The first application of NLP is on self, so before we start discussing various NLP applications that work to give your career a boost, we will spend some time discussing how you as a person can benefit from NLP (and that includes the secret to finding Happiness).

One of the concepts we discuss during our NLP programs is the communication model. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his widely acclaimed book “Flow” spoke of how people are able to achieve happiness in various domains doing what they love doing, be it sports, business, climbing, cooking and many other chores that don’t even notice. One interesting aspect is while people are happy about something they don’t even know that they are happy and it is only a later reflection they realize that doing something made them happy.

The flow is stated to be, “The mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”

According to him, flow is a completely focused motivation. It’s a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing emotions in the service of performing and learning.
In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channelled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand (Secret to Happiness).

As per Mihaly, there are nine factors that accompany the flow experience

  • Clear goals – expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one’s skill set and abilities. Moreover, the challenge level and skill level should both be high.
  • Concentrating – a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and delve deeply into it).
  • A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
  • Distorted sense of time, one’s subjective experience of time is altered. We also call it a trance state.
  • Direct and immediate feedback supported by NLP sensory acuity.
  • A balance between ability level and challenge.
  • A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
  • The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.
  • People become absorbed in their activity, and the focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging.

The rules of happiness as simplified as they are support another NLP presupposition “Experience has structure” and with modelling, anchoring and changing some beliefs, one can easily and almost on command achieve happiness and be effective in whatever he does.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Recent Posts

Leadership Strategies Poster showcasing a female leader
Inspiring Change: Leadership Strategies for Creating a Culture of Innovation

To thrive in the long run, businesses—particularly the men and women at the forefront—must put innovation on priority and create a culture that challenges the status quo, encourages risk-taking, and calls on everyone to be creative thinkers.

NLP Master Practitioner Certification Benefits
Why Become a certified NLP Master Practitioner?

Over 100 hours of training in advance linguistic concepts, values, meta-programs, psychometric assessments, spiral dynamics, hypnosis, time-based techniques, and much more.

NLP and Emotional Empowerment Banner
Emotional Empowerment with NLP

Emotional Empowerment through techniques of NLP that I call Emotional ATM can enable a person to choose and be in the emotional state he or she desires. So, we effectively move a step further from being Emotional Intelligent to being “Emotionally Empowered”.