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Neurolinguistic programming: the keys to success

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 01 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0307252
  1. Joanne Walter, master practitioner of the American Board of Neurolinguistic Programming1,
  2. Ardeshir Bayat, specialist registrar in plastic surgery and MRC fellow2
  1. 1Transgenomic, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 6UZ
  2. 2University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT

Joanne Walter and Ardeshir Bayat explain how being successful in your career and personal life could be within your reach

If you have been following this series on some of the basic concepts of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) you will be familiar with both an enhanced range of communication skills and the variety of temperament and character types in the population that bring about a range of behaviours.12 In this article, we aim to provide you with a range of tools to help you succeed in your chosen goal.

Questions to consider

  • Do you want to be successful?

  • Do you have a goal you would really like to achieve?

  • Do you sometimes lack motivation?

  • Do you need to successfully and easily acquire new skills?

  • Do you know how to teach your skills to others?

  • Do you want to guard against failure?

We all like to succeed at what we do, from cooking a meal or winning a football match to climbing to the top in our chosen field. Interestingly, the magnitude of the task is rarely important: success in whatever you do will have the same structure (it rarely happens by chance) so once you understand your strategy for success, you can apply it to any context. If you can answer yes to any of the questions in the box then NLP might be able to help you.

The first key to success: setting your goal

In order to succeed within a given area you have to know exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Be clear and detailed and be sure about why you want to do it. According to NLP, the idea of what we want needs to be framed in the correct way for …

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