Most people, who are looking for change to a new career and have decided what they want to do, often wonder if it is too late to do so, in their life. People into their late 30s or 40s, or even in their 50s facing this predicament, are often those who have been doing fairly well in their current jobs. Some common questions asked by them are – is it too late to make the change, and if not, then how do I go about it?
Neuro-linguistic planning (NLP) encompasses the three essential components involved in producing human experience. While the neurological system controls how our bodies function, language determines how we interact with others, thereby forming the process through which we communicate our thoughts and ideas. Programming, the third component in the model, determines the kind of world we create for ourselves. Perhaps understood best as ‘projection’, programming is a blueprint of the world which we create for ourselves. NLP hence is a modality that explores the fundamental interplay between the mind, language, and our projections of the world.
The Need We live in a world of unprecedented change, and many are immersed in unpredictability and complexity. With the ongoing competition around us, we are constantly chasing goals, deadlines, dealing with difficult people, battling high anxiety, managing our careers, difficult relationships, finances, low self-esteem, and several other personal challenges.
To understand how NLP can accentuate and improve the quality of Coaching, it is imperative to understand what each of these methodologies addresses independently.
What does it mean to be a Millennial? Does it refer to the highly driven ambitious youth of today who do not wish to settle for mediocrity or does the term in fact represent the highly anxious restless generation that is lining up at the therapists’ office complaining of extreme stress, extreme grief, extreme everything and an inability to cope? Parents complain that they are glued to their smart phones 24×7, do not register an event as completed unless it is shared with their 1000 something friends on social media, have short attention spans and an even shorter emotional wavelength, are constantly wishing for instant gratification and are unable to handle failure.