NLP is like a user manual for your brain
Let me explain NLP in an everyday example:
Imagine getting a new IPhone and you have never seen one in your life before. Cell phones can nowadays do all sorts of wonderful things that most people don’t ever use, 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 these devices have so much more going for them. They can be fabulous tools for both your business and everyday life. NLP is like our user manual that would explain how to use all the features and understand what these devices are capable of.
Let’s start at the day you were born, with a brain that came without an instruction manual. We listen to people throughout our lives, our parents, friends and other people who may influence us. Whether is be positive or negative influences. If we understand how the brain works, the power it has to help us communicate and get the things we want, it is a much bigger shame than just not using a cell phone to its full extent. Unlike a cell phone, you can’t ask your 13 year old child to set it up for you. NLP is that user manual.
Helping people with negative emotions, limiting decisions, phobias, bad habits etc. to get the change and results they want, can be achieved in minutes with the use of NLP. Yet so many people suffer their entire lives with these conditions that hold them back. NLP is effectively an instruction manual of the brain and how to use it effectively to get the results we truly want. NLP is 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.”
What does NLP stand for?
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 utilise 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 Grindler, 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, behaviours 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.