The Four Stages of Competence

stages of competence

When acquiring a new skill, you have a pre-existing level of competence. To improve, you will need go through different levels of competence. In NLP we call these the 4 stages of competence.

Black belts, Olympic athletes, business people, actors, everyone who is good at anything goes through these four stages of competence. Knowing how to spot them can help to shorten your learning curve.

The Four Stages of Competence

Think about something that you enjoy doing. Maybe a business activity or a favorite hobby. It can be something physical or mental. Think about how good you are at performing the behavior.

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Your Inner Critic

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Your Inner Critic

Your inner critic is always with you. You know the one I’m talking about.

That soft, nagging voice that keeps popping into your head. The one you can’t get rid of.  The one that comes back at inopportune times, when you least expect it. You want to banish your inner critic, but you can’t.

To soften its effect, you try distracting yourself.  You try changing your thoughts and focusing on something else. But, no matter what you do, those unwanted thoughts and feelings keep coming back.

So how can you get rid of your inner critic? Is there a way you can purge your inner critic, once and for all?

Habits and Your Inner Critic

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Using NLP for Mood Control

NLP for Mood Control

You Can Use NLP for Mood Control

Triggers in NLP are known as “anchors”.  The right “trigger” can change your mood from happy and elated to downright disagreeable in a split second. You can use NLP for mood control to snap yourself back into a happy, optimistic state.

The Effect of Anchors

Anchoring is when an external stimulus becomes a trigger that elicits a response. Most often anchors are random. One minute you’re happy and in control. You experience a trigger. Now you’re depressed, angry or sad. Continue reading


Your Conscious and Subconscious Minds

Conscious and Subconscious Minds

According to most psychologist you have two minds – the conscious and subconscious. A key part of NLP is understanding how to get your conscious and subconscious minds to work together.

Much of your negative life patterns are a result of your two minds not working in alignment. By learning how to use both your conscious and subconscious minds together, you can tie parts of your life together. Parts that had been giving you problems. Parts blocking success in your life.

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The History of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

history of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The history of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The history of Neuro-Linguistic Programming began in the early 1970’ s with two people at U.C. Santa Cruz. Richard Bandler was a 20-year-old psychology student. Dr. John Grinder was an associate professor of linguistics at the university in his late 20’s.

Bandler started out as a math major who was also interested in the new field of computer science. As he became more interested in the behavioral science he switched his major. But his initial interest in computer science is why NLP is often linked to it.

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How Neuro-Linguistic Programming Can Help You with Personal Development

Neuro-Linguistic Programming Can Help You with Personal DevelopmentHave you been trying to improve certain areas of your life, only to become frustrated? Would you like to become more focused, stop procrastinating, stay on a diet or just have a better attitude? Have you tried NLP? Neuro-Linguistic Programming can help you with personal development.

NLP can give you a better understanding of how you function. It gives you the tools you need to have more patience with the people around you. It will also help you to respond more effectively in tense situations.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming can help you with personal development. It does this by providing you with the skills you need to do all of these, and more. Continue reading


How to Overcome Procrastination Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Overcome Procrastination Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming

You Can Overcome Procrastination Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Ever feel stuck? Do you find yourself procrastinating? If you do, you can use using overcome procrastination using Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP, right now.  

By shifting how you think, NLP can help you create a strategy that will help you overcome procrastination. You can use this strategy to carry you through to success in all areas of your life.

You can use the process found in NLP to change your behavioral patterns. You can use it to set and reach career goals, improve your relationships with others or lose weight. Continue reading


Using NLP to Improve Your Communication Skills

NLP to Improve Your Communication Skills

You Can Use NLP to Improve Your Communications

To succeed in life, you need excellent communication skills. Without them, failure is all but guaranteed. The good news is you can use NLP to improve your communication skills.

The Need for Good Communications

Unless you live in a cave, being a good communicator is mandatory. Good communication skills are key to winning friends and influencing people.

If you have struggled in the past with your communications, don’ t despair. You can use processes from NLP to improve your communication skills. Continue reading


Neuro-Linguistic Programming – What Is It?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

How Can NLP Help YOU?

One of the most often asked questions I get about Neuro-Linguistic Programming is what is it and how can it help me?

The quick answer is Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a system of processes and techniques you can use to take charge of your life. Once you understand NLP’s basics, you can incorporate them into your own life. This allows you to make the most of it.

NLP Basics

Neuro-Linguistic Programming provides its practitioners with ways to better understand themselves. This understanding helps them understand why people say, act and feel the way they do. Continue reading


Build Better Relationships With NLP

Maybe you want to have a better relationship with your  boss and co-workers. Perhaps you want to improve your relationships your spouse, kids and other loved ones. Maybe you want to find a relationship. No matter which applies to you, you’re in the right place. You can build better relationships with NLP.

How NLP Enhances Relationships

One of NLP’s strengths is communications. NLP can help you better understand the other person’s point of view. It allows your communications to become more flexible. Neuro-Linguistic Programming gives you the tools you need  to build deep and lasting rapport.

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