NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
What Is NLP?
NLP is a revolutionary study of the PROCESS of human thought. In other words, itâ€™s the study of whatâ€™s actually going on when we think. I donâ€™t mean the physical or electrochemical reactions, but what we would notice if we looked at the step-by-step activity of thinking.
The interesting thing about the mind is that if you take a brain and cut it open, you canâ€™t find the mind. You canâ€™t find a poem or the taste of chocolate or the feeling of a first kiss or the music from the prom dance. All you find is a bunch of nerve tissue. The nerve tissue in your brain acts as a substrate. Itâ€™s almost like your computer. It acts like your hard drive or your motherboard, and basically itâ€™s designed to store various bits of data and to assemble, reassemble, and rearrange them and call them up whenever you want.
NLP is an understandingâ€”not of the brainâ€”but of how the mind, using the brain, expresses itself in your life and creates what you call your experience.
Right now, for instance, youâ€™re reading these words. But these words by themselves are not your experience. Your experience is these words blended with what else youâ€™re seeing around you at the moment, where youâ€™re sitting, and how your body is feeling. Part of your experience right now is composed of the things youâ€™re saying to yourself, like, â€œGeez, I wish heâ€™d say more about that point,â€ or â€œThatâ€™s interesting,â€ or â€œI donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s true or not,â€ or â€œAm I really going to get my moneyâ€™s worth out of all this time Iâ€™m spending?â€
The comments you make as you go on, coupled with your visual and your physical sensations as you read, blended with my wordsâ€”all of that combined becomes your experience. Now, how does your brain do all that? Before I answer that, let me give you a little background information about NLP.
NLP started at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the early 1970s and has grown rapidly since then. NLP differs from psychology because its philosophy and techniques are derived from a specialized form of studying people called â€œModeling.â€ NLP researchers interviewed and observed people doing many activitiesâ€”and then shared the huge body of knowledge they accumulated about how people think when theyâ€™re falling in love, grieving a personal loss, shooting a gun, flying a plane, learning a language, or falling asleep. Thousands of people have been studied over the years, and much has been learned about how we think, and how we can adjust our own internal thought processes.
NLP popularized the â€œVisual, Auditory, and Kinestheticâ€ learning styles in addition to many new technologies utilized in education, psychotherapy, and communication. Itâ€™s used in business for interviewing, hiring, training, management, and sales. Entertainment and business professionals, as well as athletes and coaches in amateur, professional, and Olympic sports, use NLP coaching to improve performance.
In the beginning, I studied NLP because I wanted help inventing products and being a better CEO of the high-tech company that I had founded, and I got it!
Every day I was managing people, making phone calls, negotiating with vendors and customers in the business world. NLP really influenced my view of my employees. Even though I could see that some of them could probably resolve some issues and be happier (not to mention, be better employees), I wasnâ€™t licensed to be their therapist. I was their boss.
Even though I was getting very excited by the things I was learning about human nature, I couldnâ€™t really talk much about my discoveries. I certainly couldnâ€™t ask other people, â€œWhat pictures are you making in your head right now?â€ or â€œAre you hearing a voice?â€ It wasnâ€™t safe to try that and it certainly wouldnâ€™t have been very effective.
So I decided to use this growing knowledge for my own personal development, and allow it to change my language and my gestures to get results for me first. Then I discovered how this also allowed me to get results with other people. You see, the funny thing was that when I changed, the people around me changed, too.
It actually turned out remarkably wellâ€”and thatâ€™s what I want to share with you. My goal with this book is for you to learn about the operating principles of NLP, about how you think and how others think. Youâ€™ll be able to manage your life more easily, and to dramatically improve your communications with other people.
What I didnâ€™t know back then was that there would be so many additional benefits from using NLP skills. NLP has helped me be a better husband, father, and grandfather. Itâ€™s helped me be happier, easier to get along with, a better family member, and more productive in my professional work.
Since retiring from manufacturing, Iâ€™ve worked with clients as a consultant and coach. NLP has helped me to share my skills and experience with thousands of people in many walks of life and in many situations.
Iâ€™m an NLP Master Practitioner and Training Coach. I have a lot of other certifications for NLP and related training because I found the field so fascinating. In my home library, there are hundreds of books on the subject. Iâ€™m also the founder of the international NLP alumni group, the NLP CafÃ©. In this book, Iâ€™ve distilled the best of everything Iâ€™ve learned from NLPâ€”which is a lot! You donâ€™t have to be as focused on NLP as I am to reap many benefits from this information. Youâ€™re sure to find a payoff within your first hour.
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