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Introduction to NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is concerned with the excellent performance of outstanding people in the different fields, and how we can emulate their success by copying their ways of thinking and performing so that we are able to achieve similar outcome.

It is thus about our thoughts and their influence on our actions, and reactions to others. NLP shows us the importance of better thinking to produce the desired or intended result. In it, we learn the effective ways to communicate, not only to our own selves but with others as well. How we communicate denotes the kind of person we are, whether we are an exceptionally good individual or someone of mediocre ability.

NLP is very practical; it obtains what is desired, and thereby we become more effective in our thinking and action. We learn to have more choices and gain a fuller control of our life. It contains a set of techniques that any one of us can practise straight away and benefit from the success in the intended area of our life such as business, communication, education, sports and therapy. If the technique that will help us to bring about the result we seek by changing what we do until we achieve what we want. Understanding the various NLP principles and put them to work enables us to effect quick changes in our life. We gain an accurate and deep understanding of how we think and how our thoughts affect our behaviour. We get to understand that our thinking and behaviour are unique to each of us although highly subjective.

The beauty of NLP is that you, I or anyone else can learn it and benefit from its pragmatic approach to personal development from building up better relationships, raising level of confidence to achieving personal success. We can apply it wherever we are and at any time even if we have no prior knowledge of it. Expect to experience changes in your life in a short while or even within days.

NLP had its beginning in the early 1970s. John Grinder, an Associate Professor of Linguistics, and Richard Bandler, a psychotherapist and computer programmer, studied the work of three leading psychotherapists who were able to produce effective outcomes in the behaviour of their patients: Milton Erickson was a famous hypnotherapist, Virginia Satir a respected family therapist; and Fritz Perls the creator of Gestalt therapy. John and Richard, who coined the term NLP to codify their work, were not concerned with the theoretical aspect but to ascertain what worked, that is what enabled these persons to bring about dramatic effects in what they did. The methods they developed have since been applied in a wide variety of human activities.