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Does NLP Really Work?

1 Apr 2011

Does NLP Really Work?

NLP and Beautiful Furniture – What’s The Connection?

I stood there, admiring the beautiful, yet minimalist office setup in front of me. I wondered about the vision of person who had thought up and then made this beautiful desk. image Does NLP really work?

What wonderful imagination, creativity and artistry had conceived the chairs that wrapped one’s body in comfort. Then who had used their skills to bring the pieces to life?

The artisan who made the furniture no doubt used standard tools

I have a hammer, nails, screwdriver and saw, amongst other tools in my garage. I’ve managed to hit my thumb with the hammer more than once and create flesh wounds with the screwdriver! With my level of skill I would never be able to create furniture like that desk and chairs. But, given my previous experiences with trade tools, I could well end up in the ICU

So how does this relate to NLP?

You might have heard a lot about all the magical changes that people have made using NLP. And I’m a trainer of NLP, so why, for heaven’s sake would I even question whether it works?

All Tools Work!

To say that NLP works, is like saying a hammer and screwdriver work. Of course they work. But life isn’t a Disney movie where hammer, nails and wood dance together in the night and create a beautiful piece of furniture! To create something that will last and stand the test of time, requires inspiration and careful thought, as well as expertise, dedication and practice.

NLP is just a set of tools.

Skilled NLP Practitioners don’t have physical tools.

They have tools of the mind, tools for change that they use to effect transformations.

These tools, used in combination are practiced to the point where they know what will work and what won’t work. They know which tool to use when, to get just the right amount of shift. And when they’re ‘in the flow’ and working with a client, inspiration and creativity are available with the next breath.

Just like any artisan or craftsperson, an NLP Practitioner must learn what the tools are for, and how to use them sensitively. Then, and only then can she be inspired to creatively combine those skills to produce lasting change.

Without this level of competence it’s easy to read a book about NLP and then try to apply a specific skill to a problem. If it doesn’t have the desired result (and sometimes it will!), you may decide that it doesn’t work.

That’s like only using a hammer to manufacture a desk, or confining yourself to only using scissors to make a pair of trousers. You need a good set of tools to start with. But equally important is knowing which tool to use, when.

This only comes with practice, practice and more practice.

When the skills have been practised extensively, creativity and with expertise, ‘heart’ and inspiration follow. With this combination an NLP Practitioner will achieve successful and transformative end results that will last a lifetime – the mental equivalent of that beautiful desk and chairs.

What do you want to do now?