Happy New Year! May 2014 be your greatest year yet!
What do you want to achieve in 2014? What would you like to change this year?
To assist you in making those changes permanent and easy, I’d like to introduce you to the Dilts’ model of change. Robert Dilts is a significant contributor to the field of NLP and stipulated that there was a hierarchy of six different levels where change could be made within a person. Those levels are: Purpose, Identity, Values & Beliefs, Capability, Behaviour and Environment.
Identity – Who am I and do I reflect that in the way I live?
Values & Beliefs – Why do I make these changes?
Capability – How do I make these changes?
Behaviour – What do I need to change?
Environment – Where do I need change?
Changes made at one level tend to flow downwards and impact on the levels below.
Typically, when people want to make a change, they target the level of Behaviour. For example, if someone wants to lose weight, they will target behaviour by changing their exercise regime or their diet. A change at the behaviour level will filter downwards and impact on their environment as they start going to the gym or avoiding bakeries and fast food outlets.
When changes are made at the higher levels of Purpose, Identity or Values & Beliefs, change filters down into the lower levels and behaviours and environments can change easily. Consider how you would naturally and automatically behave if:
- You believed that eating cakes and sugar was causing immediate damage to your health and you valued good health as a high priority. A change at level of Beliefs & Values
- You identified yourself as an extremely health-conscious person. A change at level of Identity
- Your purpose was to make a huge contribution in your chosen field during your lifetime. Therefore you ensure you are in the best possible physical condition to do so. A change at level of Purpose
Unless we have taken action to change our values, beliefs and identity, we may well be operating on unconscious programming that was installed during our early years. By working with the unconscious mind and creating new beliefs, values and an identity that supports our goals and desires in the present, we can make taking action so much easier.
Should you wish for support to make those desired changes in 2014, I am always at your service.
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