NLP -Neuro Linguistic Programming
A brief introduction to NLP
NLP is a toolkit of powerful techniques and strategies to effectively experience, communicate and serve as a catalyst for personal change. NLP offers a set of applied psychological tools, practices, and strategies to develop ourselves both professionally and personally. It provides us with deep insights into how our thinking patterns can affect our behaviour and every aspect of our lives.
NLP is frequently known as the “user’s manual” for your mind. It is the study of subjective experience and provides us with a complete understanding of how we structure our thoughts, feelings, meanings, language and behaviours to create our reality.
Widely used in business, training, coaching, education, sports psychology and therapy – NLP enables people to improve their performance, accelerate their achievement and gain positive results. Quite simply, it helps people to be the best version of themselves. And who wouldn’t want to lead a happier life and fulfil their potential?
What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been around since the early 1970’s, when its co-founders, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, initiated their quest to account for human behaviour. Their journey began by psychologically modelling three individuals who were considered geniuses in the field of personal change: Fritz Perls of Gestalt therapy, Virginia Satir, a family therapist and Milton Erickson a pioneer in hypnotherapy. These intellects were pioneers of personal change, creating breakthroughs in the realm of therapy. The models that were developed laid the foundation for NLP, which grew into a technology for personal change.
The Co-creators of NLP define NLP as;
John Grinder – “The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.”
Richard Bandler – “NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings. with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques.”
What does NLP stand for? – Neuro linguistic Programming.
Neuro –We perceive the world through our five senses; Images, Sounds, Sensations, Tastes and Smells. These senses consume millions of bits of data and transform this data through our neurological filtering system, forming a unique internal representation of the world outside. This process in NLP is identified as ‘First Access’ and is the primary process of our psychological response to stimulus.
Linguistic –Once we absorb the stimulus through one or more of our five senses, we then go through an internal process of filtering the millions of bits of information through our Beliefs, Values, Memories, Decisions, Life Experiences, and Meta-programmes. Establishing and assigning our own distinct meaning to the stimulus leading to the formation of language, creating our reality. In NLP this is referred to as our ‘linguistic map’.
Programming –As a result of this neurological filtering process (pre-awareness) and the linguistic meaning we have attached to the stimulus from any of the five senses (our conscious experience), we produce a specific or a set of behavioural responses which result in reinforcing behaviours and the formation of patterns.
The impact of NLP
NLP as an application has been highly effective that many of its models have been successfully incorporated into; Coaching methods, Leadership & Management strategies, Sales processes, Public speaking tools, Psychotherapy and Educational formats. Often without being credited by its name. We use NLP to understand human behaviours as it truly offers accelerated processes and dynamic applications for producing deep, lasting and natural changes.
We have witnessed the transformative effects of NLP for ourselves and seen evidence that NLP works effectively with clients, with amazing outcomes. It has literally changed lives and taken businesses to the highest levels.
NLP furthers our growth by encouraging us to recognise, accept and advance through the limitations we set in our personal and professional lives. NLP has the tools, strategies, and techniques to provide effective solutions for modern-day challenges: For example:
Personal effectiveness and change: Goal-setting and Vision; Assertiveness and Confidence; Peak Performance; Sports enhancement; Relationships; Dealing with Anxiety and Stress; overcoming Fears and Phobias.
Business and professional advancement: – Managing change; Motivating teams; Leadership and management; Coaching and Mentoring; Training and education; Communication and Presentation; Performance and Productivity.
How does NLP Modelling work?
At the heart of NLP Is NLP Modelling. By modelling and replicating the thinking processes and behaviours of people who excel at what they do.
For example, ask Usain Bolt how he’s able to run as fast as he does. He may not be able to tell you, but a proficient NLP practitioner would be able to elicit his strategy by way of unconscious assimilation – replicating everything the model does on the inside to produce the results on the outside. Would you be able to run as fast as Usain Bolt? Probably not, but it will allow you to improve your speed significantly.
Much of what we do is unconscious or habitual – our thinking, beliefs and behaviours. By bringing these things into our consciousness and making changes, we can positively influence our outcomes. NLP processes also make use of the interaction between the conscious and unconscious mind, to gain excellent results.
The benefits of using NLP within our busy modern lives.
NLP has undoubtedly stood the test of time and has proven to consist of the most transformative set of processes and strategies available in the personal change field.
Instead of looking at consciously changing components outside of us; our career, health, finances, and relationships. It’s only when we change the processes inside of us, that we produce sustainable change outside of us.
When the processes of NLP are fully experienced that’s when we achieve real, deep-rooted change. We are thus able to live on purpose through our newly developed reality.
Some individual journeys with NLP
“NLP allowed me to be me. It helped me to put down my shield and project who I truly am. This was only possible by exploring my beliefs, values, what drives me, and how I was able to set myself free from the chains of definitive language that had limited my experience of the world.”
“By allowing myself to be taken through a Timeline intervention, I was able to go back into my personal history and get a real perspective of what really took place – as opposed to my version of reality. This untied the knots that these heavily distorted experiences had created over the years. It has been a truly liberating experience. Absolutely life-changing.”
“NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision”
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