I taught NLP to many groups of people from corporate, to individuals throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Those seeking to better their lives came to learn NLP as they wanted to work on discovering their internal selves. It was a good start. That is how NLP worked best - applied to self first, then others.
This was how individuals who were convinced that NLP processes worked possessed conviction to work with others. It was a good way to learn, applying new knowledge to a context and seeing results from it.
Those who sought to become coaches, took their new found skills back to industries they had come from. I had nurses, psychologists, C-suite teams and many others from different walks of life. This group attended my face-to-face international NLP practitioner certification program, for they were convinced NLP was a great tool and they too wanted to take it out to the world with their unique expertise.
Those who preferred online programs preferred the convenience of time and location. Many had tight timelines and were driven by home and work pressures. In part, these were contributing factors to their bad mental health state of mind. Most were seeking a way out of the mindset that drove them to these eventualities.
The common denominator – they all wanted to improve the quality of life. Everyone was entitled to be happy after all but they didn’t know how to progress with a formal structure and effective tools.
As an NLP Trainer, I was encouraged to see numbers called to this point, though not as fast as I would have liked. Many clients who had suffered mental health issues felt that NLP had helped them 100% and were dedicated to self-management and beyond. Nothing phased them. They could employ processes for every specific issue they faced and step out of the situation fast.
One client who was diagnosed as bi-polar, to be on meds all his life with little or no blue sky ahead. He was told he could never live a normal life. He yearned to start a family someday. He healed completely over a few months of one-on-one efficiency coaching. As I worked through each part that was plaguing him we agreed that the bi-polar issue was not dominant anymore. It was very much under control.
He had successfully (with agreement of his psychiatrist) reduced medication bit by bit until he was not dependent on them anymore. One issue out the door which involved eradicating old beliefs like “I can never have a normal life” Feeling lighter and more neutral, he was ready to look at the future and create it.
So what was the next step? He reported an issue of procrastination. He said he needed a boost to get moving from feeling stuck (not knowing where to go) to creating purpose that would spur him forth. So we did an NLP process called Chaining Anchors, where he moved from stuck to procrastination.
Interestingly, he found that boost to be so effective, it was hard to get stuck anymore. Just from one process that forced him into understanding how his body stored stuck versus going for it. So simple and profound.
Overnight life began to change. He felt excited, motivation gripped him like never before. He was shocked at the immediacy of impact and wanted to create more in his life, feeling that he had wasted so many years grappling with huge mental health issues. This was enough of a thumbs up for him to learn how to become an NLP Practitioner, the first level of international certification.
He went from strength to strength. He focused on finding a life partner and everything came to fruition within 2 years. It was a revolutionary change He made it!
What did it take? A reality check that he had hit rock bottom. He faced up to himself. He did not want this life any longer. Biting the bullet he sought expert help and in a short span of time was living a new life that he loved.
What did it take to make a turnaround so fast? A few coaching sessions to eradicate past negativity that he had stored unknowingly. Once this was cleared he learnt processes that would help him self-manage into the future. He created what he wanted and through a few conscious steps, manifested it.
The journey of change he said was exciting and fun. He wanted more so he joined an NLP beginner class. Like a duck to water, he took to the techniques fast. He knew how to start with NLP now whether he applied his knowledge to coaching or training. Regardless, he was going to help others.
So typical of the journey that others take too, he signed up for the VIA Frontiers NLP Practitioner program, an internationally certified and recognised level of competency. He knew more tools would mean more impact on self and others. The journey had begun…..
Sylvia is a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Trainer. She started her business in Sydney and is now based in Singapore.