3 Steps To Mastering The Art Of NLP
1. Do Your Research…
Back in the early 1970’s Richard Bandler and John Grinder perhaps did not know what they were getting into back in 1975 when they created NLP. Today NLP has spawned into a multi-million dollar business with practitioners all across the world. Now, NLP has evolved extensively into the modern day practice as we all know it.
When you think of NLP masters you might think of people like Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Tony Robbins, Paul McKenna, and Derren Brown. While these people have popularized NLP to the mainstream and other developers like Connie Rae Andreas, Robert Dilts and Charles Faulkner have all written excellent books about understanding and eventually mastering the concepts within NLP.
NLP, as a model of human functioning, takes a very different attitude from some of the old school psychologies. In NLP, we don’t start from the assumption that people are broken. No. Instead, we assume the opposite – that people work perfectly well, and that they have all the resources that they need to succeed, and that the only problem isn’t with them, but with their programming.
NLP literally stands for a mouth-full of a phrase: Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This refers to the fact that we have a mind-body system that we can program in very much the way we can program software for a computer. This mind-body system, or our neuro-linguistics is made up of our neurology (our nervous systems that enables us to live, breathe, think, and function) and our linguistics/language (the system of symbol that make the communication).
Put mind-body together – the linguistics of neurology and we have an amazing human bio-computer. And the best news is, it’s programmable! Though it is hard-wired with a few basic functions, but for the most part, we can re-program its software!
2. Attend A Live NLP Practitioner Training
Many people ask why attend a “LIVE” training if there are so many books, audio’s and online systems out there. GREAT QUESTION… but let me pose this question back to you. Could you have truly learned and become proficient at driving a car if you were to only study with the many books, audio’s and online systems out there on becoming an automobile operator? NEVER! You need to have hands-on experience, PERIOD!
It’s exactly the same as taking an NLP practitioner certification training course. Learning NLP is not an easy task. Mastering and integrating NLP is a lifelong journey. Think about how long it took you to get to where you are now in your life, AND ALL WITHOUT an owner’s manual to your brain. So you get my gist? Attending is crucial in learning how to control, operate and re-program your subconscious mind for success!
3. Practice, Practice, Practice!
Once you understand the basics of NLP and how to operate your brain, it’s time to get to mastering the art and science of NLP. You begin by focusing on yourself, get ready to get in touch with your innermost thoughts and emotions. For some people it may be the first time they’ve ever challenged their internal beliefs about the way they see the world, how they operate and what they’ll achieve in their life. You’d be very surprised at what you’re actually capable of accomplishing.
This is probably the most important step. In between conquering your inner world, your fears and creating everything you’ve ever imagined for your life.
In the past 25 years, hundreds of techniques (the NLP technology) has arisen that provide step-by-step processes for “running your own brain” to produce outstanding results. There are patterns for effecting lasting change with phobias and trauma (the Phobia Cure pattern), for changing long-term habits (the Swish Pattern), for changing old traumatic reactions to memories (Time-Lines), for altering meaning to some of the many traumtic events (Reframing patterns),
NLP offers a large toolbox of techniques. And, it is so much more than that, as co-founder, Richard Bandler has stated, “NLP is an attitude and a methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques.”
The attitude of NLP involves one of intense and excited curiosity. It involves the desire to know what goes on behind the scenes. With this kind of attitude of curiosity, we want to know what makes the human mind work. So NLP runs on an attitude of experimentation. This attitude leads us to try all kinds of things. After all, we do not sort for “failure,” but only for “feedback.” If we find that something doesn’t produce the results we want, we just try something else. When you get the “attitude” of NLP, you’ll experience a wild and wonderful passion for exploration, experimentation, and innovation for your success. It will make you more creative, more open to the world of possibilities, using more of your personal power.
The most important thing to remember… BE CURIOUS and HAVE FUN! This is truly the gift of change!