NLP for a Change
Many people are confused by NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). They either don’t understand what it is or they don’t know how it’s used or the kind of changes that can be made. The term itself, Neuro Linguistic Programming offers a few clues. Neuro – it involves our thinking, Linguistic – our use of language and Programming – our strategies for getting our outcomes.
NLP was originally developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. By modeling the language and behavior of excellent therapists they discovered how to use language in such a way that it can create inner change more quickly.
In order to help you to understand how powerful these principles and techniques can be the following is one of my experiences with NLP.
I lived in northern California for many years and every spring I would go to Yosemite National Park with a group of friends. One year we hiked up Half Dome- a mountain with a large granite dome at the top which in order to summit, you pull yourself up the dome with the help of metal cables. This was the first time I realized exactly how powerful a phobic response can be. Yes, I knew I had a fear of heights but typically it didn’t bother me when hiking. This mountain however, since the scale was extreme, took my experience to a whole different level. The moment I attempted the last part of that hike I felt an extreme fear reaction. Not only did I begin to shake all over but my breathing accelerated, my vision became blurred, and my legs would not hold me up. Needless to say, I didn’t continue to the top.
Before we went back the following year I found a hypnotherapist who was a Master practitioner of NLP, and asked for his help. We used some hypnosis but we also did two very powerful NLP techniques which seemed to make all the difference. Not only did I make it up the mountain that next trip but I made it to the top feeling completely confident and fearless. It was one of the best experiences of my life!
So when we use NLP for specific issues you can make incredible progress towards goals that may have eluded you in the past. Change can be difficult but with NLP change can be accomplished much more smoothly, easily and permanently.