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Neuro-Linguistic Programming

 

What is NLP ?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) combines the three most influential components required to produce a human experience: neurology (thoughts), language (words) and programming (actions).
NLP is about the achievement of goals and gaining wisdom by dispelling the limitations that our perceptions place on us. NLP is a way of enriching the choices that you have and perceive as available in the world around you. It provides tools and skills for the development of individual excellence and the setting and achievement realistic goals through the establishment of simple models for viewing and understanding our perceptions and reality.


By being attuned to our perceptions, we can bring about self-development and change that can allow us to work towards being the person we really want to be.
NLP is an extremely effective way of ridding ourselves of all those thoughts and fears that hold us back and prevent us from achieving our goals and realising our dreams.


How does NLP Work?
NLP is based on the way humans interpret and use their senses. It pays particular attention to the way in which we understand, appreciate and express the signals that we receive from our senses through our neurological system and how we communicate these thoughts and feelings with ourselves and other people. NLP proponents believe that the interplay between what we perceive and how we express it (consciously and subconsciously) determines how we act in response to any given situation – especially if the language we use creates negative perceptions. In essence, NLP explores the way our thoughts are affected by our language and how their interplay affects our behaviour and actions.


Words are anchors for our experiences as they reflect our ideas and understanding. This means that they reflect what we perceive. This perception is not an objective view of reality; it is merely a perceived reality. Unfortunately, people respond to their experiences, not to the reality of a situation itself – they respond to their “perception” of reality. 


It is these perceived realities that constantly tend to hold us back or limit us in achieving our goals. The language that we use, both consciously and subconsciously, can act as a direction or signpost to the way we act. These directions can be either positive or negative. Perhaps the best example of this is the old adage of seeing the glass half full, rather than half empty. 


It is through the use of these positive signposts that individuals allow themselves to develop positive perceptions, rather than the all too familiar negative views that limit what we do and what we achieve. Essentially, by changing the language that we use, and viewing something in a more positive light, we can alter the limiting affect that the words have on our actions. If we can frame something in positive language we are more able to perceive positive outcomes rather than negative ones.