Over the past few months, I have done a great deal of personal change work, including getting some NLP coaching from friends at Radical Change Group, and subsequently sharing experiences with like-minded others. That work began with a deliberate shock to my neurology, while creating new imprinting with a new powerful stance and outlook on life. That imprinting became the foundation for what was to come next.
Neurology is the "N" in NLP
The first element in Neuro-Linguistic Programming is Neurology. Neurology is a study of the human nervous system, the mind, psychology and the invisible structure or patterns that govern how it all works. Think of the brain for now as very flexible hardware which can be programmed through the senses by experience. But neurology is just a substrate for our experience, like paper is a substrate for ink that writes upon it. Once paper is written on, it is transformed.
Goals are measurable outcomes that one sets, achieves, and then crosses off a list, or conversely that one forgets about, drops or leaves for a different or modified goal.
SMART Goals share the following characteristics:
A life mission is the kind of outcome that shapes one's entire life. A life mission has these characteristics:
NLP Sensory-Based Outcomes
In NLP, an outcome is more than a goal. An outcome includes sensory-based evidence, such that you know when you have reached an outcome because the outcome is recognizable by your senses. In other words, based on what you can see, hear, feel, smell or taste, how do you know you have reached your outcome? To use a barbecue as an example... what do perfectly cooked chops look, sound and smell like before you remove them from the grill?
In NLP, Strategies Link the Mind with the Body
In NLP, a mind and body that is not running strategies, or mental patterns, is asleep or dead... in which case we really don't need NLP. But for those of us that are alive and awake, it's profitable to understand how strategies in the mind and body work in real time and in the real world.
NLP Presuppositions are powerful assumptions that we hold in mind when working with ourselves and others. Acting as if they were true shaves time and resistence off the change process.
Let's take these one at a time:
Remember at all times that the map is not the territory. Still, there are many models in NLP that can help us share our maps of the world. We owe a debt to Robert Dilts for helping to develop one such model for understanding behaviors, motivations, and relationships called Neurological Levels. The levels are:
Defining Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neurolinquistic Programming, or NLP, has as many definitions as there are people who struggle to define it. For some, NLP is a competitive business within a larger competitive self-help industry with sages on stages competing for proselytes. Some of those gurus have used the NLP term, and others have re-branded NLP as their own formula for success. For others, NLP is a therapeutic toolset, used to help them in their coaching or psychotherapeutic work with others.
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