“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.” —Stephen Covey
We get up in the morning, brush our teeth, have a shower, breakfast, get ready for work, take a bus or train or start our car and so on. Each of us we have a set routine that we do every day. How do we know what we should do at that particular time each day? What is it that guides us towards remembering and doing it? This is our unconscious mind at work. Our unconscious mind can guide us right through routine decisions. It works like programming.
We feed in a particular routine, consciously follow it through for a couple of days or more and then the unconscious mind takes over and follows it day in and day out without consciously realizing what’s going on. And yes, we do it very well, many times with clockwork precision. It is like we have put our life on ‘auto-pilot’, which efficiently does our routine without having to stop, think, decide.
But all decisions and tasks are not routine, isn’t it. While many small and routine decisions are made by the unconscious mind, many of the decisions have to be thought of well and consciously taken. The ability to make a conscious decision is one of the things that separate human beings from any other living being. Making choices and decisions all the time are part and parcel of human lives – some are made consciously whilst others unconsciously. Some decisions are rational; whilst others, could be emotional. Some are right decisions, whilst others could lead to trouble.
As human beings, we all want to make correct and conscious decisions. We all want to be excellent in making decisions but many a time we fail to do so. Conscious decision making requires knowledge, understanding, evaluation and the correct mind-set to make them. To achieve this state, it is important for us to know the ‘HOW TO DO IT’.
One of the methods and a very powerful one is through using NLP Techniques. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a science which helps build confidence and improve the quality of life on a day to day basis. The crux of NLP teaching is you learn the correct way to handle life situations by taking the right decisions which will steer your life in the direction that is meant for you.
Although unconscious decision making is integral and important for human life to take its course, (because having everyday auto pilot habits are also very important, else if we had only conscious decisions to make, life would be a huge big chaos), conscious decisions making is what helps you control your mind in a way that helps you achieve your goals and helps you rise to new, achievable heights. But the sad part is, our conscious decisions many times lead us to trouble, doubt and disappointment.
How can NLP make us become confident in our conscious Decision Making?
Bringing about positive changes in our mind can trigger positive outcomes. NLP strategies help rewire our minds to behave in a certain way, take control of our life and life decisions by finding solutions from within. Few techniques used in NLP to help in this journey of making informed and conscious decisions which are measurable and can definitely be noticed are as follows:
Anchoring: Consciously creating anchors in trigger situations to achieve target states
Future Pacing: Visualizing a decision, its impact in the future and then monitoring reactions
- Swish: Disrupting the pattern of thought from unwanted behavior to desired behavior
- Reframing: Changing an undesirable behavior, thought process or trait into a positive intention
- Well-formed Outcome: This process allows us to go into the actual “programming” of our minds to drive us toward our desired decisions and outcomes
- Ecology: Checking the desired decisions and outcomes from all angles of life and relationships – 360% check
- Covert Hypnosis: Communicating with another person’s unconscious mind to persuade them to behave or think a certain way
Some decisions, if taken right, can change our lives forever. These decisions many times are tough to make, but if we have the courage and confidence to follow through, we open ourselves to a fulfilling path filled with numerous possibilities and revel in the chance to create the life we want to live.
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