September 10, 2008

Personal Development Coaching - 5 NLP Principles to Keep in Mind

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5 Important NLP Principles for Personal Development Coaches to Consider

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The most effective formats for Neuro Linguistic Programming training place the emphasis on the specific NLP principles I am going to share with you. What I find to be interesting is that many people who have gone through an NLP program and have obtained NLP Practitioner certification (even Master practitioner NLP certification) do not seem to be familiar with the following concepts.

When I work with a client, I keep the following 5 Principles of NLP in the back of my mind:

NLP Principles 1 of 5 - Energy flows where attention goes.

This means that an individual will perceive only the issues that they are sorting for... To paraphrase something Carl Jung once said, "It isn't as though all of my patients' problems go away, they just matter less to them over time..."

NLP Principles 2 of 5 - Any meaning we assign to an experience is completely dependent upon its context

This means that we are free to assign meaning, and we do unconsciously assign meaning to every single experience we have.

NLP Principles 3 of 5 - What we are unconscious of has a greater influence upon our lives and what we can actually perceive in our conscious awareness

Essentially, if you could change your problems simply by changing your conscious-level thinking strategies, you would no longer have problems. However, this is not the way our unconscious mind works as it constantly distorts, deletes and generalizes information in our environments.

NLP Principles 4 of 5 - Based upon the resources and the paradigm from which a person is operating they are making the best choices available to them

All of your behaviors are based in what you perceive to be the best option for the moment. Even if the behavior is not something you desire, it serves a purpose (generally, to keep you safe) and until these unconscious purposes are addressed, you can expect your behaviors (limiting and empowering) to remain the same.

NLP Principles 5 of 5 - A person cannot not-respond to their environment

Our environments force us to respond and our response is arbitrary until we change and practice the response that best suites the outcomes we desire.

The Role of a Personal Development Coach and NLP Practitioner

As a Personal Development Coach, my job is to reframe a problem and hold a space for a client to be able to perceive a problem from various perspectives. Essentially, this creates flexibility and movement because most problems will not be solved using the same approach that created them.

Usually a client only needs to see a situation from one or two different perspectives to realize there are more options that exist and this process is what I call Attention Shifting. As you may already know, I have an entire line of audio programs and a website dedicated to this

I encourage you to consider the 5 Principles above and reflect upon your daily activities and routine experiences. If you notice that you've been making decisions by default or just reacting to your environment, let's be in touch. If I can help, I will hold a space for you to create the changes that will get you on track for the life you want to live. We could do a telephone session or a Skype life coaching call. Whatever you decide, make sure its moving you toward what it is that you want...


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