Principles of NLP
1. The map is not the territory.
Our mental maps of the world are not the world. We respond to our maps, rather than directly to the world.
2. Experience has a structure.
Our thoughts and memories have patterns to them. When we change the pattern or structure, our experience will automatically change. We can neutralize unpleasant memories and enrich memories in ways that will serve us.
3. The mind and body are parts of the same system.
Our thoughts instantly affect our body, feelings, and more, and these in turn affect our thoughts.
4. People already have all the resources they need – or they can create them.
Mental images, inner voices, sensations, and feelings are the basic building blocks of all our mental and physical resources. We can use them to build up any thought, feeling, or skill that we want.
5. Having a choice is better than not having a choice
Choice empowers, always aim to increase choices (for some too much choice overwhelms!) This is not true in the case of a mother offering a child a choice of things for dinner, although I am sure that the child would think so!
6. People work perfectly
No one is wrong – we all have different strengths and abilities and can sometimes benefit from better designed strategies.
7. All action has a purpose
Our actions are not random: they are executed in order to achieve something – even if we are not always aware of it.
8. Every behaviour has a positive intention
All our actions have the purpose of achieving something that is of value to us. A person is not their behaviour: with better choices, we will make better choices.
9. If what you are doing isn’t working, do something else.
Do anything else. If you always do what you have done, you will always get what you have always gotten. If you want something new, do something new.
10. The meaning of your communication is the response you get
Communication is conscious and unconscious, verbal and non-verbal. The response may be different from the one you want, but if you are not getting what you want, you have to change what you are doing.
11. The unconscious mind balances the conscious – it is not malicious.
12. We process all information through our senses
If we develop our senses and take notice of them, we will improve our ability to
think and act more clearly.
13. Modelling successful performance leads to excellence
If one person can do something well, it can be modelled and taught to others.
14. If you want to understand, act.
We learn through experience. Know your outcomes. Know why it is a must. Take massive action.
Your brain is always asking three questions based on your model of the world:
1. What does this mean?
2. How do I feel?
3. What should I do?
The three key beliefs to lasting change:
1. It must change now.
2. I must change it now.
3. I can change it now.
It is worth noting that hypnotherapy and NLP are two separate distinct disciplines. NLP techniques can be useful in hypnotherapy and consequently, many therapists make use of them in their work with clients.
NLP is extremely well known as a powerful tool for personal change, therapeutic work, and is even used by corporations worldwide to build success. How do we think and learn? What negative patterns hold us back? How do outstanding people in any field achieve results? NLP helps us to transform our negative beliefs in all aspects of our life.