Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides you with an instruction manual of how your mind works and introduces you to your unconscious mind. By learning the difference between what makes a person competent at a task and what makes a person excel, gives us a set of guiding principles, attitudes, knowledge, skills and techniques. Utilising these techniques allows for rapid and lasting change.
It is these guiding principles that will support easy changes and give you a map of how to really achieve success in your life. They will empower you with the art of true communication so you can learn more about yourself as a human being, which opens the door to happiness and fulfilment. Basically put, NLP is a method of personal development, a tool for improving your own performance, allowing you to achieve your true potential.
Everything that we do is the result of patterning. We create a model for the way that we do things. Take for example, a person who has found a way to make enough money to not worry about finances. We could 'model' that person’s success by exploring exactly HOW they achieved that success. How do they think about money? What do they actually DO day to day around money? What strategies do they have for earning, saving and so on? How do they FEEL about finances? How do they know they are on the right track with their money? The same principle applies to every problem, even those people have been suffering with for years. We can find out how people “do” overweight, or anxiety, for instance. Using NLP, we can then “install” the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of people who are successful at keeping weight stable, or who feel happy and relaxed most of the time. NLP demonstrates that by thinking about our abilities – or indeed our “disabilities” – the things we’re not very good at - as learned skills, we open the door to understanding them and being able to change them,
NLP explores the relationship between how we think (neuro), how we communicate both verbally and non-verbally (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes). It helps us to use the language of our minds to consistently achieve specific and desired outcomes. It is an approach to therapy using techniques and skills drawn from many psychological, hypnotic and communication theories.
MLP was devised in the early 1970s by linguist Dr John Grinder, PhD, and psychologist Richard Bandler. They modelled three experts in their fields to find out how they achieved such great results .Their “lab rats” were Milton Erickson, one of the most successful clinical psychiatrists and hypnotherapists of our time; Fritz Perls one of the creators of a high;ly-effective psychotherapy approach known as Gestalt therapy; and Virginia Satir, a pioneer in the field of family therapy. They realised that what they were involved in was “the study of excellence”, and that NLP could be applied to all areas of life. As a result, a collection of methods, insights and techniques were put together that could be applied to all areas of life, and NLP has become a popular tool in business (modelling highly-succesful sales people, for instance) and elite sports, as well as in a life coaching setting.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming can be used as a stand-alone therapy, but in practice is often combined with other therapies, such as Hypnotherapy . It also forms an integral part of methods used in Life Coaching sessions, as it is so effective at helping people find out what they really want and what is getting in their way.