NLP Ways to Train Your Brain

Ways to Train Your Brain

Neuro-linguistic programming allows you to understand the way in which your mind establishes its neural routes based on the ways in which you behave from day to day. This process can be understood with an analogy to water. Water may flow into slight depressions in the ground. Over time, more water will deepen the depression, creating a ditch and then a canyon. The water will continue to flow in the same direction after the ditch or canyon has been formed. Even though you might have a similar path established in your mind, it is possible to change it with NLP techniques. The life coach at Premier Life Coaching can use different methods to help you to change your own neural paths in more positive directions.

While most people understand, getting rid of bad habits can take a long time because it is done unconsciously. NLP allows you to take control so that your bad habits can be eradicated in as few as 10 minutes. Some of these techniques include changing your submodalities, anchoring, swish techniques, and Time Line Therapy®. Here are seven ways that you can start to train your brain to act differently to work towards reaching your goals and taking your life in a more positive direction.

1. Identify the habit that you would like to change.

In order to truly get rid of a bad habit, it is important for you to recognize what it is that you would personally like to change. It is common for people to state that they would like to make changes based on feedback from others that they have a problematic habit. When your motivation is only internal, it will be difficult for you to change. Internally, you might simply not care. However, if you truly want to rid yourself of your bad habit both consciously and unconsciously, you are likelier to succeed.

2. To eliminate a bad habit, you first need to discover what you are getting out of it.

People continue in their bad habits because they get something in return from engaging in them. Neuro-linguistic programming refers to this as a secondary gain. Think about what your bad habit is providing to you. For example, people who have food addictions are often substituting foods for something else in their lives that they lack. To help you with this step, write down whatever it is that you are feeling right before you eat non-nutritious foods or before you engage in some other type of bad habit. This helps you to bring it into your consciousness.

3. Identify the mental picture.

When you are experiencing a craving for a certain food, a cigarette, or something else that is bad for you, ask yourself a simple question. You should question what picture you have in your mind when you think about the food or another thing that you crave. Close your eyes and observe the picture closely. Look at whether it is close up or far away as well as where it is positioned on your inner screen.

4. Change the mental picture.

After you have identified your mental picture, take it and move it to various distances away from you in your mind. Make it very small or black it out. After you have moved it far away from you and blackened it, leave it there, and do not recall it to its former position.

5. Focus on doing something different other than your bad habit.

Think about something that you also like doing but that is a more positive and healthy choice. Create a mental picture of it and examine it closely. Make changes to the picture so that it becomes more attractive, using beautiful colors. Bring it closer in focus on your inner screen so that it predominates.

6. Choose Time Line Therapy® to rid yourself of the need to engage in your bad habit.

Time Line Therapy® is a newer NLP technique that helps you by using your internal timeline to change your bad habits so that you no longer need them. If you know how to use this therapeutic technique, complete the limiting decisions process with your memory of the very first time when you engaged in your bad habit.

7. Think of what type of behavior you will engage in instead of your bad habit.

Think forward into the future about what you will do instead of engaging in your bad habit. Be specific, visualizing yourself actively engaging in the positive behavior. For example, if you quit smoking, picture yourself being more active, drawing in the air more deeply, and being cough-free. See yourself going for a morning jog with a new focus on health.

At Premier Life Coaching, we help people to conquer bad habits quickly so that they can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. To learn more, fill out our online contact form today.

How NLP Modeling Is Different

How NLP Modeling Is Different

Whether you want to change something small or large in your life, or you simply want to become more successful at your job or in your relationships, neuro-linguistic programming can provide the way for you to achieve your goals. One technique of neuro-linguistic programming that is highly effective is NLP modeling. This technique is different than other forms of modeling and can help you to achieve your goals quickly. At Premier Life Coaching, you can work together with your life coach using NLP modeling techniques to transform your life. Here is what is unique about NLP modeling.

How NLP modeling is different

NLP modeling can be very rewarding. When you were a child, you utilized skills of behavioral learning that aided you in developing your initial abilities. If you are like most people, you likely lost touch with those innate skills as you grew older. NLP modeling can help you to regain access so that you can use those behavioral learning skills again to accomplish nearly anything that you want.

It might be possible to use modeling with groups. Researchers commonly profile groups and collect demographic or psychographic information in order to get a picture of how they work and what makes them tick. However, the profiling of groups has little to do with NLP modeling.

The idea behind NLP modeling is to identify a person who has been highly successful at something. You then observe that person in order to identify their characteristics and choices. NLP modeling encourages you to imitate the types of actions and characteristics of successful people so that you can attain a similar level of success in your chosen endeavor. Once an NLP life coach has been able to determine what differences a highly successful person has, he or she is able to teach those skills and abilities to others.

What is the key?

In traditional learning methods, people add one skill at a time. They work until they master a single skill before they add the next step. In NLP modeling, you instead start by looking at all of the elements of the successful person’s behavior. You then take away steps one at a time until you are left with what is actually necessary.

This helps NLP modeling to be an effective strategy for accelerated learning. With this technique, you can regain the same types of skills that you enjoyed when you were a young child. You already have the ability to complete your goals within yourself. You can learn how to access those skills by modeling the thoughts, behaviors, and actions of others who have already become highly successful.

NLP modeling takes the best of achievement and breaks it down so that it is digestible and shareable. The process can allow you to achieve the types of results that you want in a much shorter period of time. Rather than spending years working with a therapist, you have the ability to use NLP techniques to achieve greater happiness and higher levels of success within a few weeks or months.

When you observe others and copy the methods that they use to achieve successful results, you are able to test different approaches to see what works for you. The testing portion is essential. By testing the different approaches, you can make adjustments so that you can quickly realize gains. Modeling the behavior and strategies of an exceptional person can help you to make adjustments in your own thought patterns and assimilate some of what you learn into your personal belief structure and approach.

This can also help you to gain a better understanding of your own patterns of behavior so that you can successfully model the best parts of yourself while minimizing the negative attributes of your thinking and behavior.

NLP modeling can help you to change your internal map so that your perception of the world becomes more positive. When you have a more positive unconscious view of yourself and of the world around you, you are much likelier to achieve the successful outcomes that you are seeking.

Other approaches spend too much time asking why questions rather than how. By focusing on how someone does things in order to be successful, you can learn to adopt those strategies yourself so that you can also enjoy improvements in your life.

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At Premier NLP Life Coaching, we are able to help people achieve their life goals in a broad variety of areas. We use NLP modeling and other NLP techniques to help our clients to become the types of high-achieving people that they have always dreamed of becoming. To learn more about NLP modeling and how it might work for you, contact Premier Life Coaching today by filling out our contact form.

The Difference Between Anchors and Triggers

The Difference Between Anchors and Triggers

Two common concepts in neurolinguistic programming are anchors and triggers. Understanding what both of these concepts are can help you on your path to achieving your goals. Both anchors and triggers are conditioning patterns that can help you to address your thinking patterns and behaviors in a way that can help you to adopt more successful strategies. At Premier NLP Life Coaching, we can teach you these and other NLP techniques to help you to get the most out of your life. We’re going to provide you with a model of how anchors and triggers might work for you. You might initially think of anchors as something that you can use to control your own state by using specific triggers. Here is an exploration of the meaning of anchors in more depth and how they can be distinguished from triggers.


Anchors are different things that can bring forth certain feelings and thoughts. They are stimuli that can bring back memories of earlier events. For example, some people might hear an old song and be brought back to a time when they were young.

A stimulus can occur in any one of your senses, including kinesthetic, auditory, gustatory, visual, or olfactory. These stimuli are things that can bring back earlier memories both good and bad.

If you find yourself in a particularly happy state that you would like to revisit in the future, you can choose something that can bring it back. This can be anything from tapping your foot a certain number times or whatever might work for you. You’ll want to trigger it several times so that you can condition the response. Later, test the anchor that you have chosen to see if you return to the previous state.

You are also able to anchor others. If you find someone who is in a certain state, you can create an anchor for him or her by giving him or her a certain look. Let the person move out of that state and then do it again to see what happens.


Triggers work in a similar way as anchors. However, triggers recall behaviors instead of feelings or thoughts. For example, when you hear a certain commercial, it might trigger you to drive to a restaurant and order a meal. Thoughts of a specific situation might lead you to bite your nails. Like anchors, triggers can also be implanted on purpose.

How to use anchors and triggers

Anchors and triggers are powerful in your life, and you’ll hear about them frequently in neuro-linguistic programming. Nearly anything can serve as an anchor or trigger. It is important for you to understand how you can use them in your life in a positive way.

Negative anchors and triggers

Anchors and triggers can be positive or negative. For example, when you encounter someone who you believe is acting in a patronizing manner, it might serve as an anchor for anger for you. If someone tailgates you in traffic, you might immediately feel angry or scared. Triggers can also be negative. For example, if you have an upcoming test, you might react by smoking a cigarette.

The key to understanding anchors and triggers is that they do not involve any rational thought and are instant. Because of the importance of anchors and triggers in your ability to enjoy a happy life, NLP practitioners work to help you to extinguish negative anchors and triggers while you also will acquire new, positive ones.

Negative anchors are instant, are unconscious, and are immune to positive thinking. This means that you need to use techniques to defuse your negative anchors before they happen. You can do this by identifying the triggers that occur frequently and defusing them before they can occur again.

When you recognize that your mood has worsened, think back to when your mood was positive. Then, work forward to find the point at which your mood changed. That point in time is where you will discover the negative anchor. You can then use an NLP technique such as the swish technique to defuse it. This can help you to remove some of its power over you.

Build positive anchors

In addition to defusing negative anchors, start to build positive anchors in the way in which we previously described. Whenever you feel particularly happy, create an anchor that can help you to recall that state. With practice, you can bring back happy memories so that you can increase your overall happiness.

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At Premier Life Coaching, you can explore your own anchors and triggers and learn to build new positive ones. You can work with our personal certified life coach using NLP techniques to help to increase your happiness and your self-confidence so that you can become more successful. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling us today.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

During the winter months, the weather presents some unique challenges to your body. In winter, it is common to deal with additional fatigue because of reduced exposure to sunlight. People may also gain weight because of winter eating habits, and your metabolism might slow since you will have fewer outdoor activities in which to participate. You might also have to contend with the flu, colds, and other viruses during the winter months.

If you are interested in personal development and neuro-linguistic programming, it is likely that you are more in tune with your body and your mind. You might have strategies in place to make certain that you can enjoy winter without viruses or the weather affecting your mental or physical health. Humans have more choices with their ability to resist external influences. Neuro-linguistic programming at Premier Life Coaching can help you to overcome the external factors that might be bringing you down during the winter.

Understanding the nervous system

Every person has a nervous system that is unique. You also have an immune system that can fight off microorganisms and a lymphatic system that helps to flush out toxins from your body. These natural systems continuously work to take care of you. Your natural ability to heal is contained within your unconscious mind. NLP can help to engage your unconscious mind and the processes that are connected to your lymphatic and immune systems to help you to stay healthy or to heal faster.

Long ago, people used the winter months to rest and renew themselves. Ancient cultures didn’t have electricity or heating systems. They relied on their labor during the warmer months to sow and harvest crops and hunt so that they had enough food to sustain themselves during the winter. Today, we don’t face these pressures. However, we are still able to use the winter to optimize our health and to recharge our minds. Here are some tips for increasing your winter health.

1. Remain positive

Some people dislike bad weather and dark evening times during the winter. If you complain about these types of things, it can only worsen your mood. Choose to be happy and recognize that there are people who have a lot more to worry about than the weather or early darkness.

2. Stay active

Your body has a positive reaction to exercise. When you remain active, your brain will reduce endorphins that help you to remain positive.

3. Venture outdoors

Getting fresh air is important. Take walks outside every day while you can. This can invigorate you and get you away from the stale air indoors.

4. Eat better

During the winter, your body tends to crave unhealthy food. This is a biological drive to eat food to help to store fat. Avoid these cravings and choose healthy foods.

5. Get enough vitamin D

During the winter when you have less exposure to the sun, you may not get enough vitamin D. You can choose to eat foods such as vitamin D-fortified milk, herring, mackerel, sardines, and salmon. You can also take a vitamin D supplement during the winter.

6. Listen to your body

Take time to listen to your body by using a biofeedback system to communicate with your unconscious mind. This can help you to heal more quickly if you catch a viral infection such as the flu or a cold.

7. Get enough rest

Winter is a great time for you to establish healthy sleep habits. People do not get enough sleep. Go to bed at a good time every night so that you wake up refreshed in the morning.

8. Feed your mind

You can spend the evenings to learn new things. If you take the time to learn new things during the evening, you will feel a sense of achievement.

9. Tackle something on your bucket list

If you decide to check something off of your bucket list during the winter, it can help to boost your sense of well-being.

Enjoy relaxing

Meditation is a great way to help you to relax. If you spend some periods of time to connect with your self, it can have a positive impact on how you feel.

During the winter, staying inside and doing nothing except watching television can cause you to feel stagnated, causing the winter blues. You can choose to instead have a happy winter.

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It is possible to overcome seasonal depression so you can enjoy a truly happy winter with improvements in your mental and physical wellbeing during the colder months. At Premier NLP Life Coaching, we can help you to get in touch with your unconscious mind so that you can find your personal happiness. Fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

What is New Code NLP?

In neuro-linguistic programming, there are two codes that are called the classic code and the new code. In the classic code, clients choose the resources selectively while in the new code, contexts are created in which the clients use their unconscious processes to make desired changes. The key difference between the two different codes is the use of your unconscious to select the resources that you need to make the changes that you desire. At Premier Life Coaching, we are able to teach you how to use this approach so that you can achieve the goals that you want in your life or in your career.

There are a number of different processes in NLP that can let you connect with your unconscious mind. When properly organized, your unconscious processes can produce long-term changes that circumvent the limitations of your conscious mind. The new code of NLP corrects some of the shortcomings of the classic code.

Some of the operating principles of the new code of NLP

Some of the operating principles of the new code include the following:

  • You assign your unconscious mind the responsibility of choosing critical elements such as new behaviors or the desired state;
  • You explicitly involve your unconscious mind in every critical step;
  • You place constraints on the choice of new behaviors so that they satisfy your positive intentions; and
  • The manipulation or change happens at the state and intention level rather than the behavioral level.

In the new code approach, you create your resource states directly by participating in an activity such as a game. This activity helps you to create a high-performance state that doesn’t have content or history attached to it. In the classic code approach, you might use a historical state. However, the historical state may bring with it associations and other material that is not relevant. Using games under the new code helps to activate specific neural circuits that can serve as the foundation for changes in the context that you have chosen. The games are based on the following chain that leads to excellence. Performance leads to your state, which leads to your physiology, which leads to your respiration.

Performance allows you to have access to many resources at your unconscious level. The most effective way to activate this state is by manipulating your physiology, and one of the most effective ways to manipulate your physiology is through your breathing patterns. Using this chain allows you to shift a part of your experience. You have the ability to perform excellently because of states that involve specific areas of your physiology. The way in which your performance and behavior are connected to your physiology allows you to communicate and to calibrate. The chain is a strategy that systematically accesses the power of your unconscious mind.

The new code change

Change under the new code causes you to go into a high-performance state. When you are in this state, you are freed from expectations and internal representations. You will be able to access all of your response patterns equally so that your unconscious mind will be given the responsibility to choose among the practiced patterns that you have learned during your preparations without your conscious interference. There are four simple steps of change under the new code of NLP, including the following:

  • Choose a context in which you would like to have a different quality of experience;
  • Don’t change anything and try to see, hear, and feel the situation;
  • Play the game so that you can enter your high-performance state; and
  • At the end of the game, step back into the space in which step two happened.

In the new code, an emphasis is placed on the maps that happen between the stimuli and receptors in your nervous system instead of on all of the changes that subsequently occur. NLP patterning occurs in your representations and your mental maps rather than in the world itself. These representations can be manipulated. The new code approach extends calibration and helps to bring about generative change.

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Neuro-linguistic programming is an effective approach to bring about the changes that you want in your life. It works much faster than traditional psychological approaches and can provide you with positive changes that are lasting. NLP can be used to change almost any area of your life. To learn more, contact Premier Life Coaching today to schedule a consultation by filling out our contact form.

Understanding how psychotherapy and NLP work and how they differ from each other can help you to understand why NLP is a better alternative.

How is NLP different from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming are therapeutic approaches that are focused on understanding the mind so that your thinking processes might be molded so that you might feel more positive, happier, and more confident. While both of these approaches have been used for decades to help people, they differ from each other. Understanding how psychotherapy and NLP work and how they differ from each other can help you to understand why NLP is a better alternative. At Premier Life Coaching, we use NLP techniques to help people address their issues and goals across a broad variety of situations.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy and NLP differ in terms of their principles, concepts, methodologies, and the way in which they view the human mind. Psychotherapy can be thought of as therapy through talking. A person who is facing an issue can see a psychotherapist to talk. The therapist observes and analyzes the person to try to identify the root cause of the problem. The therapist and the person then slowly work together to try to help the patient move forward in life and to build a healthier personality.

Psychotherapy does not have process-specific methods for integration and the resolution of problems. Because of this, many patients complain about a lack of structure in their psychotherapy appointments. Since there is no method to help people reach a resolution, psychotherapy can last for years with little progress. People may have their problems brought to their conscious awareness through psychotherapy but still be left without a resolution to them.

Psychotherapy can offer some benefits to people. However, if you are results-oriented, neuro-linguistic programming may be a better choice.

How is NLP Different from Psychotherapy?

NLP practitioners and life coaches do not focus on discovering the underlying cause of an individual’s problems. Instead, NLP techniques are focused on achieving the desired results. NLP works backward to eliminate the root cause of problems. When you undergo NLP, you will not receive a diagnosis of your mental health. Instead, people are viewed as needing the ability to channel their behavior and thought processes in a more productive and positive way. NLP does not view people as if they are broken but instead focuses on helping individuals to become the best that they can be.

NLP is more targeted and results-oriented in its approach. When you undergo NLP, you will not be asked why questions. Instead, the questions in NLP are what, who and how queries. Your NLP coach will be more interested in how you see the world instead of what you are seeing. NLP gives patients control over their personalities and their reactions so that they can develop more productive, positive approaches to dealing with the situations that impact them.

What is NLP?

NLP is a system that involves modeling, effective communication, and action. The strategies that successful people use to accomplish their goals are analyzed so that you can apply them to reach your own goals. Your behavior patterns, language, and thoughts that you have learned by experience are related to reaching specific outcomes. NLP practitioners believe that individuals who are able to understand how others accomplish tasks may learn to incorporate those positive processes so that they are also able to accomplish their own goals.

NLP teaches that every person has an innate map of the world. This map is created internally by you to understand the world, and you add to it as you encounter different experiences. By analyzing your perspective and your language choices, your life coach can help you to create a systematic overview. Your senses are crucial for processing the information that you take in from the world around you, and your mind and body influence each other. By identifying unconscious biases and skewed ideas in your map, your life coach can help you to modify them so that you can have greater control.

What are the Benefits of NLP?

NLP offers many benefits to people. Because it is focused on reaching a resolution, the process is much faster. The results that you can receive from NLP are lasting and can improve your understanding of your own behavioral and cognitive patterns. With NLP, you can learn to build effective communication between your own unconscious and conscious mental processes. This can help you to improve your problem-solving abilities and your creativity.

NLP is also recognized for its versatility in helping people with many different issues, including the following:

  • Communication problems
  • Phobias, anxiety, and panic
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Borderline personality
  • Obsessive and compulsive behavior

In addition to helping with psychological issues, NLP is also beneficial for other purposes. People who want to achieve greater success at work are able to benefit from NLP. Those who simply want to improve their performance in general or who want to feel happier also can benefit from NLP techniques.

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NLP may offer you faster results and greater benefits than you might derive from psychotherapy. To learn more about how NLP might be able to help you, call Premier Life Coaching today.