NLP has been described in a number of ways. If you ask a hundred people “what is NLP?” You will probably get a hundred varying answers. One way of describing NLP is as a user manual for your brain.
How can NLP help you?
NLP is a course in it’s own right, but you will also find it used in so many other courses as well. Everything from life coaching courses, body language, public speaking, train the trainer and many other personal development courses.
Here is only a glimpse at what NLP can help you with as it is probably the number one personal development training that every person can benefit from.
Are you a business owner, manager, sales person, coach, psychologist, doctor, parent, teacher, student or somebody that works with others?
• Improve your communication with yourself and other people, so as to create win – win interactions.
• Learn how to get the most from others in business, therapy or in your personal life.
• Get rid of your own, limiting beliefs, anxiety, fears, etc that might be holding you back from achieving what you truly want.
• Increase your confidence and assertiveness.
• Learn how to create success in various areas of your life and help other to do the same.
• Learn how to learn, retain information better and how to effectively recall it when needed.
There is so much more NLP can do, but first, let’s understand a bit more of how it works.
NLP is like a user manual for your brain
Imagine getting a new IPhone and you have never seen one in your life before. Mobile phones can do all sorts of wonderful things that most people don’t ever use. This is because they don’t understand the instructions or maybe did not even bother to read them. You can get by on a phone if all you going to is send text messages and make phone calls.
Let’s say it was a new IPad and again you have never used an Apple device. You may just connect to the internet and read email, or play games. Fine if that was all you wanted to do, but it would be such a waste when you can achieve so much more with these devices. They can be fabulous tools for both your business and everyday life. So it would be useful to read the user manual. NLP is like a user manual that empowers you to use all the features and functions of “you.”
When you were born, your brain came without an instruction manual. We get influenced by people throughout our lives, our parents, friends and others. These can be positive or negative influences. This means we can get “programmed” by what goes on around us. Having this user manual to understand how the brain works and how to get the results you want, would then be really useful. Unlike a mobile phone, you can’t ask your 13 year old child to set it up for you.
NLP can help in all areas of your business coaching and personal life. Example with negative emotions, limiting decisions, phobias, bad habits, communication skills etc. to get the change and results you want. These results can often be achieved in a very short amount of time. In NLP we are more concerned with how people do “a problem” and to overcome it, rather than why and wanting to analyse it. You see analyzing the problem, only serves to prolonging the “problem.”
So what is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and comes from:
Neuro: “The study of the mind and nervous system (how we think), through which our experience is processed, how we re-present the outside world to ourselves via our five senses:”
Linguistic: “The study of language and how we use it. Language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.” Includes:
- Words (Self Talk)
Programming: “The sequence of our actions, how we motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.”
Who created NLP?
NLP was originally created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who studied experts in their own fields to understand how they achieved their phenomenal results. People like Virginia Satir, a renowned family therapist and Milton Erickson, a very accomplished hypnotherapist, who practiced for 60 years. Using the techniques they learned, they found that you could help other people make positive changes in their lives.
Richard Bandler defined NLP as:
“An attitude and mythology that leaves behind a trail of techniques.” Through modelling this “excellence” by taking on the values, beliefs, behaviors and mental sequencing in people who are “excellent” in what they do, so that you can teach others and use their ways yourself. Thus, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.