Neuro-Linguistic Programming [NLP] has emerged at the forefront of the skills development industry as the most powerful, practical and solution-focused method of creating a more engaged, results-driven organisation.
NLP processes and tools have been carefully designed to rapidly shift limiting thought patterns and behaviours, enabling people to influence with integrity, lead with commitment and significantly improve their inter- and intrapersonal communication skills.
“NLP is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the technology of achievement and human excellence.”
– Time Magazine
All able-bodied humans are born with the same basic neurological system. Your neurological system transmits the information you receive from your environment through your senses to your brain. Your environment, in this context, is everything external to you but also includes your organs, such as your eyes, ears, skin, stomach, and lungs. Your brain processes the information and transmits messages back to your organs.
The information can also create emotions, and you may feel joy, cry, or laugh. In short, you behave in a certain way. Your ability to do anything in life – whether swimming the length of a pool, cooking a meal, or reading a book – depends on how you respond to the stimuli on your nervous system. Therefore, much of NLP is devoted to discovering how to think and communicate more effectively with yourself and with others.
When you think of something, the neurons in your brain are firing and neurons that fire together wire together, creating a neuro-network or belief.
Our beliefs and values are the cause of our reality. The outside world is the effect of what we are thinking about. However, to change something – we are taught to try to influence the outside world, other people and circumstances. Our educational system is based on it. It just doesn’t work too well. Why? When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behaviour in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are unhealthy.
So if you want to change the outside world, because it doesn’t give you the results you are focused on, you have to change your inside world, the world of your beliefs and values.