Why Should You Learn NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or “NLP” as it’s commonly referred to can be summed up as “the study of communicative and performance excellence and personal mastery in all areas of life.” It incorporates hypnotherapy because that is the change mechanism (how you apply NLP) accessing the subconscious and bringing it to conscious awareness so you can obtain your desired outcome. It is extremely powerful and can help you attract whatever you want into your life by becoming a magnet with it in body language as well as verbally.
NLP and Hypnotherapy Training
You can learn NLP Courses in a classroom setting or even take NLP Online Classes and seminars and immediately upgrade your personal communication skills and persuasion ability. It is one of the most valuable tools that you can learn to experience the kind of success you’ve probably always wanted but didn’t know exactly how to get. NLP can show you how to take the necessary steps to finally achieve your life’s dream. Get your desired results and even enjoy the journey along the way. It’s a fun and powerful tool to have in your personal repertoire.
NLP has it’s humble beginnings in the early part of the 1970’s when John Grinder and Richard Bandler wanted a more powerful and practical model of psychology – one that anyone could understand and master. One that gave real world results! They modeled the greatest people in the field in their respective fields: Alfred Korzybski and Gregory Bateson from the field of language and semantics; Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir in psychology; and Milton Erickson in Clinical Hypnotherapy among others.
There are many other giants in the field as well such as Judith Delozier, Leslie Cameron, David Gordon, Robert Dilts, and Frank Pucelik. Anthony Robbins is himself a master student and practitioner of NLP. Why? Because it really works!
NLP can be defined literally as:
- Neuro – Having to do with the neurological system. How we use our sensory organs to perceive, understand and relate to our environment and other people.
- Linguistic – How we use language to communicate internally as well as externally with other people, groups and our environment.
- Programming – How we can program ourselves to bring our desires into our lives and respond to our environment in the most intelligent and successful way possible.
NLP combines psychology, sociology and linguistics into a complete and highly useful system. It uses Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics and Clinical Hypnotherapy, (among other things) to understand ourselves, other people, groups as well as our environment. In a nutshell, NLP will empower you to discover your passion, find examples of people who have mastered your desires, understand what steps and processes that they have used to become successful, and then apply yourself to successful mastery of those same passions. Some of the most common applications of NLP are:
- Cultivating Relationships
- Creating Attraction
- Personal Development
- Sales and Negotiations
- Influence and Persuasion
- Creating Physical Health
- Achieving Sports Excellence
- Powerfully Presenting Yourself
There are so many ways that you can use Neuro Linguistic Programming to enhance your daily life experience as well as plan for powerful outcomes on a long-term basis.
There are four pillars that Neuro-Linguistic Programming is founded upon: Sensory Acuity, Rapport, Behavioral Flexibility and Outcome Thinking. This is the strength of NLP and provides a valuable structure on which to base it’s advanced methods.
100 people can attend the same party and have 100 different opinions of what they observed and experienced happening there. This has to do with how our predominant modes of sensory perception are used to interpret what is happening at any moment. Most all people have access to five major senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell) which are referred to as “Modalities” in NLP. They are all important and most people do have a “type” that they use the most and some of us use a combination of predominant senses to interact with our environment. The primary ones (used most frequently) are Visual “V”, Auditory “A”, and Kinesthetic “K,” simply meaning Sight (visual), Sound (auditory) and Touch (kinesthetic). This is called the VAK modality.
For instance if a person is a predominantly visual type “V” then they will give priority to what they see over the other senses. They will usually use phrases such as “I see what you’re saying” or “the future is real bright.” Auditory types will typically say things like “sounds like a plan” or “I hear what you are saying.” Kinesthetic “K” types will say things such as “I can feel your pain” or “I am in touch with your feelings.” Sounds like Bill Clinton doesn’t it? He is definitely a “K” type.
Rapport is learning to make a strong and lasting connection with another person. Others will feel at ease when you’re communicating in a style that is comfortable with them. People use specific modalities (VAK) when they communicate with others. Using these modalities to learn which frame of reference other people are coming from allows you can adjust your own communication style to match theirs and create a sense of “Rapport” with them and communicate effectively. Body Language is part of the rapport process as well.
When we mirror (make similar movements and postures as well as using the same vocal pitch and tonality) the other person will be inclined to feel like you really understand them, and their guard will be down, because you are like them and they can then feel comfortable “liking” you too.
Learning to adjust your way of doing things when things are not working in the way you wanted them to is what behavioral flexibility is all about. Like Albert Einstein said referring to the scientists with rigid thinking and inflexibility “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The more you can adjust your behavior, the more flexibility you have.
And the more flexibility you have, the better the result will be. In fact one of NLP’s presuppositions is “The person with the most flexibility within a system controls the system.” I’m sure Donald Trump has more options available than many other CEO’s and therefore can exercise greater financial control over his businesses than his associates and fellow business leaders. Learning to open ourselves to unlimited options will lead to greater behavioral flexibility when it comes to achieving our personal and professional goals.
This teaches you to focus on what is desired instead of on any obstacles or speed-bumps. It provides many tools to re-write your current mode of thinking into one that aligns you with what it is that you really want to be do or have. Outcome Thinking helps you remove the ANT’s (automatic negative thoughts) and beliefs that have you putting your personal energy into the problem, and focus positively on desired goals instead.
The only ones you really have any control over anyway. another NLP presupposition is “There is no failure – Only Feedback.” If we would learn this one lesson, we could stay focused and relax knowing that we are becoming wiser by the moment. Each instance of feedback will only give us more clarity and of course more options and flexibility now too.
“If something is possible, then it is possible to learn how to do it.” Model excellence by breaking down and discovering the strategies and components that are needed to achieve a particular result – always remember that everyone has the ability to open their mind and achieve results beyond their wildest dreams.
There is much more to Neuro-Linguistic Programming I’ll be writing articles so you can have digestible pieces of information that you can use in your every day life to become happier and more successful by the day. Learning NLP or even becoming a master practitioner can not only help you master interpersonal communications skills, for business or dating, but it can even be the most powerful type of therapy in helping others through the toughest times of their lives. It works to stop lifelong phobias, addictions and confused ways of thinking and relating.
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