What is NLP?
NLP, stands for Neuro-Lingusitic Programming, a name that is given to what is in essentially an instruction or owners manual for the mind;
Neuro (relating to the mind)
Programming (how we use it)
According to Psychology Today Magazine, “Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is arguably the most powerful Behavioural Science on the planet today”. Science Digest describes it as, “the most powerful vehicle for change in existence.”
Can you recall a time when you perhaps had a new mobile, a computer or a car and you didn’t get a manual with it … you look at it, you play around with it, you get so far – perhaps you hear a friend talking about a similar purchase, you have no idea if they really know what they’re talking about but what they say seems logical, you take what you hear and get a bit further. You may get far … but the chances are that it will take you a long time to get the best out of your new purchase, if at all. Now turn your attention to your mind, your brain – no manual? You’ve had experiences, you’ve seen things, you’ve listened to others, you picked up things from family, friends or others you know – but you don’t know if this is helpful or if there is a different way – you muddle along, making the best of the fantastic gift that is your mind – but, STOP …… what if I told you NLP was like a manual for the mind, you could take time out to spring clean and audit what you’ve picked up along the way, that you could use even more of the functionality of your mind, that there was a way to make change fast …. that where something may be holding you back or getting in your way that there might be another way or that there were things you could due to super-charge your excellence …… this is where NLP comes in …. My view is that it’s the fastest way to make changes that will truly change your life!
The Study of NLP started in the 1970’s
Richard Bandler (a mathematician) and John Grinder (A professor of linguistics) developed NLP in the 1970’s. They were curious and fascinated to study how excellent therapists had been producing results over many years (therapists like Milton Erikson, Fritz Pearl & Virginia Satir). What is it that made these people different at what they did, how did they manage to produce consistently great results for their clients. It was these early studies that lead to what Bandler and Grinder describe as a philosophy (a way of thinking) and a trial of techniques immerged and have evolved over the years, which today can be distilled into processes and an insightful mindset that we can learn and apply to achieve our desired outcomes. NLP can help you too – it’s particularly effective when it comes to making changes both personally and professionally; whether your in business, looking for personal growth or professional development, teach/train/coach, want to improve your health, are a sports professional, a celebrity … it doesn’t matter what your walk of life is, as long as you have an open and curious mind NLP can help you exponentially.
How does it work?
Did you know that you have a conscious and unconscious mind? – your unconscious mind being the part of your mind that runs your breathing, your heart beat, your body, without your needing to be aware of it. If you related your mind to the analogy of a computer; your conscious mind is that old clunky laptop that is slow and sometimes struggles (it does the job, but …), with your unconscious mind being the fast, wizzy super computer. The unconscious mind runs our habits, stores memories, runs the body and more. Changes made at the unconscious level are far more impactful, and longer lasting, which is why NLP looks to make changes at the unconscious level so they run on your auto-pilot setting. Have you ever tried to consciously tell yourself not to do something (like don’t eat chocolate) – and after a while you find yourself eating chocolate?! – I’ve been there! The challenge is that for a certain period of time you can keep telling yourself not to eat that chocolate, but it doesn’t last – but if you make the change at the unconscious level, you don’t need to worry about remembering, because your unconscious mind sorts it for you – I am living proof of that – having given up chocolate on my NLP Practitioner training, I’ve never had the desire or need to eat it again! This is just a simple example of the type of changes that NLP can make for you.
So what if you made an investment in your personal or professional development?; NLP greatly increases your choices in life and your influence with others. Developing NLP knowledge, skills and experience is arguably the best investment in yourself, your professional career and your future quality of like that you can make.
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