What is NLP?
How is Subconscious and NLP linked?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP is a methodology to communicate with our subconscious. Neuro refers to the neurons in the brain; Linguistic refers to language that our subconscious understands and programming refers to how those neurons functions with our subconscious.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP, is a set of skills or techniques to understand how you do things you do. The knowledge of NLP puts you in the driver’s seat of your thoughts and feelings and enables you to develop the resourceful behavior and replace the unresourceful ones.
Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who didn’t speak your language, and they couldn’t understand you?
You get irritated, feel helpless and perhaps call someone to assist you in vocalizing your requirement to the other…right?
To make changes at the subconscious level we need to learn the language of the subconscious mind. NLP is not just a set of tools and techniques. It is an approach to how to achieve your best self.
At school and college we have learned history, geography, language, algebra etc. But there has been no training in how to take control of our minds, emotions, feelings and situations. That’s what NLP is for.
Living life the NLP way can put you in charge of your thoughts and feelings. Its not necessary to learn NLP only if you are going to train others. NLP can be embedded in every aspect of our lives. Whether you want to grow individually or you want to impact your career or have good relationships, NLP can make that paradigm shift.
Richard Bandler and John Grinder are credited as founders of NLP we know today in its commercialized form. However, Bandler and Grinder’s NLP is a lot of influence of some very great names in psychology and human behavior, like; Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, Noam Chomsky, Carlos Castaneda and Milton Erickson,. Bandler and Grinder had studied hypnotherapist, Milton Erickson and made the NLP model even better.
Bandler and Grinder purported, there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.
Right from the start, NLP leaders have studied or ‘modelled’ the behaviour and thinking styles of particularly effective and successful people in business, education, sales, therapy, sport, and personal development.
One of life’s most important challenges to overcome is; how you control your behaviour; as well as understand the way others behave. There are many strategies to achieve control over our actions; Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one of the most effective and popular.
Learning NLP with the right trainer will enable you to:
• Think clearly.
• Manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours more effectively.
• Do whatever you already do reasonably well, even better.
• Understand others better.
• Personal empowerment for a happy and fulfilling life.
• Getting a perspective to life.
Does NLP really work?
NLP is a skill as opposed to mere knowledge of it. As in, “Yeah, I know all about NLP. I did NLP practitioners with so and so trainer”.
I read and I forget.
I see and I remember
I do and I understand
I practice and I become skilled
So, if you just want to know about the subject it is enough. If you want to gain more insight and use it to make a paradigm shift in your life, then you may want to get it under your skin. For that you will have to practice what you have learnt. Because NLP is all about ‘how to do things’. You have to keep doing it until it becomes an automatic (or unconscious) part of your behaviour.
Example: You see an erratic driver; you may want to lash out to him/her. Having the skills and understanding of anchoring and dissociation, you will be able to keep calm and maintain the resourceful state.