You can get a clue of how Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) works when you look at what the component words mean. The Neuro is in terms of Neurology, Linguistic refers to language and Programming refers to how they function. Put together, NLP is a behavioral technology which deals with communicating with the subconscious in a bid to reprogram it to do your biddings. Its main focus is to change your perception of different situations in order to bring forth a particular desired response. In order words, NLP changes the way you see past events so you can think of life differently and approach it in a better manner.
Taking Control and Improving Your Mind
The subconscious mind has immense powers on our everyday activities even though we don’t realize this. NLP focuses on making us the master controller of our subconscious mind so we will be able to eventually control our outcomes. With NLP training, you begin to realize that the emotions you feel and the thoughts you get are totally controllable by you. Even though they all culminate from experiences, beliefs and events, you can go back to these experiences and fine tune them to better suit your purpose.
So how exactly is NLP able to do all of these and even more? It does all of the above by the following methods:
Some Tools and Techniques used in NLP includes:
- Anchoring: Anchoring is a technique in which one uses an event that evokes joy to combat a sad feeling. It involves using an anchor. An anchor is that pleasant thought like when you bought your car, or the fact that you are the head at your work place. You can always focus your thought energy on this anchor and with time, it can wipe off an evading negative thought. To illustrate this, if I want to evoke a happy feeling on you, I can tell you to visualize or recall an experience in your past that made you extremely happy. This thought most of the time, will leave you feeling happy. By so doing, you have anchored your thoughts on another experience that has the capacity of elating you. To make anchoring more effective, you are to engage in an action at the peak of your emotional thoughts. Actions such as clapping of hands, nodding or pumping fist. When this practice is continued overtime, whenever you carry out these actions, your subconscious mind associates that action with the good feeling you have anchored to it.
- The Principle of Reframing: look at it this way, there is a frame. But when you look at this existing frame, it evokes negative thoughts that saddens you and limits your capacity. Why not re-frame the frame? What if you can? Yes, of course you can with NLP. To illustrate, let’s say that while you were growing up, you were always being shouted at and you associated these shouts with an inefficiency in you. What if you start thinking of those shouts as a gift to you to make you the better person that you are now? This will definitely have better effect on you. The reframing in this instance will leave you feeling that the shouts made it possible for you to develop and grow and not that you were not good enough.
- Undermining the Critical Voice that tells you that you are not good enough: there are two voices in our heads. This first voice being your higher self tells you that you are good enough, your other voice however is built to point out your flaws. It is actually your survival instinct that is originally intended to keep you safe. You should learn to undermine this voice and feed your higher self because the voice that is fed thrives.
Conclusively, NLP or ‘mind trick’ as some people like to refer to it, is a powerful technique which enables you control you mind with the techniques discussed above. It is a therapy which enables us to have a better synchronization between our body, mind and purpose.