Inner Dialogue

Tam Johnston, a soon to be NLP Trainer with us, has been working with people helping them to quieten down their internal dialogue.  I’ve always found my inner dialogue useful, until that is that I started training for the London marathon…  My Inner dialogue has been getting in the way – telling me “I won’t be able to make the distance (26.2 miles)”.  I’ve found Tam’s techniques, a mix of many NLP tools, to be very useful and have been working on turning my negative voice, into a positive one.  The video really captured me.  Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.  Let me know what you think.  Toby

By |2016-12-19T17:30:23+00:00February 26th, 2013|Coaching|19 Comments


  1. juan montano 01/04/2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Wow, it’s just amazing. I wonder if I can successfully balance my both sides or used effectively whhen it’s necessary. Thanks Toby.

  2. Becky Nicholas 02/04/2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Interesting, motivational, emotional, inspiring…..all given with humor…what an amazing lady. I urge others to take time to watch and listen to this video. By giving this talk this lady is making a real difference…..In one speech she tells so many stories which we can all learn so much from.
    Thank you Toby (and Jill)

  3. Alex 31/05/2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Thought provoking to say the least, what an insight.

  4. Gareth 16/10/2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Wow… that was good! 🙂

  5. liz clayton 09/04/2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Having trained in Neuropathology many years ago we essentially treated the brain as a physical organ with visibly identifiable disease processes. This video definitely expresses the much more important aspects of the brain-absolutely fascinating and so true . Our brains rule our beliefs and our lives and the two separate persons,right and left brains are so embedded in our single existence.Finding the commonality and way forward for contentment is why I study and use NLP . Thank you so much Toby and Kate

  6. Teresa 14/04/2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Wow Jill gave us an amazing view of life and maybe what we can achieve !!

  7. diane 18/04/2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Wow ! such a moving, inspiring and emotional story

  8. Nicky 20/04/2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Toby – a really amazing story. 🙂

  9. Julie 10/07/2015 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Thank you for the share Toby – fascinating

  10. Eliza 26/08/2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Thanks Toby it made allot of sense especially the understanding of the left and right brain, as we are so left brain focused it makes sense why we are cut off from the right brain oneness. It inspires me to focus on balancing both sides of the brain great story!

  11. Marcelle 17/09/2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Great story thanks.

  12. Sue 24/09/2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this Toby. Jill’s talk was amazing and moving. This stuff is just fascinating!!

  13. Shivashtie Poonwassie 15/10/2015 at 10:17 am - Reply


  14. Vivian 20/12/2015 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I’m speachless! Very touching, amazing…

  15. Adam 14/01/2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Wow yesterday my friend asked me to complete with him as a team the rat race coast to coast in Scotland this year and all day I had that little voice talking to me if I can do it, if I won’t fail as a team. And today I got your story about completing London marathon and your little voices and that great video!! Thanks for sharing that Toby great stuff!!

  16. Freddi 15/01/2016 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Thanks Toby
    That was an inspiring way to begin my morning

  17. Debbie 03/03/2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    An inspirational talk, and it did leave me wanting to turn off the inner dialogue sometimes. I will try to do this and if I attain the Nirvana that the speaker did I will know that I have succeeded.

  18. Maggie 16/05/2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Well Toby brain injury or neurological injury was what lead me to NLP. I suffered a really bad fall some six years ago where I really banged my head and was unconscious. My husband and son found me and I appeared to be okay but the next day I started to have really bad pain in my head and the left hand side of my body which lead to partial paralysis. My doctor suspected a tumour or a bleed on the brain or a heart attack . All these were ruled out. However, I was put under the care of a neurologist and it sent me on a road of discovery on neurology and to all things NLP to Milton Erikson’s work in getting my body and brain to mirror itself so that I eventually got back the message centres in the brain and the muscles by repetition and mirroring! So I feel I have a little understanding of what happened here! My internal dialogue every day was if the right side of my body can do it – so can the other side! Every day I am thankful to NLP and what I have learned and how powerful the brain is even when damaged you can learn to function again with time.

  19. John 09/03/2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    A powerful & insightful talk.

    Highlights to me that too much of the time I have the left part of my brain engaged.

    Thanks for sharing Toby.

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