Advanced NLP Patterns

Act As-If

Written by Lee Avery

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This NLP Pattern is a practical application of the old self-help mantra “if you believe it you can achieve it” and uses the power of imagination and creativity to create excellence and achieve success.

By creating a representation of someone who can help you to achieve your goals and then  putting yourself into a 2nd perceptual position (inside that person) you can imagine what it is like to be that person and model their success strategies.

1Select Your Objective

Pick a goal that you want some help and guidance on; as a starting point select an objective that is relatively small until you are practiced in this pattern.


2Identify Your Coach

Think of a person who can help you with your goal. They can be alive or dead, real or fictional, there is no limit as to who this person is. Pick someone who will be able to give you the greatest level of support and who could really help you achieve your objective. Be sure to select someone who is insightful and creative.

Make sure that you know enough about the person you select to be able to create a realistic representation of them and how they can relate to you and the problem. If the goal is important to you then it can be advantageous to do additional research into the person to get a better understanding of their behaviours, motivations and character.


3Clarify Your Limiting Belief

Be clear about stating what is holding you back and stopping you from achieving your goal. Be sure to state this as a personal limitation rather than something beyond your control.


4Consult Your Coach

Discuss the limiting belief with your coach and explain the situation and problem as clearly as possible. Step into second position and imagine what their response would be and how they would encourage you. Explore the possibilities that arise, staying within the positive frame of ‘Possibility’ as encouraged by your coach.

Imagine your coach asking you such questions as ‘What if you did…?” and “How can you…?” with a positive level of encouragement.


5Act As If…

Once you have dealt with some of the objections it is important to start acting as if the results you are looking for are already coming true. Imagine having overcome all internal obstacles and that you are now moving forwards, full of confidence. Take on board the notion that you coach is there to support you offering you advice as you go.


6Rinse and Repeat

Repeat the process for all minor objections or issues until you have overthrown the internal obstacles holding you back. As you now move forward in your objectives take notice of any changes in behaviour or belief, pay special attention to any learning opportunities.

If the results aren’t what you hoped for think about increasing your knowledge of the coach or select a different coach for an additional perspective.

This pattern is best used when trying to grow in small ways and as a lead in to other, grander change patterns. Its effectiveness can be enhanced with clients by using a deep hypnotic state when stepping into 2nd Position.

About the author

Lee Avery

Professional Therapist, Clinical Hypnosis & NLP Trainer with over 25 years of experience in training new professionals and treating clients. He specialises in Trauma related Psychological health issues. After years of running training classes Lee has decided to publish his training materials online to further the accessibility of NLP and Hypnosis. He is an advocate for Clinical Hypnosis Excellence and is constantly looking to improve the professional standing of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy within the medical community.

He also runs Achieving Greatness a software development company producing mobile apps for the mental health community.

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