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Understanding NLP

By: Pradeep Aggarwal

Everyone has dreams, big and little dreams, impossible dreams, and close-at-hand ones. Dreams of adventure, love, and success of every kind: daring to stand up to someone who's is always had a hold on you, cooking an unforgettable meal, writing a book, winning the gold, wearing purple, learning French, making responsible choices, taking control of your life.

Make a picture in your mind of a dream you have, something you want to accomplish, a promise made to yourself, a goal you hope to reach. Make that picture small and dark and far away. Hold it in your mind's eye a few seconds. Notice the feelings you have. Let it go.

Now make the picture big and bright and bring it closer to you. See it projected on your mental inner screen. Notice the feelings you have. Let it go.

Which was of representing your dream makes you feel more motivated to after after it? Which of the images makes you believe more strongly in the possibility of achieving it?

The brain is a magic place. All of us are making pictures inside our heads and playing tapes and talking to ourselves; it is the way our brain represent experience. When you think about something that has happened, something that might happen, or something you want to happen, you see and hear and feel it through your senses. This is the way we think, though most of the time we're unaware of how we do it.

This intra - personal Communication means doing within yourself what you do to establish understanding and rapport with others: listening, paying close attention, and creating an atmosphere of trust and safety.

You start this process of change by discovering what's already there, the resources and abilities you possess, the things you do to motivate yourself or hold yourself back. You start by thinking our loud.

How do you represent your goals or dreams to yourself? Can you actually picture them? If you can't see your dream out in front of you, how will you follow it? If you don't know what you're looking for, how will you know when you've found it?

LP (Neuro Linguistic programming) is a powerful tool that offers practical techniques for changing behavior by means of clear communication, both with others and ourselves. As the name implies ( neuro refers to brain, linguistic to language, programming to habitual patterns of behavior, like thought, created by the impact of language on the brain), NLP shows us how to “re-program” ourselves.

NLP is concerned with how our minds work – the pattern we use to organize information, the ways we motivate (or inhibit) ourselves – how we can modify automatic patterns of response to allow new choices, new behaviors, new ways of thinking and feeling.

Learning NLP is, for many people, a new way of coming to terms, with what you already know. It is a guide to your own programs, a systematic way of making use of your resources, of harnessing your abilities and strengths and being able to communicate freely and clearly to yourself and others.