Neuro Linguistic
Programming

“You can’t always control what happens,
but you can always control how you deal with it”

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Ever
wanted to control what happens? Control how you respond? Control your instant
reactions to an incident? Sound like magic? It is possible. With science and
technology overtaking everything, impossibilities are impossible. Neuro
Linguistic programming brings the thread of control in our own hands. But what
exactly does it mean?

The
name, Neuro-Linguistic Programming covers the three most significant components
involved in generating human experience: neurology, language and programming.
The neurological system controls how our body functions, language determines how
we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines
what models of world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the
fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how
their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).

Neuro
Linguistic programming is a technique of controlling your feelings and emotions.
Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are not things that pre-exist, or that you
have, but things that you do. Their causes are very complicated, involving, for
instance, comments or beliefs from your parents or teachers, or events that you
have experienced. NLP illustrates to you how you can direct these beliefs and
influences. Using mind techniques such as visualization, you can change the way
you think and feel about past events, fears and even phobias.

The
importance of knowing your outcome cannot be stressed enough. Many people do
not have conscious outcomes. They know what they don’t want but don’t know what
they actually want. Their life is based on moving away from those things that
they don’t want. NLP stresses the importance of moving towards those things you
want. Devoid of outcomes life becomes a process of merely drifting aimlessly.
Once an outcome is determined you can begin to focus on achieving that outcome.

The
operational principle of NLP is to study your behaviour until you get the
response you want. If everything turns out badly, then you need to do something
different. You should use your sensory acuity to determine if your actions lead
in the desired direction or not. If your actions lead towards your outcome, you
should continue. If, on the other hand, your actions lead away from your goals,
then you should do something else.

The
Next operational principle of NLP is to take action now. There is no space for
the saying ‘Complacency rules and I don’t care.’ NLP is about taking action now
to change your behavior for you and for others, now and in the future. So, to
use another catchphrase: ‘Don’t delay; act today.’

NLP
now is in its fourth decade as a field of study symbolizing the relationship
between the brain, body and language. It has evolved over the years and we’re
heading toward a new direction, with more areas adopting NLP and making its
best use to achieve extraordinary results, by not only communicating better
with others, but also gaining more control over our thinking as an automatic
function of our neurology.

In
future, NLP will continue to be used in the areas above, and more to come. It
will be common to see NLP applied in many everyday areas.

The
exciting thing is the application of NLP in schools. The sad reality of the
moment is that we leave it up to the students to figure out how to learn. When
in reality, a large number of these learning strategies that inexperienced
students concoct are ineffective. And when the work overflows, many of these
students take it upon themselves and assume that something is wrong with them.
The truth however is that they don’t know any better and expect different
results. And when that doesn’t work, they devalue learning, the school and
eventually, the whole education system. NLP intervention can help here.
Teachers can be equipped and coached with NLP strategies not just for regular
students but also for those with special needs, learning disabilities, dyslexia,
etc.

 -by NAVIN DHAMRIYANI (D15)