5 NLP Techniques That Will Transform Your Life
If you are looking for some kind of change whether it is moving from your current circumstance to a slightly better place, or to totally transform your life to a new level, NLP is one of the most useful tools you could learn.
NLP is an acronym for Neuro Linguistic Programming. In existence since the late 70’s it has been hailed as a magical intervention that works well with the inner self, to help individuals self-manage and attain better outcomes in life.
With a toolbox of more than a hundred processes, NLP techniques help in the following ways:
Practising NLP in daily life helps you become aware of your behaviour, belief systems and emotions. NLP will transform your life by giving you skills to handle career, relationship and family problems as well as manage stress levels.
The basis of NLP is that there’s an unconscious link between how the brain works and our behaviours. The language patterns we use reveal our life experiences and the posture we take in life. NLP co-founders Richard Bandler and John Grinder believe that all these components when changed, have the ability to improve our lives.
For example, the simple act of thinking, which we do every minute of the day, involves pictures, sounds, feelings, touch, smell and taste. One of the main benefits of practising NLP is that you’ll soon become adept at understanding how you process your senses, which is a highly advantageous position to be in.
Our minds constantly run unconscious emotional and mental programs. Most of the time we are not aware of them. If a program works for us it’s fine. But if it sabotages our best efforts and we don’t achieve our desired goals, then it becomes a problem.
NLP techniques focus on deleting such unhelpful programs and installing more generative ones.
Here are Five NLP Techniques That Will Transform Your Life:
1. Eliminate Unwanted Habits
The Swish pattern is a useful technique to help address unwanted habits and redirect focus to healthier habits. It works on changing your response to a specific trigger, by changing key building blocks of what you see, hear, feel, taste or smell.
It’s most effective with compulsive/obsessive behaviours such as nail biting, smoking, addiction to foods like sugary snacks. As an example of impact, a person who stops consuming sugar maintains good physical and mental health, which eliminates inherent underlying stress and makes them happier individuals.
Imagine the freedom of eliminating a negative habit you’ve always struggled with. This is just one way NLP will transform your life.
2. Values Motivate You
We are ultimately motivated by our personal values. So, the ideal way of achieving goals is to align values within. As an example, if you’re passionate about protecting the environment and a plastics company offers you a job. Would you take it? Perhaps with much reluctance as it helps pay the bills.
This is a sure fire way to make yourself unhappy and my guess is, you will eventually leave. As values are our deepest unconscious filter, it pays to understand and acknowledge the values that drive you.
When values are aligned with what you do at work or in your personal life, you feel comfortable, happy and in a natural state. It’s no secret that employees whose values are most aligned to the organisation become high performers. They’re able to see their role clearly and know how they’re contributing to the overall results.
NLP improves motivation as it provides the opportunity for people to know themselves better.
3. Identify Gaps in Strategies
In NLP, a strategy is the train of thoughts a person goes through to make a decision or achieve a goal. These strategies are described using bodily senses i.e. what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. In other words, a strategy is a set of internal procedures that produces a specific outcome.
For example, you face a stop-start situation with your exercise routine. When the alarm rings, you often go back to sleep instead of choosing to go for a walk. NLP strategy elicitation can be used to take a closer look at the chain of events leading to this decision.
It reveals gaps that need to be filled to successfully make the right choice of what you want to do, which is to get exercise. Once this initial start to the day is sorted, other suitable NLP techniques can be applied to intervene and rectify the problem.
Another situation may be about relationships. For example, breaking off a relationship every time someone you date gets closer? A strategy elicitation can reveal what’s causing you to do that.
The power of NLP helps individuals eradicate bad programming and install new ones.
4. Eradicate Phobias
One of the benefits of practising NLP is getting rid of phobias. People with phobias suffer from anxiety and their quality of life is diminished.
The NLP Fast Phobia Cure is best carried out face-to-face by an experienced NLP practitioner. The process involves dissociating the client completely from the negative emotional experience, in contrast with traditional phobia treatments that require repeated exposure to the subject of the phobia.
It is one of the few NLP techniques which requires a Practitioner to stick closely to the process. Carried out successfully, it’s like magic. In just one session, the client is free from the cloud they’ve been living under for years.
NLP is fast and efficient. Once the program is interrupted, it is gone forever.
5. Set Goals
If you do not set goals, write business plans or have any objectives, you’ll be at the mercy of random fate. It is difficult to manifest what you want, if you are unclear about what to focus on. NLP will transform your life in this area.
Goal setting is all about congruence. We call this ecology. Does it feel right in your head, heart and gut? What impact or consequences does it have on your life and the lives of others around you?
To check ecology, it is important to decipher how the goal will enrich your life. What will you do with it once achieved? Will there be impact on self, family and friends? These questions help to clarify in the individual's mind and open new neurological connections.
As NLP techniques use all five senses for visualisation it is fundamental that you prime your unconscious mind as to what your goal could look like once it is achieved. This gives clarity and definition to the goal and creates a magnetic attraction to go out and get it.
Last but not least installing the goal in your future involves placing the vision of your success on your future timeline. The benefits of practising NLP with processes like these, ensure that your unconscious mind and energy are aligned with your desired outcome. This is oh so powerful!
In conclusion, NLP will transform your life if you care to learn it and integrate it to the point of embodying it. If you’re aware that your beliefs, emotions and behaviour drive your experience, chances are you’re already practising some NLP in daily life.
You’ll find it easy to take the next step of practising NLP in a systematic and structured way. There’s no doubt about it, the benefits of practising NLP will certainly have a positive impact on your life.
Having the tools at hand means that if you’re facing any of the situations described above, you can always explore the relevant NLP techniques to resolve your way out.
Sylvia is a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Trainer. She started her business in Sydney and is now based in Singapore.