Jun 1, 2020
In today’s world, it’s critical that we take charge of how we feel and that we understand that we are the source of our emotions. This mindset can help you move out of negative spaces and restore your feeling of personal power.
Last year, I was certified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. NLP is essentially the study of the mind and how we consistently use our minds to get the results we want in our lives.
Our brains are already creating our desired realities. Our brains are a reflection of what we feed it and our physical realities, so our lives are then a reflection of our brains. Therefore, our real life is a reflection of the life we’re living in our minds.
Here are three ways you can use NLP strategies to create the life you want, as well as how to execute these strategies in your own life.
“You are in the right place at the right time and things are truly working out in your favor. And I believe that with all of my heart. Things are just happening for you. No matter who you are, everything's happening for you, not to you.” ~ @avainimiriyala
Anchoring is something you’re already doing that you probably don’t notice. Essentially, anchoring is the attachment of a mental state or emotion to a physical location. Anchoring can also be tied to places on your body that generate specific mental or emotional states. That said, it’s important to be deliberate about your anchors and use them to your advantage.
Reframing is the act of looking at a situation from a different perspective to see the positive in it or to see it from a different angle. When we think a situation is negative, that’s just the words and emotions we’ve labeled it with. If we can work to find the silver linings or understand that it is something we can get through, we can start to put positive or neutral emotions toward the situation.
Powerful questions are used to help us loosen the possibilities of a situation. They help us realize that we don't have to be so rigid about a certain outcome, that we can start to loosen the possibilities and look at things differently. Asking powerful questions helps us zoom out to see things from a broader viewpoint. For example, instead of saying something like, “I can’t afford that,” position it as a question, “How can I afford that?”