The Principles of NLP Based Coaching....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hi there,

NLP is extremely useful when it comes to coaching. There are a number of presuppositions that underpin NLP, here are a few that relate to coaching:

1. You respond to your map of reality, not to reality itself - We form our map of reality through our senses, beliefs or habitual thinking, and past experiences. Our map can never reflect reality accurately. When are maps are faulty then we do not see reality for what it really is. NLP is the art of changing these maps so that we have greater freedom of choice and action.

2. You will make the best choice available to you - NLP seeks to increase options and choices. The more choices you have the more empowered you will feel. Also the more choices you have the chances of making a more informed choice increases.

3. You work perfectly well - which means that you are not broken or flawed. People are running strategies that may be poorly designed or executed. Behaviour and strategies can always be changed to something more useful and effective. NLP separates the behaviour from the person running the behaviour.

4. All actions have a purpose - no-one behaves randomly there is always a positive intent to acheive something even if the behaviour seems self-defeating. When we understand the underlying intent we can find better ways to acheive our objectives.

5. The unconscious is the partner of the conscious mind - the unconscious holds all the information and physiological functions not held in the awareness of the conscious mind. The unconscious is rich in many resources that can be called upon by the conscious mind.

6. You process information and experience through your senses - we think and hold information in a sensory specific way. Memories are recalled as sensory information and future events can be imagined in the same way. Some people are more visual, others more auditory and others more kinesthetic. Knowing this we can alter the structure of our experience.

7. You have all the resources you need - there are no unresourcesful people only unresourceful psychological states. Within us are the resources we need or the ability to find the resources we need.

8. If you want to learn then act - all learning happens when we are engaged with our senses and when we are doing something to anchor the learning in our experience.

9. There is no failure only feedback - with every action comes feedback in the form of information, communication, money, opportunities etc. When an action does not bring the desired response this does not indicate failure. There is always information that can be used to adjust future actions.

10. The meaning of any communication is the response it evokes - often people can intend one thing when they communicate yet others hear something different being communicated. This is because all communication passes through an individual's map of reality. If your communication is not getting the response you would like change the content or means of delivery of the communication.

11. Mind emotions and body form one system - they interact and inflence one another and each are influenced by the other. This enables change to happen by working on one modality.

12. Modelling successful people leads to excellence - if one person can do something extraordinary then anyone learn it from them and teach others. This is not about being a clone but learning from what works rather than what does not.

Steve Nobel
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