Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a set of techniques utilized in personal development of what works in individual performance. It is based upon the study of factors that lead to success in personal performance and enhanced communication. Many of NLP’s tools are applied to business, management, education, and training.
Adherents study or “model” (reproduce beliefs/behaviors) of those who have achieved excellence, particularly effective and successful people in business, education, sales, sports, and personal development. Features distinguishing average versus top performance are delineated. Development of a learnable/transferable model leads to personal improvement. The modeler adapts to the successful person’s structure of physiology, language, strategies, and beliefs. Modeling produces a shortcut that provides for more successful living.
NLP refers to each person’s subjective perception of reality, which is based on sensory observation as his or her “map.” Mind-body (neuro), what we say (language) interact to form perceptions, or maps (programming). Maps determine beliefs and behaviors. Objective absolute reality, if it exists, is the “territory.” Individuals can learn successful traits by incorporating aspects of successful peoples’ maps into their own. An NLP axiom refers to this phenomenon as “The map is not the territory.”
One of its major developers Richard Bandler states, “You want to become competent at whatever you do. Ask yourself, ‘Can we build better?’ To build those things we have to be able to suspend whatever belief system we already have. We’re talking about basic beliefs regarding human capability. By having people believe that they can, suddenly they can do all these things.” NLP can improve negotiation skills, eliminate phobias, influence wellness, enhance subconscious communication, and create perception changes and enlightenment.
Best-selling author and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins said that NLP is “an incredibly effective and enjoyable way to access more of the true potential of your brain.” For more information contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne