What is NLP?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is thought to be one of the most effective and accessible self-help methods to come from modern psychology.
NLP techniques help 'reprogramme' patterns of thinking and behaving.
NLP works on the basis of assessing your perception of the world and adapting our behaviour and reactions to enable us to live a happy, desired life.
Maybe you’ve never been given the opportunity, you’re constantly saying, “next year” or your responsibilities are holding you back from reaching your goals. While a daily routine and habit can be difficult to break out of, the excuses you tell yourself are what is really stopping you from making these achievements.
NLP is considered to be one of the most useful and accessible tools to come from modern psychology and can assist with:
improving feelings of empathy
improving communication skills
resolving destructive relationship patterns.
NLP teaches us how changing the way we perceive the world can lead us to adjust and adapt our behaviours in order to live the life we dream of. As an NLP coach I will work to encourage YOU to move out of your comfort zones: breaking barriers and taking chances only helps to develop a fuller, happier and infinitely more satisfying life.
The technique was developed in 1972 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. Fascinated with human excellence, they decided to look at the work of Fritz Perls, the psychotherapist behind gestalt therapy, Virginia Satir, the “mother of family therapy” and Milton Erickson, the first therapist to use hypnosis for medical purposes.
Life coaching and NLP
People communicate feelings in different ways. Most of these feelings are actually communicated unconsciously, be it through tone, volume, pace, facial expressions, body language and words.
As a licensed NLP practitioner I am trained to recognise these subtle, unconscious clues so I can understand how YOU are feeling. As a practitioner I can identify the self-imposed restrictions You may have put on yourself through unveiling your mental map and working to move forward.
The three most common types of limiting beliefs/self-imposed restrictions include:
It’s easy for people to set themselves up for failure if they are constantly thinking negative thoughts. Comments such as, “I’m not good enough” or “other people are better than me” can limit an experience and the chance of accomplishment.
As an NLP practitioner I am here to address these negative beliefs by asking a series of questions.
Why do you believe you do not deserve happiness or success?
Why can’t you succeed?
What is preventing you from fulfilling your dreams?
The answers can help to reveal the feelings that are causing the limiting beliefs. As an NLP coach I will begin to explore and challenge the limitations with the hope of changing the client’s negative thought pattern.
It is thought that NLP is such a popular technique because it focuses on the future. It works to explore future possibilities and solutions, rather than encouraging you to dig up past memories or experiences.
NLP coaching is about adding opportunities and widening perceptions, rather than dwelling on the negatives.
How can NLP help?
Neuro-linguistic programming is often regarded as “a tool-kit for the mind”, and because of this, NLP is used to improve all areas of a person’s life. It is known to be particularly effective for improving the following situations:
Anxiety and stress
NLP coaching can be an effective method for fighting feelings of stress and anxiety because it identifies the thought patterns that may be causing the pressure. As soon as these unconscious thought patterns are recognised, they can be challenged.
Health and well-being
One of the most important ideas underpinning NLP is that the mind and body are closely connected. When exercising, for example, people will experience positive mental and physical energy. By improving the way we approach and think about the world, we can improve the health and well-being of our bodies.
Fears and phobias
NLP is well-known for its effectiveness in helping people cope with fears and phobias. Like with anxiety and stress, NLP can reveal the thought process behind the often ‘irrational’ fear. NLP can help to change how a person thinks and feels about what was causing them fear, so that they are no longer afraid.
Relationships are based on communication, and problems often arise when people are not communicating or expressing how they really feel. NLP can help a person become more aware of how they communicate. Understanding this can help people accept that others may have different views: one opinion is not wrong or right. With NLP coaching, practitioners hope that by developing empathy skills, a person will find it easier to build strong and long-lasting relationships.
It is common for people to see an NLP practitioner for relief from their own fears and limitations. The techniques used can help the person break the old habits and beliefs and gain new opportunities. NLP is effective in boosting an individual’s confidence by teaching them how to make decisions based on their dreams, rather than fears.
NLP is an excellent tool for understanding people and their ways of communication. In terms of business, learning these tips from an NLP coach will help a person improve how they communicate, enhancing their ability to empathise and negotiate with colleagues, employees and managers.
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