"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think we become."
~ The Buddha
WHAT IS NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP, focuses on how individuals can change their lives if they change how they think. Therapy focuses on the why, while NLP focuses on the how. For example, if you are insecure, a therapist may take you back to your childhood to find out why you don’t feel loved. NLP teaches you how to quiet your negative voice.
NLP focuses on taking control of your mind rather than allowing it to run amok. I love NLP because it is aligned with the Buddhist teachings of having a disciplined mind.
Stoicism, Buddhism, NLP, and other philosophical movements all teach the importance of being present and how it is more important to take control of the mind because you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.
NLP shows people how to take control of their beliefs, influences, and thoughts so they can better understand past events, communicate better in the present, and plan for their future without overthinking it.
Most people believe you are what you think. The mind is powerful. A person who believes they are not smart will present themselves to the world in such a way.
Self-fulfilling prophecy is when our beliefs align with our reality. We self-sabotage all the time. Our real enemy is the self and not the other.
For example, you may have gone through school believing you were terrible at math. Once you have convinced yourself that you are not good at something, your reality will come true. Self-sabotage occurs when you stop trying.
My father once told me that my sister was better at building bookshelves and I was good at reading books. Guess who became the first in her family to get a college degree. It wasn’t the kid who was given the hammer.
You are who you think you are.
You are who you are because of your conditioning.
BUT you can become whoever you want to be if you learn how to recondition your mind.