Frequently, personal development tools and courses focus solely on how to set and achieve goals. However, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Program) can help you become more aware of the unconscious patterns you employ in your language and senses. In addition, NLP will enable you to change and adjust them when necessary.
Learning and applying NLP training will empower you to define your goals and purposes. It will also increase your awareness of your existing values that drive your behaviour. It will also show you how to change them into an empowering way of living.
Identifying problematic thought patterns
NLP techniques assist you in identifying and changing problematic thought patterns, assumptions, and processes.
Here are four powerful tools used to reframe how you think and embrace feeling more positive about yourself.
Make tough times easier using Anchoring
According to NLP, we build “anchors” (associations) between what we see, hear, and feel and our emotional states all the time.
For example, suppose a person is exposed to a unique stimulus (sight, hearing, or touch). At the same time, in an emotional state, a link is formed between the emotion and the unique stimulus.
When the unique stimulus occurs again, the emotional state will be triggered. Anchors (such as a specific touch connected with memory or state) can be purposefully developed and activated to assist people in accessing resourceful states.
As part of Virginia Satir’s’model,’ anchoring appears to have been introduced into NLP from family therapy.
Make tough times easier using the Swish Pattern
The swish pattern is a technique for changing a thought pattern from one that leads to undesirable behaviour to one that leads to the desired behaviour.
The swish pattern entails seeing a ‘cue‘ that triggers the unwanted behaviour. For example, the cue could be a smoker’s hand moving towards the face with a cigarette in it. And then retraining the mind to replace that image with the desired outcome, such as a healthy-looking, energetic, and fit individual.
Make tough times easier through Reframing
Another method, “Reframing, ” works by “altering how you view an event and hence altering its meaning.”
When the meaning of something changes, so do the responses and behaviours. Language reframing helps you to perceive the world in a new light, which changes the meaning. Jokes, myths, stories, fairy tales, and the most creative methods of thinking all use reframing.”
In children’s literature, for example, there are many instances of reframing.
When Pollyanna was feeling down about life, she would play The Glad Game to remind herself of the things she could do and not worry about the things she couldn’t.
According to Alice Mills (author), this also happens in Hans Christian Andersen’s story, when the lovely creatures welcome and accept the ugly duckling.
However, looking at himself in the mirror, he finds that he, too, is a swan.
Reframing is a technique used in a variety of therapies and is not exclusive to NLP.
“Six-step reframing,” which distinguishes between an underlying desire and the practical actions to achieve that desire, is an example of reframing.
Based on the principle that while all activities have a desirable goal, the behaviours themselves may be unwanted or detrimental in other ways.
Therefore, NLP uses this step procedure to determine the purpose and provide additional options to meet that intention.
Make tough times easier with Well-Formed Outcome
The Well-Formed outcome is one of various ‘frames’ in NLP that considers the target state’s achievability and impact if attained.
“What do you want?” is always the starting point of NLP.
It is said in other disciplines to “start with the end in mind“, and in business, we often say “a problem defined well is half solved.”.
You are more likely to succeed if you are ferociously committed and clear about what you want. This type of outcome is known as a Well-Formed Outcome.
In addition to well-formed outcomes, the journey becomes more enjoyable. In terms of NLP patterns, this is probably the first to master in your own life. Almost all other patterns support this one.
Ecology is a framework in which the intended objective or outcome is measured against the potential consequences in the client’s life and relationships.
Make tough times easier by Future Pacing
Future pacing is a strategy that asks someone to anticipate doing something in the future and then seeing how they react.
This strategy ensures that the change process has gone smoothly. For example, if the body language remains unchanged, the intervention was unsuccessful.
Future pacing is a technique for “embedding” change into future settings. It allows a person to constructively experience dealing with the circumstance before facing it in real life. Future pacing is a way of mentally walking through your changes and applying them to future events.
There are several reasons for future pacing.:
1. To check for congruence
2. To ‘dry run‘ new skills in challenging situations
3. To reinforce new skills through repetition