How can NLP help me achieve my goals?

NLP, when used in a therapeutic environment, is a process that can be utilised to assist someone to change, or progress, their thoughts and behaviors, so that they are able to achieve their desired outcomes.

Lets break it down

Neuro: Referencing the mind or brain, particularly regarding how states of mind (and body) affect communication and behavior.  NLP has created a structural way of viewing mind and body states, developing mind maps that show how things play out, and how to change course.

Linguistic: Meaning that our mind and body states are revealed in our language and non-verbal communication. Language is the tool we use to gain access to the inner workings of the mind. Neuro-linguistic programming language patterns teach us how to access unconscious information that would remain vague and unknowable otherwise.

Programming: This refers to the capacity to change our mind and body states. You’ve heard the term living on autopilot? To someone trained, this would mean that you are living according to your programming, which consists of habitual thoughts, feelings, reactions, beliefs, and traditions.

Someone trained in neuro-linguistic programming knows how such programs are structured in the mind and how to access them through conversation so that outdated programs and autopilot behaviors can be changed. NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who believed it was possible to identify and document the patterns of thoughts and behaviors of successful individuals, and then to evaluate how they can then be utilised and taught to others.

How does NLP work?

During conversations, most of us fixate on wordsWhat does this person mean and what shall I say in return? It’s been long established that words are the least meaningful aspect of communication, conveying just 7% of meaning.

For example, when someone tells you they are willing to help you organize a social gathering, but their voice is flat and their facial expression looks like you just invited them to an evening of electric shock torture…it’s obvious something else is going on. Their words said YES, but the non-verbal communication – the other 93% – said SOMETHING ELSE.

So, what is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?  The other 93% of communication. It is a system for understanding and using the kind of communication that really matters.

How does it help me achieve my desired outcomes? An outcome is your goal for doing something. Outcome connects to thinking – about what you actually want, as opposed to getting stuck in a negative mode of thinking. The principles of the outcome approach may help you to make the best decisions and choices.

The Four Pillars (foundations) of the neuro-linguistic programming:
neuro-linguistic programming four pillars of nlp


NLP provides an important gift to build relationships with other people. Rapport can be described as connecting quickly with others. Creating rapport creates trust from others. Rapport can be built quickly once you have an understanding of the basic nlp principles.

Sensory Awareness

Sometimes when you walk into an environment, you become aware of the subtleties, the colors, smells, and sounds, are perhaps quite different from yours. Neuro-linguistic programming enables you to notice that your environment is much richer when you deliberately pay attention to your senses.

Outcome Thinking

An outcome is your goal for doing something. Outcome connects to thinking about what you want, as opposed to getting stuck in a negative mode of thinking. The principles of outcome approach help to clarify decisions and choices.

Behavioral Flexibility

Behavioral flexibility means being able to do something differently if the way you’re currently doing it isn’t working. Being flexible is a key aspect of survival, as the saying goes, ”The person with the most flexibility of behavior will control the system”.

How can NLP help me?

When you choose to visit a specialist for assistance to change your current behavior, the more tools the practitioner of choice has to assist you to transform your current reality into one that is totally in alignment with your goals, needs and desires, the more chance you are going to have of a successful experience.

At Rejuvenate Hypnotherapy, we are constantly exploring the most creative ways to affect change for those who seek our services. NLP is a wonderful tool to have in the tool box when working in a one on one environment with a client to ensure their desired outcomes are achieved, rapidly and effectively.