NLP for Professional Development

Filed Under (NLP life coaching) on 01-10-2012

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How can NLP help you make every minute count in your professional development?  

Learn on the go.  

If you drive, listen to educational materials in the car.  The average American drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles a year, spending 500 to 1,000 hours a year in the car.  That renders 12 and a half to 25 forty-hour weeks, which equals two full university semesters.  If you used that traveling time as learning time, you could become one of the best educated people of your generation.  Many people have gone from rags to riches partially thanks to listening to materials for professional development while driving.  To earn more you must learn more.  Your results will always correspond to your preparation.  Continuous learning is the minimal requirement for success in any field. And if you commute by public or other transport, you can also apply this principle.

Professional development = getting even better at your key tasks.

Your core competencies, key skills, the areas where you are absolutely brilliant at what you do are the key determinants of your productivity, standard of living, and the level of achievement that you reach in your field.

You are successful to the degree to which you do more things better than the average person.  Your great responsibility in life is to determine what things you can do excellently and develop a plan to become brilliant at those vital things.  The key NLP question of professional development is what one skill would have the highest impact on your career if you did it absolutely brilliantly.  Your weakest important skill sets the level at which you can use all other skills.  Be honest with yourself.  What is your limiting skill?  Similarly, what is the one skill that determines the speed at which you complete major tasks and achieve goals?  Likewise, what is the one skill of which the lack may be holding you back?

The 80/20 rule applies to skills that limit your success.

80% of why you are not moving ahead as fast as you want is explained by the 20% of skills and abilities that you lack.  This rule guarantees that 80% of your limits in life are in you.  80% are due to lack of a skill, ability, or quality in you.  The underachiever always looks for reasons for problems in the world.  The high achiever looks within and always asks what is it in him/her that is holding him/her back.  Hence successful people look inside themselves for answers to questions and for solutions to problems.  Unsuccessful people look outside.  Who do you think finds the solutions first?

Ask people to evaluate you in your critical skill areas on a scale of 1 to 5.

The more accurate you are in this exercise, the more easily you will focus on the skill areas that help you the most.  Identify the one most important skill that would have the highest impact on your career if you developed and did it excellently.  Set a goal, make a plan, and work on becoming excellent in that area. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to your career.  Or if you want a totally objective evaluator or wish to ask for advice on a situation in your life, contact me.

Prior planning prevents poor performance.

Preparation is the mark of a professional and any successful person in any aspect of life.  As you move upward in any occupation, you will find that the top people spend far more time on preparation than average people.  The top 10 percent in any field are always more thoroughly prepared in every detail than the rest in the same field.  On the way to achieving your most important goal continually ask yourself What are the worst possible things that can happen?  And then prepare for the things.

Superior thinkers assume that the worst will happen and make provisions against it.

Napoleon Bonaparte was once asked if he believed in luck.  He replied  “Yes. I believe in bad luck.  I believe I will always have it and I plan accordingly.”.  Always prepare for the worst.  No matter what anyone tells you, be prepared for the possibility that s/he will not follow through.  Be proactive, not passive.  Instead of getting angry or depressed get going.  Find an alternative.  Refuse to accept the current situation if it is not satisfactory.  Instead of waiting for things to happen make things happen.

Review a checklist prior to every event.

Even if pilots have flown thousands of hours for decades they still go through the checklist every time.  You should prepare a checklist too.  No matter how many times you have made the same trip, review your checklist once more.  Never trust the memory.  Failing to check just one critical detail can leave you stranded and maybe even put your destination out of reach.  As you proceed toward your professional destinations and goals the consequences of not following your checklist will not be as severe.  But it is not unusual for a business to go broke or a person to lose all his/her resources because someone failed to pay attention to a critical detail.

Develop the NLP habit of preparation because it certainly will prevent poor performance.


  • research
  • checklists
  • motivation
  • strategies
  • future pacing [=visualizing how you’ll successfully perform / complete the journey to your destination / goal]
  • grounding
  • and whatever else works for you.

Also prepare on the levels of:

  • environment
  • behavior
  • capability
  • beliefs and values
  • identity
  • and the broader scope beyond identity.

Everything you do and don’t do counts

One of the greatest principles of success is the law of accumulation. This law dictates that everything great and worthwhile in human life is an accumulation of thousands of tiny efforts and sacrifices that nobody ever sees or appreciates.  Everything accumulates over time.  You have to put in many tiny efforts that nobody sees before you achieve anything worthwhile.  It’s like a snowball.  A snowball starts very small, grows as it adds millions of snowflakes, and continues to grow as it gathers momentum.

The 3 areas in which to accumulate for your professional development

Knowledge. Your body of knowledge is the result of thousands of pieces of information.  Any person with a large knowledgebase has spent thousands of hours building that knowledgebase one piece at a time.  When you meet the person, you meet an expert in his/her field with a high level of knowledge that makes him/her very valuable in the marketplace.

Money.  Every large fortune is an accumulation of thousands of small amounts of money. And the place to start is to take any amount of money you can right now and save it.  When you begin to save money, you set up a field of energy that triggers the law of attraction.  You will begin to attract more money to add to your savings.

Experience.  Successful people in any field have far more experience in the field than anyone else.  And nothing replaces experience, whether it’s in business, parenting, selling, or anything.  Many people do not take the risks necessary to move out of their comfort zone because they’re afraid that it won’t work out.  But until you move out of the comfort zone and get the experience from making the mistakes you can’t grow and become capable of earning the money you desire.

Everything counts.

The biggest mistake people make is that they think that only what they want to count counts. When you read a book, listen to an audio program, invest in coaching, go to bed early and get up early to work, it all counts.  And it’s all going on the plus side of your ledger.  When you waste time fooling around, all of that counts too and goes on the minus side of your ledger.  A person who has a great life has accumulated far more credits than debits.  If what you are doing is not moving you toward your goals, it’s moving you away from your goals.  Nothing is neutral.  Hence everything you do moves you toward the things you want, the person you want to be, the wealth you want to accumulate, or it moves you away.  The law of accumulation dictates that everything counts.

You can do this today:

  • start building your knowledgebase in the subject that can most help you achieve personal, professional, financial independence.  It doesn’t matter whether it takes a week, a month or a year to become thoroughly knowledgeable.  Start today.  It’ll all count.
  • get as much experience as you can in your chosen field.  Start earlier, work smarter, stay later.  Take risks and try every different way you can think of to achieve your goal.  This experience is invaluable and accumulates over time.
Would you like NLP support, information, inspiration?  Investment in working with me will count as well!
Need NLP help to prepare better or as part of your preparation?  Contact me.

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