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NLP and Beliefs

NLP and Beliefs

NLP considers beliefs to be arbitrary. They are not truth or facts but merely mental constructions that make us act a certain way. Beliefs are the framework that makes us behave in a certain manner. Change the belief and you open up new possibilities in the behaviours you can adopt.

Nobody believed that the mile could be run in less than 4 minutes and so no one broke that psychological barrier. After Roger Banister ran the mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds (in 1954), he changed the beliefs of athletes around the world and 16 more runners broke the 4 minute mile by 1957!

Everyone knew that the Earth was the centre of the heavens under Copernicus made observations that suggested the Sun was central. We now know that the Sun is only one of millions of star circling the centre of a galaxy, which is only one galaxy in millions in the universe.

All that had changed in both cases was the belief that people held.

By changing your beliefs, you can change the way you respond and act and unblock the limits that you used to have.

One way to change beliefs is through visualisation.

Think of something that you know is absolutely true, something that you believe deeply. This probably manifests as an image in your mind in a certain place, at a certain distance and of a certain size. Hold that thought for a moment and remember where it is, what distance and what size it is.

Now ‘clear the screen’ in your mind by thinking of the black screen at the end of a movie.

Next hold an image in your mind of you doing the thing that you currently don’t quite believe you can do. Run the activity forward like a movie playing in your mind. Make it appear in the same place, at the same distance and at the same size as the belief you truly believe in. Repeat this visualisation several times, each time ‘clearing the screen’.

After a short period, you will find that your belief of this activity is much more certain.

Technically, this is achieved by moving your desired belief into the same sub-modalities as a certain belief, so adopting the characteristics of a belief your truly believe.

A master of this technique was Mohamed Ali, who considered his belief change visualisation to be a way for creating ‘future history’.

Try this technique and see how much more you can achieve.

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