“NLP is whatever works.”

Robert Dilts

Introduction To Neurolinguistic Programming

This perhaps is the most simplistic definition of Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is the structure of our behaviour in response to external stimuli. NLP consists of three elements:

  • Neurology or more simply put, our thinking process
  • Linguistics or our language
  • Programming or the behaviour patterns we use in our daily lives

NLP structured behaviour thus is a pattern that helps us get what we want or react in a manner that can turn every situation in our favour. Now this may seem a little complicated in theory, however the application is not.

Linguistics is language. NLP is the ultimate communication tool, making you an expert in both verbal and non-verbal language. As a The result? NLP courses greatly enhance your ability to learn, train, manage and negotiate, thus being an extraordinary resource for those in business, sales, education and therapy.

NLP courses also explore the symbolic language of the unconscious mind, allowing Practitioners to access more of the enormous potential of our hidden mental and emotional resources.

Programming is the habit of thought you have that leads to habits of behaviour and how to change them rapidly, effectively for profound and lasting change.

In summary Neurolinguistic Programming shows us how to use the language of the conscious and unconscious mind to condition ourselves for lasting success and happiness. It is therefore the most effective tool for personal and professional evolution.

Just as changes in technology have made travel and communication faster, so do the latest developments in mind
technologies enable us to change and learn more effectively. The key to these techniques is that they give you access to the language and power of the unconscious mind. When we make changes in the unconscious mind, success becomes as automatic as old habits used to be.

5 Pillars of Neurolinguistic Programming

NLP stands on five pillars; you can also call them essential elements of NLP thinking. 13355883540266An understanding of each of these elements is essential if you want to make NLP thinking a part of your daily life.

  1. You
  2. Rapport
  3. Outcome Thinking
  4. Sensory Acuity
  5. Behaviour Flexibility

This is perhaps the most important NLP pillar. NLP thinking depends on the person who adopts it! This means you are the centre of NLP and the success of NLP for you depends on how you use its concepts and principles to bring about a change in your life.

Rapport is about establishing a relationship or a bond with the person you are communicating with, through verbal and non-verbal actions and reactions. You can build rapport with another person by showing sensitivity and respect towards their views and opinions, paying attention to them and communicating with them in a tone and language that they can relate to.

As the phrase suggests, outcome thinking is about focusing on the end result. It is when you focus on the end result that you are able to take purposeful actions towards your goal. For example, if your end result is adding new people to your network, then you will be able to attract them if you model your interactions with them accordingly. This does not mean that you should talk about what you want at every stage but that every step you take, whether it is introducing yourself, exchanging business cards or inviting them to a party, should be with the end result in mind. Needless to say, there is no need to make the same obvious to the person you are communicating with.

Sensory acuity (or feedback) refers to the ability to perceive  feedback in terms of verbal and non-verbal cues. This means that in order to practice the NLP way of thinking, you have to develop your senses such  that you don’t miss the little pointers that can give you key information about how to act and react in a situation.

As the name suggests, behaviour flexibility is about being open to adapting to varied situations and changing your strategies when the ones you have adopted do not seem to be yielding results. Flexibility is essentially  about increasing your choices, and the more choices you have, the more likely you are to succeed.

The Potential of Neurolinguistic Programming

The Potential of Neurolinguistic Programming So, you know the elements, and pillars of NLP, but the question now is – how will they help you? What can NLP courses do for you?

The answer NLP can make your life more joyful, fulfilling and successful. Let me give you a few hypothetical examples:

  • By using NLP, you can model your personal goals in a way that you never fall short of motivation. Say you want to attain a greater work-life balance, by using NLP you can tell yourself that you have three choices, professional success, personal fulfillment or both. Now you need to make the choice that will make you the happiest.
  • You can then take purposeful actions towards your goal, by implementing better time management strategies, communicating your needs to your boss or re-evaluating your career path.
  • NLP courses can help you in communication, both on personal and professional fronts. You will be able to send across your message in a more effective manner by looking at things from your superior’s perspective and forming your message in way that he/she is able to relate to it.
  • At home too, you will be able to make your personal relationships more fulfilling by adopting more compassionate and sensitive communication methods.
  • NLP courses can also help you bring about personal changes such as letting go of a bad habit, adopting a healthier lifestyle, managing your stress better and so on, by helping you to understand yourself better, set smarter goals, keep yourself motivated and follow successful strategies implemented by others.

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