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Patricia’s Meta Program Examples

June 20, 2015
Jaap Hollander

Patricia Jiménez, from Peru, came up with some great examples of Meta Programs in quotes. She gracefully agreed to share them with you all.

Proactive – Making.
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it.”
(Will Smith; Movie: The Pursuit of Happiness).

Reactive – Thinking
“The wise never says everything he thinks, but always thinks everything he says”.

Towards – Achieving Goals
“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding”
(Walt Disney)

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
(Henry Ford)

Away from – Avoiding Problems
“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution”
(Albert Einstein)

“The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”
(Silvester Stallone; Movie: Rocky Balboa)

Internally Referenced – Own standards.
“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me.”
(Will Smith, Movie: The Pursuit of Happiness)

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”.
(Quote of the movie: Gone with the Wind)

Externally Referenced – Other’s standards.
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
(Henry Ford)

Options – See possibilities.
“When you think all is lost, do not forget that you still have the future your brain, your will and two hands to change your fate.”
(Werner von Braun)

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
(Winston Churchill)

Procedures – Step by step.
“Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men.”

“I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle.”
(Walt Disney)

General – Large Panorama.
“I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.”
(Walt Disney)

Specific – Focusing on details.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
(Bruce Lee)

“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

Matching – Meeting the criteria.
“It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”
(Quote of the movie: Spiderman 3)

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”.
(Nelson Mandela)

Mismatching – Not meeting the criteria.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein)

“You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”
(Abraham Lincoln)

Internal Locus of Control – Being in control.
“If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you!”
(Silvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa)

“It’s the niceties that make the difference, fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.”
(Arthur Schopenhauer)

External Locus of Control Others are in control.
“My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
(Movie: Forest Gump)

“I expected to do better but the weights were too heavy.”
(Manuel Mingifnel, weight lifter)

Maintenance – Stability .
“There are men who struggle for a day, and they are good. There are others who struggle for a year, and they are better. There are some who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives, and these are the indispensable ones.”
(Bertolt Brecht)

Development – Growth
“It is no use to man lament the times in which he lives . The only good thing you can do is try to improve.”
(Thomas Carlyle Historian, English essayist and thinker)

“Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.”
“I learned that the hard part is not getting to the top, but never stop rising”.
(Walt Disney)

“Blessed are those who are at the bottom of the well because from then on forward can only be improving.”
(Joan Manuel Serrat)

Change – Radical
“I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”
(Walt Disney)

“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Sorting by People
“The workers in mainland China and inside the Disney park, their salaries are very low and the work days are very long.
(Walt Disney)

Sorting by Activity
“Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.”
(Leonardo Da Vinci)

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.”
(Robin Williams)

Sorting by Information
“I come from a world full of roads, mountains, jungle, sea, meadow and sand. I have a thirst for peace, so infinite! Do me a love nest for my grief.”
(Atahualpa Yupanqui. Argentine writer)

a. Concept b. Structure c. Use
“I went to the woods because I wished to live consciously, I wanted to live fully and extract the essence of life. Forget everything out of life, so i won’t find out in death, that i had not lived.”
(The club Dead Poets Society)

“We deliver what was expected of us. People did not think we were going to permeate as a whole as fast as we have done”
(Kevin Durant, basketball gold in the United States and top scorer of the tournament with 156 points)

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
(Nelson Mandela)

“I am now a legend.”
(Usain Bolt (Jamaica, Athletics), after winning the gold in the 100 and 200 meters)

“The strategy worked. I wanted it to gold, that was my goal”.
(Arthur Zanetti (Brazil, gymnastics) , after winning the first gold in history to the Latin American gymnastics)

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
(Abraham Lincoln)

“Every piece of land , is sacred to my people , every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods , every meadow , every insect in its buzz. All are holy in the memory and in the experience of my people.”
(Head of the Tribe Suwamixh XIX)

“If you are attentive to the present, the past will not distract you, then you’ll be always new.”
(Facundo Cabral, Singer songwriter)

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”
(Scarlett O’Hara, movie: Gone with the Wind)

“I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10 years.”
(Bill Gates)

“I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy”.
(Martin Luther King)

“Listening to the past: towards a social history of popular music.“
(Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean Spain and Portugal. Scientific Information System)

“I’ve been grateful my whole life to my father for teaching me to do physical work since childhood. My learning in infancy has been useful later more than once.”
(Aleksandr Kotov)

“People experiencing strong internal emotions are less vulnerable to external pain.”
(John Seymour)

About the author 

Jaap Hollander

Psychologist, living in the Netherlands. Founded MindSonar in 1995. Directs MindSonar Global, which manages the ICT development, applications and the curriculum of the MS Certification Trainings. Working part time as a trainer, writer and coach as well as being an expressionist painter (artist name JAAPH, see jaaph.com). Has written 10 books on NLP and Provocative Coaching.

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  1. Excellent work, seems to me a very clever way of explaining the metaprogrammes.
    It is a way of understanding the words of a person reflect their metaprogrammes … we need to pay attention and listen carefully.
    Patricia, I congratulate you!

  2. Patricia Jimenez, what an excellent and helpful post. I am in love with quotes and use them on my presentations and your post makes it so simple to understand. Congrats!

  3. Excellent work, Patricia! Thank you very much for sharing it with us! Find the sentences for each metaprogram really found a very fun job. I used to review to the exament

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