You know, in psychology there is a rule, especially within the NLP circles that I work in and the literature that I read, it is quite a famous rule; 7 plus or minus 2 – this is the notion that the conscious mind can only keep track of between 5 and 9 discrete pieces of information at one time. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a behavioural science that was developed in the 1970′s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. With the month of January always comes a vast wave of people who want help with their new year’s resolutions, so many people use this time of year as a fresh leaf with a fresh period of time, by February, the momentum is often lost.
Unlike other schools of psychotherapeutic thought, which concentrate on how problems arise, NLP started from studying people who are exceptionally good at what they do, and finding out how they do it so that anyone can get similar results by doing the same things. NLP is the study of how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. NLP has a theoretical basis the core of which is that it is a way of thinking about people which has proved practical and effective in a wide range of applications, contexts and situations.
Richard Bandler, one of the original founders of the NLP methodology, has this to say about NLP: “NLP is an attitude characterised by the sense of curiosity and adventure and a desire to learn the skills to be able to find out what kinds of communication influences a person channels from within”.
To make the most of anchoring with NLP, it is important to really engage in the experience and make it wonderfully vivid in your mind and to then also put effort into recalling it when you first activate your NLP anchor for a few times. Linguistic refers to the language – pictures, sounds, feelings (kinaesthetic), tastes, smells and words – that you use to remember and make sense of a particular experience (or to forecast a future experience). A well formed outcome enables us to create specific pictures, sounds, feelings and words.
Having NLP’s well formed outcomes for your life can create well being in business, our personal lives, in relationships and so much more. Although NLP has many “direct” business applications, I believe that its most powerful use is for individuals to improve their self-awareness and to develop greater skills in their self-management, communication and interpersonal dealings. As the coaching profession has grown, NLP Practitioners have discovered they already have skills for coaching that put them easily in the top 5-10% of all coaches, regardless of what organization supplied their training.
If we were to think of the brain as a computer running a large number of ‘programs’ (the brain’s ‘software’), NLP teaches the client to reorganise or re-pattern the way that these ‘programs’ are run to enable dramatic transformations and changes to take place. There are a large number of powerful techniques that NLP practitioners use to change the structure of how the client subjectively experiences reality and to facilitate permanent and positive changes.