7 Words - A Personal Development System
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Distance Learning Programme


Module 1 (No) - Material

Your tutor will want to see clear evidence that you know and can express why you are doing this course. This will require you to include brief information about your life circumstances and the major issue(s) that you hope to address during the course.  It will also require you to demonstrate a functional familiarity with the contents of the workbook Practical Guide to the 7 Words System. Throughout the course you are expected to make many references to the 7 primary words and 28 keywords.

a) Write a letter to your tutor about what you hope to gain by doing the course.

b) Prepare a 600-1200 words summary of the book suitable for an article or press release for a chosen market, e.g. young girls' magazine, serious scientific journal, local newspaper. Indicate the market for which you have chosen to write.

Module 2 (Hello) - Attention

a) Look at newspapers, TV programmes, adverts, etc., to find out where the world is placing its attention at this time and comment on this in 7 Words terms. 
b) Repeat this exercise describing where you personally are placing your attention, especially considering the people you connect with and other inputs such as books, films, courses, hobbies and activities.
c) Create an informal document for yourself, a bit like a CV, to advertise your skills and preferences in 7 Words terms. Include what you really want to receive in return for what you offer.
d) Sit quietly with something from nature like a leaf or flower, a tree or an animal, for 15 minutes or so. Meditate upon it. Describe in 7 Words terms what you learn from this practice.

Module 3 (Thanks) - Questionnaire 

Q21 is a helpful tool that can quickly and incisively bring to light a person's pivotal issue and lead to breakthroughs in understanding.  Use it often for your own growth then use it with others as you gain confidence with it.  

a) Every week, for 4 weeks or more, record your scores using Q21 and comment on the results.
b) Using Q21, interview at least 4 people and report on your experiences as an interviewer.

c) Interview both partners in a relationship using Q21, record their scores and discuss the issues that you can see might come up for them because of their 7 Words profiles.

Module 4 (Goodbye) - Work 

Our careers and the way we develop our roles in society often include many Goodbye moments. Typically we must decide things, complete tasks and move on. Look at your present position in the context of where you are in an unfolding development process.  Also think about how effectively you respond to changes in your circumstances that necessitate shifts in your life.  Address the following points:

a) Discuss your work in 7 Words terms.

b) To resolve any outstanding issues in your life, what decisions could you take? Discuss this.

c) Identify a particular project or life stage you need to complete upon. Describe in detail all the things that must be done, and from this create a timed job list.

d) Look back on the period since you began the course and describe what has moved away from you that will not return.

Module 5 (Please) - Vision

The 7 Words System is a neutral framework that can facilitate the realizing of any vision. 
a) Describe in 7 Words and in detail your most optimistic, realizable vision for your future in the context of life in the 21st century.

b) Clarify your intention to act in response to what has been understood from Part a).

c) Create a petition or personal statement that demonstrates your intention to realize a certain aspect of the vision described in Part a).  Get 7 people to sign it.

d) From a religion, not your own or your parents', find a prayer and write a few paragraphs about it and why you have selected it.

Module 6 (Sorry) - Self-healing 

This needs to be approached with great care and sensitivity, and requires a degree of sacredness and humility.  In the previous modules we have learned quite a lot about incisiveness and thrust. We are now learning about compassion and the effect we have on others.

a) Meditate on reflexive self-consciousness: in other words, try to put yourself at the other end of what you do and have done to others, and imagine that you can experience the feelings of someone you have hurt. Write about the feelings this brings up in you.

b) Discuss what you feel you are owed by a person who has injured you or hurt your feelings.

c) Discuss also what you feel you owe to a person who feels upset with you.

d) Describe a situation in which you feel the 7 Words System has facilitated healing. 

Module 7 (Yes) - Control 

Each primary word has its associated state of being that includes attitudes of mind, emotional disposition and even bodily, physiological aspects.  Yes is relaxed and yielding and ultimately leads to relinquishing control completely.  It is the opposite of the state of being that comes with control.

a) Comment on the relationship between your deep-rooted fears, your methods of controlling or manipulating other people, and how your personal power is expressed both appropriately and dysfunctionally.

b) Explain how the knowledge of the 7 Words System can lead to a more effective yet more relaxed life that respects the needs of self and others in beautiful balance.

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7 Words Concepts

‘Do I accept this 7 Words System? If so what do I do about it?’

Management mastery using 7 Words is about the journey from No to Yes being a delightful expression of wisdom and pragmatism.
The 7 Words System is a new method of management.
Masterful management requires us to expect the unexpected and manage it masterfully.
7 Words is a fluid and a neutral framework that can uncover the underlying dynamic in any situation so that a complete appraisal is made possible and nothing is overlooked.
The way I am needs to change from being a problem to being the solution.
7 Words can uncover a deeper understanding of exactly what’s going on, and what action it is most appropriate to take.
To change your circumstances, you’ll need to change yourself.
Our recognition of what we call a problem is simply a springboard towards finding imaginative and creative solutions to express our purposes and principles.
The answer to any question is contained within the question, as long as the question is properly stated.
7 Words can unlock any situation’s hidden logic and avoid the pitfalls of omission, confusion and deceit.
There is an underlying order of 7 that informs everything.
It is a rare and powerful gift to be able to see under the surface and identify the truth of a situation. Those who can have the edge.
There are 7 interactive elements to all situations.
Errors of omission are almost certain without the awareness that 7 Words creates.
This system sets out seven fundamental life aspects, which are necessary and sufficient to describe anything that goes on.
Our civilization, our very humanity depends upon accountability.
With words people can be persuaded of anything.
Words have power.
Words, thoughts, language, beliefs and ideas are inter-connected.
How we speak, how we think and how we act are all bound up together.
Is it our purpose to deceive—or to develop a true and deeper mutual understanding?
If language is corrupted then thinking cannot be otherwise.
It is both physically and psychologically healthy for us to speak clearly and truthfully.
To move towards a more peaceful society, we need to become clearer and more straightforward in our speech and thoughts.
We mostly do not say literally what we mean.
Let the problem direct us towards the solution.
As soon as we put our hearts into it something special unfolds.
If we want changes in our circumstances, then we need to make some changes inwardly too.
What was, is no more.
The work we are engaging with has to begin with ourselves.
7 Words can be applied at any level whether this is personal, corporate or global.
The main task is not really to affirm what we want; it is to clearly define what we don’t want.
The failure to define a problem correctly is the overwhelmingly most frequent reason for not finding a solution.
It’s so important to step back and consider things as they really are.
The absence of a quality is an aspect of that quality.
What appears to be a sloppy or meaningless use of words may well be a completely correct use of words to express sloppy or meaningless ideas.
If humanity would only release guilt and blame, what a joyful day that would be!
In business only two types of significant personal activity exist—individual activity and meetings.
Whatever category a meeting falls into, in every case there are seven quite different things going on—and a truly aware manager will be able to address all of them.
A group needs clear definition to operate effectively.
Images notwithstanding—who, actually, are we?
There’s no defending a false position.
Our attitude to service is the quintessence of our identity.
Energy follows attention.
The immediate circumstances speak truly of who and what we are right now.
Focus, focus, focus!
There are only two basic attitudes of perception—trust or suspicion.
Attention has attitude.
We reap what we sow.
The best feedback is our mistakes.
What makes the world a better place are qualities like warmth, gentleness, understanding, clarity and honesty.
Let people know they are appreciated.
Giving is an aspect of abundance. It attracts abundance.
‘I’ll scratch your back even if you don’t scratch mine’.
A decision cuts.
A detailed proposal is critical to the realization of an idea.
Clear intention is stated in specific terms.
Reward imagination—it’s very precious stuff.
Let us be moved towards vast possibilities!
Mistakes can be seen as useful information inputs, rather than as opportunities to blame.
‘I choose it, therefore it is!’
We call contracts agreements but they’re not, they’re acceptances.
Agreement occurs when two parties want the same thing; no negotiation or compromise is needed.
We have to find strategies to deal with Climate Change.
By reframing the problems we can try other ways to find solutions.
We say No! whenever our birthright of uniqueness is threatened.
We have learned how to produce things without learning how to dispose of them.
Vision is an horizon of the imagination.
We really do need to wake up now; the writing is on the wall.
If we continue to do what we’ve always done, then we will continue to get what we’ve always got.
‘Do I accept this 7 Words System? If so what do I do about it?’
Are you a sheep or are you a goat?
Give up what no longer challenges you to grow.
Without changing how we think, how can we expect to get different results?
There is evidence that thinking has an effect upon matter.
Without exercise, muscles atrophy—and so does will.
The ability to read the signs of change and respond immediately is a survival requirement.