Some folks think they’ve got NLP because they’ve heard about ‘eye cues’ and what they mean. Or a bit about how to ‘build rapport’ by doing what the other is doing, or mirroring.
Well, those are a part of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. But they totally miss the mark as to the real value of embracing NLP. It is far more than just a set of tools for accelerated behavioral change.
Getting Started With NLP From The Bottom Up
Every body of knowledge has a foundation. That foundation is the core vision, mission, and values. These inform the way the tools and techniques are built and supposed to be utilized.
It’s unfortunate NLP became so well known for its trail of effective techniques. In a way, it cheated those interested in the real value of NLP as a model designed to elicit excellence from less than excellent behaviors or limited ways of thinking.
The more a person interfaces with the multiple areas of life, the more creative and strategic their brain can become in generating and interweaving those models.
In other words, the more exposure to differing ways of experiencing the world, the more likely the individual is to be a strategic thinker who makes good choices.
“…You’ve got to have multiple models — because if you just have one or two that you’re using, the nature of human psychology is such that you’ll torture reality so that it fits your models, or at least you’ll think it does…It’s like the old saying, “To the man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” –
There are multiple models for mental health. As a coach, you want to have multiple models for behavioral change and personal transformation.
Exposure To Multiple Mental Models
Keeps You Ahead Of The Crowd
Including various other bodies of knowledge can bring you a big payoff in return clients and more referrals. That’s because you’ll be able to help more people more effectively and efficiently.
In this way, you can enhance your client’s map of the world; expand it, loosen it up a bit, open up a few doors and windows that have been nailed shut. This will enable them to have what they need to make the more wise and strategic decisions they’re requesting.
Of course you have to demonstrate to the unconscious mind that the new behavior, belief, strategy is in the best interest of the client as a whole person. Your clients want change. But the current way they are viewing the world and themselves is the ultimate problem – and paradoxically – the ultimate solution.
A Few Recommendations To Check Out
Of course, I’m going to recommend getting started with NLP as a great first step. But, here are just a few of the ‘mental models’ or building blocks, that can support you in helping your client expand their own model of the world, or personal map of reality.
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
- TAT (Tapas Acupuncture Technique)
- FO Holding (Frontal Occipital Holding)
- Callahan Phobia Cure
- HBLU (Healing From The Body Up)
- Life Centered Therapy
- Byron Katie’s 4 Questions
- Mindset & The Brain
- Brain Research
- Traditional Therapeutic Models
- Stimulus/Response Conditioning
- Physiological Psychology
- Leadership Development
- Organizational Development
- Human Resources Guidelines
- Multiple Models For Spiritual Inquiry
- The Architecture of Presence & Being Here Now
- Paradox Management
Deciding to begin with NLP is a great first step to exploring mental models. This is because NLP gives you the tools to elicit your client’s mental model, the model that really counts. And then shows you how to work within them.
When you understand the architecture of your client’s inner landscape, it becomes pretty easy to help them get where they want to go.
After all, that is your promise, spoken or not. So the more you know, the more quickly and effectively you can help your client reach their goal.
What To Do Next?
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Meanwhile, may you continue to reshape your own map of the world to bring you all that you desire.