IF Puzzle Solving Is Your Thing


Here’s a puzzle: What ends in a W, has no beginning, and is always in the present?

If you’re an astute student of our Audio NLP Training or our NLP Practitioner Certification and Coaching Program you may know another reason I started with that question.

If you’re like most people, not having answers to questions will bother you. And if you are like the fox in Aesop’s Fables, you’ll create your own reasoning and settle with an “oh well” attitude and move on.

So don’t worry if you’re one or the other, I’ll give you the answer to the puzzle below.


Now, let me ask you this, do you like this type of brainteaser? Did you know there is talk in the medical field suggesting that puzzles can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?

How often do you do puzzles? What types are your favorites, do you have ones that you hate?

Some puzzles are used to help you learn, some puzzles can cause cognitive dissonance, experienced as a sort of uneasiness, like being pulled in two different directions.

Or similar to what some people feel when there is a problem left unsolved.

It Wasn’t A Puzzle?

Did you know that the origin of the jigsaw puzzle started with a European mapmaker named John Spilsbury around 1760? John first pasted a map on a piece of wood then cut out each country, thus showing the lands Britain ruled so the aristocracy’s children could learn the geography of the British Empire.

Brilliant! So the first jigsaw puzzle wasn’t really designed as a puzzle, after all, it was a learning device … hmm.

?I’m Confused

The word Puzzle comes from the French word pusle, translated meaning “bewilder, confound”

Officially, if you look it up anywhere, the word puzzle didn’t exist until the late 16th century. So what did they call it before that? I mean there have always been puzzles, puzzlement, questions that were asked, even before words could be spoken.

I’m sure there were many satisfied lions, tigers, etc. munching on the remains of a prehistoric man who’s last thought was a puzzled, “what the…?”

There are different types of puzzles for different types of reasoning, some you will like and some you may hate. There are word puzzles, math puzzles, logic puzzles, and picture puzzles to name a few.

Do you often sit down with a good word puzzle such as Crosswords, Word Search, Sudoku, or Cryptograms? Cryptograms are my favorite.

Yes! Something I’m Good At

Here’s something I found interesting, Cryptograms are a form of Cryptography which in Greek means hidden or secret, the practice and study of techniques for secure communication in the presence of third parties.

Hey, wait a minute … that sounds exactly like what we teach in our Online NLP Training And Coaching Program …

How to uncover the hidden or secret communication that’s going on within people that cause their problems, as well as what makes some Excellent at what they do, but they’re puzzled because they don’t know what or how they are doing it!

So, what ends in a W, has no beginning, and is always in the present? Now!

Like, isn’t Now a good time to register for our NLP Training Online … or would yesterday have been better?



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Bob Clarke

Hi I’m Bob Clarke, writer of most of these blog posts. I’m also the Co-Creator, with my wife Ronda, of the Most Comprehensive NLP Training and Coaching Program Online. Our purpose is to bring NLP to you, saving you time, travel and money.