Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Imagine having a manual to your own mind – one that lets you to program yourself for anything that you desire. How would you use it?
You could choose to make any change – to think and behave like someone who gets outstanding results in their lives or someone who is going places. You could change your life into the one that you aspire for.
What if you could take a problem that you have been struggling with for too long; and simply let it go as easily as dropping something to the floor?
What would this free you to be, do, or have? What could you focus on instead?
Repressed emotions, fears, and problems take up a great deal of our energy. Imagine freeing up all that energy and using it to create the kind of life you have been dreaming of. Imagine having a life that allows you to experience all the positive emotions and experiences that you enjoy – without a dark cloud constantly hovering over you.
We all have patterns of behaviour, some helpful, others not. A change in patterns that are negative or not effective allows us to replace them with patterns that will get us the results we really want. This is what Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) gives us!
How it works
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful tool that helps us understand the structures of human communication and human excellence. By understanding these fundamental structures people can take charge of their thinking, their communication, and their emotions in a highly effective way. They are able to manage their own mental experiences – and those of others – more successfully.
NLP explores the connection between how we think (Neuro), how we communicate our thoughts (Linguistic), and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (Programming).
By studying these relationships and learning from them, people can effectively transform the way they typically think and act. They can make the choice of replacing unhelpful patterns, and choose to adopt new, far more successful models of behaviour. This activity is called Modelling; and is a key distinction between NLP and traditional psychological therapy.
With the use of NLP we can transform the way we think and behave to have the greatest impact on our lives. We can dramatically alter the results we get in our professional and personal relationships. Today NLP is considered one of the most powerful skills one can have; and it is used in a number of settings, including therapy, psychology, business, people management, sales, sports coaching, and all forms of personal development.
The term ‘NLP’ was coined in the mid-seventies by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Grinder was a teacher at the University of California while Bandler was a student. While editing Gestalt Therapy transcripts Bandler realised that the therapists actually used a pattern of language to create change in their patients. Until this point the therapists themselves were not conscious of this happening. This ground-breaking discovery prompted Bandler and Grinder to develop the basic process upon which all NLP is founded. They called this process ‘Modelling’.
Since then, NLP has grown in both function and scope. Because of its focus on prospective change, it has found application in many situations that are out of the bounds of traditional psychotherapy. Amongst many other benefits, NLP can assist you to:
- Vastly enhance your interpersonal communication at home and in the workplace.
- Effectively manage your emotional and psychological state of being.
- Replace negative behaviours and habits with positive and resourceful ones.
- Become a positive influence of others for optimal results.
- Better meet your core needs, and develop an in-depth understanding of your own motivations and behaviours.
- Better understand how to best meet your staff’s and customer’s needs; as well as understanding their motivations and behaviours.
Growth and Development via NLP
Although very few people are born with exceptional gifts, we all possess some unique strengths and talents. Our ability in any specific area is developed over time, and with focus, practice, and repetition. When we commit to an action, learn from our mistakes, and/or find ways to improve on these mistakes; we develop mastery in our chosen field of endeavour. Often though, this is a naturally drawn-out process; and can take months (or even years).
Instead of investing such a long time to get the results we hope for, NLP helps us complete the process in a few sessions. This applies to change in our personal or our professional lives; and even in some area of interest (such as sport). NLP uses information about the mind; how it processes, stores, and recalls information; and about our communication with ourselves and with others. Neuro-Linguistic Programming then empowers us to discover and utilise strategies that can be used to create exceptional outcomes quickly.