How does NLP work?
NLP. Neuro (nervous system). Linguistic (language). Programming (performance of a task).
NLP a sciencey term for something beautifully simple: Techniques we can use to organize our thinking, feeling, language and behavior to get what we want from life.
Every one of us builds a ‘map of our world’ based on billions of bits of information we receive from birth; images, sounds, tastes, smells and sensations.
We generalize those bits of information and assign personal meaning to the information we receive and digest, and build beliefs about ourselves and the world.
Those beliefs guide and permeate every aspect of our lives. The view we adopt of yourself and the world will profoundly affect the way we lead our life.
We do things every day, some with little thought and some things that are heavily considered. Our conscious mind can be seen as the goal setter and the unconscious mind as the goal-getter. The unconscious mind is out to get all it can for you.
For example, if I asked you to imagine, really vividly, a person about to attack you, what image do you create in your mind? Is the attacker male, female, short, tall, hairy, colored?
You have created a series of images in your mind that is unique to you and can never be the same as any other persons set of images for the same scenario.
When you imagine this attacker, can you feel how frightening it is?
What happens to you physically – does your heart rate rise? Do your palms sweat?
Your sweaty palms and raised heart rate are actually nothing to be afraid of, but the meaning of what you attach to those feelings is the important thing. Your thoughts and beliefs will determine how you respond or react to the situation.
NLP techniques help people to change the way they think about things, and how they respond.
So, if a person is interested in changing their behavior, they must start by changing their thoughts and feelings. NLP uses behavioral, perceptual and communication techniques that make it easier for a person to change those thoughts and beliefs.
If someone wanted to give up smoking or lose weight, they may struggle to achieve either of those goals because of the thoughts and beliefs they hold about smoking and weight loss.
Once they have adjusted their beliefs and consequently their behavior, they may find that stopping smoking is easy, and the weight falls off.
NLP is riddled with jargon, acronyms and complicated sounding science, but it is effectively a set of tools that can be used to observe, model, and reproduce results of any kind, so you can get what you want from life, your career, your relationship, or anything.
NLP techniques can also help to manage internal stress, ability to manage stress, discover flexible responses to situations. It can even increase the speed with which you learn.
If you don’t like the way you feel about something, NLP will help you to change it.
It all sounds very appealing, doesn’t it!
Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Author