I have a lot of people asking me: what is NLP and how can NLP help them.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is simple and effective.
N = Neuro (of the brain) L = Linguistic (language) P = Programming (how we create our memories / experiences / beliefs.)
So, the simple and short answer is: Programming the language of your brain!
NLP is the study of how people do things well (excellence). It is the foundations of success.
It was co-created by computer programmer, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder in the 1970s. The initial focus was pragmatic, modeling three successful psychotherapists, Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Systems Therapy), and eventually Milton H. Erickson (Clinical Hypnosis), with the aim of discovering what made these individuals more successful than their peers.
Through these studies, and learning how to model success, Bandler and Grinder devised a model of communication and a tool-box full of strategies to enable people to make changes quickly and to be successful.
Outstanding results can be achieved by producing specific communication to and through the nervous system and the unconscious mind.
NLP is an interpersonal communication model and an alternative approach to psychotherapy based on the subjective study of language, communication, values, beliefs and personal change! Today the predominant patterns of NLP, the application of those patterns, and many variants of NLP are found in seminars, workshops, study programmes, and effective sales training, books and audio programs in the form of exercises and principles intended to influence change in self and others. NLP is being used everywhere, but it is often not acknowledged as being NLP. Here we use is specifically and cleanly.
While the field of NLP is loosely spread, there are some common principles and presuppositions shared by its proponents. NLP aims to increase behavioural choice by making a change in personal state, belief and internal representation either with the help of a practitioner/trainer, or by self-application.
Some of the main ideas, many imported from existing counselling or psychotherapy practice, include:
Problems, desires, feelings, beliefs and outcomes are represented in visual, auditory and kinesthetic (and sometimes gustatory, olfactory) systems.
When communicating with someone, rather than just listening to and responding to what a person said, NLP aims to also respond to the structure of verbal communication and non-verbal cues.
Certain language patterns such as the meta model of NLP can help clarify what has been left out or distorted in communication, to specify thinking and outcomes, reframe beliefs, and set sensory specific goals. In contrast, the Milton model language patterns are intentionally non-specific and metaphoric to allow the listener to fill in the gaps and make their own meaning from what is being said and find their own inner resources and solutions for problems.
The actual state someone is in when setting a goal or choosing a course of action is also considered important. A number of techniques in NLP aim to enhance states by anchoring resourceful states associated with personal experience or model states by imitating others.
So the real question and conclusion a client of an NLP coach or practitioner could desire to come to is:
How and what could you do to produce optimum results?
How can you duplicate human excellence in a short period of time?
NLP is the key to unlock blockages
NLP modelling is the pathway to excellence. The very idea is that if you identify the traits and habits, and pay the price of time and effort of a successful athlete, friend, parent or businessman, you will become a successful athlete, friend, parent or businessman.
From business we all know that a successful businesses man makes money by determining what is successful in one city and duplicating it in another. Take a proven system and duplicate it, and maybe improve upon it. It might sound too simplistic for you, but there is scientific proof that, people who do this are virtually guaranteed success.
One of the fundamental beliefs behind NLP is that the difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn't what they have – it is what they choose to see and do with their resources and experiences of life. NLP is a tool to develop your own insights and strategies and help you change what you need / want to change.
Let's face it, isn't it true that building from the successes of others (seeing what works) is one of the fundamental aspects of most learning! Technology – every advance in technology is based on the foundation of earlier discoveries and breakthroughs.