NLP is the wisdom of research over the past 25 years into how the human mind works. It was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 1970s. It is often said that we were born with the most amazing computer in the Universe - the Human Brain. The only problem is, nobody gave us an instruction manual on how to work it. NLP goes a long way to showing you how to run your brain, how to control how you feel, how to be a more-effective human being, how to improve your communication skills and how your mind influences your health.
Neuro Linguistic Programming sets out to discover how people learn, how people think, how people do things excellently and how to replicate success. The difference that makes the difference between those who excel and those who get by in the way they communicate, motivate, influence, negotiate, lead, and empower.
NLP provides us with a very useful model of how we communicate, learn and change and with this model for the first time we can develop the skills to discover how you make sense of your world and most importantly how to make it what you want it to be.
When I learn about NLP, where will I use it ?
NLP has four main areas of application :
Mastering your mind and mastering your life
NLP is probably best known for helping people overcome problems such as stress, fears, phobias, etc. Most of us feel that we are unable to control how we feel. Once you know how your mind works you are more likely to be able to control your feelings. Many of us are also held back by events in our past. NLP has some very effective ways of releasing you from the past. If your work involves helping others, NLP will offer you some vital skills. So, when you learn about NLP, you will be better-equipped to help yourself and others overcome stress, increase motivation, decide exactly what you want in life, handle any fears that hold you back, and generally be a happier person.
NLP is used extensively by individuals in all walks of life to improve their effectiveness. If you know the programmes you are running in your mind when you perform at your best, you can duplicate these on a regular basis and see significant improvements. So, whether its to increase your motivation, improve your performance at work, setting and achieving goals, improving your performance at sports, you can use NLP to become more successful in all areas of your life.
Communications and Influence
Much of the quality of our lives comes down to the quality of our communications. NLP offers you some of the most effective communications skills available. You will discover how to develop rapport with people in matters of seconds, how different people respond differently to certain words, how to handle difficult people, how to influence your children more effectively, and how to become a better public speaker. Health and the Mind It is now a proven scientific fact that the Mind and Body are connected. NLP is being used with great effect to show how you can influence your health by being in control of your mind and your thought process and reducing the stress in your life.
Learning How to Learn
In essence NLP is about learning how to learn. It provides a rich set of techniques for accelerating learning and helping individuals with learning difficulties all reach their potential. NLP can help us all rediscover the joy of learning.
How can NLP help me in business?
The reason that many multi-national companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses are using NLP is simple. The ability to perform at your best, to tap your true potential, and to be a powerful communicator, depends to a large extent on your ability to utilise the power of your mind. NLP gives you the skills to do this. Furthermore, some of the leading lights in NLP have studied the most successful people in the world to discover exactly how they are thinking. Some aspects of this can be copied or modelled by you and I. In other words, if you could adopt some of the thought patterns, thinking strategies, some of the beliefs of someone like Richard Branson, you would undoubtedly be more effective in your work. NLP unlocks some of these secrets of success.
What about NLP as a form of Therapy ?
NLP is being used very successfully to help people with a variety of issues - such as fears, phobias, depression and painful memories. NLP is often very effective when combined with various forms of therapy. The following are all professions who are starting to incorporate NLP into their work - Doctors, Dentists, Aromatherapists, Homeopaths, Acupuncture Practitioners, Alexander Technique, Chiropractors, Hypnotherapists, Herbalists, Reflexology, Psychotherapists and many more.
Could my family benefit from NLP ?
Yes, because NLP offers us insights into two crucial life skills. First, the ability to be in control of your thoughts and feelings, even when times are tough. Secondly, the ability to be an effective communicator. You and your family will not fulfil their true potential in life if they are not good communicators. In business, communication skills are often regarded as more important than qualifications. In any relationship, communication skills are vital. NLP does not have all the answers, but it does provide fascinating insights.
Im not sure what I want? Can NLP help me ?
Yes. The first step to changing any area of your life is to become totally clear about what you want and where you are going. NLP offers you some very effective ways of setting goals and outcomes, and finally becoming clear on what you want in life.
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