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NLP Life Coaching – An Overview

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

NLP Life Coaching employs a straightforward approach to bring about the necessary behavioral change. This is accomplished via connected emotions, behavioral and thought patterns of the people. NLP is an abbreviation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is a science formulated on intrinsic sub-conscious patterns/thoughts and human behavior.

This technique is based on the belief that, individuals possess a huge amount of unused mental power, hidden in their subconscious. This power is harnessed by the NLP professionals who deliver positive results and bring about a good change in the lives of the people.

Inception of NLP Life Coaching

The inception dates back to 1970s when Richard Bandler, the popular life coach and author, and the John Grinder from the University of California, Santa Cruz invented together, the term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming”. This term is now recognised by the Oxford dictionary and is defined as “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behavior and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them.”

What are the differences between the Conventional life coaching and the NLP Life Coaching?

This is a common question posed in the coaching world. The two methods differ in the way of application. The purpose of both the methods is to look into the clients’ challenges and problems and help resolve the issues. Sometimes, the two methods in conjunction can be used to, attain sustainable results. A practised coach will decide the method of coaching to be applied, depending upon the scope and situation of the client. Let’s flip through both the systems.

Conventional method of Life Coaching

A coach in this method, understands the real desire of the client, through the coaching process and probes the client with copiously-designed questions which help the client assess the situation with clarity and hence decide the course of action to reach the desired goal. The coach reserves the client with the duty of accountability of progress along the path. In simpler terms, the coach becomes the motivator and strategist who helps the client reach the destination while making it a pleasant experience. This experience is very empowering and hence many a clientele renew the contracts to move forward in life and achieve their goals further.

NLP Life Coaching

This method is based on a well-researched scientific fact that, everybody’s physical and psychological state are interrelated. The human brain is similar to a systematic computer. It carries out mental functions as a sequence of orders, the result of which is the mental state and physiology in the person. NLP identifies these states pertaining to the physiological and mental mood of the client and proposes means to improve and amend the states so that desired state of mind is achieved.

NLP life coaching mingles conventional coaching with psychological methods which help the client arrive at the desired goals in a sustained manner.

The NLP method targets the thought process and patterns of the client at the subconscious level, which eventually affect the behavior in a person. The NLP coach is adept at recognising the bothersome thought patterns and assists the client in correcting them during coaching process.

The problem areas spanned in the NLP Coaching include:

Studies and Career, Finance, relationship, health and habits.

The advantages of utilising the NLP coaching include:

  • Better interpersonal, relationship, negotiation, and persuasion skills.

  • Ability to manage emotions gracefully.

  • Confidence in managing professional and personal conflicts.

  • Improved health and vigour, block addictions destructive habits, procrastination and bad thoughts.

  • Good understanding and clarity to handle life.

The techniques are a way to improve the quality of life quicker than conventional coaching methods.


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