What you have to do to use the product.
What you have to do is take action. It's as simple as that!
The techniques are not long, as some anchoring techniques, for example, could require you to touch knuckles, or touching moles, or other parts of your body when it comes to anchoring emotional states and getting yourself in peak emotional condition, (just as an example).
If this sounds weird or a little crazy, don't worry. Michael Stevenson goes through the logic behind the actions, which may leave you wandering why you haven't heard of any of this before.
You are watching and writing a few lists, at tops. There are techniques, but ultimately, you do have to take action. Action is the name of the game here, and you already know this. That is the secret.
Here is another secret, you need to take regular action. But what you may not know is that by anchoring an emotional state, like excitement (for example), it's actually a little bit easier to take regular action because all you have to do is to touch a part of your body, and you are almost instantly excited.
Put simply, you're not having to fight yourself. How cool is that?
But regular action has to be done. You can't just do it once, and expect your life to be drastically different in about 10 seconds. That is not how life works (and never was).
All of it is on-line, so all you have to do is read, or listen, or watch and take action.
I always say, take action as soon as you listen and get taught a technique straight away, don't wait and come back to it later (there may never be a, ‘later').
As soon as you learn a technique, take action asap. And once you get a result (and in most cases, you WILL get a result), you should see an increase in faith and your motivation will increase.
Can anyone use this or a select few?
I would say about 99.9 % off people. As long as you have computer, and as long as you can write stuff down, and as long as you can listen, you are good to go. There is no discrimination, It's not just for a certain person, anybody can use it.
How long until the results?
This is a real tough question to ask, because the results can take as little as a minute, and in some cases, take a little bit longer. It depends on what you are trying to achieve, and how severe your emotional/psychological condition is.
For me, creating an anchor to create a specific emotional state can take about 10 seconds, but I have done this a few times. And that state can be long lasting, although I would have to keep, ‘refreshing' the anchor to keep the emotional state high.
Anchoring merely helps you keep in a positive state of mind throughout the day.
It's like a bath. You don't just have one bath and be clean, you have to have regular baths, and this is no different. There is stuff like healing techniques, (time-line techniques), which ideally you would need to do once a week.
Also, ideally, you would need to do this during the early part of the day (or during the middle), please don't just do this late at night when you are tired. Do this at the beginning of the day, or the weekend when you have a bit of time to yourself.
That way, you would be more refreshed and able to enjoy the benefits more easily.
However, you must listen to the education. Think of it like riding a bike.
Riding a bike itself is not that difficult, as anyone can testify. But learning how to ride a bike…that can be very annoying. You may fall over, you may need stabilisers, you may hurt yourself…
Do you give up? Of course you don't give up, you keep going and going and going.
You do need to find a way to keep the motivation going initially. I always say, learning it is always the tough part. The technique part is normally pretty quick, (the time-line techniques I can do in about 2-5 minutes tops) and like the author says, the more you do it, the fast and quicker you will get with regular sessions.
For example, there is a great course I've come across, called, ‘Create your life: The NLP Experience'. Now it's obviously been shot during the weekend, as you've got three days worth of videos, you've got almost 5 hours of footage (6 hours in some cases).
That it a lot of content.
However, it took me over a month to get through the whole content, and for me, I feel so much more empowered because of it.
I know a lot more about goal-setting, a lot about visualizing, a lot about time-line techniques, healing techniques, especially concepts like how to reduce your anger and how to reduce your sadness.
It took me over a month.
Now, don't get me wrong, I would've done this in a whole weekend, it would have been quicker. For various personal reasons, I couldn't do it in a weekend. It took over a month, but I still managed to do it.
There is a lot of stuff out there, the education is always the longest part, it's like driving a car.
It shouldn't be that difficult to drive a car, but the lessons to learn how to drive a new car can take months to do, because there is a lot of things to cover.
But turning on the ignition, actually putting it into gear (checking the mirror, etc), it's not that difficult.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it is easy, but it is not that difficult. But you've got to take the time to learn the education.
The education part (for me) is the longest part. If you can find a way to be disciplined, say one hour each day, or one hour each weekend if you must, you will soon go through this in a month and be vastly knowledgeable at the end of it.
And don't get me wrong, that one month will serve you for the rest of your life.
I am not kidding, one month for the whole of your life…once you learn these thing, these things are very simple to do, achieve and perform… and you've got it for life;-)
One month for the rest of your life is a very, very small investment, and these are techniques that can not only help motivate you, but also help you become more healthier, more happier, feeling more in control, and ultimately more empowered.
Any additional help/ resources needed?
Like I said really, you will have to be disciplined enough to regular action with regards to the education part, because there is a so much content. This is a, ‘members-only passport', so at the time of this review, the price is $47 per month.
One of my favourite places is the monthly calls. Michael Stevenson does 2 calls every month.
When you log onto the, ‘members-only passport' there is a section on the website where you can access the monthly call recordings. These monthly call recordings covers a wide range if subjects, from learning how to curb negative thinking, to how to reduce fear using NLP techniques.
These call recordings are not long. They are not hours and hours (in fact, one of them was over 35 minutes and one of them is over 50 minutes).
These are like mini audio-books in there own right, it's kinda one of those things where you can listen to them when you are doing your chores, when you are doing your housework, or listen to it when you are in the car, on your phone if you are connected on-line. You can't download these, obviously, but you can certainly listen to them if you have a WIFI connection..
This is a fantastic part to the, ‘members-only passport', because some of the content is very addictive. There is one that I listened to, called, ‘My grandma's NLP technique' . I mean, doesn't that sound mysterious, ‘My grandma's NLP technique'. It turned out to be a very clever recording;-)
Lets review 2 of the recordings:
‘Kick negative self-talk to the curb'
This one was a big deal for me, because I for one am a huge introvert. I was taught early on in life to be very cynical and be very negative about life.
Now, for those that don't know, cynicism is basically when you think people act in self-interest. They are motivated by power, greed, sex, that type of thing, and self-awareness is a minority. It's a very pessimistic attitude, and is all about money, money, money, it's all about being self-interested.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that people aren't those things, all I am saying it that they are just not as common as you think they are. If I was to put my ego to one side, and look at my past experiences at work with a neutral eye, I would say that they are a minority.
So I grew up being really, really cynical, and being very pessimistic of course, so that was an amazing life to begin with. I listened to the recording of the call, so you don't need to worry about missing them, for whatever reason, you can always log-on later to listen to at your own leisure. To be fair to Michael Stevenson, he lists them on the web-page, with the date they were recorded.
These calls, honestly, are pretty addictive. I mean, you can listen to one, and another one, and another one. And trust me, you will gain a lot of wisdom.
But as always, it's similar to reading a book….
Unless you take any action, nothing. gets. done.
It's all about taking action and that is the thing about NLP, all it takes is about, 5 or 10 minutes, and you are good to go. Sometimes it can be as less than that.
For example, one technique focuses on pattern interrupting. Now, to curb negative self-talk, it says that the brain for the most part, is on autopilot.
And that's good, that helps us get through our day, without focusing too much on all the small things, you can, ‘crack on' in a sense.
But sometimes, these mini-programs can be counter-productive, you're getting worried about things you shouldn't be worried about, you're getting stressed about things you shouldn't be stressed about, and so and so forth.
You lose your mental clarity and your sense of direction.
So this call talks about how to curb that, ‘self-talk' if it is making you feel bad, basically.
How do you curb that thought process, because like some of you, I also have OCD and also have learned helplessness, as well as various forms of depression. I won't say too much, but you get the idea.
A whopping big junk of that, (and I mean a WHOPPING big chunk of that) is literally me just thinking negative thoughts, which created an emotional state, which creates an image, and then BOOM, I'm not feeling good.
It kinda sucks.
The trick is to find a way to, in a sense, ‘interrupt' that thought-process.
And the way we do that is to do a pattern interrupt, and this recording talks about a very good way of doing this, which can be effective in helping you break that pattern of the thought-process.
Then you do the relevant testing for some initial results, and go from there.
The technique itself isn't long, it takes literally less than 10 seconds. I won't go into too much details here or give away a spoiler, if you haven't listened to the call recording, I highly recommend you listen to it.
I've tried the technique at work, and it does work when you do get into it. Once you start to take action, it does help your thought process.
But one thing I would say is that you've got to be aware of the thought-process, and this is one of the most hardest things that you will ever do.
Interestingly, most of these thoughts, (some of these can be depressing) happen to go under the radar.
You'll think them, but you will be too, ‘involved' in the image and the emotion to stop it.
That's the first thing…
The second being that, (and this is also a funny weird habit which I sadly also gotten used to…) that these emotions can also help you, in a weird way, ‘feel good'.
It somehow feels more realistic to feel depressed (if that makes sense). So you've got to find a way to become self-aware.
Now, I tend to practise mindfulness meditation myself, (that's my exercise to promote self-awareness) so I can think about what I am thinking about. And that is the key here; you've got to think about what you are thinking about.
I know that sounds easy…
As anybody who has tried this will testify, thinking abut what you are thinking about can be very difficult to do.
You have to think, ‘am I thinking the right thoughts', which may sound crazy, but it is what you have to do to think more appropriate thoughts.
‘Dealing with criticism' audio.
The, ‘Dealing with criticism' audio recording is actually a very useful audio recording, again, dealing with quite a common condition.
I'm sure all of us at one stage in our life has had to deal with it, and sadly, many of us have had to deal with it on a fairly regular basis.
When I listened to this, I wanted to hear what his take on it was, because like many of you, I have been criticised heavily in life, in my youth and through to my young adult years (and of course I am very sensitive), so I take it all on board.
I would often take it all personally, without realizing that when it comes to criticism, (and the author does mention this), that there is a context to what is being said.
That is, ask yourself, is it a valid criticism, or is it somebody being mean, just for being means sake.
So, it is a good audio, and lasts for a good 30 minutes. Again, you can listen to this if you are doing your chores, or on your phone if you have WIFI access.
Ultimately, though, he does incorporate (and this is fascinating to me actually), the process of gratitude when it really comes to criticism. Without giving away too much of a spoiler, but there is an interesting link between gratitude and criticism, so there is that to bear in mind.
But overall, it was a very clever audio, and there is a very clever NLP technique which helps give you an understanding on how someone may view a particular event that is being criticised. Again, you need to be aware of what is going on here, for you to use it.
That's the thing with a lot of these techniques, as simple and as clever as they are, you need to have some awareness of that technique in order for you to use that technique in that situation.
After all, NLP encompasses many techniques, for many situations. So you have to be aware of the situation, to find out which NLP technique is suitable for it.
Having said that, I found it very beneficial. Like I said, I have been criticised myself a lot, and if you are not careful, it will, ‘wain' on your soul, and you will take it personally… and you shouldn't.
Because to be fair, not all criticism is created equally, and there could be a good chance that it could be harsh criticism (and he does talk about that, if your critic is being mean and nasty).
So again, if you're somebody who feels like they are being criticised heavily, if you are somebody who suffers from low self-esteem due to an over-abundance of criticism, it may be worth mentioning that the criticism may not be you, (it may have nothing to do with you at all), it may be that somebody has it out for you.
Or it could be, (and he talks about this as well) that there are some good valid points, and it is not really being put across very well (which is actually more common than you think).
This was a really good recording, I enjoyed listened not it, I got a lot of benefit from it, and hopefully you'll get a lot of benefit and change from not only this recording, but the recordings on the monthly calls as well.
How will NLP help create change?
NLP helps you create change in a more efficient way, as you will gain more of an understanding on how the subconscious mind works.
However it probably won't be a big change, in fact, most times it won't be a big change. This is often a slightly misunderstood thing about NLP (in my opinion), some people may expect changes to be huge.
The reality is that the changes that happened in my life that were made, weren't whopping big, life changing stuff. I didn't suddenly become rich overnight, or become a gold medallist in 2 days.
These are subtle changes, but subtle isn't necessarily bad, (they often say that the little things are often the best) these changes become more substantial as time goes on.
It's like the domino effect: One domino is all it takes to take down a whole pattern of a mosaic. There can be many domino's in that pattern, (probably thousands) and yet, all it takes is one domino, and the whole thing goes down.
That is, in my opinion, what it is like with NLP (and the beauty of it).
It takes just one technique, and your life becomes a little bit easier, more healthier, more focused, an ultimately, more successful and more productive with your life. However, like a said earlier on, you will need to take time to do this.
Use it to make changes in your lifestyle, use it to improve your lifestyle, use it to create a structure, use these techniques to become more excited, more focused, more at peace (not kidding!).
Will this work?
For me, and I can only go by my own experience, but for me it does work, and it works very well.
I feel less angry, more in control, more empowered.
I've achieved very interesting results in the last few months doing these techniques, Some of them have blown my mind, some of them have just been very useful, albeit subtle differences.
You do need to have an open mind though, because we live in a society where we believe that it must take months and months and years and years to get some change.
Whilst this may be true for very extreme cases (luckily, I'm not one of those cases) for most people, changes should take place more quicker than that.
So please, don't think that, just because these techniques can take around 5-10 minutes to do, (and maybe 30 minutes to learn), this must mean that the techniques aren't worthy.
Not at all.
As the author explains, your subconscious, which is the part of you that controls behaviour and emotions, works fast.
These techniques have a context.
For example, if you were to learn a 5 minutes technique, you would think, ‘what a load of crap'….
But when you learn the context, you will probably think, ‘Well actually, I can see why that would work'.
The, ‘members-only passport' not only gives you most of these techniques but also the logical reasoning behind them. This should allow you to have more faith in the technique, and put more action into using them yourself.
Or to put it another way, you're more likely to take action if you see the logic behind that technique, from idea to results.
No product is perfect, what isn't so great about this one?
Length of time, to be honest with you.
There's not much waffle, however I felt like some of the videos and some of the content could have been reduced slightly.
Having said that, it is only a slight imperfection. To be honest with you, 2-3 hours of video to change my life, for the next 50 years…
Come on!!! I'm all for it.
2-3 hours for the rest of your life? That is a fantastic, small investment.
You are learning a lot of stuff here, and this stuff is going to help your life in so many different departments, from having more fun to being more empowered.
That is the thing about NLP, it's about being more empowered. Changing your own life, which can help others.
Tips and Tricks
To get the most out of the, ‘members-only passport' monthly subscription, try to get yourself doing things consciously that may seem a little bit scary to begin with.
Coming from a guy who has learned helplessness (a condition which means that you think many situations are hopeless and you are powerless to do anything), I was surprised that when I initially did visualization techniques over a year ago, that nothing seemed to work.
It turned out that my subconscious is only as good as my focus and sense of personal will-power. Put simply, I can't control my subconscious if I can't even control my main conscious!
These days, to aid with visualization techniques, I use mindfulness meditation (I only do about 10 minutes in the morning) and also try memory and cognitive games on my Nintendo Wii (thanks Brain Academy;-) to help with my personal conscious will-power.
This then allows the power to, sort off, ‘translate' into my subconscious.
Or to put it another way, the more power you have consciously, the more power you will have to create your life at a subconscious level.
Another thing to bear in mind (at the risk of sounding insultingly obvious) is that you do require structure with this course. There is simply a lot of content on there.
So take your time with this.
Try to dedicate a time of day (preferably in the morning) where you will not be disturbed. And once you come across a technique, try it out immediately.
Once you get a result, you will probably want to carry on;-)
One thing I will say, (and to be fair, the author says this on some of his courses) is that it is best to learn this when you are using your peripheral vision.
That is, being in the state where your central focus is slightly blurred and you can see the edges of your point of view. This may come with a feeling, sometimes known as being, ‘in the zone'.
Try to practice using your peripheral vision when you go outside for a walk, when you talk to people, family etc. This should allow you to integrate the learnings more easily.
One final thing, (and this comes from a guy who has insomnia) but expanding on the earlier talk of structure a bit more, do get a good nights sleep if you can (I know, it's not easy for me either;-).
Getting a good nights sleep helps you not only focus, but also helps you feel less irritable as well as feel the emotion and control the image more effectively when it comes to the goal setting time-line techniques.
At the time of writing, the, ‘members-only passport' is only $47 per month. If you would like to find out more information on the, ‘members-only passport', please click here.