You probably already know about my certification and you’re wondering what exactly is NLP?
Well it is good to wonder… because when we ask questions we learn new things. And when we learn new things we grow, which is a good thing, is it not?
Definition of NLP
Back to NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming. What is it?
Well there are various definitions, many going along the lines of “a set of tools or techniques to structure our internal systems and deal with obstacles in order to achieve our desired goals”.
My personal favourite is the one from Chris Howard, NLP Master trainer & author:
“An owner’s manual for the mind”
It can be described as a set of skills and techniques which would help a person overcome a problem. These techniques work with the mind and cause a change in behaviour.
Basically, NLP uses certain communication strategies to help one achieve greater success in all areas of life.
Philosophy of NLP
When it comes to Neuro Linguistic Programming, the main focus is on the process of our thinking rather than the content of our thoughts.
Yes, the focus is on the “how”. How we perceive the world. How our conditioned mind affects this perception and our thoughts. How our thoughts affect our behaviour and, in turn, the lives we live.
The “why” is considered as irrelevant. Ruminating on why we ended up with things or situations that we didn’t want in life isn’t going to help us to achieve what we do want.
It is much better to focus your thoughts on what you want to achieve or something that helps you solve the current problem.To sum it up, a driving principle of NLP is using positive language in our thoughts and directing these thoughts towards our goals. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to get fat”, say “I want to be fit and healthy.”
Simply, focus on what you want and not what you don’t want.