What is NLP?
The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master– Robyn S Sharma
Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to change your behaviours, even when you know better?
You know that eating well and exercising will help you lose weight, but you don’t get off the couch. You understand that smoking is deadly, but continue to smoke. You realise that yelling at your kids isn’t achieving anything, but you can’t help it. Why?
Updating the software of the mind
The reason it’s so hard to change based on logic or ‘knowing better’ is that your behaviours and habits are programs run by the unconscious mind. Like a computer, your mind has a program for relationships, a program for eating and a program for work. These programs were generally formed early on in childhood, and have to do with how your unconscious mind processed the information it received. Almost everything you do in life is dictated by the unconscious programs – which can be both helpful and detrimental – you have around each subject. If you want to improve an area of your life, you need to update the software and change the program.
NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is a collection of tools and techniques that use the language of the mind to help you optimise and update your thought programs and create an exceptional life of your own design.
“It is about how the language of the mind creates the programs we run in our lives. When you know this, you can enhance what is working, change what isn’t and create new beneficial programs of emotion, behaviour and thought.”– NLP Worldwide
The history of NLP
NLP began in the 1970’s almost accidentally when linguistics professor John Grinder and two university students, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik, decided to study and model three successful therapists. They chose well-known family therapist Virginia Satir, founder of Gestalt therapy Fritz Perls and world-famous hypnotherapist Milton Erikson.
They discovered that the three very different therapists were remarkably similar in their model of therapy, and that all of them had developed the successful models independently through experience. Grinder, Bandler and Pucelik distilled what they learned from the therapists into two aspects of NLP: a model of effective thinking and communication and patterns of excellence. They called these skills NLP.
Since then, NLP has been built upon by numerous experts and has become a solution-based form of therapy and coaching and a study of excellence in the human experience. It is used by everyone from CEO’s, world leaders and changemakers to psychologists, counsellers, parents and anyone who wants to make the most of their time on earth!