Filters is a common concept in NLP circles – there’s far more information out there than we could possibly cope with, so we use our filters to sort out the information we actually need (see previous blogs about this here and here). These filters come from our beliefs and values, our culture, our society, our personal experience, our learning … in fact pretty much every around us right now, and that we’ve been exposed to in our past. And it’s our filters that create our version of reality, how we see the world we’re interacting with.
So it’s hardly surprising that we all have a slightly different view, or experience, of any event – or opportunity. Every one of us is unique, our filters have been formed in the fires of experience, our unique experience, so we provide a unique input to any situation. And that’s what people pay us for – to give them a different viewpoint, or maybe just a different reaction, to any challenge or opportunity that comes along.
We were discussing in the bar last night whether it’s OK to be considered “odd”; my view was if we take away the pejorative meaning of the word – (that’s placed there by our filters, but that’s another discussion) – why wouldn’t we want to be thought of as odd? The odder you are – and the more value you can add, by applying your unique filters.
I bet people said that Einstein and Gandhi were odd!