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Achieve Excellence using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Brief history

In the early seventies, two outstanding individuals, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Then, John Grinder was the Assistant Professor of linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Richard Bandler was a student of psychology at the same University.

What is NLP?

First, let us look at some of the definitions of NLP to aid our understanding:

According to Joseph O’ Connor and John Seymour, “NLP is the art and science of personal excellence.” Curly Martin says, “Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a series of techniques and procedures for coding human behaviour to assist the understanding of what people do and how they do it when they perform with excellence.”

Do outstanding individuals act in a special way? What about Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Madonna? Are they different? Do they have a magic wand, which we do not have? Do they know something that we do not know? Do they create the difference, which makes them different? Last but not the least, what do they do and how they do it?

I am sure you will agree with me that outstanding individuals act in a certain way. They are different; they stand out in the crowd. They behave and do things in a certain way. They display patterns of excellence in their performance, and they achieve outstanding results by applying those patterns.

Can we learn their magical way of doing things? Can we adopt their patterns of excellence? NLP is an answer to those questions. Using NLP strategies, tools and techniques these patterns of excellence demonstrated by outstanding individuals can be observed, studied, examined, analysed and learned. NLP is only about excellence. In other words, NLP will empower you with tools, techniques, and strategies to model outstanding individuals, to achieve outstanding results. We will cover ‘Modelling’ in details in a different session.

Benefits of using NLP

This list is not exhaustive but it will give you an idea:
(a) It will help you to learn the strategies, tools, and techniques used by outstanding individuals.
(b) Identify and remove ‘Limiting Beliefs’, which hold us back, and do not allow us to achieve excellence. NLP will help you to remove blocks and interferences that stop you from reaching your goal.
(c) It will help you to improve communication skills. You will be able to communicate better with yourself and others. The better you communicate with yourself; the better is your chance of success.
(d) Improve your confidence.
(e) It will help you to change the way you think and act. You will be able to create ‘Resourceful States’ and remove any unpleasant thoughts from your memory. For example if you have a relationship breakdown and you have an unpleasant experience, you can use NLP to make you feel better. Get rid of trauma and unpleasant experience.
(f) You will learn techniques for self-motivation, and you can help others to do the same.
(g) It will help you to clarify your thinking and enable you to focus on effective goal setting.
(h) NLP will help you to develop excellent communication skills. You will learn to use language effectively.

And the list can be endless…

My Experience:

It is a fascinating area; after I came in touch with it I have gained so much, I simply do not have words to express my feeling. It has helped me in many areas such as personal communication and relationship building, confidence building, clarifying my thinking, and removing limiting beliefs, and goal setting. But, I use it selectively, and adapt the skills and knowledge to my need. Believe me, it is flexible and easy to learn. What I found was we use lot of skills unknowingly, which are a part of NLP.

Getting Started

I have used this book as a starting point: Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor & John Seymour – It is one of the best books for learning NLP, and it is an International Best-seller. I have also bought the CDs (audio book) of the same book, which I use regularly when I drive to work. The audio book is wonderful.

I recommend you this book to make a start; you can then go for further reading. Introducing NLP is a comprehensive book, easy to read and well organised.

Do I need to spend a lot of money to learn NLP?

I would suggest that you do not spend any money till you have completed this book, and it will cost you less than £10.

Where can I buy it?

Buy it here using this link and you will help us too!

My Investigation: NLP

Myth: NLP is difficult to learn and requires special talents or abilities.
Fact: It is easy and simple to learn, at the same time it is exciting. Anyone can learn and apply it to achieve excellence.

Myth: It is expensive to learn NLP.
Fact: You can learn the tools and techniques to use it in your day-to-day life by reading a self-help book. Look above in the recommendation section for more information.

Myth: You have to enrol for a course and get a certificate to use NLP.
Fact: There is no such requirement. Don’t fall trap to bogus organisations that promise you the stars, and charge exorbitant fees for nothing.

Myth: It is not used widely in organisations.
Fact: It is widely used in business and industry all over the world.

Myth: I have to go to a certified NLP practitioner to use NLP.
Fact: There is no such requirement. But, if you have deep-rooted and complex problems, a good NLP practitioner can be of great help. Check the section below for information on certified professionals.

Organisation that promote NLP:

posted by Debojit Chowdhury @ 9:03 AM,


At February 03, 2007, Anonymous Carlos On Web said...

Thanks for the infomative post. I guess I wanna try this one out. I first read it from Toni Robbins.

At February 15, 2007, Blogger Jane Parker said...

Hi Debojit,

What I read at this post, it looks great. It also tunred my eyes towards some renouned faces. This inspiring memory will really help me a lot. Thanks for your kind support.

At April 06, 2007, Blogger wayfoward said...

Very informative site! Hi! nice site! Heres a little comment I use on my site, It's about 'change'. People change when the fear of change finally becomes less than the fear of doing the same thing. Want it another way?: People change when the pain of doing the same thing becomes more than the pain of changing.

At October 11, 2007, Anonymous Paul A. Shope said...

Thanks for all the great information on NLP. I am always looking to learn more regarding success modeling and behavior that I can share with others.


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