As predictable as the ball dropping on New Year’s Eve, is the rush to set goals and declare resolutions for the New Year. You know what I mean. This will be the year that you finally lose weight, find love and leave your job to strike out on your own.
As humans, we love the idea of infinite possibility and starting fresh. However, while well intentioned, many of these goals will have been shelved before January even ends. That is, unless you can reprogram your brain’s relationship with goal setting and achievement.
With that, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP for short) can certainly help.
What is NLP?
If you’ve been in the personal development world for any length of time, you’ve likely heard of NLP. You may have thought it sounded a tad abstract, but NLP is an effective methodology for behavior modification and the realization of your goals and desires, and has been tested for over thirty years.
While other goal setting processes include a more driven and sometimes forced way of promoting achievement (think reward and punishment systems), NLP enlists the help of the psyche, senses and the power of linguistics to bring about behavior change.
And over the years, it has shown tremendous positive results.
How has this method worked for others like you?
Well, numerous entrepreneurial and personal development legends, world leaders, media personalities, authors and athletes have credited NLP for their amazing ability to visualize and achieve success in both their personal and professional lives.
Those who tout the benefits of NLP include Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods,J.K. Rowling, Bill Clinton and Tony Robbins. I don’t know about you, but that has me convinced to at least give this a try as I set my goals for the New Year.
But what really sets this method apart from others and makes it so effective?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” –Charles Darwin
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is all about mastering principles, behaviors and techniques that allows you to recognize the stream of input flowing through your brain and how it is filtered and processed to create your thoughts, emotions and actions.
In NLP, these filtering systems are called “meta programs” and the idea is that you can literally change how you filter and view information, thus altering your behavior and outcomes. To do this, the methodology incorporates the following elements:
Neurology– the science of how the brain processes information
Linguistics– the words, images and patterns that feed into our brain
Programming– the behaviors and achievements that we act outand realize based on our specific interpretation of visual and spoken sensory input (linguistics)
Key Steps to Using NLP to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
With any methodology, there is a system or process to follow in order to achieve the best results, and NLP is no exception. And because this process digs really deeply into the areas that regulate behavior modification and achievement, there are more than a few steps involved.
You may be tempted to skip some of them, but know they are designed intentionally to make sure that you are able to achieve repeatable success and rid your mind of old patterns and thought processes that are holding you back.
Below are 3 major differences in the way NLP provides a framework for evaluating your goals and rewiring your brain to achieve success:
1) Re-Creating Your Internal Map
Recognize that all of your behaviors, perceptions and achievements are based on how your mind, words and other sensory input work together to create your own internal map (programming).
This map dictates how you see the world, respond to information, your level of motivation and how you deal with setbacks and adversity. And because all of this is controlled by your internal map, changing that program can change your outcomes. Success is achievable.
2) Modeling After Successful Thought Patterns
We’ve all heard that to be successful, we need to model successful people. However NLP takes that a step further.
Part of changing your behavior and actually achieving your goals is to examine not just the outcomes of highly successful people, but really understand and model their thought patterns.
It also involves trying on their belief systems and adopting their patterns and work ethic.
NLP is all about observing these factors and replicating them to create a repeatable outcome. It can be hard to set aside your habits and preconceived notions, but the people most successful with NLP immerse themselves in the patterns of those they admire.
Then once they are able to replicate their success, they reintroduce some of their own beliefs and patterns- but only if they serve them and allow them to maintain their current state of success.
3) Adopting Positive Language
NLP recognizes that certain words and language patterns restrict success and that replacing them with more positive verbiage, you can shift perception, expand thinking and bring new solutions to the fore.
To facilitate this, all affirmations, goal setting and check-ins are done in the positive tense. The focus is on what you want to achieve and how it will positively impact you- not on what you want to get rid of, or what’s not working well.
The goal is to rewire your mind to see the positive outcome you desire as a foregone conclusion and begin got sift your sensory input through filters that actually aid in the realization of your goals.
New mental connections are made, fear is reduced and success seems much easier because your subconscious is busy making connections and presenting ideas to help you succeed-sweet.
As you can see, Neuro-linguistic programming is so much more than repeating affirmations or creating a vision board. It is a calculated and multi-disciplinary method for behavior modification and achieving your goals- and what I’ve shared only scratches the surface.
If there’s interest, I’ll delve more into this topic in future articles.
There’s good reason that the most successful people in the world rave about NLP. It’s time for you to harness its power as well.
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