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  1. 1. NLP SimplifiedWhat do you want?Jayadeva de Silva.M.Sc"What do you want?" is probably the most well-known NLP question. Ittakes advantage of the fact that the human nervous system is goal-seeking ie.we operate most effectively when we have a goal or objective of some sort toaim for, so...1) Ask yourself "What do I want?" & pay attention to youranswer.You cant do a dontIs your answer stated in the positive (eg. to get fit & healthy, to double yourincome, to start a new business etc.) or in the negative (eg. to quit smoking, 1
  2. 2. lose weight, stop spending so much etc.)? Negatives arent processed by thenervous system in the same way that they are linguistically (eg. The command"Dont think of a purple hippo" is difficult to obey.) You get what you focuson, so if your goal is stated in the negative, youre making it more difficult foryourself.2) Ensure you state your goal positively.How will you know when youve got it?I once had a client whose goal was to become rich. I asked her how shed knowwhen she was rich and she said shed have more money. So I tossed a coin toher and said "Congratulations, youre rich." More money did not turn out tobe specific enough evidence for her having achieved her goal, so we went intothe detail of what she would see, hear and feel when she was rich. This givesyour nervous system a rich representation of what success is for this particulargoal. So, with regard to your goal...3) Ask yourself "How will I know when Ive got it?"What will you see, hear and feel as you are achieving your goal? What specificdetails will let you know that you are getting what you want? The more sensorydetail you include, the more information you will give to your nervous systemabout what to aim for.4) Ensure you have details of what you will see, feel and hear.Get your body involvedOnce you have clear evidence (ie. how youll know when youve achieved yourgoal), you can engage your unconscious resources more fully by getting yourbody more involved. Stand up and ensure youve got enough space to movesafely, then...5) Imagine you are going to step in to that time in the future when youalready have what you want, then literally take a step & imagine you can seewhat youll see, hear what youll hear & feel what youll feel when you areachieving your goal.Mind and body are a single systemMind and body are a single system, and people often find that the process ofstepping into a future achievement has a profound effect, allowing you toexperience learnings and insights which may not previously have beenconsciously available. Often, the people most skeptical of this approach have 2
  3. 3. the most powerful experiences, so if you are dubious about whether this willwork for you, great - do it anyway and see what happens!Summary1) Use "What do you want?" with yourself & others to elicit goals2) If goals are stated negatively, re-state them in the positive3) Use "How will you know when youve got it?" to elicit evidence4) Ensure you have answers for "What will you see, hear and feel?"5) Step into your imagined future achievement to get further insights. 3