Five Keys to NLP

Five Keys to NLP

Purpose: To provide a basic structure that captures the core skills to be practised in NLP, irrespective of the accreditation level to which you eventually aspire. Mastery, demonstrated through consistent and exemplary skill in these areas, will enable even the most complex process to be completed to the satisfaction of all the parties involved.

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Key One: Know your outcome

The first key to success in using NLP is to know your ‘Outcome’. The whole ‘Outcome Thinking’ process is based on the Meta Programme ‘Motivation Direction’, specifically…

  • ‘Moving towards’ what you want but do not have, or
  • ‘Moving away’ from what you have but do not want or what you’ll get if you stay put.

The essential point being that it is a motivation direction, not an end point in itself. This means that it helps you to avoid any potential issues of losing future motivation when a specific measurable result is achieved.

Key Two: Take some action

This is an obvious key of course but one that does sometimes get missed. The most wonderful dream in the world is only a dream until you do something about actually achieving it. Taking that first crucial step or two can be encouraged by a serious testing of commitment during the Outcome Thinking process. From time to time there may be some reluctance to take the initial steps. Where this happens there is usually a deep seated (often completely unconscious) gain from staying right where you are (the principle of a positive by-product). In this case we can either ensure that we build a mechanism into the outcome that will still provide that hidden benefit or change the outcome.

Key Three: Increase your overall awareness (sensory acuity

Those who demonstrate skill in NLP have a much wider and richer awareness of larger systems than is normal in the general population. This awareness can operate at a number of different levels, combining both visual and auditory channels:

  • Language
    • Attention to specific words and phrases will give clues to representational system preferences, significant Meta Model patterns and Meta Programmes.
    • Indicators of the deeper values a person holds
  • Vocal effects – often missed in our highly visual society but can convey significant levels of meaning at an unconscious level.
  • Non-verbal cues
    • Eye movements
    • Skin colour changes which may indicate a significant change of internal ‘state’.
    • Significant shifts in breathing patterns
    • Asymmetric muscle movements
  • The system – in other words a much deeper understanding of the various links and interdependencies that exist around and beyond a particular relationship or situation.
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