“In NLP, beliefs are treated as what we call presuppositions – not as facts or truths. Essentially, you have a conscious choice about what you believe, and if you don’t like the outcomes you get from a belief, you have the flexibility to change”

Chris Cooper


Neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP, harnesses the power of language to break down the mental barriers we unknowingly create for ourselves. When ‘following your dreams’ and reaching your full potential can seem impossible, a qualified practitioner can use this technique to help you realise that the only thing holding you back in life, is yourself. “Neuro” meaning nerve, refers to the way we gather information from the outside world, using our five senses. “Linguistic” is the study of language, referring to the way we make sense of said information by organising it into the structure of language. Finally, “programming” is our way of controlling something. This refers to how we interpret the world and how we control our daily actions, choices and behaviours.

It’s easy for people to set themselves up for failure if they are constantly thinking negative thoughts. Beliefs such as, “I’m not good enough” or “other people are better

than me” can limit experience and the chance of accomplishment.  Neuro-linguistic programming is often regarded as “a tool-kit for the mind”, and because of this, NLP is used to improve all areas of a person’s life.

It is known to be particularly effective for improving the following situations:

Anxiety and Stress

NLP coaching can be an effective method for fighting feelings of stress and anxiety because it identifies the thought patterns that may be causing the pressure. As soon as these unconscious thought patterns are recognised, they can be challenged.

Health and Well-being

One of the most important ideas underpinning NLP is that the mind and body are closely connected. When exercising, for example, people will experience positive

mental and physical energy. By improving the way we approach and think about the world, we can improve the health and well-being of our bodies.

Fears and Phobias

NLP is well-known for its effectiveness in helping people cope with fears and phobias. Like with anxiety and stress, NLP can reveal the thought process behind

the often ‘irrational’ fear. NLP can help to change how a person thinks and feels about what was causing them fear, so that they are no longer afraid.


Relationships are based on communication, and problems often arise when people are not communicating or expressing how they really feel. NLP can help a person

become more aware of how they communicate. Understanding this can help people accept that others may have different views: one opinion is not wrong or right. With NLP coaching, practitioners hope that by developing empathy skills, a person will find it easier to build strong and long-lasting relationships.


It is common for people to see an NLP practitioner for relief from their own self-doubt and limitations. The techniques used can help the person break the old habits and beliefs and gain new opportunities. NLP is effective in boosting an individual’s confidence by teaching them how to make decisions based on their dreams, rather

than fears.


NLP is an excellent tool for understanding people and their ways of communication. In terms of business, learning these tips from an NLP coach will help a person

improve how they communicate, enhancing their ability to empathise and negotiate with colleagues, employees and managers.

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