Sunday, August 17, 2008

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Brief

What is NLP?
  • learning how to think and communicate more effectively
The Pillars of NLP
  • Rapport - building a relationship with others and yourself
  • Sensory Awareness - paying attention with all the senses you have
  • Outcome Thinking - thinking about the outcome to make decisions and choices
  • Behavioural Flexibility - doing things differently when it is not working
NLP Presuppositions
  • People respond according to their map of the world (which may not make sense to you)
  • There is no failure, only feedback (learn the lessons that have presented themselves)
  • The meaning of the communication is the response it elicits (it depends upon how the message is received not how it was intended)
  • If what you are doing is not working, do something different (its better to change tactics)
  • You cannot not communicate (tonality and physiology does it for you)
  • Individuals have all the resources they need to achieve their desired outcomes (we can all develop and grow)
  • Every behaviour has a positive intent (even if it is non-productive behaviour for a secondary gain)
  • People are much more than their behaviour (identity, values & beliefs, capabilities & skills, behaviour and environment)
  • The mind and body are interlinked and affect each other (simple thoughts can affect the pressure your muscles can exert)
  • Modelling successful performance leads to excellence (model someone taking what they do well and replicate it)
Conscious and Unconscious Mind
  • The unconscious mind has power over the running of your body
  • Need to learn your values e.g. what motivates you then you can take charge of your emotions and memories
  • Fears can drive you in the wrong direction - you may consciously decide to achieve a goal but your unconscious lets you down - you need to understand how your unconscious mind works to bring it into sync with you conscious mind
  • The unconscious mind cannot process negatives so it interprets 'I don't want to be tired' as 'I want to be tired', therefore goals should always be stated as positives
  • The unconscious mind needs direction which can be found through relaxation, meditation and examining memories
Beliefs and Values
  • Beliefs can empower you or limit the way you think which may hold you back
  • Beliefs have certain qualities which consist of modalities (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic)
  • Modalities can be fine tuned by changing their sub modalities (brightness, volume) which can help to change your belief system
  • Values are why you do something, beliefs direct your behaviour to fulfill a value

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