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Introducing NLP

Updated on July 9, 2009

Introducing NLP In Your Life

Introducing NLP is about approaching life from a different perspective.  Sometimes people would refer to it as a journey towards continuous improvement.  Personal  mastery is guided with key principles like vision, personal purpose, creative tension, commitment to truth and understanding the subconscious mind.

One of the most important fundamental aspects of NLP is personal vision.  NLP when combined personal vision can create a framework or guiding philosophy on how you can operate and live your life.  Some people would say that personal vision serves as a guide that would keep you on track.

Followers of NLP see that there are great opportunities to improve their growth.  Followers recognize that there are many avenues for growth and opportunities like books, tapes, lectures and school courses.  People also benefit from organizations
in their quest for NLP.

NLP is about loving yourself and expressing your gifts to its fullest.  Some would think that NLP is controlling and limiting one self, but actually it is about understanding your personality.  To control or overcome some habits, it would be important to identify how ad why those habits arise.  The more you suppress things, the more you would have difficulty in conquering and overcoming it.

NLP is self-discipline.  It is about taking responsibility for the direction that your life is going to take.  You would slowly realize that you can do anything with the aide of your skills and talents.  Discipline would clarify and deepen your perspective in life.  Those who quest for NLP would develop patience and see life objectively.

NLP can actually help you become successful in life.  You can say that you have developed NLP if you are starting to fully understand your strengths, talents and your purpose in life.  NLP enables you to be inspired, energized and happy with your life. You start to show a sense of commitment in changing on how people perceive life and the world.  The ultimate thing about NLP is that you would always feel that you are guided and supported by God.

It is also important for a person who is in quest for NLP to develop integrity, humility, justice and industry.  Actually, these are ìrulesî on how we could conduct ourselves professional, socially and spiritually.

Peter Senge said that attaining NLP has no shortcuts or no ìquick fixes.î  Sometimes it would take a lifetime for NLP to be attained.  NLP detaches a person from self-interest or selfishness and encourage people towards providing care and service to other people.  Also individuals who follow NLP see the connections in their surroundings and perceived everything as a whole.

Proactive behaviour is also something that NLP helps you to develop.  Reactive behaviour like thinking beforehand hand that you cannot do things is dealt with when developing NLP.  Actions and service that you provide are based on how you can creatively maximize your skills.

To summarize it, NLP guides you to develop being aware with your beliefs, attitudes and behaviour impacts.  It also enables you to accept yourself and be responsible with your own action, attitude, and thought.

Experts would say that NLP could be truly gained by living purposefully and by living with integrity.  Living purposefully would include showing talents, gifts and strengths to achieve goals and be successful.  Living with integrity is by integrating your ideals, standards and behaviour.

Introducing NLP Principles

There are people who fully understand how important it is to develop their skill and know their strengths and weaknesses to be able to deal with their growth and development.  Those who have known and developed NLP would be able to listen to themselves and maintain balance in their life.

NLP would also enable people to manage their energy levels and minimize dependence with stimulants to increase their energy levels.  To attain NLP, there are principles that would be the guide of a person in a quest for growth and maturity.

Principles behind personal and self mastery are actually fundamental concepts that are essential when building professional, social and spiritual relationships.  The first one is how success is defined.  In NLP, the internal change is actually more important than what had happened to you.

NLP is also based on reality.  It is important for the follower to spend time and energy in things that can be controlled, like the present and the future.  It is important to let go of reactive attitude like resentment, complaint, blame and just wishful thinking.

Another principle behind self mastery is understanding that what happens to your life is based on your own choices and not from anybody else.  We should take responsibility for what had happened in our life. Therefore, decisions about our lives should be made by our own will.  We have to know the weaknesses and strengths of our character.  This would enable us to change how we think, feel and behave.

Having a clear vision of what we want and what we should do to achieve it are also principles behind NLP.  After identifying our goals and how we can attain our goals, then it is about time to translate them into action.  This would be the application of our vision, values and principles that we chose to follow.

These key principles would help the followers:
ï How to deal with difficult and challenging situations.
ï Isolate positive behaviours and feelings and work on them.
ï Accept difficult and harsh realities of life.
ï Let go of negativities like resentment and blame.
ï Understand the importance and freedom that comes with responsibility.
ï Set goals for yourself.
ï Identify your principles in life.
ï Prioritize what is more important to you.
ï Deepen your commitment
ï Develop self-confidence and self-esteem
ï Accept imperfection and build on oneís strength.
ï Feel the connection between oneself to others.
ï Develop an inquisitive mind
ï Adapt and work with change

Overall, an individual who have attained NLP would be able to raise self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-responsibility.  What it great about NLP is that individuals would recognize that they are part of a system.  They know that they would be able to contribute and influence through their creative ideas although they would also be conscious that controlling the situation or the system is impossible.

NLP is something that does not happen as an accident not overnight.  It would require discipline and reinforcements.  Those who are in the path or NLP would oftentimes attend trainings, seminars, coaching and counselling to make sure that what they have learned in NLP is not at lost again in the midst of selfishness and materialism.

NLP helps everybody understand that life is full of opportunities for expanding our vision and skills, until later on we succeed.

Introducing NLP And Leadership

It is also a responsibility of a leader to be a role model.  How can leaders be great role models?  NLP can help individuals be a better person and also help leaders become role models.  According to Peter Senge, ìThe core to leadership strategy is simple: to be a model. Commit yourself to your own NLP.î

NLP helps an individual to acquire self-knowledge and at the same time promote self-development and growth.  NLP helps an individual to develop the following characteristics:

ï Understanding the direction of their life and therefore the direction of their group or organization
ï Recognize reality and remain grounded on it.
ï Think creatively and out of the box.
ï They understand and work with change.
ï They view themselves to be a part of the whole system and feel connected to others.
ï They understand that they could influence others but are impossible to control them.

It is important for a leader to understand the vision and the mission of the organization.  A leader who has achieved NLP would be able to identify the methods on how to effectively achieve the organizationís goals.  NLP helps a person identify what are their guiding values and their goals.

NLP allows people to deal with change. Change is one thing constant in this world. Leaders and organizations should be open to change.  Accepting that change is inevitable prepares leaders and organizations to also change their methods to be able to achieve their goals.

NLP allows a leader to develop characteristics that would help them deal with difficult situations and pressures.  It also helps a leader to understand and deal with the team membersí weaknesses and strengths.

Effective leaders should understand how to give feedback and criticisms without sounding as if to chastise the person.  The intention behind providing feedback is giving support, it is never intended to be an order or to control the person.  NLP help individuals develop an effective way of managing their emotions.  This would help leaders when they are giving criticisms, they would learn to respond instead of reacting.

NLP instils integrity, authenticity and confidence in a leader.  These are the characteristics which would help a leader to have a clear vision and at the same clearer and more decisive action.  NLP could increase the potential of a leader.  Business leaders have been testifying that stepping towards NLP can provide changes in the leadership, performance and have decisive and significant results.

It is important to get back to the basics.  The core for an organization and business success relies on human capital.  A leader should think that he or she is capable of influencing change.

The benefits of NLP for leadership have broad and deep effects.  Its effects can also be felt for a long time.  There are numerous programmes where business executives and organizational leaders can apply to achieve NLP in their chosen career.

There are countless leaders who have testified that undergoing NLP programmes have enabled them to maintain balance in their lives and at the same time shape them into becoming effective leaders. But even so, members or any individual can still apply to be a part of the programme.  There are great benefits if all the members of the team would undergo transformation because of the NLP programme.

Introducing NLP And Effective Communication

Success is not only dependent on your own skill, proper attitude and effective communication are also important contributing factors.  Personal and career mastery are can help a person a lot in improving their growth and development and succeed in the chosen field. Effective communication is not determined how well we speak in front of many people or how well we write documents, effective and good communication relies on how well people have understood us and how we expressed ourselves.

They say that communication is the most important source of power.  Many businesses and organizations almost collapsed because of many failures due of the poor communication between business executives and employers. Employees show high burn-out and stress levels, dissatisfied and disengaged employees.

To achieve effective communication, it is important to increase and attain NLP.  To increase NLP would mean change in attitude and perspective.  It is important for leaders and organizations to maintain openness to engage their colleagues, employees and customers.

Communication is an important part of relationship building.  The most important relationship is our relationship with our inner self.  Therefore, communication with the inner self should be maintained.  How we communicate with our inner self determine how we communicate with others.

Positive thinking and reinforcement would help us deal with difficulties better.  For example, if we believe something then those beliefs can either limit or be beneficial for us.  A positive inner dialogue would project a more positive and supportive communication with others.

An example of maintaining effective communication is giving feedbacks or constructive criticisms.  We should develop effective feedback.  We should give and receive criticisms openly.  Aside from that, when giving feedbacks we should take into consideration our emotions.  Dealing and taking care of emotions is one of the methods that NLP can achieve.  Aside from that, NLP also helps an individual to look at things objectively.

Effective communication with the help of NLP can assist with the following:

ï Effective problem solving.  Since you would be able to communicate to your employers and co-employees about the real issues and problems, this can lead to a deeper understanding of the problem.  A deeper understanding could lead to quicker and more effective problem solving.
ï Effective leadership.

For a leader to set direction and influence the team and the organization, he or she should be able to develop better communication with them.  Criticisms should be given as a form of suggestion and should be serve as support not as chastisement.
ï Effective planning.  Planning involves understanding the mission, vision, and the goal of an individual, department or organization.  Planning should be guided by the guiding principles of the group. However people may have different approach to everything, it is important to properly communicate with each other to create and draw up an effective plan.
ï Effective organizational development.  NLP is not only about  personal and professional development and growth.  An improvement in the personal and professional path of a person can have significant effects on the improvement of the group or organization.

NLP helps a person develop themselves and be able to interact effectively with other people. It could actually help you become successful in life.  The great thing about NLP is that helps an individual develop a healthy communication with their inner self and at the same reflect this changes on how they interact with others.  The application of NLP in a personís life can make dramatic and great changes.

Introducing NLP And Career

Introducing NLP is not something that you can only to help you deal with stress and improve you confidence.  Actually, it is possible to apply mastery into you career as well.  There are numerous studies showing NLP to have impact on your everyday life as well as with working effectively.

Applying NLP in your career development is called career mastery.  Career mastery is when you can integrate your personal development and growth to your professional growth and development.

There are different elements for career mastery.

ï Being proactive.  It is important to go after what you want.  In the application of career mastery, you need to identify your goal and take necessary action towards it.  With this element, you get to overcome barriers and limitations daily.  You do not have to overcome everything at once,  you just need to do consistent action everyday.

ï Connect with others.  To effectively connect with other people or network, you need to connect with yourself first.  You get the power and the intelligence of connecting to other with how you understand and interact with the inner you.

ï Getting informed.  Being informed is not only concentrated on your existing job.  There are people who are in search for other career options.  When choosing other career options or job ideas, you need to know your options.  And making the correct decision is all about gathering enough information.

ï Being focused.  When setting your goals, you need to make decisions on how you can attain them.  The method for achieving your goal depends on your decisions.  Which is why you need to keep your focus on making the decisions and directing your career.

ï Know your potential.  It is important to know your potential and your strengths and weaknesses.  You get to take responsibility for your actions and would be able to figure what works for you when achieving your dream.

These elements are actually there to improve the individualís behaviour and attitude.  These basic elements can be applied whether you are working for an organization or self-employed.  Even those who are facing career choices like college students and professionals who would like to change a career can apply career mastery to be able to develop. Executives and employees who would like to make some changes with their current organization also follow career mastery.

It is important to take charge with your career.  You have to take the move yourself and not other people should discover or promote them for you.  All throughout your career,  the five elements of career mastery will keep on popping up.  This is why it is essential for a successful person to be familiar with career mastery.

Basically, it goes down to the basic.  Do something that you love.  Successful people not only create and build their business just because for economic reasons, but because they love their business and their company.

But for some people, knowing what you want is not that easy.  Sometimes what is logical and radical is confused with something that you want.  According to Peter Senge, ì adults have little sense of real vision.î  They may have goals and objectives in their lives but these are necessarily not their vision in life.

Achieving NLP with one skill and behaviour can produce remarkable results.  Changing or shifting your career as a professional or an entrepreneur is not easy.  You have to master yourself and your skills first before you start changing, otherwise changing careers would happen a lot or you would not be able to put your skill into maximum use.

Introducing NLP And Improving Your Confidence

Self- confidence is something that people find difficult to have. There are people who find low self-confidence influences the way they see themselves and their performance.  Contrary to what most people think, self confidence is not something that only the gifted and blessed could have.  With the help of NLP, individuals could now start building on their self-confidence.

NLP is about self-development and self-improvement. It is about loving yourself and accepting yourself as you are.  You need to acknowledge your weaknesses and at the same time strengthen them.  NLP is about loving yourself.

To attain NLP and confidence, it is important to believe in yourself.  It is also important to be content with yourself.  To develop self- confidence, self-acceptance should occur.  Self- acceptance is about accepting not only the good things in life, but also the failures in life.

Aside from self-acceptance what else can you do to achieve self-confidence through NLP.

ï Understanding thoughts and emotions- forgetting about a bad habit or behaviour would make us more aware about thoughts and emotions.  By becoming aware of our emotions and behaviour, then we will be able to overcome and correct our behaviour.   But once you have decided to change habits and behaviour, there are different strategies and methods that you can do gain mastery over them.
ï Self discipline.  Changing attitude and behaviour, or even perspective might take a while.  Change does not happen overnight.  You need to gather enough knowledge and start learning and practicing the skills that you would like to improve and develop.
ï Have a clear vision on what you want to happen in your life.  To be able to move forward in your life, then it is important to have clarity.  Seeing what you want to have in a clearer image would encourage you to work for it.
ï The choice is yours.  You can choose what you want to experience.  Doing something important for you and something you love, would give you enough confidence to continue with what you have started.
ï Commitment and trusting.  To be able to attain NLP for development and growth, you need to trust yourself that you can undergo the process and commit yourself on the process.

When developing self-confidence through NLP, we would have to develop some characteristics. We would develop self awareness, which is about our readiness to look at our past, accept it and the same goes for the present.  Aside from this, we also develop self-knowledge which is about understanding our past and our attitude.

Not only should we understand them but also be able to comprehend the basis for such attitude or experience. Last, we develop self discipline.  Self-discipline is about how we make sure that our goals and vision are translated in action and achieved.  We need self discipline to make sure that we do not back-out just because of simple and little disappointments and setbacks.

Building self-confidence canít be done on just a snap.  Self- improvement can be a never-ending process. There are people who even acknowledge that self-improvement can last even for a life-time.  Sometimes, we can only say that we are fully masterful of our life if we have reached our dreams and goals.  NLP can help use with growth and eventually with success. We just need to continue with our dreams and be patient.


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