What is NLP?

What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Neuro refers to your neurology;

Linguistic refers to language;

Programming refers to how that neural language functions.

In other words, learning NLP is like learning to speak the same language that your brain does.

So how does it work?

Think about a time you have tried to communicate with someone who speaks a different language to you. It’s difficult to get them to fully understand what you’re saying and you run the risk of misinterpretation…. my Mum did this once in Germany, ordering us hot coffee on a cold day …. What arrives at the table was Iced Coffee.

Without learning the language fully, we run this risk over and over, and this applies to our own brains (unconscious minds) too.  We have to take the time to learn how our brains work, the way we process information, the underlying trauma that may be causing us to act in a certain way and the way language affects our psychology and physiology.

Your unconscious mind is the bit that’s in charge, its purpose is to looks after us and to get us the things we want in life.  The issue is not knowing how to get the message through to it clearly enough. 

NLP can help you to change your behaviours and actions, how does the following sound?

  • You are totally calm in the difficult meeting at work!
  • You have complete confidence in your own abilities!
  • You own the space you occupy in complete satisfaction!

These … any other achievements you want to reach can be achieved by this process of learning and understanding.  If your current brain training is programmed to anxiety, stress and worry… then guess what your unconscious will strive to give you!

I read this fantastic piece (sadly can’t reference it as I’m unsure of the exact origin… but its works beautifully…

“Sir, here is your procrastination along with a side of anxiety. I’ve also told the valet to bring up your emotional baggage as per your request. Will you be needing anything else?”

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is like a user’s manual for the brain, the use of NLP is like learning the new language so you can communicate effectively.

NLP is the study of excellent communication–both with yourself, and with others. It was developed by modelling excellent communicators who got results with their clients. NLP is a set of tools and techniques, but it is so much more than that. It is an attitude and a methodology of knowing how to achieve your goals and get results.

NLP and Me

In 2009 I had my first introduction with NLP when my employer offered me a place on an NLP course ran by my now friend Florence Madden.  On that course I had my eyes opened to the work of behavioural interaction and how I could gain control and composure even in difficulty by harnessing the power of NLP.

That was an introduction and 10 years later I am a Master Practitioner using NLP in every aspect of my life, relationships, work, coaching and parenting.

You will hear me say often that NLP has changed my life – and it’s true.  Some of the most challenging parts of my life have been only been possible with the practice and care of self-love I have learnt through NLP.