The acronym NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
NLP looks at how we think, the language we use and how it affects us and how we put these two things together to achieve our goals. I have said for years that I believe thoughts are things.
The sooner we realize that what we think creates our reality, the sooner we can change these thoughts and create the reality we want to live in. The quickest way to get to that point is to become conscious of our language daily.
The NLP tip that absolutely was a life-changer for me was understanding the language we use daily and the power of these words.
We forget that the choice of words we use is actually a mirror into how we think about ourselves. How often have you done something and right after said these words “I am such an idiot!”? If you are like me, it happens more than you care to admit.
Let’s look at the language and thought-process that should follow this statement. Do I believe I am an idiot? No, I certainly do not. Did I do something without thinking it through first? Possibly. Did I skip a step that I shouldn’t have to get to the end response more quickly? Possibly. Does that make me an idiot? No, not really, it just shows me I need to take more time and be more mindful of the process. I am examining my word choice and checking it to my beliefs to make sure that I am working towards my goals. In this case, I see that I should have taken more thought before owning a statement that I do not believe. I am using pointed questions and specific language to make sure I do not further the program of, “I am an idiot.”
Any time you start using any type of negative language, you need to stop and in your head, question it out.
The old concept of you are what you eat is now the new concept of you are what you think and speak. NLP has taught me to think about what I am saying so that I can use language to create what I want in life. Rather than, creating false patterns because of my choice of language. I have learned that our thoughts and beliefs are complimented by our inner and outer languages.
This is just the tip of the NLP iceberg but it is the easiest part to put into immediate service in your life.
Be mindful of what you are owning with your words, and monitor your language and thoughts. Question those thoughts or words that are not part of the program and/or goal you want to achieve in life. The funny thing is that when you begin to think about what you are thinking or saying, you become more aware of what you really mean to say. Everything you are saying then becomes more meaningful.
Kind of a fun idea, right?
– Dru Ann