Monday, August 25, 2008

The Theory of Beliefs in NLP

Here is a little of what I have learnt about beliefs, from reading Joseph O'Connor's book NLP Workbook: A Practical Guide to Achieving the Results You Want.
Beliefs are the rules people live by and the foundation of our individual reality. Beliefs are not facts, although we live our lives believing they are. The beliefs we form shape our view of the world and society. Beliefs are the rules we choose to live by.
The power that comes from knowing beliefs aren't based on facts, is great. From that one piece of knowledge you now have control over what you believe.

Questions you can ask yourself:
How can changing my beliefs improve my life?
How did I come to believe in what I do?
Is a belief I have holding my back?
Does everyone share this same belief?
What do other people believe in?
Can I choose a better belief that won't restrict me from reaching my goals?
Are the new beliefs something I can believe in?

Remember beliefs need to be true to your identity. They need to match your internal image of who you are. They cannot go against your values.