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Neuro Lingustic Programming (NLP)

Why I Take an NLP Approach in My Coaching

It has been life-changing for me, going from suffering from chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, frustration, and overwhelmed coping with life to being a strong, resilient, adaptable, focused person with loving and productive relationships. So, having personally experienced the profound impact of NLP practice in my own journey of transformation, I chose to incorporate NLP into my coaching practice.

What Is NLP

It all starts with your attitude and state of mind. NLP is predominantly an attitude, one that shifts us from the normal ‘performance’ approach that permeates our society to a state of curiosity and wonder. This is the most powerful approach to life and learning that I have found.

There are many definitions of NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming. These are two that I like the most:

1. NLP Is an Attitude.

It is predominantly a way of living in curiosity and learning. Many people think of NLP as a set of techniques and tools that facilitate change. Others think it is a methodology to model excellence. Neither of these are entirely true.

It was a curious attitude that led to the methodology of modeling, which left behind a trail of techniques. Doing the techniques without an open, curious mind doesn't get great results and isn't "doing NLP".

2. NLP Is Going About Life With Consciousness and Precision

In other words, living in a state of self-mastery. With curiosity, we can uncover the structure of how we (and others) do what we do.

Once we uncover the structure of both enabling and disabling (good and bad) states, we then have the information about what is creating our results and have at our disposal all the information about what and how to change to get more of the results we want.

It is then that we are in a position to be conscious and precise in what we do.

Key aspects of excellent states are:

  • Calibration
  • Rapport
  • Well-formed outcomes
  • Sensory representations
  • Submodalities and presuppositions
  • Physiology of excellence

You might like to read ‘NLP at Work” by Sue Knight, or download the PDF/e-book ‘A Personal Guide to NLP’ by Tristan Soames