What is NLP?

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Much of BJ Projects’ coaching and training is based around the skills and tools involved in NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming.  NLP is the study of success and was developed in the 1970’s in the United States of America by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.  

NLP as defined by the Oxford dictionary, in a sentence is:  A system of alternative therapy intended to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to model and change their patterns of mental and emotional behavior.

So what does all that mean?  Well, as you know, your brain is a vital part of your body and put quite simply, NLP is all about how your thought patterns (the neuro or brain bit) create your feelings, behaviours and actions.  Once we become accustomed to these feelings, behaviours and actions (which occur as a direct result of our thoughts), we create habits (that’s the programming bit).  Our habits then influence how we communicate, and that’s the linguistic (or language) bit of NLP.  However when we refer to communication, it doesn’t just relate to other people, it’s also about how we communicate with ourselves (you know - that's the voice you hear in your head sometimes).  An this then influences our thinking (the neuro- bit) and off we go again.  Pretty much like a thought really …

So how does NLP work?

Some would say that NLP doesn’t work -- it's people that really work. 

Joseph O'Connor in his 'NLP Workbook' gives an excellent account of NLP as a three-minute seminar.  NLP is about three things: 

1.  Knowing your outcome

2.  Having sensory acuity

3.  Flexibility

Knowing your outcome in any situation means that if things aren't going to plan, you know what your direction is and this will guide you on what action needs to be taken.  Sensory acuity is about noticing what you're getting, or what you're not getting.  If you're not getting the results you want, then you need to exercise flexibility.  This is the ability to do something different.  You've heard the quote from Henry Ford. "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got".  BJ Projects focus on NLP is about choices.  If you notice that your results aren't getting you closer to your outcome, then you have a choice to do something different, or keep on doing the same thing.  And continuing to do the same thing is a choice as well!  

Outcome - Acuity - Flexibility.  What would you like to do differently?  


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