Change is the only constant; nothing stays the same. Even as we maintain our inner view of the world, the outer world keeps changing. We move away from home, fall in love, start families, make careers. Children are born, friends die, we change jobs or remarry. Outside us the seasons come and go in a cycle of renewal and loss. Inside us the cells in our bodies die and are reborn every five to seven years, reminding us that we are not the same people we used to be.

Reality, the joke goes, is that which, when we ignore it, doesn’t go away. While it’s our ego’s job to seek the familiar and secure, change can seem confusing and uncomfortable; even if we live uncommonly stable lives, events will occasionally blow us off course. The success of our life’s journey will always depend on how closely our inner map of the world matches the outer territory, how willing we are to revise old learnings, adapt to new circumstances, or surrender a cherished defense from time to time.

In this Keynote address, Tom Condon will define and detail the five elements of lasting change, presenting a general model of change that is specifically adapted to working with Enneagram dilemmas and defenses. This model is an outline of what good psychotherapists look for when they successfully help their clients change. It may help you learn how to be your own best therapist (or coach) and use the Enneagram to its maximum value.

The Five Elements of Change are: 1) defining what you want to change; 2) finding sufficient motivation; 3) developing realistic, feasible goals; 4) evoking the inner resources needed to make the change; 5) using good techniques.

Tom Condon has worked with the Enneagram since 1980 and with Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP since 1977. These three models are combined in his trainings to offer a powerful blend of tools for change.

Tom has taught over 800 workshops in the US, Europe and Asia and is the author of 50 books, CD’s and DVD’s on the Enneagram, NLP and Ericksonian methods. The Director of the Changeworks in Bend, Oregon, he has been an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a certified coach.

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Tom Condon


2011 IEA Global Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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