"If you continue to do what you always do... You'll continue to get what you always get..."
1. Know what you want
What do you want? This is the definitive question. An outcome is what you want – a desired state, something you don’t have in your present state. Outcomes ‘come out’ when we achieve them, hence the name, and the first step towards achieving them is to think them through carefully. Why you want your outcome and whether you should want it are questions that need an answer. The difference between a goal and an outcome may not be immediately obvious, but is significant. A goal is always something we want, while an outcome is what we get as a result of our actions.
By setting an outcome we become aware of the difference between what we have and what we want. This difference is the ‘problem’. When you have set an outcome and are clear about your desired state, then you can plan to make the journey from one to the other. You become proactive, and take ownership of the problem and start to move towards a solution. An outcome is not the same as a task. An outcome is what you want. A task is what you have to do to achieve it. Don’t do tasks until you set your outcomes. All outcomes should be stated in the positive.
2. Be aware, take feedback
Notice what results you are getting. Notice what is working and what is not. As you become aware of the results you are producing you can change things that are not producing the results you want. Remind yourself of that old saying, Continue to do the same thing, and continue to receive the same results...
In my position people often ask ... what do you mean by being aware? Becoming aware is like removing the blinkers from a horse so its peripheral vision increases. Increased awareness enables you to access more information from your subconscious mind. This allows more options, intelligence and most of all more freedom to access this information. The end result is generally less stress which enhances the immune system. This then enables us to become more conscious and notice what in our lives is not working.
3. Be flexible
If the feedback you are receiving suggests you are not on track, then it's time for you to make some changes. Flexible thinking is what is needed to succeed. Flexibility is the key to whether or not we achieve permanent long lasting results, or outcomes. The general rule of thumb is ‘the more flexibility you have in a situation the more chance you will have of achieving your outcome’. Think outside the box and Enjoy achieving those outcomes...
4. Build and maintain rapport
Rapport in NLP is a term used to describe a feeling of mutual trust between people. The deeper the rapport, the better the relationship and the more likely it is people will follow your requests.
5. Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence
As both mind and body are interconnected we can influence the other through each other; your thinking influences your emotional state therefore your physiology; your physiology also influences your mind, you know the feeling after doing a workout, meditation, run, surf etc something physical, it makes you feel good and think positive thoughts afterwards. So when you are ready to create succees think good thoughts and feel good about what you are about to achieve.
6. Take action
Taking action is about building momentum, taking that first step. You know that old saying, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step...’. Sometimes changes happen quickly and sometimes not. But one way or the other they will happen as long as you decide to take action.
The 6 NLP Principles for Success
- Know what you want (know your outcome)
- Be aware of what is happening - take feedback
- Be flexible if what you are doing is not working as you would like
- Build and maintain rapport
- Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence
- Take action