Motivational and self-help ideas are not new concepts. Many people use different ways to motivate themselves throughout the day. Those who have more problems and issues in their lives read countless self-help books and watch numerous self-help videos. Some people even do regular motivational exercises in order to help improve the quality of their everyday life.
One approach being used in psychotherapy is the NLP or neuro-linguistic programming. Among the concepts that the NLP uses as a basis, is that a person’s thoughts, perception, and behavior have great effects on the quality of their lives. It presupposes that a person can greatly improve his or her success in whatever aspect of his or her life by modeling or patterning the thoughts, perception, and behavior, of a highly successful and effective person. The NLP has been used to model some highly successful people and their techniques, among them: Walt Disney, for phenomenal creativity; Tiger Woods, for unshakeable attention; Milton Erickson, for irresistible verbal and body language of influence; Warren Buffet, for vast wealth creation; Aristotle, for methodology for building scientific models; Mahatma Gandhi, for visionary leadership; and Mozart, for extraordinary musical intuition.
Because many claim that the NLP help people change by teaching them to program their brains, it is quickly being adapted and applied even by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Many self-help “experts” have likewise used it and incorporated it into their lives. Among these people are Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup series; Tony Robbins, the renowned guru of self-help; and Wayne Dyer, a model for hundreds of thousands of people when it comes to self-actualization and personal success.
Although many of the concepts of the NLP that one would see in many reading materials are confusing and complicated, there are also many simplistic discussions and techniques available. The NLP has been widely used to reduce trauma and phobia, lose bad habits, achieve excellence, improve communication, succeed in business, improve relationships, and improve health.
Because of the wide application of the NLP, it is also quickly becoming more accessible to ordinary people. Most people learn about it by searching the internet and learning from the numerous free resources online. This is the easiest and the most recommended way to first get introduced to it. Afterwards, there are also many books, CDs, and DVDs now available for those who want to learn more. Lastly, more and more training programs on how to utilize the NLP are now available.