The Principles of NLP

Filed Under (NLP life coaching) on 01-06-2010

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The basic principles of NLP are: 


  • We create our own reality.
  • You know your reality, but you don’t know other people’s realities.
  • Our realities limit what we are capable of more than do the constraints of external realities.
  • Each person has their own reality.  As they operate from that reality, they’re always right.


  • Our behavior is purposeful.
  • Every behavior is useful in some context.
  • Your current behavior is the best possible choice for you at the time.
  • You are doing the best you can  – and you could probably do better.
  • People do the best they can given the choices they believe to be available to them.


  • We can change experience.
  • Everything that is said, done, experienced is said, done, experienced by someone.
  • People will make meaning from experience, not just respond.
  • Whenever we speak, our language reveals our deeper experience.


  • The meaning of communication is the response it elicits.
  • There’s no failure, only feedback.
  • There’re no resistant clients – only inflexible communicators.
  • Mind and body are one integrated system.


  • You have within you the resources you need to achieve what you want.
  • We get what we concentrate on.
  • Choice is better than no choice.  Always aim to increase choice.
  • People work perfectly – no one is wrong or broken.
  • Modeling excellence leads to excellence.
  • If one person can do something, it is possible to model and teach it to others.
  • People with the most flexibility are most likely to achieve what they want.  The part of any system that has the greatest variety of possible responses will control the system.
  • We all have equal access to building and using internal resources.


  • It is certainly easier to change yourself than to change others.
  • Mind and body are systemic, hence when you change one, you’ll change the other.
  • Energy flows where attention goes.
  • As we have better strategies for achieving what we want, we will choose to use them.

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