Standard Practice Will Keep You Standard

Standard Practice Will Keep You Standard

Today I responded to a lovely lady from the UK who needs some help growing her business and came to me for coaching. But she’s painfully sitting on the fence; not making a decision.

It reminded me of where I came from and what I had to do to change my life. I was $70,000 in debt and $27 in my bank account. Doing the standard’ things just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I had to do something different.

Here is what I wrote to her after she gave me no decision:

Hi Sue (name changed to protect her identity),

Okay. Yes, your response is a bit vague. In fact, there is no decision in it. So would it be okay if I shared with you what I’ve learned over 17 years of coaching? What took me from a massive debt to become a millionaire?

I know you want success, so I’d like to share with you what I’ve found that my most of my successful clients do.

They make a decision and then four things to gain ultimate success.

The decision?

They make a commitment to do whatever it takes to get what they want.

They say YES to their dreams, even if right now, they just don’t think they’ve got what it takes. Then they:

1. Work out/decide/dream up what they really want from life, then

2. We work on devising the best possible strategy to get them there

3. We work out what they need (skills/tools/systems/connections/attitude) to make the strategy work, and

4. We take action on that strategy and remove any neural pathway that gets in the way of that action.

I know that sometimes it’s hard to make a decision because we don’t know what the future holds – and that’s acceptable to most, because that’s how 95% of the population live their lives. It’s standard practice. However, to really create a magical life of freedom, you have to do (most often) the opposite to what the large majority of people do.

To be extraordinary, ‘standard practice’ is no longer an option for you

Most people don’t realise that they’re making ‘standard practice’ decisions.

Last week my Singing Coach was whinging about a speaker she listened to at a conference she attended. She loved the speaker by the way, but was annoyed that the speaker was paid $10,000 for a short keynote talk. Then she said, “You speak! Do you get paid $10,000 a talk?” I stupidly replied yes at which she immediately said, “And you’re paying me $35 an hour for singing and you get paid $10,000 an hour!” She was obviously offended.

But while she was sitting there stewing, I’m thinking – “I could show her and coach her so she could do the same thing. That opportunity is there for her right now, but she’s too busy getting all bent up about it.”

So I said, “Money and time are two huge illusions, and some people do much less for more – but they did much more to get there. And no, it’s not fair. But everyone has the same opportunities in front of them, though let’s be honest here. Some decide to put up their hands and say, ‘let’s go for it’ while others sit on the fence; standard practice.” She of course sat on the fence and kept doing what she knew to do – and continued teaching me to sing. But she could of been singing a whole new tune.

Does this make sense to you?

Opportunities are all around you, but we don’t want to see them. We just want to keep complaining.

It’s going to take many mindset shifts to get you to sing a new tune too, because we favour our patterns. We love our comfort zones. It’s why the world is getting fatter and sicker.

To get out of our patterns it’s typically uncomfortable, uncommon, weird, different – but ultimately it will become your new normal and your new normal will be what others see as a life beyond limits.

You will be admired, lauded, applauded – and hated by some as jealousies rise. My job as your future coach is to challenge your thinking until we break those old patterns that are keeping you stuck in an average life.

We’ve got to keep untraining your brain, until you become your future you. If you want it, it’s right in front of you… A richer way to think is not standard practice.

Warmest Wishes
R!k Schnabel

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How To Build Your Confidence In ONE Simple Step!

How To Build Your Confidence In ONE Simple Step!
Today I would like to show you how to get an instant confidence boost in less than a minute? I know that’s a pretty brash claim, but I can prove it to you.

Confidence is one of those things that we all seem to want more of. Regardless of how much we have. There’s always a next challenge, another goal to reach, isn’t there? 

How you feel about yourself determines everything you will or won’t do. I won’t go into it fully now, but confidence, when you can summon it in an instant, is truly bankable. 

Your confidence that you project builds trust from others Confidence creates a feeling of trust of self from within.

Your confident communication makes teams more productive, and inner confidence makes one feel more vital and alive.

Here is how to get a quick and obvious confidence boost.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to measure where your confidence levels are right now (in your head). How do you do that? Simply check in with yourself as to how you feel (it sometimes help to close your eyes).

Imagine that high confidence is a ten, and a no confidence is zero. Perhaps you’re not really feeling like connecting with others right now. In fact, you’d prefer to be on holidays, swinging on a hammock? Maybe your feeling a little anxious about something that’s coming up? If you’re not at the bottom, you’re not a zero and if you’re not at the top, you’re not a ten, you’re somewhere in-between. Go ahead and give your confidence level a number now.

Go ahead and calibrate yourself now. This is our measure point.

Now that you have your number, at least you know where you’re starting from. I know this might sound strange, but confidence is just a decision. From over 22,000 hours of coaching high-level performers, I’ve discovered that confidence is a quick, unconscious body scan about how we’re feeling inside, followed by a decision. The decision is usually a black or white one, such as I’m confident or I’m not confident. However, we can change our confidence by instead of scanning internally, we can scan our timeline.

Such as, think of a time that you had the highest confidence ever! Again, it’s sometimes easier to close your eyes as you recall it in a picture. Now, hear in your head the sounds associated with that picture and finally, allow yourself to feel it again. Begin to notice how your decision about your confidence levels seem to change. 

Here is another way to boost confidence that’s quick and simple.

Confidence starts at your sternum. Why your sternum? No reason really. It’s just a good place to start to increase your confidence. Now, your sternum is just below the point where your collarbones meet your chest. Raise your sternum slightly, a few centimetres (a couple of inches) now and notice how you feel more alert, more confident and perhaps even healthier. 

Now. Recalibrate yourself. Did your number increase? Typically, when we raise our sternum, we immediately feel more alert and alive. It’s a simple trick we teach our Speaker students – after all, when you are going to present at a meeting or speak to an audience, you need to feel alert, alive and more confident.

Raising your sternum also makes you more upright and strangely, I’ve found over the 17 years of coaching, that the more mental pain one is in, the more likely we’ll lower our shoulders and arch our backs. Too much computer or desk work can do this too. So while you’re reading this, pull your shoulders back and lift that sternum and notice how much better you feel. I hope this simple little tip helped you today.

You’ve got this!
R!k Schnabel is Australia’s #1 Brain Untrainer with Life Beyond Limits. Would like to be coached by R!k? Here’s the link:

Why You Must Challenge Your Beliefs?

Why You Must Challenge Your Beliefs?

What we see or experience determines our reality. Though is it truly reality? After all, a snake can see colours that you cannot. A dog can smell aromas that you obliviously walk passed. A medium can hear voices that you never will, particularly while you believe that speaking to the dead is impossible. Does this mean that anything other than what you experience exists? The answer is yes… and no.

The snake and the dog have stimulated and built neurological pathways that you can too access, but don’t. Dogs for example have developed, over time, millions more neurological receptors that connect their sense of smell to their brain. Why? Because they rely on food to survive, while we relied on mum and dad. While speaking to the dead may too require a neurological pathway to exist – this leads more into the realm of beliefs.

I’ve been a coach since 2002 and trainer since 2004, and one thing that I’ve learned in those 17 years is that “We believe what we see and so, we see what we believe.” That doesn’t mean that anything we don’t believe doesn’t exist. When I’m coaching someone to achieve something they as yet have not, for example, I must first help them to see the path of possibility – or they will never take that first courageous step.

So it could be said, “Our consciousness is defined by what we believe is possible.” Therefore, to expand what is possible for us, we must open our minds to previously unbelievable possibilities in order to expand our consciousness. Let me give you a personal, real life example.

Prior to 2004, my financial world could be described as a roller-coaster. I would go from having more money than I needed, to no money. Healthy bank balance to nil bank balance. Now nothing new truly happens until we make a new decision. So in 2004 I made a decision to change my mindset – and I mean go deep and change it for good. So I journeyed to find out ‘why’ my financial world was so limited and decided to study NLP. After all, my NLP Trainer sounded a lot like the broke version of me, yet he had solved his financial problems, I had not.

NLP couldn’t have come at a better time.

It was 2004. I was $70,000 in debt and I had $27 in the bank. I was desperate. I began working out what I needed to sell to get myself out of this ridiculous situation. This crazy consciousness cycle. However, in studying NLP, I learned that our belief system is like an ON or OFF button. If we believe something is true, our button of possibility is ON. If we believe something is untrue, then our button of possibility is OFF and we will never take any action that is counter-intuitive to our beliefs.

So I began exploring what I truly believed about my situation. How did I feel about the relationship between money and me? What was I conscious of when it came to money? What did I believe? My answers saddened me and I could see why I never truly wanted to answer those questions.

My beliefs became my stories; I would never succeed at making a lot of money. I was that poor kid. I am the guy that was always at the end of the queue when anything was being doled out. Ouch! That hurt.

Then and there, I decided to change all of my negative money beliefs. I soon discovered that there were many beliefs and I changed them all using a technique I learned in my NLP Training in Melbourne. Here are just some of them…

Money doesn’t grow on trees

(the nut and fruit industries beg to differ)

You have to work hard to make a lot of money

(While Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and friends may have worked hard at some stage, they certainly don’t today)

I came from a poor family, therefore I’m more likely to be poor

(Many of today’s billionaires, came from humble beginnings)

People like you and me weren’t meant to wealthy

(Beliefs like that will ensure you’re right)

I’m sure you’re getting the idea by now. So there I was, listing as many of my crappy money beliefs as I could and changing them one by one. In no time flat, I started to feel much better about money and myself. This might sound strange, but it seemed as though I was taller, smarter and certainly more hopeful. These were the keys to my prosperity to come.

“All is possible for he who believes – Jesus Christ”

Now sayings like the one above used to have me being a tad cynical, until my NLP Trainer told me that “Cynicism and skepticism are just fear, intellectualised to sound intelligent.” I began to realise that changing your beliefs to bring about more hope are not stupid. They are in fact, courageous. While most people thought my new beliefs around prosperity were preposterous! I knew, they were just being fearful. My new beliefs actually challenged or aptly threatened their logic. Though what I realised was that beliefs unchallenged is a life unchanged.

Beliefs unchallenged is a life unchanged

Our beliefs are simply designed to keep us safe. Though a safe life (in my view) is not really a life at all. Where there is no challenge there is no growth. Our very ‘firsts’ are naturally scary. Our first steps; our first kiss; our first day on the job; but each of those firsts expand our consciousness of what is possible. Challenges lead to change.

So how did I go changing all of those beliefs?

We’ll remember my money issues? We’ll I recall four things that happened after changing my beliefs that literally blew my mind! The first happened in a phone call I received while at work where I earned half a year’s salary in that one call. That happened twice in a row. Then I got another phone call where I earned an entire annual salary in that call! Then I started my Life Beyond Limits and in one talk, in less than an hour, I earned 3 months income! These were not the results of the man who before learning NLP couldn’t earn more than five-figures in a year!

Today, I can make in a day, as much money as I used to make in a year! Seriously! This was once impossible for me. My beliefs wouldn’t even let me risk the opportunity to earn more. If you’re finding this hard to believe, then the truth is I am not the person who you should question. Perhaps you should question yourself? Will I challenge myself to reach higher, to go further and challenge my beliefs? Will I risk being scared? The answer “Yes” offers you the possibility of a new prosperous life. The answer no? Well, you know the answer to that one.

Today, my greatest joy is to teach and coach people to go beyond their consciousness. It’s a great buzz to see your clients and students do today what they couldn’t yesterday. I guess it’s like the joy that parents get when their children do something they once couldn’t.

To go way beyond what is currently possible and into a world of hope, imagination and where dreams begin. Each time I do that for others, I’m a little scared, because it’s not just about me stretching the limits, I now have a client, a partner who is courageous and willing. Though anything worth experiencing, usually has an element of overcoming fear about it.

That’s why I believe in teachers, coaches and mentors. People that will take you beyond where you’ve been. To stand at the feet of giants is courage. To be at the doorway of infinite opportunity is at times overwhelming. But better that, then living an underwhelming life, a life of limits.

If you want more from your life? You must challenge your beliefs… 

Let’s face it, few people are ready to live a life beyond limits. Few have the courage and that is why it’s a small percentage of the population that live extraordinary lives. But they’re the ones I work with. If that’s you, let’s talk. It will cost you nothing but the time it takes to have a chat with me, to see what is truly possible for you, if you are willing to stand at the feet of giants, go ahead, let’s schedule a call: Talk to R!k today by completing the form on this page.

NLP Training Melbourne – Why This Course Transforms Your World

In May this year (2019), I’m teaching my final NLP Practitioner Training in Melbourne. So the question is why would I stop teaching “The most transformational course available in Melbourne?” The answer is simple, yet most are finding it hard to understand.

I’ve been teaching this course now for 15 years and while my students are totally transforming their careers, businesses, relationships, wealth and health by doing this course – I am not. I’ve stagnated.

Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching NLP Practitioner Training and Life Coach Training, but it’s time that I equally stretched my wings.

When you’ve done over 22,000 hours of coaching and training – you can do it in your sleep – and I do, often. I actually dream about teaching NLP Practitioner Training in Melbourne – sometimes from up on the rafters and sometimes from the back of the room, sometimes in another country – but that’s dreams for  you.

But why quit teaching NLP Practitioner Training now?

I always want to remain an advocate for this training. After all, where else can you learn to massively improve your external and more importantly, your internal communication?

What other course can you totally transform your mindset and shift your beliefs and break your debilitating patterns?

And as a Coach, Manager, Trainer or Leader, where else can you master your language in such a way that it helps you and your teams and your clients to achieve their goals and reach the unreachable?

So I will always remain a staunch advocate for NLP Practitioner Training because I believe that it helps it’s students to live the sort of life, that without it, is near impossible.

Edward DeBono once said, “If there was only ONE course that I could do in my life, it would be learning NLP.” Once you’ve done it, you’ll know exactly why.

If you want to take part in my final NLP Practitioner Training Melbourne, call us on 03 8669 1121 or register here or here for the online training.

Harness Your Self-Healing Power Through Meditation

Harness Your Self-Healing Power Through Meditation

Story by Cassie Steele. Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash.

Mindfulness is a technique spreading rapidly, after studies by Australian and American researchers showed that it reduces grey matter and therefore helps to maintain proper brain function. If you want to grow as a person, then you will need to achieve the highest level of mental clarity. Meditation is a way to beat stress, take control of emotions and overcome obstacles. To heal yourself and become a better person, consider engaging in Buddhist inspired meditation activities. This will help you to reduce anger, increase love and ultimately achieve even the most impossible sounding life goals.

Take Control of Your Anger

Anger is something that all humans could do with reducing. It will cause you to act without clarity, meaning you make mistakes, and hinder the formation of relationships.
However, meditation can have a powerful effect. A study published in Consciousness and Cognition journal found that just one 20 minute meditation session caused a decrease in blood pressure, breathing rate and heart when the meditater later experienced anger.

If you feel yourself becoming angry, take a few deep breaths. Focus on that feeling in your body. Really concentrate on it and notice the feeling begin to dissipate. You will quickly learn that anger is a temporary emotion, which is manufactured in the brain. Using meditation, you can clear your mind and act with reason and rationality.

Enter a State of Love and Kindness

Connecting to something transcendent won’t just benefit you, but others around you. You can meditate on the inherent value of other beings, viewing them as creatures worthy of respect and compassion. This will come back around to help you achieve your goals, as more people wish to work with you and offer the same respect in return. A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that kindergarten students who shared their toys were more likely to graduate college and get a job before 25, showing the power of kindness in achieving success.

Focus on Your Dreams, Make Them a Reality

Visualisation is the practice of meditating on a life goal. By intensely imagining the place you want to be in life, you can help to make it a reality. Often, people consider their dreams to be impossible, but researchers studying the brain patterns of weightlifters found the same neural pathways were activated whether they were really lifting weights or just imagining it. Therefore, through visualization, you are strengthening the neurochemistry required to achieve a goal. This is a technique used by many successful stars such as Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Meditation is an essential part of staying sane in a busy world. Beyond lowering stress, it will reduce anger so that you can make wiser decisions. It will also help you to be a kinder person, so that you can stop competing and start working with others to build success. Through visualization, you can further bring your dreams towards you until they become a reality.

Cassie Steele is a professional freelance writer with a passion for the spiritual world and nurturing her connection with her inner self. She loves to spend time in nature and when not working, is often found outside exploring the great outdoors.

NLP Success Pattern: Create your best year yet!

NLP Success Pattern: Create your best year yet!

NLP success patterns can improve any area of your life. One thing is as certain as New Year is coming is that people love familiar patterns. Though our patterns are not always helpful. Psuccess patternatterns help us to function without consciously thinking about what we’re doing – patterns are held in the unconscious. Patterns maintain the status quo and they’re the very reason we keep on doing the same things. Patterns are also the reason we so often don’t get what we consciously want. It’s also why new year’s resolutions don’t stick. We get stuck in our patterns and, without the tools or the know-how, we get ourselves into ‘ruts’. Ruts are merely patterns we want to break, but don’t know how. Here are some simple ideas for you to create an NLP success pattern and enjoy the best year yet. Keep reading →

What’s it like working with a Coach?

What’s it like working with a Coach?

I have coached professionally since 2002 and back in 2004 I started teaching coaches how to coach using NLP.

I learned business from my many business start-ups and have successfully sold some of them (I started a tattoo business when I was six and had no idea that I could have actually sold it). I used to think that my greatest learnings happened when I ran multi-million-dollar advertising agencies, but those pale in comparison to what I learned starting a coaching business. I gleaned a lot over those coaching years, so if you’re thinking about getting a coach, here is what to expect from working with one.

Firstly, your coach is there to help you. To help you to do what you previously couldn’t, so don’t get caught up on all the things that your coach will do for you. Remember, coaching is intended to get you to do the previously undoable.

Coaching is conversational, so if your coach does ‘Step #1’ (below) really well, it should feel like you are working with a very clever ‘friend.’

Not all coaching sessions or meetings are the same, though here is a guide of what to expect from your first coaching experience. While I’ve put them in ‘Steps,’ some steps continue happening while your coach is performing the next step. Depending on what your coach is helping you to achieve, the steps might include other elements and could be presented in a different order. My point here, is this is a guide, not a rule. So here we go…

Step #1: The very first thing your coach will do is help you to feel comfortable in the partnership – coaching is a partnership after-all. If they’re training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), this step will be achieved quickly and you won’t even know that you’re in this step. You’ll just feel at ease.

Step #2: Next your coach will elicit from you what you want or expect to get from your coach meetings. Your coach will help you to get specific about your goals or desires or what life for you looks like without your problems.

If they’re NLP trained (and I hope they are), they’ll also take you through the ‘7 Keys for Success’ and help you to create what we call, ‘Well-Formed Outcomes.’ By the end of this step, you’ll be clear about the outcomes of your coaching, more-so, your coach will know exactly what you want.

Step #3: Now it’s time to identify the obstacles that stand in your way, between you and those outcomes that were elicited in Step #2. Your coach will continue asking questions to determine what needs to change or what you need to do.

Again, if they’re NLP trained, you’re in for some life-shifting moments, because they are trained to identify limiting beliefs, patterns, neurological pathways and conflicts that stand in your way and – they can help you to change at the most profound neurological levels. This is where the true magic of coaching begins and if your coach is trained to NLP Master Practitioner level – buckle up, this next step will be amazing.

Step #4: This is the stage where the coaching road splits in two. If your coach is not NLP trained, then you’ll end up with a list of tasks that you need to do to achieve your goals.

If your coach is NLP trained, then they’ll help to shift your thinking at the level of the unconscious (where you do things without thinking) so that you will be able to do what you need to do, to get what you want without experiencing the usual self-sabotage that most people experience. It now should be much easier to reach your desired outcomes.

If you’ve got yourself an NLP trained coach, they’ll be making sure you’re good to go after doing the neurological change work.

Step #5: Now for the plan. Your coach will work with you to map out the best way forward; a strategy if you like. There will be specific tasks laid out in detail and ideal completion dates and/or times. This way everyone is clear what needs to be done and by when. If we are to enter unchartered territory, we’ll need this map.

Now we know what to do next and we should feel like we can do all that needs to be done. If not, we’ll deal with those limitations in our next coach meeting.

Step #6: Now it’s time to end the session, but before doing so, you’ll work with your coach to decide when is the ideal time to reconnect for your next coach meeting. Remember this is a partnership.

Some coaches and their clients like to pre-arrange all their meeting dates and times in advance – and of course, this is okay too as it saves doing ‘Step #6’ at the end of each meeting.

The next session: Here you both address the list of tasks from the previous meeting, to see what was done and what wasn’t. Now this is not a parent/child relationship, so don’t expect to get into trouble for not completing any tasks. You’re both adults after-all. Though should there remain uncompleted tasks, this creates an opportunity for your coach to find out more about you – perhaps there are underlying issues surrounding ‘procrastination’ for example. This can be removed as a disruptive and unproductive program in the next session.

Coaching is an amazing partnership. It’s like having someone on your side, in your success team. They will see what you can’t and help you to do what you previously couldn’t. Anyone who is serious about success in their career, relationships, health, wealth and their life in general really should consider getting a coach. After-all, every champion has a coach, so should you.

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