What Is NLP and How It Can Change Your Life?

What Is NLP and How It Can Change Your Life?

By: Beth A. Snyder, CCHt

NLP or neuro-linguistic programming is a mechanism or tool in which a person can fine tune or program their thoughts and mind to match their language, goals and desires. NLP provides practical ways and tools to help a person change the way they live their life. NLP influences and directs the way we think, remember past events and memories and can change our overall approach to life and happiness. NLP is similar to the software of a computer. It is like the software of the mind. It is an extraordinary, innovative and inventive approach on how to develop, improve and perfect human communication skills to achieve excellence in all areas of one’s life.

The principle behind NLP

The main and basic principle of NLP is that you can change the way your life works and the way you live your life by changing the way your mind works and the way you think. NLP focuses on programming thoughts and behaviours towards reaching high levels of motivation and positivity. Employing NLP techniques allows us to overcome barriers and obstructions in order to reach our goals and dreams in a more focused and directed manner.

The discovery of NLP

NLP shows you how you can take control of your life by taking control of your mind. It focuses on the ‘how’ aspect more than the ‘why’ aspect. It was discovered by two people – one a mathematician named Richard Bandler and the other a linguistic named John Grinder. Both of them were fascinated by the fact of how some people were able to excel at a particular skill and how some people were merely average or good at a particular work or task because they didn’t have the same skill. They were curious to learn the difference between these two kinds of people and what it was that made them so different from one another intellectually. At its core NLP is the study and duplication of excellence.

How can NLP change your life?

NLP has proven to be extremely effective in a number of areas. As a Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnotist creating excellence in your life is my passion. With NLP you can improve your life in the following ways.

• Work or business

• Relationships

• Sports and physical activity or fitness

• Health, well-being & personal happiness

By learning and incorporating NLP into your life you can drastically change the way things work in your life. Achieve your personal best and enjoy life more. NLP also uses techniques like attracting positivity and the power of belief. Learn more today at www.bethsnyderhypnosis.com

Hypnosis and Sports Performance

Hypnosis for Sports Performance

Sports hypnosis is the method of using hypnosis, nlp and mindfulness techniques with athletes and other sports players to enhance and improve their performance and improve physical recovery from injury. Hypnosis is used in sports primarily for two purposes – performance enhancing and therapeutic purposes. Sports athletes can succumb to many injuries due to the intense physical training they undergo to stay in shape and form and while playing the actual sport. Hypnosis is used in helping them get over the trauma of pain and injury and improving their mental state of mind to achieve excellence in the game.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the process of inducing a person into a state of heightened consciousness in which he is highly suggestible or receptive to direction or suggestion from a professional hypnotist. It reconnects both body and mind and rewires responses.  It is used to primarily help improve performance, attitude or alter unwanted behavior. Hypnosis is safe, simple and successful. When choosing a hypnotist it is important to look for someone with a minimum of 500 hours of training and someone who has graduated from a State-Licensed School.

Use of hypnosis in sports

Hypnosis is used widely among professional athletes. They believe that hypnosis is a great tool to achieve their personal best. Subconsciously athletes may be sabotaging their own performance or suppress their pain and anger which may adversely affect them in other ways. Professional hypnotherapy is an excellent way to transform these blocks.  Team members of the Russian Olympic team are known to use hypnosis to enhance their performance.  For more information on how hypnosis can help you achieve your personal best visit www.bethsnyderhypnosis.com.

Why you need to be De-Hypnotized!

Ever wonder why you just can’t stop a habit or why you do things when part of you wants to and part of you doesn’t?  Well that is because you are already hypnotized. What? Yes, you have already been hypnotized. That is to say that you are most likely carrying beliefs about yourself and others in your subconscious mind that where placed there long ago. In fact, your subconscious mind was formed long before you had the reasoning skills or resources to do anything about it.  Doesn’t that just seem pretty unfair? Yep, it sure does, but the good news is that it can be changed and quickly with a trained and qualified Hypnotherapist.

As an infant you come into being in this human form and you are all light and love and you poop probably poop often. But at your heart, your core the essence of your being, you are pure, unimpressed upon and trusting. Then things begin to happen to you, the Doctor slaps you, your dad yells and your babysitter burns your sweet little lips because the milk was too hot.  Certainly, these are just examples and fairly minor ones of events that happen to us all, but these events create beliefs and that is where it gets sticky. Literally, these beliefs start to stick in your subconscious. So now as it is the utmost duty of your subconscious to protect you, it starts to modify your behavior to do just that but without your conscious knowledge. What? How can this be? Can’t I just “get over” this stuff and forget about it? Sure you can try to do that consciously but the truth is your subconscious is running the show 90% of the time so you are simply outgunned.

Based on the above examples of unfortunate events we may start to believe, “we are not safe in this world” or “we are not loveable”. Now, if that belief continues to be reinforced as you grow through additional poor treatment, traumatizing events or outright abuse then it solidifies as a core belief and now it is driving your behavior even more. Even though you may say, I am over that and you can’t cry over things that happened so long ago, your subconscious doesn’t buy it. If you carried a belief you are not safe, well that can drive your behavior in all sorts of maladaptive ways that often leave you puzzled and less than joyful.

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I work backwards to help you discover what the core belief is that may be driving your behavior and holding you back and then we correct it together, realign you with the truth about who you truly are. Through my extensive training and focused discipline in Hypnotherapy, together we discover the issues and move you through a truly transformational process. It is at this point the “reprogramming” can begin and it is immediate and powerful.

So before you look to a Hypnotherapist to hypnotize you, the first step very well may be to dehypnotize yourself from the years of repetitive self-talk that is reinforcing a negative and non-productive core belief.  Then the reprogramming begins and peace and harmony are restored. A delightful added benefit is your mind chatter begins to quiet down as you are dehypnotized from the false beliefs that were buried in your subconscious. Abundance, joy and freedom once again rule the day and you are restored to a place of light and love of your infancy but without any of the diaper drama.


Holiday Hypnosis! A gift to help you avoid holiday stress

The very word hypnosis can conjure up the image of some swirling eyed zombie under the hypnotists’ control. In actuality nothing could be further from the truth, in fact you are more alert and in a heightened state of awareness during a hypnotherapy session. Hypnosis is simply a state of deep mental and physical relaxation. In that state you can make really powerful changes to your thoughts which in turn allow you to experience profound personal transformation.

With the holidays approaching, I wanted to take a moment to give you a powerful resource to help you in those moments of hectic holiday happenings. The great news is we experience hypnosis natually all the time and in fact when you are falling asleep you enter an early stage of hypnosis. I want to take this time to give you a gift that will keep you feeling more peaceful and calm during the upcoming “joyous” season.

Ok so you probably already know this, but just as a reminder, it isn’t what is actually happening around you that is making you feel all stressed out, it is how you respond to it internally. Yes, that voice in your head – the conversation you are having in your mind is so critical and important, so it stands to reason that if you change your response and thoughts to the events on the outside that you will enjoy a different response on the inside, both physically and emotionally. Wow could it be that simple?

So first things first, you have to think about something or someone who may stress you out during the holidays. Maybe it’s a loud cousin or your Aunt Millie who just still insists on critiquing everything you wear and eat, or try to imagine the stress you feel when that ‘to do’ list is staring at you. Whatever you decide to focus on is perfectly fine, now take a second and write down this thing or person that stresses you out.

Take your time and be specific. Write out the details of what this pending stress event will be like. Now here is the fun part: set it aside and take a new piece of paper and write down what you would rather have happen. How would you rather this stressful person or event manifest during the holidays?

Tonight, when you are falling asleep at night form a picture of what you really want to happen in your mind’s eye and focus on this image of the desired outcome, focus on the outcome that you want. See Aunt Millie saying, “You look very nice in that sweater.” Perhaps you want to imagine how easy it is for you to blow through that ‘to do’ list.

Your subconscious mind is wide open while you are falling asleep, so this is prime time to make positive statements and hold images in your mind of how you would rather your life be. When you awaken, just keep moving through life as you normally would and your subconscious is going to work to create the images you are holding on to.

Keep practicing this for at least one full week, and you will begin to notice a change in how you feel about the upcoming holidays. I want you to have fun with this, and even start to play around with what else you can affect in your life by changing the image or how you think about it.

So yes, stress is an option and if you change your mind, well you change your life.

But how can something this simple work? Simple, because your subconscious mind is controlling your behavior 90% of the time. Your subconscious is designed to help you achieve what you believe you want, if you hold onto a belief that the holidays will be stressful, then that is what you will get and you subconscious will support you in that.

Your subconscious can only say yes, so you can begin to think about what you are really asking for with your thoughts and beliefs. You see, Dorothy you had the power all along! Happy Holidays!

If you would like to learn more or set up a Holiday Hypnosis Session and give back to yourself this year visit my website at www.bethsnyderhypnosis.com.