A way to unleash your wisdom

By Dr Alex Cheung, Master Trainer of NLP

This is the first in a six-part series focusing on various ways that neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can be applied in today's business world.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary people lies in understanding how the mind and body are linked

What is EMBA to you? What most commonly springs to mind is an Executive Master of Business Administration degree that offers us unique professional standing in the business world.

To those in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (or NLP), however, it means something rather different. It embodies the very essence of human behaviour. It makes the difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary person in education, career, social and family life. It is how successful people think, act and achieve "what they really want". It stands for:

  • Emotion
  • Mind
  • Body
  • Attitude

    It is an acronym for the inter-relationships and inter-reactions of our mind-body system that generate our unconscious mental and physiological behaviour. When we are in charge of our EMBA, we can be successful at any endeavour, be it in our career, family or personal lives.

    In recent years, much has been done in exploring the relationship between our mind and body. In fact, our mind and body are one system. Since they are inter-related; changes in one will definitely invoke changes in the other. When our mind is full of pleasant thoughts - completing a successful presentation, getting long-deserved recognition and so on - this will be reflected in our body. It will show up in our smiling eyes, our facial expression, our voice tonality, the way we walk. The opposite is also true. When we are depressed, we tend to look downwards (usually to our right-hand side) and have a slumped body posture.

    All this may sound like little more than common sense. However, since our mind and body are part of an inter-related system, there is no reason why we shouldn't, for example, change our body posture so as to induce a happier mind. When we are feeling blue, then, we should look up and move around with an open body posture. By doing this, we will feel ourselves gradually loosening up.

    The mind and body together will determine our attitude. Our attitude, in turn, determines how we are going to tackle our jobs.

    How then should we maintain a positive mind and positive attitude? A lot of NLP skills can be employed to help us maintain a positive attitude. Let us suggest some simple and effective ones here:

  • When you need to accomplish an important goal, first build a powerful internal state.
  • Visualise that you have already accomplished this goal and try to imagine the feelings that surround such an accomplishment: the joy, the sense of recognition, the urge to celebrate and so on.
  • Make this a compelling picture and set it into your mind. Hold it dear to your heart - this is what you really want!
  • When things go smoothly for the day, compliment yourself and others who have helped.
  • When things are't going too well, recall this picture. Feel the sensation. The powerful internal state will come back and motivate you to go on.

    If we have a positive attitude, we will focus on finding ways to overcome hurdles so as to achieve our goal. So, we are geared to success!

    Emotion empowers
    Emotion is a very powerful tool. When it is triggered, it overrides everything. No matter how brilliant the mind is, it can be blinded by negative emotion, thus affecting the attitude. Conversely, positive emotion will empower the mind and motivate us to success.

    Psychologically, EMBA can provide us with much deeper insight into the inner power that drives our thinking and behaviour unconsciously beyond our imagination. Once we are able to create sharp conscious awareness and freedom of choice among each stage of EMBA, we are able to unleash our wisdom and to take charge of our life. Hence, in order to be successful in our career, we need to master our EMBA proficiently & effectively!

    What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

  • Neuro refers to our neurology. We perceive the world through our five senses: visual (pictures), auditory (sounds), kinesthetic (feelings), olfactory (smells) and gustatory (tastes).
  • Linguistic refers to our verbal and non-verbal communication with others and ourselves.
  • Programming refers to our habitual behaviour, strategies and thinking patterns. Through a series of NLP skills, we can upgrade our mind 'programmes' in the same way as we might upgrade computer software.

    Dr Alex Cheung FHKIE, FCMI, FInstAM, FHKIoD, FIOSH is a chartered engineer with more than 30 years experience. He has been appointed to serve on advisory boards and committees with many reputable universities and public organisations. Currently Dr Cheung is a Master Trainer of NLP and actively promoting Behaviour Psychology to unleash people's inner potential. For information please visit or contact Alex Cheung at .

  • Taken from Career Times 06 August 2004
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