The 6 Skills for Bulletproof Thinking

Day One: Conditioned Responses Most human behaviour is driven by unconscious patterns. Recognizing that responses are determined as much by conditioning as by triggers allows you more choice about what responses are available and what they mean. Learn to recognize and develop conditioned responses.

Day Two: Self Management This is more than state management: it is the practice of knowing who you want to be and how to be that person in a greater range of relationships and situations. Your state changes according to circumstance and outcome but the ability to choose your state should be a constant. Choice begins with recognition of the benefits of what you are feeling and how you are thinking.

Day Three: Time and Timing. How much anxiety flows from the perception that time is too short or moving too fast? Too many conventional strategies for time management treat people like clocks or calendars. NLP allows us to recognize that time is subjective and that our perceptions can be changed according to our intentions. Learn to manage your own sense of time, and to lead groups into sync and through time.

Day Four: Setting the Frames Framing involves using physical, social or linguistic structures to suggest a model or direction. They may work inside or outside conscious perception to set up meanings that drive behaviours. The more quickly you recognize frames, the more quickly you can identify leverage points for reframing in ways that support your purpose.

Day Five: The Language of Choice Language allows a thought that begins in one mind to be completed in the thought or behaviour of another mind. Language is the meeting place where we come to know our unconscious thoughts and where we we send conscious intentions into unconscious process. The most powerful language invites change and learning by evoking lived experience. This leads to innovation and exploration in the individual, and to agreement and collaboration in relationships.

Day Six: Mindset Optimism is the mindset that drives all the practices and insight of NLP. Optimism is not reserved for the few that are born with it: it can be the result of conscious conditioning to create the choices that lead to more desirable circumstances. Mastery of NLP means having the skills and states that nurture optimism available to you and being able to elicit those skills and states in the people you lead.

Other recommended reading

If you are interested in understanding where NLP fits into the world of coaching and change models, I recommend NLP Coaching: An evidence-based approach for coaches, leaders and individuals (Susie Linder-Pelz, London: Kogan Page, 2010). This book is quite technical and not all masters will benefit from it but it does allow you to place your training into the broader fields of coaching and coaching psychology.

We used to require that Masters purchase Turtles All the Way Down  (Grinder & DeLozier) because it is the source of New Code NLP. Unfortunately, it is now out of print.  You may wish to browse through our copies during the course and decide whether or not you’d like to track down a copy through alibris.com or abebooks.com. 

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