What is NLP?
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World." – Nelson Mandela
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming, a term that incorporates the three most significant components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our body’s function, language determines how we interact and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of representations of the world we create. Neuro Linguistic Programming describes the essential connection between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interaction affects our body and behavior (programming).
In addition, NLP is the study of human excellence and how to replicate it. It is a multi-layer process that involves the development of behavioral competency and flexibility, while including strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behavior.
NLP provides the following skills and tools:
- Development of individual excellence
- Establishes a system of empowering beliefs
- Removes any limitations you hold about yourself
- Allows you to be the person you really want to be
- Control how you think, feel and behave
Simply put, NLP is like having a “user manual” for your mind. As a field, it continues to grow and evolve, discovering new and innovative possibilities. With NLP skills you can experience a journey of self-discovery, identity and purpose; exploring the environment in which you live everyday.
The History of NLP
Richard Bandler and John Grinder originally established Neuro Linguistic Programming in 1975. Their primary goal was to discover how certain individuals had become excellent communicators, and to create models of this behavior, which would then allow them to teach others how to be as just as effective. They initially studied Milton Erikson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir, along with many others who have contributed to its development over the years.
NLP has been used for years by health care professionals, athletes, construction workers, golf professionals, parents, actors, teachers, small business owners, students, lawyers, entertainers, educators, entrepreneurs, massage therapists, police, military, fire personnel, coaches, therapists, employers and employees, blue-collar workers, managers and salespeople, presidents, and prime ministers.