What is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming.
The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behaviour (programming).
Coaching with NLP helps us attribute meaning to our experiences in a resourceful way through creating positive mental habits and behaviour patterns in the way we process these experiences through creating mental pictures (visual processing), hearing sounds (auditory processing), feeling physical sensations (kinaesthetic processing) and perceiving smells (olfactory processing) and tastes (gustatory processing).
Our reality comes from our perceptions, so by changing the way we perceive things, we can change our reality for the better. And NLP for Sport can do the same for your sporting endeavours.
NLP was originated by John Grinder (whose background was in linguistics) and Richard Bandler (whose background was in mathematics and Gestalt Therapy) for the purpose of making explicit models of human excellence which can be taught to others.
They first examined the verbal and behavioural patterns of leading therapists, Fritz Pearls and Virginia Satir and then of Milton Erickson, Founder of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and one of the most widely acknowledged and clinically successful psychiatrists of our times.
As a result of this early work, Grinder and Bandler formalised their modelling techniques and their individual contributions under the name of “Neuro Linguistic Programming” to symbolise the relationship between the brain, language and the body. Through the years, NLP has developed some very powerful tools and skills for communication and change in a wide range of areas including counselling, coaching, business and now sports performance.