NLP in ACTION – How to …

By IntellTeacher

Find a time when you have 15 – 20 minutes “free” and are in a place that is comfortable to you … make sure you won’t be disturbed, e.g., the phone is turned off, those you are responsible for are accounted for or otherwise properly engaged – entertained and assume a comfortable body position. Gently think, this time is yours and yours alone; don’t force it, just say to yourself “This time is all mine.” and calmly repeat it until you are convinced. Now, bring to mind a specific goal for yourself and in the early goings select a small goal, e.g., one that you all ready have a good chance of meeting, and write it down.


Then exactly follow the script below:


Step 1. Close your eyes, breathe deeply in a relaxed manner, and verbally, out loud, say the goal you have chosen for this moment.


Step 2. Allow the feelings associated with you now completely stated goal arise on their own accord; don’t force anything and don’t repress anything that comes to mind. You want your “inner talk” to operate freely and speak to you as it will. Stay in this mode until the “voices in your head” have had their say.


Step 3. Now, slowly open your eyes, don’t rush it, and write down the words that describe all the thoughts that came to you in Step 2 above.  Your Mind spoke to you using specific words and these are the words you want to capture on paper. Set this sheet of paper to the side, where you can easily see it, but it is not in your way and put a clean sheet of paper in front of you.


Step 4. Bring to Mind a past goal that you were successful in achieving; one that gave you a good feeling once obtained. Don’t concern yourself is the past met goal is in no fashion related to the goal you have selected for this exercise. What is important are the feelings – impressions – sensations – memories of the achieved goal, specifically, the feeling associated with meeting the goal.


Step 5. On the clean sheet of paper before you write down the goal met in the past and then write down all the feelings that accompanied meeting that goal. Quick Point: Focus on bringing feelings to conscious awareness and record them. Your sentences should contain feel words, e.g., kinesthetic based words and not contain words such as “think”.


Step 6. Now, put your two (2) sheets of paper side by side and read aloud each in turn. It really doesn’t matter which you read first; the key is to read each in turn and read them out loud with your full attention in play.




Final Step: Sit quietly and calmly while breathing relaxed and easy. Bring to Mind the differences in the recorded two (2) goal events. What do you find? For many, if not most, of us, our inner and ongoing dialogue slants toward the negative or what some would refer to as a “defeatist” attitude. Do you find a richness of positive affirmations in the past goal all ready achieved document, yet your future goal contains dark hints of doubt, potential problems, and possibly even failure as the ultimate outcome?


It seems the majority of the Human Condition goes through life unaware, or only occasionally – peripherally aware of the steady stream of chatter that goes on inside our head. In Buddhist Doctrine this is referred to as “Monkey Mind” and calming, then quieting, and finally rehabilitating the Monkey to speak in positive terms is a key to progress as a fully actualized Human Being.


This particular exercise can assist you in replacing the Negative Speakers with voices that are positive, affirming, and success orientated. First, really get a good understanding of the speakers that generally follow you around on a daily basis … identify and know them all, e.g., the “You aren’t good enough” Speaker. Then, one by one, swap out the voices of doubt with a voice derived from a past success, e.g., “You did it!”. The ultimate goal is to go through the day with “people on your side” speaking to you and jettison all the “harsh critics”. Routinely using this technique will aid you in engaging in creative problem solving as well as accelerated learning applications. It’s far more easy and effective to operate near your full potential when not dragging around a lot of negative baggage so get rid of the “speed bumps on the road to progress” and travel with good company at all times!


Future articles will include NLP techniques in concert with the Accelerated Learning and Creative Problem  Solving systems of Dr. Win Wenger.  Journey well.

©2009 IntellTeacher




  1. win wenger said,

    February 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    A quick reaction to your February 9 posting, “NLP in Action:” This process looks like it were made to be combined with our “DEAM” (Double-Entry Aha Method) creative problem-solving process. Use the writing-down of such goals the same way as we write out the problem-statement in DEAM, while attention is on noticing, capturing and writing down on a second sheet the various thoughts and perceptions which come up. Give precedence to writing down these on the second sheet, you may end up with a whole page or two of new insights there before you get to the end of the short sentence on the front sheet wherein you are stating your goal. This arrangement “holds open the window” on your relevant thoughts and perceptions, and you find yourself creating an amazing abundance of original and meaningful new insight. The DEAM process is detailed at

    The educational applications, of course, begin with the obvious one of writing down, on that first sheet, a statement of the concept or situation or relationship (mathematical or otherwise) that one is trying to understand, while giving precedence to noticing, capturing, and writing down on that second sheet all the possibly relevant thoughts and perceptions which appear “while you are holding the window open.”

    This is only one of many areas, of course, where NLP and Project Renaissance can usefully converge and synergize. I strongly believe that to pursue such synergies between any two or more disciplines, not only these two, can be wonderfully productive of new benefits, many of them in the area of education and accelerated learning, and make a tremendous positive difference.

    Case in point: (1) There are hundreds of different effective methods of creative problem-solving and creativity-evoking techniques now successfully in professional use around the world. (2) EVERY ONE of these is easily turned also into a super-learning, improved, enhanced, accelerated learning method so that at one stroke, hundreds of additional powerful accelerated learing methods are available to anyone who bothers to look. (Instructions for the simple conversion process are at ….win

    • intellteacher said,

      February 15, 2009 at 3:28 am

      Hello Dr. Wenger and thank you ever so much for your interesting and informative comment. I agree on all points regarding the incredible potential for creating a synthesis consisting of you Accelerated Learning (AL) – Creative Problem Solving (CPS) techniques and NLP. Certainly weaving NLP into DEAM is a natural although in truth I never really consider it until reading your post. I greatly appreciate your DEAM model and have used it more than a few times when I find myself stuck on the proverbial Dead End Street and can’t seem to muster the energy or desire to back track in order to start all over again. I find it so much quicker, cleaner and productive to change gears and employ DEAM.

      With regard to the whole synergy effect, I easily envision dozens of variations naturally arising and driven largely by a person’s personal preference, bent of Nature or genetic predisposition if you prefer. So long as the core techniques remain in place the range of productive mixes of AL – CPS and NLP appears essentially endless. Once again it seems the only real limitation that exists is defined by the imagination of the person involved.

      We really should write a book on this and perhaps gear it toward front line, classroom teachers. So much of what passes for “educational philosophy” and pedagogy is hopelessly lacking in useful structure with a great deal of words written regarding “what” and “why” an approach should be employed. However, when it comes to the straight forward mechanics of “how” to employ and utilize an approach the literature tends to be strangely silent.

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