What is it?
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a system that was created to model how successful people excel in what they do. NLP found that the language we use is based on the way we think. It has since been used in the fields of advertising, marketing, therapy and advertising to persuade people and facilitate positive change.
What does it do?
NLP knows that behaviour is only the tip of the iceberg. If someone tells us to stop smoking, start running, watch less tv and eat healthier there is no chance we will do these things if they don't correspond to who we think we are and what we believe in. And if we don't believe in those things then I would suggest we shouldn't do them anyway , they'll only make us less happy, not more!
To change all one needs to do is focus on their values, beliefs and identity and the behaviour will change 'by itself'. We have many conflicting ideas and feelings about health. Many of us may even feel that we are not 'that type' of person - who runs or stops running, who eats regularly, could quit (or stay in) their job, etc. NLP helps the client clarify where they are at now. It may be that we have changed substantially from the last time we considered these kinds of questions - in teenagehood for many of us. Coaching helps integrate this ‘new’ information and enables us to make informed decisions about the behaviours that now serve us best.