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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Why is it that some people feel completely at ease when standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people? How can some people seem to build rapport with others effortlessly? How do some consistently motivate themselves regardless of circumstances?

This is what NLP seeks to understand.

NLP is the study of what works. It is the study of excellence. By understanding our conscious and subconscious thoughts, behaviours, beliefs and values that are unique to us all, we can start to identify patterns which can be modified or applied to different settings to move us towards our higher potential.

Imagine if you could apply the confidence that you have in some environments to any situation. Or what if the composure you felt at work could be replicated in your personal life (or vice versa). Or maybe you want to recreate the positive energy you once felt. What difference would this make to your life? 

As an NLP Master Practitioner based between Leeds and York, I work with people to raise awareness of their subconscious and unconscious thoughts and actions. Very often, the beliefs that we have built up over time, often as a result of our upbringing and experiences, no longer serve us. It is through this awareness that people begin to realise they have a choice in the way they think, feel and behave. And this is where we can start to shift our perspective and ‘re-wire’ our brains for positive and desired change.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” 
Henry Ford-

What does Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) mean?

NLP is made up of three parts; Neuro, Linguistic and Programming.

Neuro refers to our brain and physiology. Many of our patterns of thinking and behaving lie at an unconscious level in the sense that they are habits. For example, most people don’t actively need to think about ‘how’ to walk, they just do it. 

The key to success in both our personal and business lives comes from learning about how we think and act. If we bring the often unconscious thoughts and behaviours into our awareness, we can learn how they are influencing the results we are getting.

Linguistic is the study of language, both verbal and non-verbal. We are all communicating, all of the time. Learning to understand and master the structure of language is essential, particularly in today’s world where communication takes place so freely.

Programming is the way that we put our thoughts, behaviour and language together to get the results that we do. In this sense, we all have our own strategies for doing things, even though most people are unaware of their strategy. NLP seeks to understand these strategies and in doing so, give people the choice to continue doing more of the same, or to modify the strategy to move them closer to their potential.

How can NLP support you?

Because NLP focuses on what works, the applications really are endless – it would be hard to think of an area where NLP couldn’t enhance the experience!

NLP can support you in learning how to:

  • Discover the structure of your excellence so that you can tap into it in whatever context you choose
  • Bring out that excellence in others
  • Create humour from any situation in ways that create healing and learning
  • Listen with respect and curiosity, allowing you to truly learn about others
  • Develop a flexibility that will support you whatever changes in your environment
  • Embrace feedback in a way that enables you to grow and develop 
  • Build high quality relationships
  • Accept and love whatever you have, transforming your business and life
  • Heighten your awareness of yourself and others
  • Manage your thoughts and feelings 

One of the reasons NLP can have such a positive impact is because it doesn’t try to fit people into a predefined box. NLP recognises that the ‘map is not the territory’. In other words, we are all unique, we all experience things differently, what works for one person will not work for another. There are no ‘off the shelf’ answers in NLP. Instead, NLP finds the difference that makes the difference, facilitating learning and helping you to be the best you can be.

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