Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How can you apply NLP Life Coaching techniques in your life?

You are about to discover important aspects of NLP Life Coaching and how you can benefit from NLP techniques in your life.

What is NLP Life Coaching?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a behavioural learning system that was developed in the early 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. They discovered applications of NLP using theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques of three varied fields - linguistics, computer science and neurology.

So NLP has three main components: neuro (the mind), language (the words) and programming (the Process).

Neuro - Neurology is to do with the mind and how we think using the nervous systems through which information is received and then processed through the five senses

Linguistic - Linguistics is how we use language and how language affects us. This is the language and non-verbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning

Programming - This is how we order our actions to achieve our goals by organising our communication and neurological systems to achieve those desired goals and outcomes.
NLP is often been a clear "modelling of excellence". Modelling excellence is where it began, studying the structure of language and behavioural patterns of an individual who is excellent at something.

NLP may be described best as "understanding the true capacity of the human mind"!

History of NLP

NLP originated when Richard Bandler studied the works of Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson.  As a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard was transcribing taped therapy sessions of the Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls as a project for the psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, who had commissioned Bandler to teach drums to his son.

Soon he was engaged in a different project for Spitzer and transcribed the recorded therapeutic sessions of therapist Fritz Perls. Bandler believed he recognized particular word and sentence structures which facilitated the acceptance of Perls' positive suggestions. Richard Bandler took this idea to one of his university teachers, John Grinder.

Then Richard Bandler and John Grinder together produced the model they named "Meta Model", a model of what they believed to be influential word structures and how they work.. They also "modelled" the therapeutic sessions of the family therapist Virginia Satir.

They published a book "The Structure of Magic" in 1975 which contained their work. The main subject of the book was that it was possible to analyse and codify the therapeutic methods of Satir and Perl. They said that even the therapy appeared magical, everybody could learn it easily.
British anthropologist Gregory Bateson introduced Bandler and Grinder to Milton Erickson, an American psychiatrist and founding member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.

Erickson was well known for his unconventional approach to therapy, for his ability to "utilize" anything about a patient to help them change, including their beliefs, favourite words, cultural background, personal history, or even their neurotic habits. He treated the unconscious mind as creative, solution-generating, and positive medium.

NLP Principles

There are 2 important principles of NLP.

1- The Map is Not the Territory. As human beings, we don't understand the reality; we only understand the perceptions of the reality. We respond to the world around us through our sensory representational systems. It means that it is "neuro-linguistic" map of reality which determines how we behave, but not the reality itself.

2- Life and 'Mind' are Systemic Processes. The processes taking place within a human being and between human beings and environment are systematic. It is not possible to isolate the part of the system from the rest of the system.

All NLP techniques and models are based on these 2 principles.

How Can NLP Help in your Life?

Neuro Linguistic Programming offers many different benefits to you in your life.  Imagine maximizing your power of communication with others.

Practical NLP is about understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce results.

NLP Life Coaching can also help understand and alter our unconscious behaviours. NLP teaches how our brain works, how we store information and how we can create change in our behaviours.

Many people study NLP to improve results in many aspects of life. The tools and techniques can be used across a wide area of applications including education, team building, sales, marketing, personal development, leadership and coaching. Wherever there is human interaction and growth potential, NLP can be used to develop and enhance performance.

NLP Life Coaching techniques are widely used in teaching, self help, management and have many other possibilities. NLP Life Coaching is generally taught in an accelerated manner using direct examples and hands-on training. One of the best ways to learn NLP is working with an NLP Mind Coach.

You can also learn it from books, seminars and online home study courses and apply NLP techniques in your life.

Mark J Holland is a professional NLP Life Coach who teaches NLP Life Coaching tools and techniques for practical use in life.  For more information about NLP Life Coaching visit

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