Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Remove the mental barriers that you impose on yourself with NLP
As a qualified performance and life coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is a tool I use within my coaching sessions. It enables an open discussion of problems to train the brain to find new routes to dealing with them.
Always look for the silver lining. Sometimes this is much easier said than done. Regardless of what happens to you, it is how you look at a situation that affects your life. Adopting a different mindset or slightly tweaking your existing thought patterns could therefore help you to achieve great life changes.
The only thing holding you back from achieving your goals is you. NLP can help you to remove the mental barriers that you subconsciously impose on yourself.
What Is NLP?
Neuro – nerve (how we use our five senses to gather information from the outside world)
Linguistic – language (the way we make sense of the information we receive from our senses. We talk about it)
Programming – how we control something (our actions, behaviours and choices)
Advocates of NLP believe that our thought patterns and the way we talk to ourselves is programmed. And programmes can be altered, relearnt, or taught. By changing these patterns and the way we talk to ourselves, we can reboot the programme to live the life we want.
NLP allows you to examine the choices, behaviours and experiences you have made previously and then uses them as a springboard to change these patterns and thoughts. It really is a case of adopting a different mindset.
The principles of NLP
We all have maps of the world, which is another way of saying that we have our own internal representation that we use to navigate through life. Our beliefs, expectations, values and strategies are part of that map. However, our map is only a symbol for life and is prone to distortions, generalisations and deletions. When we identify these limitations in our maps, we can create a more useful map that serves us better in our experience of life.
Having a choice is better than not having a choice. We all become blinkered to the options that are available to us, often because these are not included in our maps. When we increase our choices, we increase our potential for experiencing a more satisfactory life.
When you make a genuine shift in you perception of a problem, the external circumstances cease to torment you, or transform in some way.
NLP can help you:
- Know what you want and have a clear outcome in mind
- Be aware and alert, making sure that you have sufficient sensory awareness of both yourself and others when you are moving towards/away from your desired outcome
- Have sufficient flexibility to be able to keep changing your behaviours until you get the outcome you want
- To manage stress levels
- To improve your communication skills
- To encourage feelings of empathy
- To resolve destructive relationship patterns