Martin Messier

November 21, 2023

The paradox of simplicity in complexity

NLP often conjures images of intricate psychological techniques, reserved for therapists and communication specialists. However, the core principles of NLP are surprisingly applicable to everyday life. This paradox of simplicity within complexity is what makes NLP fascinating to me.

At its heart, NLP explores the relationship between thought, language, behavior in the context of modeling how great performers do what they do. It suggests that by shaping our thought, language and behavior, we can produce outcomes similar to the ones produced by people who are great at what they do.

This concept, even though it's grounded in complex theories, boils down to simple, practical applications.

One of them is a disarmingly simple idea. Most people, when they want to learn how to do something, will go to Google and search for "How to..." and complete the phrase with what they're trying to accomplish. The NLP Practitioner, on the other hand, searches for "How I..."

In NLP, every model is personal. There are no objective "How to's." Only subjective "How I's."

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