Do you have beliefs that are holding you back in life? Everyone has a set of beliefs that dictates the way they feel about themselves, the actions they will take on a daily basis, and how they respond to people and situations that they encounter. These beliefs can help you to achieve a happier, more abundant life… or they can keep you stuck in a situation that doesn’t make you happy.
The problem is that many people are living by a false set of beliefs. Experiences in their lives shaped a false story, which can be detrimental to their progress and success. If you feel like you are stuck and you are ready to move forward in life, then you need to recreate your beliefs. Using Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is one of the easiest and most effective ways that you can recreate your beliefs, and change your life.
Why NLP is Beneficial
NLP is a broad term, which encompasses tools and strategies that can be used to improve performance and change behaviors. The foundation of NLP is based on the concept that there is a connection between language, behaviors, and neurological processes. Through specific exercises and techniques, you can change the connections to create difference results.
Learning how to use NLP can make it easy to modify your habits and behaviors, or you can completely eliminate unwanted behaviors and create new ones. This process can be very powerful, and it can allow you to change any aspect of your life.
Because beliefs have a strong impact on your behaviors, it is necessary to reprogram your beliefs in order to change your behavior. You might be successful in changing a behavior for a short period of time, but those changes won’t stick unless you change your beliefs as well.
For example, think about the last time you went on a diet. You may have experienced short-term results by maintaining strong enough willpower to stay away from unhealthy foods, but eventually you gave into your old habits and stopped following the diet. Your inability to continue with the diet for a long period of time was the result of the root beliefs within yourself. Once those beliefs are changed, then it becomes easier to stick to your diet, because your new eating and exercising behaviors would become a habit.
How to Use NLP to Recreate Your Beliefs
Here is a simple exercise that you can use to change your beliefs, by using NLP techniques. These steps may seem too basic, but with consistent application they can be very powerful. Experiment with this exercise, and you will see that consistency can be a great way to reprogram the way you think:
1. Identify Where Your Beliefs are Located
Start out by thinking about something that you have a strong belief in. It can be simple, but make sure that it is undeniable. For example, you might think about the fact that you are a good cook, which can be proven every time you spend time in the kitchen. When you visualize your good cooking skills, where does it appear in your head?
As you are visualizing your cooking skills, pay attention to the space in which that visualization resides. Is it on the right or left side of the mind? Is it close by, or far away? Identify a location for that thought, and remember what it felt like and where it was located.
Then, think about something different for a minute, in order to clear your thoughts so that you can return to a neutral state of mind.
2. Identify a Non-Belief
The next step is to think about something that you aren’t sure about, such as a concept or idea that you don’t believe in. Pay attention to the location of that belief within yourself again, and you will notice that it resides in a different location than the thing that you were thinking about in step 1.
Remember where that non-belief was located, and keep a mental note so that you remember the location and feelings associated with it. Once again, clear your mind before moving onto the next step.
3. Change Your Belief
Now that you have identified the two locations for beliefs and non-beliefs, start thinking about the belief that you want to change. Notice where this belief is positioned, and how it feels. Once you identify it within your mind, visualize the belief moving through your head to the area where you want it to reside.
For example, if you want this idea to be a solid belief, then you will move it to the area that you identified in step 1. If you want to get rid of this idea because it is false, then you will visualize it moving towards the area that you identified in step 2.
Use your imagination to move the belief, and through this mental exercise you will be able to change the way you think regarding this particular topic.