What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)? 

 

NLP is a way of changing someones thoughts and behaviours to help achieve desired outcomes for them.

 

Our neuro-linguistic programming or our mind-body-emotional system is made up of 3 key aspects:

 

  1. Neurology - our nervous systems that help us breathe, think and body to function

  2. Linguistics - the language and non-verbal communication. Language is the tool we use to gain access to the inner workings of the mind

  3. Programming - the patterns and habits of using our language and neurology that can give us our sense of self and reality. 

 

NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s who believed it was possible to identify patterns of thoughts and behaviours of successful individuals and to teach them to others, this is called Modelling.

 

NLP is founded on the idea that people operate on their own internal “maps” of the world that have been learnt through sensory experiences.  The use of NLP tries to detect and modify limitations in a persons “map” of the world.  It works through the conscious use of language to bring about changes in someones thoughts and behaviours amplifying helpful behaviours and diminishing negative ones.

 

NLP is a set of tools using perceptual, behavioural and communication techniques that help a person manage their thinking, feelings, speech and behaviours in a way that allows them to communicate more effectively with other people and themselves.

 

Think of the conscious mind as being the goal setter and the unconscious mind being the goal getter - to get for you what you want in life.  If you don’t know how to communicate properly what you want, life will deliver something that you don’t want, you may not reach your potential or live optimally.

 

If you could think of one thing that you could change or one habit to break what would it be?

 

  • be calm and confident in delivering presentations at work or public speaking?

  • no longer procrastinating

  • self control for over indulgence or addictive behaviours

  • improve peak performance

The Four Pillars of NLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapport - NLP provides an important gift to build relationships with other people.  Rapport can be described as connecting quickly with others.  Creating rapport creates trust from others.  Rapport can be built quickly through understanding modality preferences, eye accessing cues and predicates.

 

Sensory awareness - Sometimes when you walk into someones home, you notice the colours, smells and sounds are subtly  different from yours.  NLP enables you to notice that your world is much richer when you deliberately and wholly pay attention to your senses.

 

Outcome thinking - An outcome is your goal for doing something.  Outcome connects to thinking of what you want, as opposed to getting stuck in a negative mode of thinking.  The principles of outcome approach may help to make the best decisions and choices.

 

Behavioural flexibility - means being able to do something differently if the way you are currently doing it isn’t working.  Being flexible is a key aspect of practicing NLP. NLP helps you to find fresh perspectives and to build these habits into your repertoireWhat are the benefits of NLP?

What are the benefits of NLP?

 

NLP can assist you in many ways in your personal and professional life. You are responsible for your life experience however NLP can show you how to take charge, gives you better ways of handling situations the action you take and the reactions you have. 

 

Personal

  • Reduce stress

  • More confidence

  • Improve relationships

  • Procrastination

  • Get rid of fear

  • Improve performance

 

Professional

  • Improve confidence and self esteem

  • Goal setting

  • Improve performance

  • Better goal setting and achievement

  • Competitive edge

 

NLP can be used alone or in combination with hypnotherapy.

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