March Challenge – NLP Techniques

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In 2015, I will set myself a new 30-day challenge every single month. That’s 12 30-day challenges. Some will be harder than others but all of them will be related to one of my five areas of focus this year: family, health, emotional mastery, financial empowerment and helping others through coaching.

One of the most powerful tools I have learned in the past years is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP.

So what is NLP? What I have noticed is that if you ask 100 people this question, you get 100 answers.

NLP is something different to everyone because everyone uses NLP differently.

To me, NLP is a collection of techniques that can be used to increase the quality of your life and the lives of others around you.

It is a toolbox out of which you can pick and chose those tools that get you the best results in the situation you are in at that moment.

I always say Personal Development is a DIY project. And like any DIY project, you won’t be doing the same thing every day.

One day you will be painting the walls. The next you are putting together a piece of furniture. Every day your situation is different and every day you need different tools. You wouldn’t try to put together a chair using a paintbrush. Or paint the wall using a hammer. You pick and chose the right tool for the situation.

The same applies for NLP.

This March I am starting as an assistant trainer and coach at an NLP course. This is a huge milestone for me so I figured it’d be fitting that my March Challenge would reflect this.

The challenge

In March, I will practice one or more NLP techniques every day. I have put together a list of 5 techniques I will choose from:

Technique 1: Submodalities and Visualization

Submodalities and visualization are the heart of every NLP technique I know. Practicing these every day will make the others that much more powerful.

Technique 2: Anchoring

Anchoring is an incredibly powerful technique to allow yourself to store and retrieve resourceful states of mind at any time.

Technique 3: Visual Swish

The Visual Swish is a technique to replace an undesired behavior with a desired one. It is one of the most fun techniques I know.

Technique 4: New Behavior Generator

The New Behavior Generator helps in improving an existing behavior or to develop a new one using mental rehearsal.

Technique 5: Visual Squash

The Visual Squash can be used when there are parts of you in conflict with each other. One indicator of this is when you use a sentence like “I should do this, but.”

Bonus: Logical Level Alignment

Logical Level Alignment is the single most powerful, eye-opening technique I have ever personally experienced.

If you are designing your vision for your future, then this technique will allow you to completely integrate that vision into yourself, blasting away any incongruities that might be there to hold you back from making that vision a reality.

How do these techniques work?

During the course of March I will be explaining these techniques in more detail.

Why this challenge?

My absolute passion in life is helping others discover their true potential. This is what led me to becoming a coach. While not the only tool at my disposal, NLP is one of the most powerful because it deals directly with what stops most people from getting ahead in life: their thoughts, beliefs and experiences. Mastering NLP will enable me to help more people, faster and with longer lasting results.

What do you think?

I’d love to hear what you think about this month’s challenge. I’ve set the bar very high for myself because this is something I am totally passionate about. Do you have any experience with NLP techniques? What are the ones that worked for you? If you have a coach, does he or she use any techniques that are or could be NLP?