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Mind Chi Saves the Financial World!

By Jon Thompson

 In 2009 I attended the NLP Dorset Forum Annual Conference. One of the speakers was Vanda North.  I was immediately taken by her enthusiasm and energy. The subject was Mind Chi and I enjoyed the process so much I decided to find out more. This has lead to me becoming a Mind Chi Mentor.

 Following the conference I continued to do the daily 8 minute routine as it neatly packaged some techniques that I was already aware of but didn’t necessarily have an easy and quick way to apply. After completing the Mind Chi Basic for the 28 days I felt I was becoming more focused on what I want in life and how to achieve it.

Working in an extremely stressful environment in a global financial organisation, I could see how this could benefit others too. The cost to businesses for hours lost through stress is constantly increasing as less people are asked to do more in less time! I set up three groups to work with and add Mind Chi to their daily routine.

 The initial Mind Chi Basic routine lasts for 28 days as this is how long it takes to build a habit.
I asked each participant to fill in a questionnaire and mark themselves out of 10 for each question. The questions cover sleep, energy, concentration, memory, stress and more. By the end of the course most participants had noticed an improvement in their scores in most areas.

 This outcome encouraged me to pursue finding out how I can make a positive difference to others in the company and we have added Mind Chi to the company’s Wellness support for employees. We cannot be in control of the outside world, the economy or how managers, colleagues and clients treat us. We can however be in control of us and how we respond.

 Following my successful in-company courses, I was asked to do a presentation during Women’s History Month. The training was over-subscribed with 91 people booking in. I delivered the Mind Chi Basic to a packed auditorium. I received overwhelming feedback in support of wanting to learn more and join a course. Many people commented on how relaxed they felt going into the afternoon.

 I have picked out one person’s feedback that I feel covers the sentiments from most of the emails and replies I received following the training:

  “I would encourage all members of my team, and all my friends to go on the course. I was at really low ebb when I first started the course, having just returned from a two week period of being off sick, due to work stresses. The course was extremely timely for me, I feel much better than I did, and I am absolutely positive that I have benefited greatly. I would even go as far as to say that this should be a standard/mandatory course for all employees to go on.”

  And that is my aim, to make it an available course for all employees at whatever level they are in the company. I want my full-time role to be facilitating this change in lowering stress levels and building resilience for all colleagues. Showing them how much control they can and do have in how they feel and respond to life’s situations.

 The next stage is to run more courses and lower the stress levels here! The word is out about
Mind Chi in this organisation. I am becoming known as ‘the Mind Chi man!’ To make Mind Chi fully known in a company of this size will take time, commitment, persistence and patience.
Sounds as though a Mind Chi Meme is required…

A Mind Chi Rescue

By Barbara Homyk

Sometimes we don’t know just how much we can handle until we are pushed all the way to our limit.  And it’s at times like these that Mind Chi can change from an interesting idea to a life saver.  I discovered this recently when my work life went from stressful to unbearable.  In the past, I’d handled setbacks by devouring chocolate chip cookies or experimenting with a new recipe. But this past March, after facing two major family crises and three grueling back-to-back work projects in less than a year, when I thought that the pressure of work couldn’t get any worse, I was given an unsatisfactory performance review, the first I had ever received.  I was devastated.  This time, the cookies just wouldn’t pull me out of the slump.  I felt as though I had “Failure” stamped across my forehead.  I knew in my heart that I didn’t deserve the bad rating and I tried to dispute it.  But fighting for your cause, especially when you’re not being heard, can take so much out of you, as I soon learned.

Fortunately for me, just days before receiving the bad performance review, I had attended the U.S. Memory Championship where Richard Israel introduced Mind Chi.  Desperate to find something to stop the destructive, negative thoughts, on my drive to work I started using the breathing technique that Richard had described.  I felt a little better.  I would find myself in terrible downward spirals of self-talk so I tried the Mind Chi BEAT (an acronym for Body, Emotions, Actions and Thoughts).  When I felt as though the world was against me and I couldn’t get anyone to listen and take my side, using BEAT, I would pull myself back and make a conscious decision how I wanted to feel and think.  Although I only knew what Richard had discussed in the short presentation, I’d skimmed the book briefly and I wasn’t completely following the eight steps of Mind Chi, the pieces I used got me through some very dark days.  I would be driving to work before daybreak, thinking that the world would never be bright again but then I started counting my breaths and practicing BEAT and I made it through.

A couple of months later I finally took the time to thoroughly read the first part of the book and commit to the 28 days of Mind Chi Basic. Having finished that successfully, I’ve developed a Mind Chi Plan.  I’ve already taken off some of the chocolate chip cookie weight, I’m walking regularly and I’ve started to enjoy living my life the way I always wanted to live.  My first Mind Chi Plan is all about living as I choose but as soon as I’m confidently set in that, I can’t wait to start tuning my professional skills.  The demands at work are already easier to handle just using the Mind Chi Basic skills but I’m developing plans for some major changes and next I want to work on brushing up my interviewing skills and then networking and …

Mind Chi gave me the strength to reach within myself and fight what I considered an injustice. This week I learned that my performance review had been reversed.  And although it feels good to have that past wrong cleared up, it doesn’t matter much to me because regardless of the outcome, I can look toward a bright future which I choose and make possible through my plans and deliberate actions.  This difficult experience drove me to explore and use Mind Chi and for that I am truly grateful.

When I first saw the Mind Chi book I questioned what eight minutes a day could accomplish and I was puzzled about how helpful a tool could be when many of the pages of the book sported a little cartoon character.  What I have learned is that Mind Chi is a blending of proven methods spiced up with some newer ideas, combined with a little fun and the result is a simple eight minute program that has given me a whole new, and much fuller life.